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    Tom Kha (Coconut Soup) With Shrimp

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    1 hrs 10 mins

    40 mins

    30 mins

    Erin K. Brown's Note:

    The get-everything-at-the-grocery-store version. This version tastes more authentic, but takes more work and time than my other "get-everything-at-the-grocery-store version"

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    Serves: 10-12



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    1. 1
      Cook as much Jasmine rice as needed.
    2. 2
      Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat until just shimmering.
    3. 3
      Add lemon grass, shallots, cilantro and 1 tbsp fish sauce; cook, stirring frequently, until just softened, 2 to 5 minutes (vegetables should not be brown).
    4. 4
      Stir in chicken broth and 1 can of coconut milk; bring to simmer over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until flavors have blended, 10 minutes.
    5. 5
      Pour broth through fine mesh strainer and discard solids in strainer.
    6. 6
      Rinse saucepan and return broth mixture to pan. Return pan to medium-high heat.
    7. 7
      Stir remaining can coconut milk, curry paste*, and sugar into broth mixture and bring to simmer.
    8. 8
      Reduce heat to medium, add mushrooms, and cook until just tender, 2 to 3 minutes.
    9. 9
      Add shrimp.
    10. 10
      Serve with desired amount of Jasmine rice.
    11. 11
      *This works very well and can be kept in the pantry until opened (

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 22, 2012


      Delicious soup but nowhere in the recipe does it say what to do with the lime juice or the remainder of the fish sauce.
      I didn't strain out the solids, I felt they added in more to the soup - I also topped with fresh cilantro.
      A very easy and good recipe!

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    • on April 23, 2013


      Very tasty and close to authentic as possible for a home cook. (Just missing a bit of chili oil for more heat). Like the last commentator, I didn't strain out the solids (my family knows not to eat the lemon grass :). I added all the lime juice at once and I CUT THE FISH SAUCE TO TWO TEASPOONS...Three Tablespoons is extreme. As far as additions, I added a can of straw mushrooms, 1/2 cup chopped Thai basil, 3 tbsp light soy sauce and sweet chili sauce in place of the sugar. By all accounts a great recipe to start with and make your own.

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    Nutritional Facts for Tom Kha (Coconut Soup) With Shrimp

    Serving Size: 1 (194 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 350.9
    Calories from Fat 133
    Total Fat 14.8 g
    Saturated Fat 13.0 g
    Cholesterol 37.8 mg
    Sodium 924.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 47.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    Sugars 44.6 g
    Protein 7.7 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    fresh lemongrass

    Thai red curry paste

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