The Ever Youthful Tom Ka Kai

Good for strength, energy, kidneys, spleen, and tummy…a real all-rounder for the cold winter blues. Make this after work as a quick, comforting warmer or on a cold weekend evening whilst watching your favourite television programme. Whenever you make it, you will just feel the youth!


  • 800 ml coconut milk (light or not, the choice is yours)

    Tom Ka Kai Soup for youth
    Tom Ka Kai Soup for youth
  • 500 ml chicken stock (the fresher, the better)
  • 2 small red chillis, deseeded and sliced into rounds
  • 4 stems lemongrass
  • 1 inch piece of root ginger, cut in half
  • 6 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 chicken breasts, boned, skinned and cut into strips
  • 4 spring onions, chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • chopped coriander, to garnish
  • Sea salt and ground pepper to taste

Bring the coconut milk and chicken stock to a slow boil in a large pot. Add the chopped chilli, lemongrass, root ginger and lime leaves to the pan and simmer very gently for 20 minutes.

Add the chicken strips and simmer for a further 10 minutes (or just until chicken is cooked and tender). Remove the root ginger and lime leaves with a slotted spoon.

Add the spring onions, lime juice and serve garnished with fresh coriander.

Optional Extra: Add some dried rice noodles after you add the chicken for a more filling meal.

Enjoy, be warm, and feel younger this winter!


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