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Thai Ginger Chicken Soup (Tom Khing Gai) Recipe

Thai Ginger Chicken Soup (Tom Khing Gai)INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups chicken cut into bite sized pieces
  • 3-4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, bruised (this isn’t eaten, but is an essential flavorant)
  • 4-5 kaffir lime leaves, shredded
  • 2 coriander/cilantro plants, including roots chopped.
  • 1 tablespoon Thai chile peppers, thinly sliced.
  • 1 tablespoon dried chili peppers
  • the juice of 3 or 4 limes
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons sliced bamboo shoots or asparagus (this recipe is great with asparagus)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of fish sauce.
  • 2 tablespoon shallots (or small red or purple onions), thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh galangal, minced
  • Thai pepper powder to taste


Heat a wok dry, and warm the dried chilis, then crumble them. Add a little oil to the wok and saute the chilis, ginger, galangal, shallots and garlic, until aromatic.

In a medium sauce pan, bring the stock to a boil. Add the sauteed ingredients, and the fish sauce and lime juice, and taste for balance. Then add the remaining ingredients, and bring back to a boil before adding the chicken. After about 1 minute taste for the balance of spices again, and then serve when the chicken is just cooked.

See glossary for recipe ingredients you’re not familiar with.

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