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    SeanS's Note:

    This is a version of the famous Thai soup created by a close friend of mine in London. I haven't found any place that serves a better soup than this!

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    1. 1
      Gently simmer all but last 5 ingredients for 30 minutes.
    2. 2
      Add chicken and mushrooms and simmer for another 5 minutes.
    3. 3
      Add noodles, bok choi, cilantro.
    4. 4
      Let stand 5 minutes.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 24, 2009


      This soup was a bit of a disaster for me. I don't think it was through any fault of the recipe though. I looked everywhere and finally found some shrimp paste (not too hard living in SF), the less repulsive looking of my options, had tons of food coloring in it so it turned the soup bright pink. Superficially speaking it was a disaster, but it tasted pretty good. It did taste a little too shrimp-y for me, it seemed to overwhelm some of the milder flavors. I think I'll make this again, but next time I'll leave out the shrimp paste and instead use a little shrimp or seafood stock - maybe a 1/2 cup in place of part of the chicken stock.

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    • on October 05, 2008


      very good! i used coconut cream and made a ton of it to eat with jasmine rice for a week.

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    • on October 10, 2007


      Thank you for a lovely soup that is very close to the Thai original. I made this as written, but would suggest a few changes to get even closer. I'd replace the ginger with an equal amount of fresh galangal slices (or a few teaspoons of its dry version -- laos powder). The 'Kha' in the title is actually the Thai word for galangal. I'd also use kaffir limes leaves and probably delete the soy sauce. I used one small bunch of bok choy and 4 ounces (125 grams) of noodles, which made the soup a meal for four of us. Even the fussiest eater loved it. Made and enjoyed for Pick a Chef.

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    Nutritional Facts for Thai Coconut Chicken Soup (Tom Kha Gai)

    Serving Size: 1 (781 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 478.2
    Calories from Fat 258
    Total Fat 28.6 g
    Saturated Fat 19.1 g
    Cholesterol 51.8 mg
    Sodium 1930.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 29.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.7 g
    Sugars 17.2 g
    Protein 32.3 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    coconut milk


    fresh lime leaves

    shrimp paste


    palm vinegar

    bergamot oil

    bean thread noodles

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