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Tom Kha Salmon, Prepared by the Prime Minister of Thailand

Tom Kha Salmon, Prepared by the Prime Minister of Thailand

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When Thais elected a celebrity chef as Prime Minister in 2008, we knew that an occupation in politics wouldn't stop Samak's dedication to the cooking show Chimpai Bonpai ("Tasting, Complaining"). For anyone visiting Thailand, see this show every Saturday on Channel 5 at 4:30 PM.

Now ImportFood.com takes you behind the scenes to meet the world's first celebrity chef / prime minister! We recently joined Samak in Bangkok for the filming of his show, sat down for lunch together, talked about Thai food and shared one of his favorite soups--Tom Kha made with salmon. Here is the recipe for the soup, and we'll have more of Samak's recipes next month.

The secret to making a delicious Thai soup, according to Samak, is pounding together Thai pepper powder,corriander seed and fresh garlic in a mortar & pestle. This paste he calls "Thai MSG" and you can add it to any soup for good results. See below for the correct proportions.

You might also be interested in our excellent quality ready-made Tom Kha Soup in Pouches.

Ingredients

For 4 Person(s)

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Method for Tom Kha Salmon, Prepared by the Prime Minister of Thailand

Method

Bring 6 cups water to a boil and add chicken buillion. In a mortar and pestle pound the corriander seed, garlic and Thai pepper powder into a paste. Add the paste to the boiling stock. Add salmon, galangal, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and stir. Add mushrooms, followed by coconut milk. Season with fish sauce (more or less as you prefer). Bring to a boil, then remove from heat.

Ladle into a serving bowl and season with lime juice (quantity as you prefer), then sprinkle with mild fresh chiles such as jalapeno, red and yellow bell peppers, or any mild chile peppers in season.

Samak suggested that this be served with a special mix of steamed rice. Simply mix 80% uncookedjasmine rice with 20% uncooked sticky rice, rinse, and steam together in a rice cooker. We love this combination too! Ladle the soup over a bowl of the steamed rice, and enjoy this excellent Thai soup--from the Prime Minister to you.

Tom kha salmon

Tom kha salmon

Samak's special paste

Samak's special paste

Ingredients ready

Ingredients ready

Adding kaffir lime leaves

Adding kaffir lime leaves

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Love Tom Kha with chicken; eagerly anticipate trying wih salmon.

  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Photo of ingredients shows 4 different peppers but no mention of peppers in the ingredients list for the recipe. Does the recipe need peppers?

  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    I will try Tom Kha Salmon, but can I try red snapper instead. Thanks again for the great service and proficient work to make your customer happy. I am so please to tell you that, your doing such a great job!

  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    I have a freezer full of Alaska salmon and I can't wait to get this recipe in the dinner rotation. Thank you!

  • Shaun

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    I finally tried the Tom Kha Salmon recipe using your recommendation of 3 tablespoons lime juice (if you recall, I had asked your recommendation), and that turned out to be perfect - it\'s an amazing recipe and was my first use of your mortar and pestle. Also added just a bit of extra fish sauce. Amazing recipe, and the new yellow curry recipe was great too! Thanks again for the great service and constant work to make your already great site even better!

  • Dams

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good idea! kha taan. I am in New Zealand and the cost of this fish is not too much and loves to have thai food more than .Limon is not strong like the thai lime have to put more. Popular Dish and better than chichen wonderful menu for the party. Thanks 1000000.

  • Anonymous

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Love Tom Kha with chicken; eagerly anticipate trying wih salmon.

  • Anonymous

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Photo of ingredients shows 4 different peppers but no mention of peppers in the ingredients list for the recipe. Does the recipe need peppers?

  • Susie Nielsen

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    I will try Tom Kha Salmon, but can I try red snapper instead. Thanks again for the great service and proficient work to make your customer happy. I am so please to tell you that, your doing such a great job!

  • JMack

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    I have a freezer full of Alaska salmon and I can't wait to get this recipe in the dinner rotation. Thank you!


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