by lisa | 15 February 2013 12:25
We took a wonderful trip to Thailand and Cambodia 3 years ago. We saw some amazing sights…
We rode on beautiful elephants through the jungle…
We kayaked down a river out to the ocean…
And, we ate some absolutely delicious food! I don’t think I had ever taken a picture of my food before this trip, but I took pictures of several of my meals. One of our favorite dishes was Tom Kha Gai soup. We each ordered it every chance we got and nick named it “the magical soup”. I should add that this photo was pre-paleo, hence the diet coke, rice and fries.
We liked it so much that we stopped in some random book store in Thailand and copied a recipe out of one of the cookbooks there. Here are my recipe notes in my travel journal.
I also bought these beautiful bowls during the trip for the soup I was planning to make.
We’ve made this soup numerous times over the years since our trip and I am thrilled that it’s also paleo! There are a few ingredients (like galangal, kaffir lime leaves, and lemon grass) that I have to buy from an Asian specialty market. They usually sell them in quantities greater than what I need, but I just freeze the rest (all of those special ingredients freeze really well) for the next time I make soup or a curry. If you can’t find galangal at a store near you, you could substitute ginger. I’m afraid there just is no substitute for the kaffir lime leaves—they give this soup a real authentic Thai flavor that I don’t think you can get from anything else. If you are allergic to shellfish or don’t like shrimp, you could easily use chicken in this soup instead.
This really is my all time favorite soup and it deserves the nick name “magical”. Don’t let the instructions intimidate you. It really is very easy and quick to throw together.
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