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Quick food: Tom Kha Ka-ish by Majnouna Quick food: Tom Kha Ka-ish by Majnouna
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Tom Kha Kai, a coconut milk soup with chicken (kai) and galangal (kha), is a specialty of northern Thailand and my absolute favorite Thai dish. I would have it every day while traveling there. I no longer eat chicken, and galangal, while not impossible to find, tends to be expensive. But I always have fresh ginger root in my kitchen, and mushrooms were already part of the dish, and they are an excellent, super healthy meat substitute (also cheaper/more exciting than tofu). So this is a tom kha kai recipe without kha or kai, but that tastes close enough to the original to satisfy me!

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Panzerkan Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
If I want to use chicken, I add it in the second step or before?
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
If you want to add chicken, google a recipe with chicken.
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Niconic-crazyness Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds awesome...
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
:nod:
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Kizziesama Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Love this soup so much! I made it for some friends a while back, and they just couldn't take the taste of the coconut milk, but one of them... every time I see her, she MUST have a pot of this all to herself :lol: Glad to see someone sharing a recipe for it :highfive:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great, enjoy it!
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Elheym Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Excuse me but I think that "Kai" means chicken, and "Tom" means soup. But I'm not sure ^^" I love your recipes, they're awesome :D
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes you're right, I tripped over my own tongue :lol:
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Elheym Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Haha I have Thai origins but I didn't have the chance to learn it as a child x) But I'm still trying to learn a few words when I'm on holiday in Thailand.
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BUNNEHS111 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can I use chicken bullion cubes or other bullion cube stocks? I can use vegetable if I have to, but I was just wondering. Does vegetable taste better or something? Thanks!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes you can if you like them :)
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lonewylfe Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
I didn't even notice that the chicken was missing till I read your notes. I love tom kha kai! I'll definitely have to try to make this.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Me too! I missed it so much after I stopped eating chicken, and was overjoyed to realize  could make it at home.
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Smava-Heartsong Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So I made this, and it was absolutely amazing! But my mom was wondering why you used olive oil in the recipe, since that's usually used in more Mediterranean style dishes, not Thai.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Because it's tasty, healthy, and I always have a bottle in my pantry :) As I do ginger, which I used rather than galangal. The key to simple and cheaper cooking is smart substitution, but of course you're quite free to use more local oil if you can get it!
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Smava-Heartsong Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, it's fantastic! We were just curious :)
Thanks for the recipe!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oops, I pressed 'add comment' when I meant to preview. To continue: The 'kai' is the chicken part. You might even call this a Tom mai kha, if you like, as a joke on the non-galangal aspect of it. :giggle: Or simply call it, 'Tom khing' (ginger soup) altogether. :D

(I must say, some of the questions you received did make me unsure whether to chuckle or facepalm. It puzzles me just how hugely uninformed people can still be, especially with regard to other cultures besides one's own; wholly ironic, given the world of information right at one's fingertips these days.)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
That's why I call it tom without kha or kai :giggle: But tom mai kha sounds even funnier!
Oh gosh, don't get me started on conditioned ignorance, it's astonishing the stupidity I encounter.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, it was because you said 'without the tom'. :giggle: But I figure you meant to say 'kai', of course. :D
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Majnouna Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ohhh duh, of course I did *brain gone*
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It's alright, it's still a tom, which can be a soup or soup-based dish of various kinds. It doesn't have to have chicken in it to be one. :D
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Golden-Flute Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just made this for dinner! DELICIOUS!! Man, it was so good!

I couldn't find some of the ingredients at my store, but I found good substitutes for them. For the lemongrass, I substituted lemon zest and a bay leaf. I could only find vegetable bouillon, not stock (the only stock was in liquid form) so I just didn't add any more salt and it was fine. I substituted kaffir lime leaves with lime zest.

When I'm able to get my butt to the Asian market that's an hour away, I'll have to make it again with all the proper ingredients, but it was still very tangy and delicious and perfect for a sunny, yet chilly day! <3 Thank you! :D
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Good thinking on the substitutions!
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MyPresenceEuphoria Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
except the coconut milk (I can't even buy a coconut anyways), I will try this recipe soon ^^
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Coconut milk comes canned :)
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MyPresenceEuphoria Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm afraid not in spanish supermarkets xD
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Golden-Flute Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You don't need to buy an actual coconut for coconut milk! XD You can find canned coconut milk in every store! Proof of this is that I just bought some today from my local grocery store! It was in the Asian section of the store, so take a peek there. :D
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MyPresenceEuphoria Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
xD asian section, you're so funny! I'd be lucky if I found some exotic food in any store from my town
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LilFred Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Awww... I don't think I can find these ingredients! :(
Thanks anyway! :heart:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ah well :)
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Angelwings246 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks yummy as always! I have always loved cooking, so thanks for giving me new ideas!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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Golden-Flute Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm taking stock of what's in my kitchen to see if I can make this today or tomorrow! Just one question: I have vegetable stock in liquid form, but it looks like yours is in cube form. Should it be in cube form and how much is in a cube, in case I can't find any at my store? Thank you so much!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
In this particular recipe liquid stock is not desirable because we don't want to add water to the coconut milk. It's impossible for you not to find cube stock as that's far more common than liquid stock and available in the remotest places, but it would be better to leave out the stock altogether than use liquid here.
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Golden-Flute Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, thanks for the help!
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mossyhairundys Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
I'm gonna try every recipe that you have made one day! :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Good idea! :XD:
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mossyhairundys Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Now I don't have to worry about food in college. Hehhe...
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
:)
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Burning-Question Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could you say what mushrooms exactly to use? Because I'm confused.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
White (aka) button is fine.
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Burning-Question Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks ^^
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eXHor Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist
it's probably cultivated mushroom, but like any reciepe, you can try with any other kind of mushroom, just try!
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Silnaur Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks delicious! ...but, if it's not a silly question... what type of mushrooms? *is clueless about mushrooms* :blush:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
White mushrooms will do :) I should probably specify in the recipe.
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Silnaur Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, please do ^^; It must be difficult to find a balance between not over-explaining to readers who already know what they're doing with food, but still explaining enough for us less confident cooks to be able to follow the recipe!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
I've updated it now ^^
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Silnaur Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hooray ^_^
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Tobutori Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
this sounds really tasty! thank you for sharing! :D
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Enjoy!
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