This soup is northern Thailand specialty, called tom kha gai. I'm a huge fan of coconut(Thanks to Kerala) & Thai food(thanks to moving to US). The first time I tasted vegetarian Tom Kha Gai, at Thai Restaurant served it to me in a large mug. Paddy asked me Do you like it.? “I love it! It’s like heaven on my tongue.” Ever since then, I’ve been an addict to this soup. So I want to try this soup at home. It really came out well. This recipe is adapted from http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/
Homemade Vegetable stock - 2cup
Lite coconut milk 1 cup
Minced galangal 2 tsp.
Fresh Lemongrass - 3 tbsp.
Kaffir Lime Leaves – 2/Grated lime zest 1 tsp.
Lime juice 1 tbsps.
Thai Frozen stir fry vegetables 1 cup
Chopped Thai chilies 2 no
Thai red chillis paste 1-2 tbsp. (depending on desired hotness)
1 red bell pepper, sliced into matchstick-sized strips (reserve some for garnish)
Peanut Butter - 1 tbsp. (optional)
Fired or fresh tofu ½ cup
Sugar 1 tbsp.
Soy sauce 1 tsp.
Salt to taste.
Coriander leaves 1 stem
- Put the stock into a pot and bring to a boil. Toss the Galangal, lemongrass, sugar, and lime leaves in. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add the coconut milk, chilies, soy sauce, chili paste and simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Now add the vegetables and fried or fresh tofu, salt and peanut butter. Stirring well to combine
- Simmer for about 10 more minutes.
- Turn off the heat, add lime juice and garnish with coriander leaves. Test for saltiness and sourness.
- You should get the earthy flavor of Galangal, noticeable amount of saltiness, sweetness from the coconut milk, and a fair bit of lime flavor, with a hint of chillis in the background.
- Garnished with red pepper strips and grated lime peel, with extra lime on the side.
- Galangal has no real substitute. Ginger does a poor job. In this soup especially, the whole point is the Galangal flavor, so ginger simply won't do. (Tom Kha means "boiled Galangal".).
- I buy lots of lemongrass and Galangal ahead, then chop and freeze in pre-sorted Ziploc bags for future use. They keep quite well.
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