Mon's Tom Ka

Mon's Tom Ka

On our last visit to Koh Lanta, we had the luxury of spending an afternoon in the community guesthouse, Sweet Life Lanta, where we learned how to make Tom Ka, a spicy and sour coconut soup, from the ever-charismatic chef Mon of @cookingwithmon.

Using herbs and spices straight from his garden, Mon shared his passion for cooking and the tantalising flavours of Thai cuisine. This comforting recipe is easy-to-make, and perfectly sized for a heartwarming meal for two. 


  • 1-2 inches, Galangal
  • 2-3 stalks, Lemongrass
  • 2-3 Kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 Green or red chilli
  • 2-3 cloves, Small shallots
  • Coriander root and stem
  • (Optional) 1-2 Sawtooth coriander leaves
  • ½ Lime 
  • Vegetables of choice
     Mon uses mushrooms, tomatoes, and onions
  • (Optional) Meat of choice
    — Mon uses 200g chicken bone
  • 250ml Coconut Milk
  • 250ml Water or stock
  • A pinch of salt and sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of fish sauce
    (can be substituted with salt)


  • Slice lemongrass, coriander stem, spring onions, meat, vegetables

  • Smash galangal, shallots, chilli to bring out the aroma
  • Boil vegetables beforehand if they require a longer boiling time


1. Put 250ml coconut milk and 250ml water in wok on medium heat.

2. Add a pinch of salt together with lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, coriander root, shallots, and chillies.

3. Add meat of your choice.

4. Keep stirring before adding vegetable of your choice.

5. Add a pinch of salt and fish sauce to taste, and let soup boil before bringing it to a simmer.

6. Add coriander and spring onion leaves.

7. Taste the soup and add more chilli, sugar, salt, or fish sauce if desired.

8. Turn off fire, squeeze half a lime in to taste, serve and enjoy!

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