This is a soup that makes frequent appearances on our dinner menu, especially around this time of year. In fact, it was one of the first recipes that I posted when I started this blog almost three years ago. As I’ve done with each blog anniversary, I thought it’d be nice to go back and revisit one or two of my favorite recipes over the next week or so, sharing what I’ve learned about that recipe since starting this blog… We’ll start with my version of the Thai coconut milk soup known as tom kha gai, three years in the making!
Thai cooking places emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components and a spicy edge. It is known for its complex interplay of at least three and up to four or five fundamental taste senses in each dish or the overall meal: sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and spicy. Australian chef David Thompson, a prolific chef and expert on Thai food, observes that unlike many other cuisines Thai cooking rejects simplicity and is about "the juggling of disparate elements to create a harmonious finish. Thai chef McDang characterises Thai food as demonstrating