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    Thai Galangal Chicken Soup ( Tom Ka Gai)

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    45 mins

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    **Jubes**'s Note:

    This recipe was given to me by my brother-in-law but origanally from an Australian Women's Weekly cookbook/magazine. The coconut milk tames the spices, making this a smooth and subtle soup. You can use chicjen breast if you prefer them to the chicken thigh meat.. This recipe is gluten-free if you use a purchased or home-made stock that is gf suitable and a gf fish sauce. The whole coriander/cilantro is used in this soup- the roots and stem in the soup base and then the leaves before serving

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    Ingredients to add just before serving

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Cut the lemongrass into 5 cm pieces and pound the pieces with the side of your kitchen knife to bruise them. This helps to release the flavour into the soup.
    2. 2
      Using a large saucepan- combine the stock, lemongrass pieces, galangal, whole lime leaves and coriander (cilantro) roots and stems mixture. Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat. Simmer covered for 5 minutes.
    3. 3
      Remove from the heat and allow to stand for 10 minutes.
    4. 4
      Strain the stock through muslin or a fine strainer into a large heatproof bowl. Discard the solids.
    5. 5
      Rinse your saucepan.
    6. 6
      Return your stock/soup base to the same saucepan.
    7. 7
      Add chicken and straw mushrooms. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
    8. 8
      Stir in the coconut milk, lime juice, fish sauce and the sugar. Cook, stirring, until only just heated through. Do not boil. Remove from heat.
    9. 9
      Add the remaining ingredients- coriander (cilantro) leaves, red chillies, kaffir lime leaves and the lemon grass slices.
    10. 10
      Serve hot.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 11, 2012

      55

      I have made this soup dozens of times and never thought to cook in the chicken broth! I had been reserving half of the coconut milk for last boil, Also letting the mixture stand for 10 minutes is brilliant! I cant wait to try your method!

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    • on August 25, 2013

      55

      Absolutely delicious! This recipe of Tom Ka Gai is among the best I've had. I'm fortunate to have an Asian grocery store near the house and a kaffir lime tree in the back yard, so I didn't have to substitute any ingredients. I realized after I took the photo that I left off the red pepper, but added it while eating. It provided the perfect amount of heat. Made for Mike and the Appliance Killers ZWT9.

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    • on July 30, 2010

      55

      Delicious Jubes, just delicious. My dh & I love thai soup and this treat did not disappoint. Wow, what flavor. Love the use of the galangal and coriander root and stems. I used a crush lemongrass paste, frozen kaffir lime leaves and substituted red pepper flakes for the red chilies, as I couldn't find any. The flavor of this soup is fantastic, so many beautiful seasonings. Thank you so much for sharing a recipe, that I will make again often. :)

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    Nutritional Facts for Thai Galangal Chicken Soup ( Tom Ka Gai)

    Serving Size: 1 (446 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 506.4
     
    Calories from Fat 176
    34%
    Total Fat 19.5 g
    30%
    Saturated Fat 13.3 g
    66%
    Cholesterol 109.1 mg
    36%
    Sodium 1056.7 mg
    44%
    Total Carbohydrate 50.7 g
    16%
    Dietary Fiber 1.7 g
    7%
    Sugars 42.4 g
    169%
    Protein 32.6 g
    65%

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    galangal

    fresh lemongrass

    kaffir lime leaves

    coriander root

    kaffir lime leaves

    fresh lemongrass

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