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This week’s recipe is…
The Best Thai Coconut Soup!
This week we have a fun flavorful Thai dish. The recipe of the week is “The Best Thai Coconut Soup!”. The Best Thai Coconut Soup is made from ginger, garlic, onions, bell pepper, mushrooms, snap peas, lemon grass, baby bok choy, chicken, red curry paste, vegetable broth, coconut milk, lime juice, salt, pepper, cilantro, basil, and vegetable oil. This cuisine serves as the main dish of a meal, and if you view our recipe, you’ll see that it serves 6. Now that we’ve learned about what’s in our Thai Coconut Soup, let’s dive into the history!
HISTORY OF THE BEST THAI COCONUT SOUP!
What’s interesting about The Best Thai Coconut Soup is how many different names it has. Tom kha kai, or chicken galangal soup, (or in our case, The Best Thai Coconut Soup) are just a few names for this dish. The dish is a spicy and sour hot soup with coconut milk.
But what is galangal? Galangal is the name for a variety of tropical subterranean plant spices. The names are a mouthful, but here are the most common references for galangal: greater galangal, lengkuas, or laos; lesser galangal; Chinese ginger, or fingerroot; and kencur, black galangal or sand ginger. Phew! That’s a lot of different spices for galangal! An easy way to remember galangal is to think of it as a relative to ginger (which is what we use in our version!).
Most commonly in Thailand the tom kha kai (Thai Coconut Soup or chicken coconut soup) will include coconut milk, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, thai chili peppers, coriander, straw mushrooms, fish sauce, chicken, and lime juice. So, very similar to our own recipe!
Like many dishes that we’ve cooked, The Best Thai Coconut Soup can be modified depending on your tastes. Traditionally, there are other versions of the cuisine. For example, sometimes instead of chicken, seafood is used, or pork, and even tofu.
According to history, Thai Coconut Soup back in the 19th century was not a soup! In fact, it was a dish of duck or chicken that was simmered in coconut broth with large amounts of galangal. Then it was served with a roasted chili jam for dipping. The more you know!
TRIVIA (FUN FOOD FACTS!)
Today for our fun food facts, let’s learn how to say some of the ingredients in The Best Thai Coconut Soup in Thai!
Question: How do you say cilantro in Thai?
Answer: phak chi! (Written in Thai as ผักชี )
Question: If you switch out chicken for seafood in Thai Coconut Soup, what is the new name for it in Thai?
Answer: Substitute in seafood in the Thai Coconut Soup and it’s new name is tom kha thale! (Written in Thai: ต้มข่าทะเล)
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