Thai Rice Soup with Pork (Kao Tome)

Thai Rice Soup With Pork (kao Tome) Recipe

No Photo

Have you made this?

 Share your own photo!

Vickie Parks


Despite the title, this dish is more of a porridge, and in Thailand it's more likely to be served as a breakfast dish. However, it's pretty versatile and can be served at lunch or dinner as a soup course. It has a delicate flavor base that gets a bit of a boost (and a splash of color) from the fresh ingredients such as cilantro, lime leaves, lemongrass and scallions.


☆☆☆☆☆ 0 votes

6 to 8
15 Min
1 Hr 45 Min
Stove Top


Add to Grocery List

3 1/2
piece of fresh galangal or fresh ginger
2 stalk(s)
fresh lemongrass, green tops discarded, halved and chopped
10 c
low-sodium chicken stock
4 c
3 c
cooked jasmine rice
scallions (green onions), thinly sliced
1 lb
ground pork
1 Tbsp
fish sauce
1 Tbsp
dark soy sauce
4 clove
garlic, grated
thai bird chilies, minced
kaffir lime leaves, very thinly sliced
6 large
eggs, at room temperature
1 c
cilantro leaves and stems, coarsely chopped
lemon wedges, for garnish (optional)

How to Make Thai Rice Soup with Pork (Kao Tome)


  • 1Peel and thinly slice 2 inches of the galangal (or ginger), reserving the remaining 1 1/2 inches for the pork mixture. Wrap the sliced galangal and lemongrass in a piece of cheesecloth and tie with kitchen twine. Combine the chicken stock, 4 cups water and the cheesecloth packet in a deep straight-sided skillet. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the cooked rice and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until the mixture becomes thick and slightly creamy.
  • 2While the rice is cooking, make the pork mixture. Peel and finely grate the remaining 1 1/2 inches of galangal. Combine the galangal, 4 of the sliced scallions, pork, fish sauce, soy sauce, garlic, chiles and kaffir lime leaves in a bowl. Using your hands, mix everything together until just combined. Set aside.
  • 3Remove the cheesecloth packet from the soup and discard. Using a tablespoon as a measurement, drop rounds of the pork mixture into the simmering soup. Simmer the meatballs for 2 minutes.
  • 4Crack the eggs into small individual bowls. Using the back of a ladle, make 6 small wells in the soup and slide 1 egg into each well. Cover skillet with a lid and gently simmer the eggs until the whites are just set and the yolks are still runny, for 4 to 6 minutes.
  • 5To serve, ladle the soup into individual bowls, making sure each bowl gets 1 poached egg. Top each serving with remaining 2 sliced scallions and chopped cilantro. Served immediately with a lime wedge.

Printable Recipe Card

About Thai Rice Soup with Pork (Kao Tome)

Course/Dish: Other Breakfast
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: Thai
Hashtag: #SE Asia

Leave a Comment

17 Scrumptious French Toast Recipes

17 Scrumptious French Toast Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Take a break from waffles and pancakes by whipping up some of these wonderful french toast recipes. Trust us, your family will thank you!

Health Benefits Of Eating Oatmeal Recipe

Health Benefits of Eating Oatmeal

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

You may have heard oatmeal is good for you, but did you know how good? Here are six great reasons to eat more oats! Healthy DigestionThere are two types of...

Breakfast Recipes To Start The Weekend Off Right

Breakfast Recipes to Start the Weekend Off Right

Kitchen Crew

Growing up, my mom would always say to me that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Because of mom's advice, I try to have breakfast every day....