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Newbie Tom Kah Gai questions

magnoliasouth | Jul 31, 2014 05:42 PM

My husband, who spent a lot of time in Thailand, loves this soup. I would love to surprise him with one that is homemade.

I have searched far and wide and watched dozens of videos. I've noticed that there are certain ingredients that every recipe has and certain ones that some add but not others.

For recipes using chili (or is it chile?) oil, is that an oil that has Thai peppers in it? Or what kind is best for that?

Do standard American Thai restaurants strain out the lemongrass, galangal and kaffir leaves? I know it's traditional to leave in, but I'm curious what restaurants do. It's what he always orders here too, so I'm assuming he likes the American Thai restaurant soups also.

About.com suggests basil leaves, but that's the only recipe I saw (I'm sure there are more) that used those. Wouldn't that taint the flavor? Or is that commonly used?

Any fish sauce suggestions?

What about accompaniments? Are there some easy recipes that would go good with this soup?

Do you have a Tom Kah recipe that is to die for? I'm all ears!

Many thanks for any direction whatsoever. I don't live in an area with a heavy Thai community so our resources are a little limited.

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