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Tom Kha Goong

Tom Kha Goong is a very popular Thai soup you can find at any Thai restaurant. The broth is a wonderful combination of sweet, sour and spicy that is perfect for an early Sunday dinner especially if you’ve had a little too much wine Saturday night. You can easily order this soup from your local Thai restaurant but it is very simple to make at home and I like to add lots of vegetables and fresh shrimp. This soup also makes your house smell amazing which makes it worth the effort.

Prep time: 25 mins Cooking time: 20 minutes Serves: 6

Tom Kha Goong

Soup

  • 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 13.5 oz coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Thai red curry paste
  • 3 lemongrass stalks
  • 10 kaffir lime leaves or zest and juice of 3 limes
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger pealed
  • 1 1/2 pounds pealed, cleaned shrimp
  • 2 cups cremini mushrooms, stems removed and cut into quarters
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
  • 2 bunches bok choy leaves

Toppings

  • Fresh Thai basil (or regular basil if you can’t find Thai)
  • Fresh mint
  • Green onions
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Thai chilies (serrano and jelapenos are also good)
  • Thai chili sauce
  • Fresh lime wedges

Using the back of a knife, lightly smash lemongrass and ginger; cut lemongrass into 4” pieces. Bring lemongrass, ginger, lime leaves (or lime zest and juice) and broth to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors are melded, 8–10 minutes. Strain broth into clean saucepan; discard solids.

Return the broth to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and whisk in curry paste. Add mushrooms, tomatoes, carrots and simmer for 10 minutes. Add shrimp and simmer until they are just cooked through. About 6 minutes. Mix in coconut milk, fish sauce and bok choy until bok choy is wilted.

Divide soup among bowls. Serve with toppings.

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