20-Minute Tom Kha Gai Thai Soup Recipe (Thai Chicken Coconut Milk Soup) From a Chef In Thailand by Elisa Schmitz

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2 years ago

Tom Kha Gai is a savory coconut milk soup from Thailand that's loaded with chicken and Thai herbs. I learned how to make it by taking a cooking class from a chef in Thailand, who showed us how to make her easy, delicious recipe. 

Your taste buds simply won't believe what they're experiencing! This is definitely an exotic soup recipe, but it's very easy to make and ready in about 20 minutes. Just check out my video!

Cuisine: Thai
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1


  • 1 small chicken breast, sliced thin 
  • 2/3 cup (150 milliliters) chicken broth
  • 1 cup (200 milliliters) coconut milk (or coconut cream if you want it thicker) 
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, cut or pounded 
  • 1 inch of galangal, cut or pounded 
  • 1 coriander root 
  • 1 shallot 
  • 1 chili (or less, depending on amount of spice you like)
  • 2 - 3 oyster mushrooms

For seasoning:

  • 1 tablespoon (or to taste) fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar 
  • salt, to taste 
  • 1 - 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice

For garnish:

Here's how to make it:

  1. Heat chicken broth, then add lemongrass, galangal, coriander, shallot and chili. Cook until they're translucent. 
  2. Add chicken breast, simmer until cooked through.
  3. Add coconut milk/cream, then add mushrooms. 
  4. Season with fish sauce, sugar, salt to taste. 
  5. Add Kaffir lime leaves and spring onion. 
  6. Turn off heat and pour in lime juice. 
  7. Drop in some chili oil if you want more color and spice.

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Dieter Schmitz
Watching Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds cook up coconut milk soup in Thailand was almost as much fun as eating the spicy fare!
Meredith Schneider
Mmmmm Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds ! So gonna make this! Loved watching you cook and your trip to the market gathering all the ingredients.
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you for being with us Live that day, Meredith Schneider ! You are such a good sport for letting me pull you into the segment at midnight your time! You’ll love this soup, so delish. Love you! 💗
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you, Dieter Schmitz , for your excellent camera work! There’s no one I’d rather cook (and eat) Thai food with than you! ❤️
Donna John
Oh, yum!!! I love soup, especially soups made with coconut milk. Trying this ASAP! Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Elisa Schmitz
It is SO good, Donna John . I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. I want to make it again soon. Perfect savory comfort food we need right now! #yum PS: I love the "surprise" appearance of Meredith Schneider in this video! :-D

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