Jul 20, 2010

tom kha

Asian Night

When we have the chance to go to a Thai restaurant, David, Mikel and I always want the Tom Kha soup - a coconut-lime soup. Invariably though, there is either fish sauce in it or it is made with chicken stock. There was a time we received it with a piece of chicken, even after interrogating the server; makes you think they weren't being completely forthright...maybe?

If we are able to find a place that follows our one simple rule of 'no animals in our food,' they charge an arm and a leg for a teeny, tiny bowl. It just makes more sense to make it at home and load it up with all your favorite vegetables, fungi or soy products. 

This soup should really be called Tom Yum, but that is this same soup without the coconut milk - so unfair.

We made ours with shiitake, green beans, red peppers, spinach, carrots, shallots and basil. This is one of those Thai meals, that although would be even better with the addition of kaffir, lemongrass and galanga, tastes spectacular with just lime, lemon zest and ginger. This is so because I've gone to the extent of having gotten those exotic ingredients, but not tonight. Still totally wonderful.

Cost Breakdown:
coconut milk: $3
homemade stock: $1
lemon, lime, basil, ginger: $3
vegetables: $3
fungus: $2
Total to feed 6 people your way:


  1. that sounds amazing...I LOVE coconut anything

  2. Yum! One of my favorite soups. Thanks for the post!

  3. Tom Kha is my favorite soup, I thought it would be expensive to make at home, but I can do $12! Can't wait to see the recipe!

  4. Alrighty, the recipe is posted. I hope I have done justice to your expectations. We loved it, now it is up tp you....

    fingers crossed :)

  5. One of my favorites! Great "fungi" style!

  6. Wow, that does look really good. I like coconut but anything with ginger tops the scale for me. One of my favorites.

  7. My little one, Kate (10), is opposed to ginger as well. In fact, I cut them into large slices and removed them from the soup after the first 10 minutes. You can omit the ginger; it is the lime and coconut that make this soup unique.

  8. Yummy! This is one of my favorite Thai dishes.


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