Thai Coconut Milk Soup – Tom Ka Gai

It’s finally starting to get cold in California. Today was the perfect day to make one of my favorite soups. I made a quick and easy version today since I was short on time, enjoy!

Thai Coconut Milk Soup - Tom Ka Gai

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • One package of organic chicken tenders cut into pieces
  • 2 cans of coconut milk
  • 1 package of Pacific organic chicken broth (I didn’t have time to make fresh, but use fresh if you can)
  • 3 Kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 stalks of lemon grass (just the bottom part)
  • 1 young ginger (galangal)
  • Handful of chopped cilantro
  • Thai chilies (optional)
  • Green onions chopped (optional)
  • 1 package of Tom Ka paste (I like a super rich flavor so I add this to my soup)
  • 2 teaspoons of chili paste (optional)
  • 1 can of straw mushrooms (you can use any mushroom)
  • 1 teaspoon of fish sauce
  • 2 fresh lemons


  • Heat pan and add coconut milk and Tom Ka Paste and let come to a boil
  • Cut up the bottom part of the lemon grass length wise
  • Cut up in slices the galangal
  • Tear or cut kaffir lime leaves in half
  • Place in broth and let simmer for 5 minutes
  • Add chicken broth and let come to a boil and reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes
  • Remove galangal and lemongrass (you can leave some lemongrass in for a pretty look but its is inedible)
  • Add chicken and make sure its cooked through before adding anything else
  • Add mushrooms
  • Add chili paste
  • Add 1 teaspoon of fish sauce (more if you like saltier)
  • Add squeezed lemon juice to taste. (I like mine sour)
  • Add chilies if you want it spicy
  • Serve hot!

Ingredients for Thai Soup
Ingredients for Thai Soup

Sliced galangal and lemongrass
Sliced galangal and lemongrass

cooking the soup base
Cooking the soup base

I like this chicken broth
I like this chicken broth

cut up chicken
Cut up chicken

Add lemon
Add lemon

Add chili paste
Add chili paste

remove the galangal and lemongrass before adding chicken
remove the galangal and lemongrass before adding chicken

Thai Spicy Beef Salad – Nam Tok

There are a few different kinds of Spicy Beef Salad you can order in Thailand. This version is like the sister of the popular dish “Laab” which is made with ground chicken. Nam Tok is a northeastern Thai dish typically served with sticky rice and fresh vegetables. I chose to make mine without either but instead adding cucumber and tomatoes to the base.

Thai Spicy Beef Salad - Nam Tok

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 or 2 high quality cuts of organic beef (NY Strip or Fillet Mignon)
  • 3 tablespoons of fish sauce
  • 4 tablespoons of lime juice (less if you don’t like it as sour)
  • 1-4 fresh Thai chilis cut up
  • 1 tablespoon of roasted dried chili’s
  • 1/4 cup of cut green onions (the entire thing)
  • 1 tablespoon of toasted rice
  • 1-2 teaspoons of sugar (to taste)
  • 1/2 red onion sliced thin
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce (optional)
  • Cilantro and Mint (optional)


  • To make the toasted rice, you can use any asian rice. Toast the rice over medium heat in a frying pan. Move the rice around so it doesn’t burn, the rice should be brown (not black). Place in food processor until a course powder.
  • In a medium bowl combine the fish sauce, lime juice, chili’s, sugar, and onions. Set aside while you grill the beef.
  • Grill steak to how you like to eat it and let it rest for 10 minutes
  • Slice into thin pieces and mix with the dressing
  • Pour over sliced cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce

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Easy Thai Red Curry

I’ve been cooking Thai food since I was a young child. I’ve made Red Curry all different ways. If you make the curry paste from scratch it can take a lot longer. I’ve opted to take the easy route and buy the curry paste. I do however, take the time to make home made chicken stock. I think this makes the curry so rich and flavorful. Also, adding fresh Thai basil is key. (don’t skimp not that)

Thai Red Curry

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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I made mine tonight with untraditional vegetables that are not typically used in Thai red curry recipes. I was inspired by the farmers market this week so I used what I found there.)


1 can of red curry paste (I like the Maesri brand)

1 can of coconut milk (I like Chaokoh brand)

2 cups of chicken broth (I prefer homemade or a high quality brand)

1 package of organic chicken tenders

1 can of bamboo shoots (I like Chaokah brand)

1 Tablespoon of soybean oil or peanut oil

2 Teaspoons (or more to taste) of fish sauce (any brand will is fine)

1 Tablespoon of palm sugar or table sugar (if you want it sweeter, you can gradually add more)

1 large handful of Thai basil

1 Large zucchini (chopped)

1 handful of green beans (chopped)

1 handful of mushrooms (any kind is fine)

1 sweet onion (chopped)


Heat the red curry paste and the oil together stirring regularly for about 1-2 minutes. This will help the curry paste waken up and the flavors to be more rich.  Add chopped onion and let the onions cook through.

Add 1 can of coconut milk and bring to a boil then add 2 cups of chicken broth.

Add the large handful of Thai basil (make sure your remove the stems).

Add bite sized chicken and let cook through.

Add all vegetables

Add sugar and fish sauce

Let boil until the vegetables are cooked through (about 20 minutes)

Serve over rice or noodles.

Can be kept in air tight container for up to 3 days.


Thai Red CurryIngrediants
Thai Red Curry Ingrediants

Making the red curry base
Making the red curry base

Easy Thai Red Curry
Easy Thai Red Curry