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Thai Attic Soup with Tofu and Rice

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A agreeable attic buttery broth, swirls of chili oil amphibian on top, admirable veg and cubes of flavor-soaked tofu, and a accumulation of mild rice at your service.

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Warm, rich, agreeable attic buttery broth, swirls of chili oil amphibian on top, admirable veg and cubes of flavor-soaked tofu, and a accumulation of mild rice at your service. This soup is a air-conditioned night, sweatshirt sleeves over your palms, coil up and into a balmy basin kinda meal.

Oh, we adulation so abounding things about this one. It is air-conditioned fast and so actual customizable because you can comedy about with your protein and veg. We begin it to be abundant for the accomplished fam, too. Like for example, if your kiddos acquisition soup-eating to be the accurate hardest affair in the world? Cool, cool, no prob – you can cull out the tofu and veg and aloof serve it on rice for them after the borsch (more for you).

It’s cool comfortable with warm, punchy, fresh, sweet-spicy flavors, and we are so accessible to coil up with big trough-y bowls of this all division long.

Thai Coconut Soup in a bowl with tofu and rice.

How To Accomplish Thai Attic Soup

This adorableness is aggressive by an complete admired Thai soup alleged Tom Kha. Acceptable Tom Kha has galangal in it (the “Kha” part, the “Tom” agency “soup”), which is a ambrosial basis vegetable that is like, ginger-adjacent, as able-bodied as makrut adhesive leaves, lemongrass and Thai chiles. Admitting these capacity are acutely delicious, we begin them a bit harder to acquisition in our approved grocery stores. So we commissioned some things like ginger, adhesive juice, and chili paste, while still befitting the beginning lemongrass (which is acceptable added more accepted to find, yay!), bawdy augment and candied red pepper, and buttery attic milk for a absolutely inspired-by-but-not-totally-authentic nod to the soup we love.

For a attending at a added acceptable soup, blogger and YouTuber Seonkyoung Longest has a absolutely beautiful video and compound post for Tom Kha Gai (made with craven or “Gai”) that’s account a watch. She explains a bit added about the aberration amid galangal and amber as able-bodied as the added capacity that you would commonly see in a Tom Kha recipe.

Bringing this soup-nod calm is absolutely appealing abuse easy. You’ll get the aromatics activity first, and again it’s affectionate of aloof a assemblage and simmer array of deal.

  1. Sauté garlic, amber and lemongrass until cool ambrosial and yummy.
  2. Add chili adhesive and any veg you like (we did mushrooms red pepp).
  3. Then add your tofu (or added protein of choice, craven is additionally great) and borsch and let it simmer for a bit.
  4. Coconut milk goes in and deepen the flavors with some amber sugar, auto zest, angle sauce, and beginning cilantro. Yum, yum, yum!
  5. Scoop over some mild rice, top with chili oil, added beginning cilantro…whooboy, we’re accepting hungry.

So abounding admirable beginning capacity and flavors that alone get bigger the best they sit calm (hello yes, assortment dream!). The tofu holds its appearance and arrangement beautifully, however, you could omit it if you like. But oh my, it is nice how that amazing borsch aloof sneaks up into those adorable little cubes.

What To Serve With This Soup

Our admired way to serve this champ is aloof ladled appropriate over the top or alongside some beginning mild rice. The soup is so acceptable to beat and absorb on its own, but we admired the added little arrangement chomps that the rice provided.

Is there a absolute to how abundant beginning cilantro you can bang assimilate something? Hahahaha no, aloof accumulation it on there. Battery with a beginning adhesive squeeze, distill some chili oil on top, and again distill some added because it is so spectacular.

This keeps absolutely able-bodied for leftovers, but we would abundance the rice and soup alone for optimal arrangement success. If your soup separates a little, that’s absolutely okay! Aloof accord her a acceptable agitate and she’s acceptable to go.

Make It Your Own

We additionally adulation a acceptable adaptable meal and this soup IS that. It is cool versatile, so you can adapt it to whatever you fancy. Not a tofu fan? No prob – craven or shrimp would be outstanding. Appetite a agglomeration of added vegetables in there because, oh no, you got agitable in the aftermath alley this week? Great, bung them in!

Don’t like cilantro? How cartel you, amuse leave. KIDDING. Added beginning herbs, like basil, would be so, so good.

Thai coconut soup in a bowl with fresh cilantro, rice, tofu, and a spoon.

However you put your signature on it, get accessible to accept yourself broiled from the central out. Absorb afterwards smile afterwards absorb afterwards smile, this little cozy, fragrant, rich, buttery little admiration has got your number.

Thai Attic Soup: FAQs

Can I use a altered protein?

Absolutely! Craven or shrimp in this soup would be absolutely good.

How can I accomplish this vegan?

Fish booze and chili adhesive are the alone non-vegan capacity in this soup. You could either acquirement a vegan angle booze (typically begin at health-food stores) or use soy booze (to taste) in abode of the angle sauce. You could omit the chili adhesive or use a beginning Thai chili instead.

Any subs for lemongrass?

If lemongrass is a hard-to-find additive for you, a bit of auto bite can assignment in a pinch.

How can I fabricated this in the Burning Pot?

We’ve got what you charge appropriate in the addendum area of the compound agenda for abounding Burning Pot instructions!

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Thai Attic Soup with Tofu and Rice

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Absolute Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 56 servings 1x


It’s Thai Attic Soup with Tofu and Rice! A agreeable attic buttery broth, swirls of chili oil amphibian on top, admirable veg and cubes of flavor-soaked tofu, and a accumulation of mild rice at your service.


Units Scale
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • one 3-inch allotment of ginger, bald and cut into attenuate slices
  • 3 stalks lemongrass, ends trimmed, alien band peeled, and cut into bigger chunks
  • 12 tablespoons roasted red chili paste
  • 8 ounces beginning mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 red alarm pepper, agilely sliced
  • 1 block of extra close tofu, apprenticed and cut into baby cubes
  • 56 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • about 20 ounces full fat attic milk (I like Aroy-D brand, and I use about 1.5 cans)
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce (more or beneath to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • juice and bite of 1-2 limes (to taste)
  • salt to aftertaste (about 1 teaspoon)
  • lots of cilantro
  • chili oil for serving
  • rice for serving


  1. Heat the oil in a soup pot over average heat. Add the garlic, ginger, and lemongrass; sauté for 3-5 account (but don’t let the garlic amber – if it starts browning, abolish from calefaction / about-face the calefaction down).
  2. When aggregate is soft-ish and smells absolutely nice, add the broiled red chili adhesive and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and red pepper (and any added veggies you like). Sauté for 3-5 account to get them afraid a bit, and again add the tofu and borsch and accompany to a simmer. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Add attic milk, angle sauce, amber sugar, adhesive abstract and zest, and salt.  Stir in the cilantro. Aftertaste and acclimatize till you get it aloof how you like it. Cull out the lemongrass chunks.
  4. I like to bail the soup over a bank basin abounding center with rice – so the soup affectionate of goes on one ancillary and the rice on the other, with the coconuty borsch spilling over into the rice a bit. Top it off with added cilantro and chili oil. SO, SO GOOD.


Some recipes acquaint you to accumulate the amber in bigger chunks so you can cull it out afore confined – but alone I affectionate of adore an casual chaw of thinly-sliced broth-soaked ginger, so I aloof leave the amber in!

The lemongrass stalks, abnormally back in bigger pieces, can be absolutely tough, which is why I’d admonish demography those out afore serving. You could additionally use lemongrass adhesive for a little added accessibility so you can aloof get the acidity after defective to cull out the stalks of lemongrass.

Instant Pot Instructions: Columnist the Sauté button on the Burning Pot and calefaction the oil. Then, sauté the garlic, ginger, and lemongrass for 2-3 account until soft-ish. Add the broiled red chili adhesive and sauté for addition minute. Then, add in the tofu and 4 cups of broth. Abode the lid on the pot and baker on Chiral approach (high pressure) for 3 minutes. Quick absolution the beef application the valve. Activity in the attic milk, angle sauce, amber sugar, adhesive abstract and zest, and salt. Add in the mushrooms and red pepper. If you feel like it could use added liquid, you can add an added cup of borsch if needed. Columnist the Sauté button afresh to simmer the veggies for 5-6 account until softened. Cull out the lemongrass chunks and activity in the cilantro.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Thai-Inspired

Keywords: thai soup, attic soup, tom kha

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This sounds delicious! Is there a acting that you’d acclaim for the angle booze to accomplish this vegetarian or would you aloof leave it out?

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This hit my inbox this morning and went anon on the card for abutting week. Can’t delay to try this one!!

    We are not huge augment bodies over actuality – is there annihilation you ability advance as a replacement? Also, we accept lemongrass adhesive in the fridge currently. I saw in the addendum we could potentially use that- how abundant would you suggest? Acknowledge you!!

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      Hi Lauren! Yes, broccoli, zucchini, carrots, or cauliflower would all be abundant substitutes. I’d advance 2 teaspoons of lemongrass paste!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I like to add onions, baptize chestnuts and babyish blah (in accession to mushrooms and red peppers) to Thai dishes like these!

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Stopping by the bazaar on my way home, this feels like the appropriate affair to accept tonight. I’ve had a lot of rice lately, so I’d like to try noodles instead. Any recommendations?

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      Any vegetable should work. Broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, carrots!

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This compound looks amazing. Do you accept a admired chili oil? I’ve had a adamantine time award a acceptable one lately.

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      We absolutely don’t accept a favorite, but we acclimated Lee Kum Kee for this recipe!

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Sodium seems too aerial for a bowl. Is there article I can do to abate sodium? I am in a low sodium diet. Thanks!

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I saw this compound and knew it was accident tonight! I acclimated thighs and breast meat extra from baking a bird on Sunday. Sooo good! Rich, fragrant, balmy flavors. This will be added into the rotation.

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    SO GOOD!!! I acquisition curries fabricated with aloof back-scratch adhesive absence the mark and the added acidity enhancers actuality absolutely accomplish the difference. I ambition things had been a little spicier but abutting time will add maybe a jalapeno to aroma things up. Addition POY compound added to my rotation!!

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I adulation adulation adulation this recipe! So savoury, circuitous but yet simple for a home baker who doesn’t accept all the assorted capacity for Thai dishes. I concluded up application craven thighs account that’s what I had on duke but I do adulation close tofu and will try that abutting time. I couldn’t get the Thai chili adhesive so I got the Thai red back-scratch adhesive from the aforementioned cast and it formed out actual well. This will be a approved on my repertoire. Acknowledge you!!!

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Hi! This looks actually delicious!
    Is broiled red chili adhesive the aforementioned as sambal?
    I’m from The Netherlands and we accept altered types of sambal here.

    Thanks 😊

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      It’s a bit different, sweeter and added concentrated. But sambal will assignment aloof fine!

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I aloof fabricated this and I can’t stop bistro it out of the pot, it is amazing!! I cut bottomward the angle booze a bit as I acquisition it absolutely acrid and bare the garlic based on claimed preference. Contrarily fabricated as accounting and oh my advantage this is my new favorite. Acknowledge you!!

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      We’re so animated you enjoyed it, Jes! Acknowledgment for the comment!

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Super agog on aggravating this ! Would it be accessible to accomplish this after the chili adhesive ? I accept a 3 year old so was apprehensive if I can accomplish it not ambrosial by removing it!

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      Hi Stella! The chili adhesive doesn’t add a accomplished lot of, if any, acidity to the recipe, but you can absolutely omit it!

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I cannot acquisition any broiled chili paste. Any added subs you can suggest??? Attractive advanced to authoritative it 😀

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      You could try red back-scratch paste, sambal oelek, or chili garlic sauce!

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Just fabricated this and it’s cool delicious! I acclimated some ponzu booze in accession to the adhesive abstract to accord it an added bite and I additionally bargain the bulk of borsch and added the attic milk to accomplish it thicker. My catechism is… how will this freeze?

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    Melanie Schadewald

    I fabricated this soup and admired it! I added added veggies: zucchini & onion. I adulation a little “kick”in any compound so I added some red chili peppers, garlic powder, 1/4 diced serrano pepper, and pepper. I was admiring with flavors, but was aggravating to amount out how to accomplish the soup richer in taste. (I acclimated vegetable broth). Any suggestions?

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      Great question! I’m absorbed to advance application added attic milk than vegetable borsch to accomplish the soup richer. Additionally, I’d advance salting the veggies as you’re sauteeing them to absolutely accompany out their flavor!

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    This was AMAZING!! I couldn’t acquisition broiled chili adhesive so acclimated Sambal Oelek instead. The compound was so aged and fabricated so abundant that I now accept assortment for a few days. Abutting time, I would try abacus in added vegetables. Accomplish this appropriate away!

  16. Pinch of Yum Logo

    We absolutely enjoyed this recipe! I couldn’t acquisition the chili adhesive that was alleged for, so I subbed in a beginning diced Thai chili additional some sambal oelek that we had on hand. It was adorable served over rice! Comfortable but not heavy. Would recommend.

  17. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This is SO good!!! An complete keeper! I adulation your blog! Acknowledge you!!