Saturday, September 13, 2008

Chicken in Coconut Soup - Gai Tom Kha

Another amazing Thai chicken recipe to try ! Great one !

  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 2-3 Thai chili pepper
  • 1 lime
  • 1 piece galangal, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2-4 sprigs cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chicken
  • 1-2 kaffir lime leaves Optional

This is a dish that is not very flexible in allowing for alterations.
Crush a piece of galangal, 1 inch thick with the flat part of a cleaver or meat tenderizer (or you can be civilized and slice it). Drop the galangal, coconut milk and water, into a 2 quart pot. Let
the pot boil at medium to low heat. Reduce heat to simmer and stir frequently, otherwise the coconut milk will curdle. Add sliced chicken and fish sauce. If you have the kaffir lime leaves, remove the central stem from the leaves and add kaffir lime leaves to the soup. Let boil again and turn off the heat. In serving bowls, add crushed fresh Thai chili pepper. Watch out for the crushed chili, it will clear your sinus better than wasabi. If you do not like it hot, do not crush the peppers, just float them for decoration. Squeeze the 1/3 of a lime in each bowl. Pour the soup in bowls and add cilantro for garnish.The Thai chicken recipe is ready to serve hot....hmm...nice and tasty..the Thai style !

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