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Tom kha kai - chicken soup with coconut milk

This is a mild but spicy chicken soup (it can also be made with shrimp,
pork, beef or mushrooms).

ingredients

16 fluid ounces		soup broth (chicken stock) or water
2 			kaffir lime leaves, rolled to crack them to
			release the flavour, but otherwise intact
2 inch piece		lemon grass, bruised to release flavor
1 in cube 		galangal ("kha") sliced thinly.
4 tablespoon		fish sauce (or to taste)
2 tablespoons		lime juice (or to taste)
4 oz 			chicken breast cut into smallish 
			bite sized pieces
5 fluid ounces		coconut milk
?			small red chillies, slightly crushed.

coriander (cilantro) leaves to garnish.

Note the number of red chillies is a personal choice. It can be as few
as half a chilli per diner, to as many as 8-10 per diner, but the dish
should retain a balance of flavours and not be overwhelmend by the
chilies. Personally I would suggest about 8-12 chillies for this recipe.

method

Heat the stock, add the lime leaves, lemon grass, galangal, fish sauce,
and lime juice. Stir thoroughly, bring to a boil, add the chicken and
coconut milk, bring back to the boil, lower the heat to keep it
simmering and cook for about 2 minutes (unitl the chicken is cooked
through).

serve

Not really intended to be eaten as a separate course, you could serve it
with just a serving of steamed white (jasmine) rice, or together with a
Thai meal. This quantity serves 4 with other food, but is probably only
enough for two if eaten separately.


Special thanks to - Muoi Khuntilanont.