Rosa's Thai Cafe recipe: easy Thai Chicken & Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Gai)

Published Tuesday, Feb 17 2015, 18:20 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Rosa's Thai Cafe is one of London's fastest growing restaurant chains and they've kindly shared one of their most popular recipes with us - this easy to make Thai Chicken and Coconut soup or Tom Ka Gai

rosa's thai cafe chicken & coconut soup

© Rosa's Thai Cafe

Spice this simple recipe up with noodles - we did!

rosa thai cafe cookbook cover

© Mitchell Beazley

Owner Rosa says: 'Coconut soup is fantastic on a cold winter night. This satisfying coconut soup always made us feel warm inside.

'I learnt how to cook it from my auntie, who had a lot of coconut trees.

'When the coconuts ripened, there were so many we'd have enough for a month. I must admit,I've always had a bit of a love-hate relationship with this recipe.

'Not because of the taste (which is wonderful), but because we had to go to my friend's farm to kill a chicken to make it. And we ate so much, this was almost a daily event. The galangal adds a unique flavour to the soup, which should be salty and sour, with a little spice.'

This recipe is one of over 100 recipes from the fab new Rosa's Thai Cafe cookbook, out now, £20 Mitchell Beazley.


  • measurements are per person
  • 250ml of coconut milk
  • A pinch of coriander root
  • 2 slices of galangal
  • 2 red chillies
  • 2 diagonal slices of lemongrass
  • 1 tbsp of fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp of lime juice
  • 250g of chicken
  • 3 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 5 button mushrooms, sliced into quarters


1 In a pan, heat the coconut milk until it starts to boil.

2 Add the lemongrass, galangal, chillies and coriander root, stir for a minute or so and then add the chicken.

3 Keep stirring on a high heat until the chicken is almost done, then add the mushrooms and tomatoes and season with the fish sauce and lime juice.

4 Stir on a high heat for another minute or so until the chicken is cooked all the way through. Serve and enjoy!

Rosa's tip: You can always try adding a handful of rice noodles for a heartier meal.

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