In Thailand, tom kha gai means literally chicken galangal soup. Galangal is a species of plant that resembles ginger but tastes more cedary. The tom kha gai dish mixes galangal, coconut milk, lemon grass, and chicken to form a creamy and savory soup.
An interesting way to spice up your dinner plans, this exotic soup is perfect on its own or served as an accompaniment to rice and other dishes. To learn how to cook this rich dish, check out this episode of "Show Me the Curry."