Thai Coconut Soup - Tom Kha Gai !!
Tom Kha Gai or coconut soup is a spicy and sour coconut soup.This is the first thing we order at the Thai restaurant and it is really so easy to put together.This soup can be made with coconut cream or coconut milk. The consistency is a personal choice,I do use both beacaue I like it on the creamy side .
The soup gets the spiciness from galangal which is often associated with ginger but it has more earthy flavor than ginger . When had pressed you can use ginger but the soup is not the same.
Kaffir lime leaves are thick, dark green and shiny .Tear and crush the leaves to smell the distinct aroma before you add them to the soup,nowadays dries leaves are also available at markets. If the leaves are hard to find you can substitute it with the zest of limes ( again the flavor is going to be a little different ). But that where the fun is I encourage you to try different options in the family of flavors .
The hardest part of making this soup is finding the ingredients.You can almost make a meal out of it by serving it over steamed rice noodles or brown and white rice .
I also add a bunch of vegetable to it to make it wholesome and substantial.
1 can coconut cream
4 cups coconut milk
A piece of galangal about (2 inches square ) unpeeled and sliced thinly or 3 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
4 kaffir lime leaves or the zest of 2 limes.
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 cups broccoli florets
2 cups snap peas
1 can of baby corn
2 cups tofu
3 -4 green thai chili ( optional )
3 tablespoon fresh lime juice .
3-4 tablespoon salt ( adjust to your taste )
I teaspoon dried red chile powder (optional if you like it spicy )
Cilantro to garnish
1 In a large pan put coconut cream and coconut milk on low heat on the stove
2 Add the kaffir lime leaves ( crush them in your hands first), galangal , onion, broccoli florets, snap peas, tofu and then bring to a boil on medium low heat .
3 Add the thai chilis, Season with salt, stir together, then allow to cook for about 5 minutes on meium low heat .
4 Remove the pot from the stove then stir in the lime juice. Taste test it to see if you prefer more salt and add as needed. It should taste creamy, salty and a little sour. Garnish it with fresh cilantro , serve it warm .ENJOY!!
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