Thom Kha Soup


One of my favourite soups! Spicy meets sour!

Makes about 2 bowls of soup. Note: you can add chicken, shrimp or tofu. I’ve also used chunks of salmon.


  • 100 grams of your chosen protein
  • 8 thin pieces of galangal
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass (smashed and cut into 2cm lengths)
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup sliced onion
  • 1/4 cup sliced tomato
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water


  • dried ground chili (as much as you like)
  • 1/2 lime’s juice
  • 2 tbsp gluten free fish sauce or gluten free soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • pinch of salt


  • 2-3 kaffir lime leaves
  • 4-6 leaves of Thai parsley cut into 2cm pieces or 2 sprigs of coriander/cilantro

Bring the coconut milk and 1/2 the water to a boil. Add lemongrass and galangal. Cook for 2-3 mins.

Add your protein, onion, mushrooms and tomato. Cook for another few minutes.

Then throw in the seasonings and stir. Turn off the heat. Serve and then add garnish.

tom kha soup

You can use fresh chili also. Or I have seen some restaurants drizzle chili oil to add some colour.


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