Tom Ka Coconut Milk and Galangal Based Soup
Tom Ka, Tom Kha Kai, or Tom Kha Gai, (literally, chicken galangal soup in the Thai language) is a spicy and sour hot soup with coconut milk. It has a very distinct Thai flavor of galangal, a ginger-like rhizome (blue ginger). Kha in Thai means “galangal.” This version of the soup is made of chicken (kai or gai).
If you go back in history, you’d find that Tom Kha was not a soup but a dish until the late 19th century. Thai people used to cook this soup with chicken or duck with a generous amount of galangal in a light coconut broth. They used to serve It as a dipping pleasure with a basic roasted chili jam.
Nowadays too you can make many variations of Tom Ka using this paste.
Halal and vegetarian-Friendly
The paste does not contain any meat, fish or any other seafood. But it does contain the shallot plant ingredients. It can be used for a vegetarian dish if this or other ingredients are not an issue. (see the ingredient list).
Salt, Galangal, Lemongrass, Sugar, Soybean Oil, Flavor Enhancer (Monosodium Glutamate), Kaffir Lime Peel, Shallot, Coriander Root, Chili, Acidity regulator (Citric Acid).
Difference between Tom Ka and Tom Yum
Besides other differences, Tom Yum has more lemongrass like flavor and less blue ginger flavor. The Tom Ka is opposite with more blue ginger and less lemongrass flavor.