*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
                                GAI THOM KHA
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 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Chicken                          Soups
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    2                    Lemon grass stalk
    3       T            Siamese ginger -- sliced
    4                    Garlic cloves
    3                    Peppercorns
    7                    Coriander roots
   23                    Shallots
    4       c            Coconut milk, medium-thick
    1       lb           Chicken, white -- sliced
    5                    Red chilies (prik khee-nu)
                         - minced
    4       T            Nam pla
    4       T            Lime juice
    5                    Krapau leaf -- shredded
    3                    Cilantro sprig -- chopped
   Wash lemon grass and trim root ends and tough layers.  Slice bottom 6
   inches thinly.  Chop 1 T. of this.  Puree chopped lemon grass, 1 T. of
   sliced ginger, garlic, peppercorns, coriander roots and shallots.  Bring
   1 cup of coconut milk to boil and add lemon grass mixture.  While
   stirring, reduce heat to medium and add chicken, remaining coconut milk,
   ginger slices and lemon grass.  Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer
   uncovered until chicken is tender.  Season with chilies, fish sauce and
   lime juice.  Decorate servings with lime leaves and coriander sprigs.
   To make coconut milk:  Blend 2 cups fresh or frozen grated coconut with
   water.  Strain through double cheesecloth, pressing out all liquid.
   This is thick coconut milk.  To get hin milk, add warm water to residue
   from first straining.  Let stand 5 minutes, then press as before.
   For coconut cream, refrigerate first pressing and cream will rise to
   top.  Refrigerate or freeze.  Two cups coconut makes 3 cups thick milk,
   of which 6 tablespoons is cream.
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