Soup: Chicken and Galangal in Coconut Milk Soup (Tom Kha Gai)
Ingredients for 4 servings
4 cups coconut milk
2 stalks lemongrass, cut in 1 1/2 inch pieces and smashed
6 thin slices of fresh or frozen galangal
1 pound chicken breast halves, deboned and skinned
4 fresh kaffir lime leaves, deveined the center
6 small fresh red or green chili peppers, lightly smashed
1/2 cup coconut cream
2 tablespoons of fish sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
Coriander springs for garnish
In a medium saucepan, heat coconut milk over medium heat until gently simmering. Add lemongrass and galangal and simmer for 5 minutes without cover.
Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes. Add to simmering coconut milk and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium for 3 to 4 minutes or until chicken is just firm while stirring frequently. Put lime leaves, chili peppers, and coconut cream and cook over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes.
Add the fish sauce and the lime juice. Make 4 multi-course servings.
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