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Shu Han Lee's Khao Tom

Shu Han Lee's Khao Tom

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(609 reviews from our customers)

Prep Time

30 min



''I have fond memories of a tiny breakfast spot I chanced upon in Chiang Mai where they served their khao tom with juicy handmade pork meatballs, and I've been doing them the same since then. This dish is light, soothing and takes minutes to prepare'' - Chef Shu Han Lee

Prep Time

30 min



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For 2 people (double for 4)
1 garlic clove
1 knob of fresh root ginger (15g)
1 tbsp cornflour
1 soy sauce sachet (8ml) †
1 spring onion
1 lemongrass stem
10g fresh coriander
1 tbsp fish sauce †
Shaoxing wine (3.18)
2 tbsp shaoxing wine †
British pork mince 2
300g British pork mince
chicken stock cube (new 5/18)
1 chicken stock cube †
150g fragrant basmati rice
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil †
You Will Need
Rolling pin, sugar

Nutritional Information*

Percentages are based on an adult's daily intake

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 15g fresh root ginger
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 soy sauce sachet (8g)<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 fresh lemongrass
  • 10g coriander
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 2 tbsp Shaoxing wine<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 250g British pork mince
  • 1 Knorr chicken stock cube<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 130g basmati rice
  • 1 toasted sesame oil sachet (15ml)<span class="strong">†</span>
Typical Values per 100g per serving
Energy 1049 kJ
250 kcal
2673 kJ
638 kcal
of which saturates
11.5 g
4 g
29.2 g
10.1 g
of which sugars
25 g
0.8 g
63.7 g
2.2 g
Fibre 0.5 g 1.4 g
Protein 11.8 g 30.1 g
Salt 1.32 g 3.36 g
*Gousto’s nutritional information only applies to ingredients supplied by Gousto. The cooking process and additional ingredients added at home (listed under “What you’ll need”) will affect total values.
Ingredients contain
1 garlic clove
15g fresh root ginger
Ginger (100%) Keep the Ginger chilled.
1 tbsp cornflour
maize starch (100%)
1 soy sauce sachet (8g)
water, soya bean, wheat (gluten), salt, alcohol (ethanol)
1 spring onion
spring onion
1 fresh lemongrass
fresh lemongrass
10g coriander
coriander (100%)
1 tbsp fish sauce
anchovy (fish) (65%), water, salt, sugar
2 tbsp Shaoxing wine
wine, water, sugar, alcohol, flavours, colouring: e150d, preservatives: e202 and e224 (sulphites), foodacid: e270
250g British pork mince
pork (100%)
1 Knorr chicken stock cube
Salt, potato starch, vegetable fats (palm, shea butter, sal butter), yeast extract, sugar, chicken fat (2%), chicken (1%), spices (turmeric, pepper CELERY seeds), flavourings, onion powder, maltodextrin, lemon juice powder, parsley, caramel syrup, antioxidant (extracts of rosemary).
130g basmati rice
basmati rice
1 toasted sesame oil sachet (15ml)
sesame seed (100%). Produced in a factory that handles nuts, peanuts, soya, mustard, celery and fish.
  • Allergens highlighted by † (gluten, soya, fish, sulphites, celery, sesame)

In addition to the recipe specific allergen information provided, due to production and packing methods Gousto boxes may also contain low levels of the following allergens: Cereals containing gluten; Crustaceans; Eggs; Fish; Peanuts; Soya; Milk; Nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews ,pecan nuts ,brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia nuts; Celery; Sesame; Sulphur dioxide and Sulphites; Lupin; Molluscs; Mustard.

Cooking Instructions
Instructions for 2 people (double for 4)
1 548

Peel the ginger (scrape the skin off with a teaspoon) and finely chop (or grate)

Bash the lemongrass stem[s] with a rolling pin, cut it [them] down the middle lengthways, remove the tough outer layers (keep them for later!) and chop the softer inner stem[s] finely

Peel and finely chop (or grate) the garlic 

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Combine the pork mince, ginger, garlic, inner lemongrass stems, cornflour, soy sauce and sesame oil in a large mixing bowl with clean hands

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Once combined, pick up the mixture and slam it down forcefully back into the bowl (this gets rid of any air pockets and brings the mixture together so it holds its shape when cooking)

Repeat until the mixture comes together and becomes sticky and dense

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Divide the mixture between 10 [20] and shape into balls

Refrigerate until step 7

Tip: chilling the meatballs helps them firm up for cooking 

Boil a kettle for the next step

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Meanwhile, dissolve the stock cube[s] in 1L [2L] boiled water in a large pot and bring to the boil over a high heat

Once boiling, add the rice and outer lemongrass leaves, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 10 min or until the rice is tender

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Chop the coriander roughly, including the stalks 

Slice the spring onion[s] finely, discarding the root end[s]

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Once the rice is tender, add the shaoxing wine, fish sauce, a big pinch of sugar and 200ml [400ml] more boiled water 

Carefully drop the meatballs into the stock, then cover and cook for approx. 5-8 min or until the meatballs are cooked through




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Divide the meatballs, rice and broth between bowls (remove the lemongrass!)

Garnish with the spring onion and coriander


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