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10Oct
2011

Tom Kha Gai Soup

tom kha gai soup

This is the no fuss archerfriendly version of Tom Kha Gai Soup, currently my hands-down favorite soup.  The traditional version is made from scratch with bird’s eye chilies, fresh lemongrass, galangal (Thai ginger) and fresh Kaffir lime leaves, but this is the no fuss version, so I use Thai red curry paste instead.  Although I love making this soup from scratch, I haven’t noticed a huge compromise in flavor by using the curry paste.  It saves me an extra shopping trip to a special store to fetch all the special ingredients.  Plus, I’m not breaking my knife trying to chop up the fresh lemongrass to brew in the broth.  Much easier to use the curry paste, and oh, so delicious.

This soup also offers some immune boosting properties due to the shiitake mushrooms it contains.  Shiitake mushrooms are used medicinally to modulate the immune system.  They are also antiviral.

I would not substitute a different mushroom for the shiitakes.  They enlighten the soup with a delicate umami flavor.  If you never had them before, you are in for a treat!

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7 Responses

  1. Julie at Burnt Carrots

    This looks great! I’ve tried homemade pad thai, but never a thai soup. This will be my new weekend project. Thanks for sharing!

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    Dr. Archer

    Hi Julie!
    I’m sure you could master this soup (after peeking at your blog). Let me know how it turns out for you! GORGEOUS pictures, btw. They are eye candy! And… where did you go in Africa for your honeymoon? I’ve been to a few African countries myself…
    – archer

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    Kevin

    Great soup! Forgot to nab some fish sauce, so looked up a substitute. Added some green onions to mix…..will add spinach to the leftovers. And, as always, amazing photographs!

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    Dr. Archer

    Kevin, I’m so glad you liked the soup! Thanks for letting me know how it turned out. :)

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  2. Kelsey

    Archer- I love this soup so so so so much! haha, I make it for Jim all the time now. Tell Jake thank you for pointing it out to us! It’s in permanent rotation for our dinners and I’ve given it to a ton of friends and pinned this page on my Pinterest for the world to see! Thank you so much for sharing :)

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    Dr. Archer

    Kelsey, thanks so much for your kind comment! It’s absolutely one of our favorite soups too.

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  3. Diane Squyres.....

    i hear the rams head mushrooms that grow wild in the east are similar….?

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