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Gai Tom Kha Namsai, Rayong Style

Gai Tom Kha Namsai, Rayong Style

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This is a local recipe from Rayong, on Thailand's eastern seaboard. Namsai means clear soup, and this is unusual because it's tom kha without the coconut milk. The key ingredient is the dipping sauce. Locals in Rayong dip seafood and other meat into this sauce, and the sauce is even poured directly over jasmine rice and eaten. The sauce is a little bit like our seafood dipping sauce.

We love the flavor of this soup. Prepare it with the best chicken you can find. We used organic free-range chicken breast, and the result was unforgettable.

Ingredients

For 4 Person(s)

Ingredients For Soup

  • 5 Cups Water
  • 1 1/2 Pound Chicken, Cut into Chunks
  • 2 Inches Fresh Galangal, Sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon Sea Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Spring Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Cilantro

Ingredients for Dipping Sauce

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Method for Gai Tom Kha Namsai, Rayong Style

Method for Dipping Sauce (make this first)

In a mortar and pestle, pound garlic and chiles together, but do not over pound it. You should still be able to see chiles and garlic. Add lime juice, fish sauce, salt and sugar. Stir this together until the liquid is dissolved, and the taste should be sour, salty and spicy (priow, kem, ped).

Method for Soup

In a medium pot, bring water to a boil. Add chicken. Reduce heat to medium/low. Skim the foam off the top in order to make your soup clear. Add sliced galangal, and salt. Let it simmer for 30 minutes, or until meat is tender, and soup is slightly sweet and aromatic.

Serve the soup in a bowl, garnished with spring onion and cilantro. With the dipping sauce on the side, serve it with chopsticks. Use the chopsticks to pickup the chicken chunks and dip it into the sauce, pickup up some chiles and garlic. Serve with jasmine rice.

Gai tom kha namsai rayong style

Gai tom kha namsai rayong style

Ingredients ready

Ingredients ready

Good quality chicken breast

Good quality chicken breast

Boil prepared chicken meat

Boil prepared chicken meat

Add fresh galangal

Add fresh galangal

Prepare spicy dipping mix

Prepare spicy dipping mix

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Kristen, Looks like a good recipe, even if it does contain fish-feet. Let me know if you try it. Joe

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    This is a quick and easy recipe for when there isn't much time to prepare something. This is my favorite dipping sauce too! I'll be making this very soon. Thanks!

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    fish feet ???? never knew fish had feet.

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    This is a very nice, flavorful light soup. For the calorie-conscious, it is very low fat/low calorie if made with skinless chicken. My wife & I both need to restrict our salt intake, so I reduced the amount of salt in the soup and the dipping sauce by 2/3. I used dried Galangal in the soup stock & red Thai chiles in the dipping sauce. (HOT!) I also added some Bok Choy just because I really like it. :-)

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    More than 20 years ago I used to order this soup from a little Thai restaurant in Jacksonville, Arkansas. I never knew the recipe, now I do. Thanks!

  • Moudry

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Kristen, Looks like a good recipe, even if it does contain fish-feet. Let me know if you try it. Joe

  • Willey

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    This is a quick and easy recipe for when there isn't much time to prepare something. This is my favorite dipping sauce too! I'll be making this very soon. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    fish feet ???? never knew fish had feet.

  • Jim B.

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    This is a very nice, flavorful light soup. For the calorie-conscious, it is very low fat/low calorie if made with skinless chicken. My wife & I both need to restrict our salt intake, so I reduced the amount of salt in the soup and the dipping sauce by 2/3. I used dried Galangal in the soup stock & red Thai chiles in the dipping sauce. (HOT!) I also added some Bok Choy just because I really like it. :-)

  • Anonymous

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    More than 20 years ago I used to order this soup from a little Thai restaurant in Jacksonville, Arkansas. I never knew the recipe, now I do. Thanks!


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