Tom kha gai is a well known chicken soup with coconut milk that is very popular in Thailand and Laos. It is a spicy and sour soup that apart from coconut milk usually contains shiitake or other mushrooms, lime leaves, lemon grass, red chilies, fresh coriander or dill, fish sauce and galangal which is an rhizome that is closely related to the common ginger root.
Although in taste similar to common ginger each of the 4 known galangal roots has its own distinctive taste variations. In the Thai style of this soup there is no use for fresh dill leaves while the Laos style adds it regularly to its recipes. We love dill but as we didn't have any at hand I decided to prepare this hot soup in the Thai style.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Resting time: 0 minutes
Total time needed: 50 minutes
Grade of Difficulty: standard
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