Thai Seafood Coconut Soup (TOM KHA)

Thai food is so loved in my household!  I typically make some sort of Thai cuisines once a week. Growing up, my mom did a lot of her business tradings with partners in Bangkok and I would practically be living there (aka flying back and forth frequently) for 2 years. It was also where I fell in love with spicy food and all of kinds of heart warming soups. Since I love the taste of coconut, which you can tell by the name of my blog, this recipe is one of my all time favorite (Tom Kha) . If you like a variety of seafood, feel free to add in squid, clams, etc. I just like to keep it simple with jumbo shrimps lol.

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Ingredients: 

* Note: since I prefer to keep my fat intake low, my soup broth isn’t quite as fatty/rich as some people may prefer it to be. If you love rich coconut soup, simply replace light coconut milk with full fat one and replace water with chicken broth 🙂

-2 cups of chicken broth (I make my own just by boiling a whole chicken)

-4 cups of water

-1 can of light coconut milk + half a can of full fat coconut milk

-Fresh squeezed juice of 2 lime + zest of 1 small lime + some Kaffir leaves if you can find some at the Asian market

-1 small shallot

-Plenty of fresh chopped cilantro, jalapeno, sliced mushroom green onion. PLENTY

-fresh lemongrass (2 inches) or dried lemongrass

-Salt, pepper, red pepper flakes + fish sauce (crucial)

-Shrimp/ chicken of your choice

-2 teaspoons of coconut sugar

Instruction 

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-In a large pot, slow heat coconut milk + chicken broth + water until well-blended and warmed

-In a separate pan, melt a bit of coconut oil, then add chopped shallot and lemongrass until it gets a nice fragrant. Don’t over burn. Pour this into the soup.

-Add red pepper, jalapeno and let it simmer for 20 minutes (if you don’t like spicy food, skip the spicy stuff).

-Strain out the shallot+lemongrass+jalapeno if you wish to. I like to keep it in to give the maximum flavor

-now add in your protein and continue to cook for 10-15 minutes

-Turn heat really low then add mushroom+ lime juice+ 1 tablespoon of fish sauce+coconut sugar. Stir for 2 minutes then taste + adjust to your liking

-Serve hot with cilantro and green onion on top

Enjoy XOXO

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