Tom Kha (Thai Coconut Soup)

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Tom Kha (Thai Coconut Soup)

One of my favorite soups is Tom Kha! It’s creamy, coconut-y and so versatile. (you can add shrimp, tofu, or chicken!) up to you. You can easily make it vegan or vegetarian. Not only that, it can be made in no time with barely any prep – it’s seriously the best.

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Tom Kha (Thai Coconut Soup)
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Tom Kha (Thai Coconut Soup)


  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 4-5 chicken wings, bone-in
  • 1 can water
  • 1 thumb chunk galangal
  • 3 stalks lemongrass
  • 1 big white onion
  • 1/2 block tofu, cubed
  • 8-9 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2-3 roma tomatoes
  • 2 cups oyster mushrooms + shimeji
  • 6-7 thai chili , (adjust with more or less depending on desired spiciness)
  • salt and sugar to taste
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice , (juice of about 3-4 limes)
  • 1 tablespoon chili oil , (or adjust to taste)
  • small bunch of cilantro, chopped


  • Begin by doing a light sear with the chicken wings in a dutch oven or deep pot with a drizzle of vegetable oil.
  • Next, add in your coconut milk with lemongrass, thai chili, galangal and onion. Stir well on medium-low heat.
  • Next add in your can of water (just fill up your empty coconut can with water once), pour in and add your mushrooms, tofu as well as tomatoes.
  • Next add in your kaffir lime leaves, twist them a bit before adding in to add more aroma and flavor.
  • Adjust with sugar and salt and let simmer (not hard boil) until all your vegetables are soft.
  • Remove from heat, add in chopped cilantro, loads of lime juice and chili oil.
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  1. Hi! Bought all the ingredients to make this week. Can you please tell me when you add the oyster mushrooms? Thanks! Excited to make.

  2. Hi! Bought all ingredients to make this week. Can you tell me when you add the oyster mushrooms? Thanks! Excited to make it! One of my fav soups at Thai restaurants, but never made at home.

    1. Hi Kelly! You’re going to absolutely love it!
      They are added in after the liquid (water), however, sometimes I will also do a sear with them after the chicken for some extra depth, so totally up to you!