Tom Kha Gai Soup

Tom Kha Gai (Iska’s Version)

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I just love Thai food and this is another one of my South-east Asian cooking experiments. Yum.

A piece of ginger, cut into thin slices
A can of coconut milk (about 2 cups)
Chicken breast
Patis (fish sauce)
1 tsp Brown sugar
1/4 cup Fresh coriander leaves

Add chicken breast into a pot of boiling water and bring to boil. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Scoop out chicken breast, let cool and shred into strips. Reserve stock, make sure it is at least 1 cup.

Heat oil in a casserole. Fry ginger until aromatic. Throw in the chicken strips and saute for a minute. Add patis and saute for another 2 minutes. Add in chicken stock and coconut milk. Bring to boil. Simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in brown sugar and more fish sauce if necessary. Turn off the heat, add coriander leaves and serve right away. Add chili for extra zing!

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

5 thoughts on “Tom Kha Gai (Iska’s Version)

  1. I love Thai food. At one time it seemed I was a Thai in previous life because I served Thai food to my family 3 times a week.:D

    The colors of the dish are beautiful.

    Oggi´s last blog post..Ciabatta

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