Rice Soup

Khao Tom

Serves 1 Cooks in 30 minutes Difficulty Easy

Rice Soup or Khao Tom as we call it in Thailand is a simple soup of Chinese origin. It came about during lean times to save money, rice supplies in poor households would go further when made into a soup.

Rice soup is usually eaten for breakfast in Thailand and it’s considered a balanced start to your day. The rice packs plenty of carbs for energy, meat ingredients for protein and some vegetables for your health. Rice soup for breakfast also uses up yesterday’s left over rice.

For an even thicker rice soup you can boil the broth for an hour or so, this is called Jok in Thai. It could be considered to be the Thai equivalent of porridge.

Rice soup is great comfort food if you’re feeling sick with little appetite. It is also not bad for supper if you’ve not had chance to eat properly during the day, it is super filling.

Though this dish doesn’t feature on my regular Khao Lak Thai cooking class menu I’m always happy to teach it. If you can’t make my class any time soon, you can always try it at home with my recipe here.

The ingredients for Khao Tom should be readily available where ever you live in the world. It tastes better when you use your leftover rice.


  • 1 bowl of (left over) steamed rice
  • 50g minced pork
  • 1-2 coriander roots
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp crispy garlic (or chop and fry 3 cloves of garlic)
  • 1 tbsp pork stock
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Pepper
  • 1 egg
Leftover rice.


  1. Boil the rice in 200ml of water.
  2. Add the pork, coriander roots, stock, soy sauce, and sugar and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Crack in the egg and simmer for 1 further minute and remove from the heat.

To Serve

Serve in a large bowl and sprinkle with the garlic, coriander leaves, spring onion, ginger and pepper.

Please try this dish at home, its so easy and fun. Hope you enjoy Khao Tom by Apple 🍎 Riverside Thai Cooking in Khao Lak.