Ever since Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook, I bought these spicy thai peppers, and realize that these peppers are no joke. One pepper can literally spice your entire dish 0 to 100. So now that I have a full bag of these peppers, I decided to make other thai dishes. One of my favorite soups aside from Korean soup and ramen is the Thai Coconut Chicken Soup called “Tom Kha Kai.”
Here are the ingredients: 1 can of coconut milk (thai), 1 can of chicken broth (less sodium probably better), ginger, 1 stalk of lemon grass, 1.5 lb of chicken breast, 1 cup of regular shrimp, 1 cup of mushrooms (your preference), 1 small lime, 1 tablespoon of fish sauce, 1 teaspoon of sugar (stevia if you want to take the healthy route), 1 thai pepper, 1/2 cup basil, 1/2 fresh cilantro).
Use a medium size soup pot, heat up high with: the coconut milk, chicken broth, ginger, and lemongrass. Make sure you chop your ginger and put about 5-6 pieces. Then cut the lemongrass into pieces but, cut easily so you can take them out. Your not going to be eating the lemongrass, your only using it for the flavor. Trust me you won’t be chewing on them at all.
Then add the chicken and shrimp, along with the fish sauce, sugar/stevia, mushrooms, pepper (watch out on how you chop the pepper, you don’t want to rub your eye esp., with the seeds). You’ll be cutting your lime in half and squeezing the first half of lime into the pot. Make sure the chicken is cooked all the way should take about 6-7 minutes. Once done throw in the basil and cilantro, and cook for another minute in a medium heat.
Once the minute it up, try to pick out the lemongrass, and squeeze the second half of the lime. Taste and see if it is missing any flavors. I usually have to add a little more fish sauce to get my flavor right. Everyone’s taste pallet is different so play around with the soup base. Your soup should look like this photo on the right.
Let me know if you made the soup! It’s super easy, and can be made in 20 minutes. If you add more thai peppers, kudos to you!!!
Thanks again for catching up on Viv Eats. Next on my blog, I’ll be talking about traveling in Costa Rica, and the amazing food joints I stopped bye.
Till next time!