Tom Ka Gai Recipe ต้มข่าไก่ – Hot Thai Kitchen!


This soup is one of the most popular dishes in Thai restaurants, and it’s always a favourite whenever I make them for my friends and family!

Homemade Stock Recipe:






About Pai:

Pailin “Pai” Chongchitnant is the author of the Hot Thai Kitchen cookbook, co-host of a Canadian TV series One World Kitchen on Gusto TV, and creator and host of the YouTube channel Pailin’s Kitchen.

Pai was born and raised in southern Thailand where she spent much of her “playtime” in the kitchen. She traveled to Canada to study Nutritional Sciences at the University of British Columbia, and was later trained as a chef at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in San Francisco.

After working in both Western and Thai professional kitchens, she decided that her passion really lies in educating and empowering others to cook at home via YouTube videos, her cookbook, and cooking classes. She currently lives in Vancouver, and goes to Thailand every year to visit her family. Visit her at
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  2. Made it tonight. It was very tasty. Didn't have lime leaves. My local Chinese and Indian grocers are having some supply issues. I got the only piece of galangal I saw over 3 stores but no luck on lime leaves. So I went with some peeled lime zest. The stock pre-simmer really made the chicken tender and juicy.

  3. I just made this today. It was so yummy! Definitely a new recipe added to our family menu. Thanks Pai for sharing! ❤️

  4. This looks so good, Pai. I'm just wondering. Do Thai people ever make this soup with duck? Seems like it could be a nice variation.

  5. Hi Pailin, I had cooking lessons in Thailand, we made this dish and it was great. At the near end of cooking we tasted, it was nice, then we added fish sauce, it was better, then we added lime juice and it made so much difference. I will try your version soon.

  6. I know the taste all too well. I could truly live on Tom Ka Gai and Pad Kee Mao gai the rest of my life. OH, and of course Guay tiew gai. AROI MAK Walking the streets of BKK is literally mouth watering. So nice to go back and find the same street vendors. The lady Noi on Soi 33 is the best among many. I woke up one day as I had a week vacation and without having planned it went to the airport with my passport, a backpack filled with 4 pair of underware, 2 shorts, flip flops, sunglasses, and two polo shirts, one black and the other yellow with some body spray, toothbrush etc and booked a ticket to Bangkok. At each leg of the trip I just booked hotels on Agoda on different Soi a night. My travel wallet always has 1000 Bhat in it after my last trip so when I land I can get a BTS ticket to Asoke, a Chang beer, and a massage after that 24 hours in a flying tube. I then hit my favorite vendors all over the city for the most EPIC (and expensive) food quest! No joke, put Thailand for a month on your bucket list and do it 5 times. You won't be sorry!! It's the best way to use tax return money and pocket change through the year.

  7. Great recipe! We make it a lot.

    A trick if Thai ingredients are hard to find: I go to the only store in town (a 20 minute drive) for galangal, lemon grass, and lime leaves. I cut up the galangal into rounds, trim the lemon grass and cut into pieces, then in small plastic bags, put in 10-15 galangal rounds, one lemon grass stalk, and four or five lime leaves. Close up the bags and freeze them! Take one out and add it to the broth or water when you want to make the recipe. It works fine, and saves a trip across town when I want to make this great soup.

  8. It's everybody's favorite soup. I agree that homemade stock is best. However, Trader Joe's has flavor and no additives. It is inexpensive.

  9. Thank you for that recipe AND the presentation! Tom Ka Gah IS my favorite soup of all time! I have been making a different recipe, but excited to try your version! PS What brand are your soup bowls? 🙂 🙂 🙂

  10. There used to be a restaurant called Thaitalian where I'm from in LA. They served a Tom Kha Spaghetti! Can you do a video for that?!


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