Tom Kha Goong with Crispy Coconut Shrimp

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I’m a soup gal.  I make it, I eat it, I crave it.  While I love all kinds of soups, Thai soups are definitely my favorite.  Tom Kha is probably my all time favorite and today we’re using shrimp so it is a Tom Kha Goong.  Tom Kha soup is a delicious blend of sweet, savory and spicy flavors, some highlights being lemongrass, galangal, kefir lime leaves, Thai chilies and oyster mushrooms… what could be yummier than that?

For the longest time, I only made Tom Kha Gai, which is this same soup but with chicken.  Delicious, sure, but when I had the brilliant idea to use Seapak® Jumbo Coconut Shrimp instead, I couldn’t wait to go grocery shopping.  Traditionally, Tom Kha Goong is served with “naked” shrimp but using a crispy coconut breaded shrimp adds so much texture and flavor!  My mind was blown.

Seapak® Jumbo Coconut Shrimp are always hanging in my freezer because my whole family loves them, even my 4 year old who would “never eat shrimp ever”.  While they are awesome on their own and come with a yummy orange marmalade sauce, these coconut shrimp are great additions to soups, curries and noodle dishes where you might use regular shrimp.  They not only add texture but also awesome coconut flavor.  If your dish doesn’t jive with coconut, try SeaPak® Butterfly Shrimp or Popcorn Shrimp.  Print off this coupon here before you head to Walmart!

One of the key reasons I love making soups for my family is that they are one pot.  One pot meals are great for busy moms who love great tasting food, but don’t want to spend all night cleaning pots and pans.  This soup can be made in 30 minutes, start to finish, so it’s also a quick and easy weeknight meal.

So, let’s talk recipe. You will find a lot of Americanized versions of Tom Kha using ginger instead of galangal because it is easier to find here.  “Kha” actually means “galangal” so if you’re omitting it, it really is another soup entirely.  I find fresh galangal (which does look similar to ginger but tastes very different) locally.  You can also find it jarred in a brine and dried both in markets and online.  It looks like this:

Authenticity is kind of key here so it’s worth a trip to a local spot but if you have to substitute you can.  Ginger instead of galangal, lime zest instead of kefir leaves, and really any mushrooms you prefer will work.  My favorite is the oyster mushroom because they have such a fresh flavor, are super meaty and absorb liquids well.  Flavor bombs!

My husband shares my love for Thai food, so when we have a date night at home, I almost always am pulling out the curry or the coconut milk.  I made this Tom Kha Goong on Sunday for a much needed relaxing dinner date at home.  The soup was a huge hit, first time trying it with the coconut shrimp, and the accompanying Sauvignon Blanc was as well.

I used to very much prefer cocktails to any other type of adult beverages but in the past couple of years I’ve turned into a wine gal. I have been cooking a lot more with wine, which probably fuels my love for a nighttime glass of wine, as do work stresses and my children.  God bless them.

I frequently have Black Box Wine in my kitchen, which is amazingly convenient for cooking, enjoying and entertaining.  They are also great on the go for camping trips or road trip destinations.  The wine stays fresh for up to 6 weeks so you don’t need to be a frequent wine consumer to enjoy Black Box Wines!  Each 3 liter box contains the equivalent of four 750ml bottles of award-winning premium wines, wines from world-class regions.  Black Box Wines is the winner of 50 Gold Medals and 29 Wine Enthusiast Best Buys, so you know you’re getting a great wine.

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Order through your local Walmart Grocery Pickup to receive a booklet containing 40 meal solutions and pairings from SeaPak®, also available online.  You can also find SeaPak® Jumbo Coconut Shrimp at Walmart in the frozen aisle with seafood and pizzas.  Visit select Walmart locations on March 3rd for SeaPak® samples!

Tom Kha Goong with Crispy Coconut Shrimp

  • 4 cups seafood stock
  • 1 1 inch knob fresh galangal + 2 tsp grated galangal
  • 4 fresh kefir lime leaves
  • 3 stalks lemongrass, loose outer leaves removed, bottom trimmed
  • 2-4 dried Thai chilies
  • 1 small white onion, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 4 cups lite coconut milk
  • 2 Tbl fish sauce
  • 2-3 cups oyster mushrooms, sliced thickly
  • 4 key limes
  • handful cilantro leaves, chopped
  • SeaPak® Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, baked according to package
  • rice, prepared


  1. Bring seafood stock to a boil over medium high heat.  Reduce to a simmer and cook until about 1/4 has reduced and the flavor has concentrated.  Add in grated galangal and galangal knob, kefir lime leaves (bruised/crushed to release oils), onion and lemongrass (cut into 1 inch pieces on a bias and smashed).  Pour in coconut milk.  Simmer for 10 minutes covered.  Add in mushrooms and simmer uncovered for another 10 minutes.  Add in chilies and simmer for an additional 3 minutes (add chilies in earlier for more heat).
  2. Turn off the heat, add in lime juice and fish sauce to taste.  Portion into bowls over rice.  Top with cilantro and 3 coconut shrimp.  Enjoy!

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  1. February 28, 2017 at 11:12 pm — Reply

    I always felt that most Thai recipes were out of my skill level. Your recipe and SeaPak shortcut makes it look totally doable! #client

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