Tom Kha

Translation: Thai Coconut Soup

Alternate Spellings: Tom Ka

Cuisine: Thai

Recipe Type: Soup

Average User Rating: 1.23 / 5

Vegetarian / Vegan: Vegan


14 oz. can coconut milk
2 cups vegetable stock
8 kaffir lime leaves
3 stalks lemongrass, white parts only
6 1/2" thick slices of galangal
2 black peppercorns

8 oz. oyster, enoki, or button mushrooms, sliced
1 cup diced tofu, fried
1 Thai chili, sliced
2 TB lime juice
1 TB mushroom-flavored soy sauce
1 TB roasted chili paste (nam prik pao) (or less if you don't like it very spicy)
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1 TB cilantro, chopped
cilantro for garnish
2 lime leaves, chiffonade, for garnish


Add coconut milk, stock, galangal, 6 of the lime leaves, the lemongrass, and peppercorns to a pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer on low (with the cover on) for 30 minutes.

Strain through a sieve to remove aromatics and return to pot. Add mushrooms, shallots, tofu, chilies, soy sauce, roasted chili paste, and cilantro. Simmer for 10 minutes or until mushrooms are cooked through. Add lime juice, stir, and serve.

Garnish with cilantro, lime leaf chiffonade, and a lime wedge.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 4-6

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Thanks for submitting this! Its my favorite thing to order in a Thai restaurant now I can try to make it myself!.. Hmmm, now to find out where to buy galangal..

Recipe Rating: 5 Stars

User: Aileen
4:04 am

Great soup! It has turned out better than any previous soup recipes that are available on the internet, or in cookbooks. What a fantastic find!

Recipe Rating: 5 Stars

User: Gabriel
10:10 am

Brought this soup to a Thai theme pot luck. People loved it! Thanks for the post!

Recipe Rating: 5 Stars

User: Hannah
8:32 am

AMAZING! I love this recipe! I threw it over some Quinoa and subbed Kale for Tofu, sooooooooooo good! Thank you!

Recipe Rating: 5 Stars

User: Naomi
6:13 pm

With this will feel like a Chef!!!!! Since I have found the recipe, my family want me to make it ever Sunday for Soup Sunday!

Recipe Rating: 5 Stars

User: Angel
3:41 pm

Vegetarian Tom Kha Recipe - Average User Rating: 1.23 / 5 - 5 Ratings, 5 Reviews