Thai Coconut Curry Soup

6 Nov

After work, I went to a cute little Asian shop on the other side of town. It’s an amazing place where I always find the obscure ingredients that I find nowhere else. I don’t go there very often because I always buy much more than I intended… But inspiration has been found, so next week there’ll be some more Asian dishes on the menu!

On the picture you’ll see my catch: lychee wine, rice paper, baking soda, dried lime leaves, tofu, canned lychees on syrup, cilantro leaves and a lime.

The curry soup turned out really good: a beautiful balance of sour, salty and spicy. That’s what the Thai kitchen is known for, and it’s a winner combo!
This soup is the ideal comfort food for a night in, when it’s cold and dark outside… like chicken soup, but better, much better!

Thai Coconut Curry Soup

Ingredients (for 2 people)

  • 1 can (400g) coconut milk
  • 1 small Tbsp Thai curry paste
  • 250ml vegetable broth
  • 1 carrot, cut lengthwise in half, and sliced (0,5cm)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 zucchini, cut lengthwise in half, and sliced (0,5cm)
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 4 dried lime leaves
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • the juice of 2 limes
  • 2 cm fresh ginger, grated
  • 125g rice noodles
  • 1 bunch cilantro leaves, rinsed well
  • salt
  • 2 scallions, chopped

Directions

  • Scoop the thick coconut cream from the top of the can into a large stockpot set over a medium heat
  • Melt the cream, add the curry paste and stir for a few minutes until they begin to sizzle
  • Add the coconut juice from the can along with the vegetable broth, carrot, bell pepper, zucchini, onion, lime leaves, soy sauce and lime juice
  • Grate the fresh ginger into the broth
  • Simmer for 20 minutes or so
  • Take out the lime leaves
  • Add the rice noodles, gently pushing them beneath the surface of the broth
  • Turn off the heat and let stand until the noodles soften, about 5 minutes. Rice noodles don’t need to simmer like pasta to cook; they simply need to rehydrate in the hot liquid
  • Stir in most of the cilantro leaves
  • Taste and season with a touch more salt as needed
  • Pour into large bowls and garnish with the scallions and remaining cilantro leaves
Source: adapted from Chef Michael Smith

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