Turkey Tom Ka Gai

When I was pregnant, I didn’t have cravings – I had aversions. I envied those women who craved cheeseburgers and ice cream and got a free pass to eat them in stretchy pants at their leisure. For me, the smell – or even thought – of most food, and particularly meat, was nausea-inducing. I finally understood how those people who could go through a day and forget to eat felt. I didn’t want much of anything, except perhaps the occasional slurpee and sour things, like lemonade. A friend who had gone through the same sent a list of foods that weren’t as bad coming back up.

Among the worst: roasted chicken and chicken soup. Totally not fair. One day while grocery shopping in Vancouver, a lady passed me with her cart, slumped over the bar, pulling apart and eating a deli chicken with her fingers. I had to run, not walk, to the loo.

Not surprisingly, anything fishy prompted a similar reaction. On another very pregnant day I made the unwise decision to make pad Thai on a (now off the air) cooking show called City Cooks, and when I poured the fish sauce into the hot pan, the host and entire crew watched as the colour drained out of my face and I struggled to not throw up on live TV. Good times.

Since then my appetite for chicken soup in any form has waned. But last week at a Thai restaurant in Red Deer I had a taste of Tom Ka Gai – I had forgotten how much I loved Thai coconut soup. It’s easy to make – and the lemon, garlic, ginger and chiles send those Thanksgiving flavours running. This bowl tastes nothing like turkey leftovers.




Turkey Tom Ka Gai

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9 comments on “Turkey Tom Ka Gai

  1. Carolyn
    October 12, 2012 at 5:04 am

    Love the pregnancy story. I, like you, had some pretty strong aversions. I couldn’t stand the smell of a grocery store and also my husband (maybe partly explains why we’re no longer married…!) To this day, many years later, I can’t pass a jar of anipasto without having flashbacks to nausia.

    I love Thai soups… can’t wait to “thai” this one!

  2. Shelagh
    October 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I also loved your pregnancy story and the one from Carolyn! Both gave me a good laugh. I couldn’t eat meat either and to this day don’t like chicken soup anymore.

  3. Laurie from Burnaby
    October 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    When I was pregnant with my one surviving child (a boy) I couldn’t bear the smell of coffee. It nauseated me completely. Then I went toxic, and the doctor put me on a salt free diet. to this day I don’t eat salt, and can taste it when people put it in things. Salty tastes ruin food for me. (He’s now pushing 45 and has two grown girls)
    I loved the recipe for pad Thai. I’ll have to try it
    Thanks, Julie

  4. Cheryl
    October 12, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    When preggers with E we went out for Chinese one night. I swore someone peed in the noodles, but the rest of my party disagreed. I couldn’t eat anything that contained or resembled noodles or Chinese food until at least 6 months after I gave birth. Yeesh!

    This, looks so yummy!

  5. Laura
    October 13, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    You just described my second pregnancy! Except I never threw up. Which almost made it worse as there was no relief from the nausea. After about week 12 I literally did not gain an ounce–but since I had gained too much with baby #1 that worked out ok lol. Too bad I gained it back while breastfeeding!

    I love tom ka gai! 🙂

  6. Avery
    October 13, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Tom Ka Gai and Tom Yum soups are probably among my most favourite soups, ever, and spicy soups (like tom yum and Chinese hot & sour)were big cravings for me! I had no aversions, but I also had the Slurpee craving. Coke Slurpees, in particular.

  7. molly
    October 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    do you know, the one food i craved beyond all others, with each and every pregnancy, was (drumroll) pad thai? eaten out, eaten in, homemade, any which way. could. not. get. enough.

    so weird.

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