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Tom Ka Gai ต้มข่าไก่ (coconut chicken soup)


  • 2 cups homemade, unsalted, chicken stock (For how to make chicken stock, see my Pork Stock video and sub chicken bones)
  • 1.5 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lb chicken thigh, bite-sized pieces
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, bottom half only, smashed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 10 - 15 rounds galangal
  • 4-5 Kaffir lime leaves, roughly torn into big chunks
  • 3-4 Chilies, bruised or cut into large pieces
  • 1.5 - 2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp Palm sugar
  • 150g Oyster mushrooms
  • 2-2.5 Tbsp lime juice

Ingredients & Kitchen Tools I Use



Bring chicken stock to a boil, then add salt and chicken. Let simmer gently for 20 minutes or until chicken is fork tender.

Add coconut milk, lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, chilies, half the fish sauce, and palm sugar. Simmer for 3-5 minutes to infuse.

Add mushrooms, bring back to a simmer and cook for 1-2 minutes or until cooked through.

Taste and add more fish sauce as needed. Turn off the heat and add lime juice.

*The herbs are meant for infusion only and not meant to be eaten. Please inform your guests or remove them before serving.

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