Vegan Tom Kha Soup

Vegan Tom Kha

Tom Kha is a delicious Thai coconut soup made with a simple homemade red chilli paste, coconut milk, kaffir limes, lemongrass, galangal or ginger, soy sauce or vegan fish sauce, an assortment of your favourite vegetables and tofu. This is one of our favourite dishes that we keep cooking at home especially during winter or rainy days.

Tom Kha Soup or Tom Kha Gai is normally served with chicken (Gai) but this is a vegan version of the original Thai recipe. This recipe calls for galangal and we love it but it’s not always easy to find. If you are in the same situation, don’t worry, simply substitute the galangal for ginger just like we do. Your soup will still be extremely delicious!

We learnt how to cook this dish while in Thailand. We took different vegetarian cooking courses and made Tom Yum and Tom Kha soups. They are both delicious but we find Tom Kha soup just more enjoyable containing coconut milk. A rich, creamy, sweet and spicy soup, this is what you can expect from our lovely Vegan Tho Kha Soup!

Vegan Tom Kha

How to make Tom Kha Soup Step by Step

Prepare the Red Chilli Paste

Prepare a chilli paste to add flavour and spiciness into the soup. This is a simple step that will make a big difference in the taste of your Tom Kha soup. Our red chilli paste is made with four simple ingredients: Dried bird’s eye chilli, carrot, garlic and onion. If you want to make this step a bit simpler, just add the store-bought red curry paste.

  • Using gloves, cut some red chillies down the side with scissors, remove the seeds and leave them soaking in water for around 10 minutes. We normally add around 10-15 bird’s eye chillies. The soup comes out spicy but not too spicy. If you prefer a milder soup, get larger chillies, as they will be less spicy.
  • Chop the carrot, onion and garlic while the chillis are soaking in water. Heat some coconut oil in a pan to medium-high temperature.
  • Drain and rinse the chillies and add the chillies, carrot, garlic and onion in the heated pan. Fry for a couple of minutes and transfer into a blender jug or food processor.
  • Add into the blender sugar, lime juice and soy sauce and blend until you have a smooth-ish paste. Instead of soy sauce, you can add homemade vegan fish sauce or just the store-bought one.

Tom Kha soup

This is a really flavourful soup, based on a broth that contains essential Thai cuisine ingredients such as galangal or ginger, lemongrass or kaffir lime leaves.

  • To make the broth, add into a litre of vegetable stock sliced galangal or ginger (unpeeled), kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass.
  • Bring it to the boil and add the coconut milk, chopped vegetables of your choice and tofu cut into small cubes. For our Vegan Tom Kha Soup, we add carrot, mushrooms and sliced onion.
  • Leave simmering until the vegetables are cooked to your taste, we like them to still have some crunch.
  • Add the chilli paste that we prepared and a little bit of sugar if needed. Stir the paste into the broth until everything is perfectly combined.
  • Serve the soup with some chopped coriander on the top

How to serve our Vegan Tom Kha Soup

Tom Kha is normally served as an appetizer or starter. It’s a great option for a light lunch or dinner or it can be served as a main dish as well if you want to add some rice noodles or make a bigger portion.

If you want some ideas of main dishes to serve with this lovely appetizer, have a look at our Vegetarian Pad Thai or check our homemade curries such as this Thai Red Curry, Massaman Curry, Thai Green Curry or Penang Curry.

For the perfect presentation, chop some fresh cilantro and sprinkle on the top before serving.

Vegan Tom Kha
Vegan Tom Kha
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Vegan Tom Kha Soup

Delicious Thai Coconut Soup with tofu and seasonal vegetables to serve as an appetizer or main dish.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: Thai Coconut Soup, Tom Kha
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

Red Chilli Paste

  • 10-15 dried Bird’s eye chillis
  • 1/4 onion
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or vegan fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 lime squeezed

Tom Kha Soup

  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 2 lemongrass stalks
  • 2-3- inch ginger
  • 4-5 kaffir lime leaves
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 1 carrot
  • 4-5 mushrooms
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 block tofu firm
  • 4 tablespoon homemade chilli paste
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Instructions

To prepare the chilli paste

  • Using gloves, cut some red chillies down the side with scissors, remove the seeds and leave them soaking in water for around 10 minutes.
  • Chop the carrot, onion and garlic while the chillis are soaking in water. Heat some coconut oil in a pan to medium-high temperature.
  • Drain and rinse the chillis and add the chillis, carrot, garlic and onion in the heated pan. Fry for a couple of minutes and transfer into a blender jug or food processor.
  • Add into the blender the sugar, lime juice and soy sauce and blend until you have a smooth-ish paste.

To prepare the Tom Kha Soup

  • Add into a litre of vegetable stock sliced ginger (unpeeled), kaffir lime leaves and sliced lemongrass.
  • Bring it to the boil and add the coconut milk, chopped vegetables of your choice and tofu cut into small cubes. Leave simmering until the vegetables are cooked to your taste,
  • Add the chilli paste, soy sauce and sugar. Stir the paste into the broth until everything is perfectly combined.
  • Transfer into a soup bowl, sprinkle some chopped coriander on the top and serve.
Vegan Tom Kha Soup

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