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Spicy chicken soup with coconut milk and young galangal

 

Tom Kha Gai is a Thai-style (and Lao-style) chicken soup cooked in coconut milk, which has been infused with the aromatic herbs of Southeast Asia, mainly galangal, lemongrass, and kaffir lime leaves.  The pale-white color of the broth may give the appearance of blandness, but the rich coconut milk complements the flavors of these common Southeast Asian spices, and takes the spicy edge off galangal, and another important spice – Thai Bird’s Eye Chili