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Tom Kha Pladuk (Catfish Soup)

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Category: Soups

 Ingredients List

  • 1 Cat fish; (about half a
  • -pound prepared weight)
  • 2 c Fish stock
  • 1 c Coconut milk
  • 1 tb Kha (galangal); julienned
  • 1 tb Takhrai (lemon grass);
  • -thinly sliced
  • 1 tb Bai phak chi;
  • -(coriander/cilantro leaves)
  • 1 tb Prik ki nu daeng (red
  • -birdseye chilis); thinly
  • -sliced
  • 4 tb Fish sauce
  • 4 tb Lime juice



Bring the stock to a simmer.

Add the galangal, lemon grass, coriander, chilis, fish sauce and lime
juice, and bring back to the simmer.

Clean the fish and cut it into 1" steaks, then divide them, removing the

Add the fish to the soup, and the coconut milk and bring back to a very
gentle simmer, and poach the fish for 3-4 minutes (until just cooked).

NOTES: There are two staple soups in Thai cuisine: tom yam is a hot spicy
clear soup with elements of sweet and sour flavors added. Tom kha is a
milder soup with coconut milk and galangal (kha) dominating rather than the
fiery prik (chili) of the tom yam.

Because it is milder tom khas are often made with chicken or pork, but most
common in Thailand are varieties using seafood (especially shrimp, squid,
or fish such as red snapper or catfish) or vegetables (especially medleys
of mushrooms, tom kha hed).

The catfish can be "crisped" by quickly, and briefly, deep frying it in
very hot oil, but this variation is based on simply poaching the fish in
the soup.

In Thailand the fish is cleaned, and then poached whole (with the head),
then removed from the soup, and cut into bite sized pieces which are
returned to the soup for serving. The method here is a little simpler, in
that it doesn't involve handling the hot fish.

Thais eat the galangal, which is cut into thin matchstick pieces. However I
have noticed that many western diners prefer to discard the galangal and so
it may be wiser to leave the galangal in thin slices.

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