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Tom Kha Gai Soup
with veggie medley

Active: 30 minTotal: 30 min

Tom Kha Gai is a classic coconut-based Thai soup. It's sweet, savory, and tangy all at the same time, but most importantly, it's warming comfort in a bowl.
Smarts: We tried to pack this soup with lots of veggies - feel free to swap in and out whatever you love best.


Tom Kha Soup:
  • Jasmine rice, uncooked - 2/3 cup
  • Lemongrass - 3 stalks, mashed
  • Ginger, fresh - 1/2 inch, sliced thinly
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
  • Mushrooms, brown or shiitake - 1/2 lb, sliced thinly
  • Bell peppers, red - 1, sliced thinly
  • Baby corn - 1 can, rinsed and drained
  • Zucchini, large - 1, sliced thinly
  • Tomatoes, medium - 1, sliced thinly
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Coconut milk - 1 cup
  • Stock, vegetable - 3 cups
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Brown sugar - 1 tsp
  • Jalapenos (opt) - 1, sliced thinly
  • Cilantro (opt) - 1/4 bunch, leaves torn off of stems
  • Limes - 1/2, sliced into wedges
  • Hot sauce (opt) - to taste

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  1. Rice - For white rice, rinse until clear. Fill a saucepan or Dutch oven (or rice cooker) with rice, water (use 2:1 ratio for water to rice), and some salt. Cover with lid and bring to a boil. Once water boils, stir, lower heat to a low-medium, and cover. Check white rice after ~20 min; brown at ~45 min. Rice is done when it's absorbed all the water. If it's not done, leave the cover on until all water has been absorbed. Take cover off to release steam and fluff with a wooden spoon after 5 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Lemongrass / Ginger / Garlic / Mushrooms / Red Peppers - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Baby corn - Rinse and drain. Slice in half lengthwise (optional). (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Zucchini / Tomatoes - Prep as directed.


  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then aromatics - lemongrass, ginger, and garlic. Saute for ~1 minute, until very fragrant.
  2. Fold in mushrooms and saute for another 2 to 3 minutes until mushrooms start to get golden.
  3. Pour in coconut milk, stock, soy sauce (if you are okay using fish sauce, it does give the broth a deep flavor), and brown sugar. Cover and bring to a boil and then simmer uncovered for 4 to 6 minutes.
  4. While soup is cooking, slice jalapenos, pick off cilantro leaves, and slice limes into wedges.
  5. Add red peppers and baby corn and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Next fold in zucchini and tomatoes. If you sliced zucchini super thin, the residual heat will cook the zucchini and you can just turn off the heat. Otherwise, simmer for another 2 to 3 minutes to cook the zucchini.
  7. Season with hot sauce, and more soy sauce if it’s not savory enough.
  8. Divide rice and soup into bowls and serve with jalapenos, cilantro, and lime wedges.

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This meal has 77 reviews

One of our cooksmarts favs!!

By: Julie
Posted: Jan 14, 2019
Diet: Original

I added lime leaves and a thai chili.

By: Maren
Posted: Apr 21, 2016
Diet: Original

love this!

By: Sarah
Posted: Mar 10, 2016
Diet: Original

The smell of the fish sauce almost turned me away from finishing the recipe, but I'm glad it didn't! This soup was amazing! I would definitely recommend this to friends

By: Madeline
Posted: Oct 23, 2015
Diet: Paleo

My family loved this! I do plan on tweaking a bit - more coconut milk vs broth but we loved it!!!

By: Heather
Posted: Sep 13, 2015
Diet: Paleo

Kid approved (minus jalapeños)

By: Jenjne
Posted: Aug 23, 2015
Diet: Original