Sour Chicken Soup

Thai style chicken soup

Tom Som Kai soup is a delicious sour soup from northeast Thailand. “Tom” means boiling, “Som” means sour and “Kai” means chicken. When eaten, the chicken soup will make you feel warm and fresh from Thai herbs.


  • 700 g Chicken leg quarter

  • 1,200 ml water

  • 2 Large cloves of garlic

  • 50 g Shallot

  • 3 Pieces of cut lemongrass

  • 8 Pieces of slides galangal

  • 1 Piece of large coriander root

  • 90 g Tomato

  • 15 g coriander

  • 15 g spring onion

  • 1 tsp Salt

  • 1 tsp Sugar

  • 2 tbsp Fish sauce

  • 2 tbsp Tamarind concentrate

  • 4 Pieces of chili


  1. Chicken leg quarter, cut into pieces

  2. Shallot and garlic, peel and smashed

  3. Coriander root, wash and smashed

  4. Lemongrass, smashed and cut into 2” long

  5. Sliced Galangal

  6. Tomato, cut into 4 pieces

  7. Chili, sliced in half

  8. Coriander and spring onion cut into 2” long

PREP TIME : 10minutes

COOKING TIME :  30minutes

YIELD :  2 people


Thai style chicken soup


  1. Heat the water in a wok over medium heat. 

  2. Once the water is boiling add coriander root, galangal, lemongrass, garlic and shallot and cook for 2 minutes. 

  3. Add chicken leg quarter then use a ladle to press lightly to cover the chicken with water and cook until the water boils again. Skim any foam or fat from the soup with a ladle as necessary. 

  4. Once the soup is boiling add salt, sugar, fish sauce, and tamarind concentrate then stir to combine and simmer for another 15-20 minutes

  5. Now add tomato, coriander, spring onion and red chili and stir to combine for another minute. Transfer to a big serving bowl. Enjoy!!

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