Tom Kha Gai (Thai Coconut Soup)

Chef Richard Perks
  • 300g Diced Chicken
  • 3 cup (750ml) Water
  • ½ cup (125ml) Chicken Stock
  • 2 stalks of Lemongrass
  • ⅕ cm (⅗”) piece of Galangal (or Ginger)
  • 5 Kaffir Lime Leaves, torn roughly
  • 2 Thai Chillies
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 3 tbsp Palm Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1 cup (250ml) Coconut Cream
  • Coriander/Cilantro, for garnish

  1. Slice the garlic and chillies. Bash the lemongrass so they burst open to release the flavour.  Add into the pot.
  2. Crush kaffir lime leaves with your hands and add into the pot.
  3. Add galangi (ginger), stock, coconut and water. Bring to a simmer on high heat, cover, reduce to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Strain the broth, return broth into the same pot over low heat.
Finish the Soup
  1. Add chicken and simmer until just cooked.
  2. Stir in palm sugar and fish sauce, simmer for one minute.
  3. Add lime juice and taste. Adjust sweet (sugar), salt (fish sauce) and sour (lime) to your taste.
  4. Ladle into bowls and serve with fresh coriander and fresh chillies!

Land Acknowledgment

The Country Day School wishes to recognize and acknowledge the land on which the school operates. Our nearest Indigenous Nations are now the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the Chippewas of Georgina Island. The Dish with One Spoon Wampum covenant is often cited as an example of the shared responsibility for caring for these lands among the Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples who would call these their traditional territories. CDS respects the relationship with these lands and recognizes that our connection to this land can be strengthened by our continued relationship with all First Nations, by acknowledging our shared responsibility to respect and care for the land and waters for future generations.

School Information

13415 Dufferin Street King, Ontario L7B 1K5 
(905) 833-1220

Founded in 1972, The Country Day School is a co-educational private school offering programs in JK-12 and located on 100 acres north of Toronto in King.