Tom Kha Gai is a Thai soup that has strengthen my immune system in just 2 months and gives my body a nice warming feel. Below you will find the health benefits and recipe of this incredibly delicious soup.
Coming from Cuba and having the same Cuban meals every night has made me hungry to experience other foods from different cultures. Over the years I have grown to love Indian, Japanese, and Thai foods. These cultures all incorporate their rich sauces and savory spices to create the perfect balance for your palate. I came across a Thai soup in a restaurant one day and since then I have been obsessed with it’s lemony taste and heart warming feel. This soup is called, Tom Kha Gai. I make it on a weekly basis, to take advantage of its antioxidant and immune building properties.
Tom Kha Gai is a Thai soup that is made with lemongrass. Lemongrass is exactly what it sounds like, a grass with a lemony taste. This grass is rich in flavonoids. Flavonoids are a plant compound that acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. This can help cure heart disease, high blood pressure, and arthritis. The most powerful component in lemongrass is Luteolin, which is best known to slow down the growth of cancerous cells.
In my version of the Tom Kha Gai I also incorporate a small amount of ginger. The ginger helps prevent colds, and lowers blood sugar levels. It also adds the perfect kick to this soup and ties in all the flavors together.
I love incorporating lots of soups and stews to my diet because it is the best way to keep my calorie intake low while still getting all essential minerals and vitamins. I make this soup with shrimp but you can replace the shrimp with chicken, salmon, or bell peppers, for a vegan version of this recipe!! 🙂