Turkey Tom Kha Gai


  • 6 cups turkey broth
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, bruised and sliced
  • 1 (3 inch) piece fresh ginger, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro stems
  • 2kaffir lime leaves, sliced, or more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste
  • 1 pound cooked turkey, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup clamshell mushrooms, separated
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons palm sugar
  • 1 (13 ounce) can coconut milk
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon chili oil, or more to taste
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Combine turkey broth, lemongrass, ginger, cilantro stems, lime leaves, and red pepper flakes in a pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until flavors blend, 20 to 30 minutes.


  • Step 2

    Stain broth mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, discard vegetables, and return broth to the pot.

  • Step 3

    Stir turkey, mushrooms, fish sauce, and palm sugar into broth; simmer until mushrooms are tender and turkey absorbs broth flavor, about 15 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Pour coconut milk, lime juice, green onions, and cilantro leaves into broth. Bring soup to a simmer and drizzle in chili oil.

  • Cook's Note:

    You can use white sugar in place of palm sugar, if desired. You can use young lemon leaves in place of the lime leaves, if desired.

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