Lea's Tom Ka Kai Soup

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins

It has taken me a long time to perfect this spicy Thai soup recipe. I think it is as good as any other I've tasted at restaurants. Try serving over white sticky rice. Try variations of this recipe until you find what you like. If you don't like coconut milk, try the "Tom Yum" version of this soup without the coconut milk and cream. I don't like coconut very much, but I love this soup with the coconut milk.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In medium to large saucepan, bring to boil ALL ingredients EXCEPT garlic, red chili, ginger root, cilantro, chicken, and half and half cream.
  2. Meanwhile, chop the remaining ingredients (except chicken and half and half cream) finely in chopping machine, then add this to the pot.
  3. Chop and boil the chicken pieces in the soup for around 5 minutes or until fully cooked.
  4. Add the half-and-half cream to the soup and stir constantly to avoid curdling for around three minutes.
  5. Remove lemon grass root upon serving, or tell victims to remove before eating the soup!
  6. Serve soup warm or hot.
  7. NOTE: fish sauce, oyster sauce, Tom Yum paste may be purchased at a Thai or Chinese market. Also, sometimes your local store will carry these items.


Most Helpful

Excellent recipe for one of my favorite dishes. I find the tom yum paste a bit salty, so I cut down the amount by half and added a teaspoon of chili garlic paste for heat. Really yummy!

Gwen LP December 01, 2009

This is as good, or better, than our favorite Thai restaurant's soup of the same name. If you can find an Oriental market they should have the different kinds of ingredients that Thai cooking requires. We totally LOVED this interpretation of the famous Thai soup! Ya' done good kid!

quiltersammy August 14, 2009

While it reminded me very much of a tom kha kai, it was a bit too sour for me. I think if I were to make this next time, i'd probably just squeeze in a bit of lime and adjust it according to taste. I also replaced champignon mushrooms in place of the chicken, and it worked very well together.

Domestic Princess March 18, 2008

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