With the weather making most of society miserable right now, I thought it was high time to add a soup to the growing list of comfort foods I’ve been cooking.The only thing is, I didn’t want to do the typical chicken noodle or vegetable stew. I wanted to do something more exotic and challenging. One of my favorite soups to order on a cold, rainy night is Thai coconut curry. It has it all – sweet, sour, salty, umami. Just delicious.
Now unfortunately, this soup wasn’t as easy breezy to make as I’d hoped. But after a few attempts, I think I finally dialed it in!(Side note – never underestimate the power of fish sauce!)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 thinly sliced onion
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated or thinly sliced ginger
- 3 cloves / teaspoons minced garlic
- 6 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
- 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed juiced lime
- 1 1/2 cans (13.5 ounce) of full-fat coconut milk (you can use one can, but if you like it creamier, buy the extra can just in case!)
- 3 tablespoons fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons lemongrass paste (or 4 stalks fresh lemongrass, chopped in 1 inch chunks
- 2 cups cooked chicken
- 1 handful of basil
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro
- 1 bunch scallions chopped, to taste
- Lime wedges for serving
- Sauté half an onion until it’s soft and starting to brown. (That’s how I like it, but feel free to cook it a little less – just until translucent.)
- Stir in ginger, garlic and red curry paste.
- Add broth, water, fish sauce, lime juice and lemon grass (I used the lemongrass paste because it was easier to find at the grocery store).
- Bring to boil.
- Stir in canned coconut milk and chicken and simmer.
- Add in fresh basil, cilantro, and scallions.
If you like the soup a little creamier like I do, experiment with adding a little less broth and water and a little more coconut milk!
Since this is the NSNG version, we’re not putting in noodles or rice.
Because of this, I found that the soup actually tasted better the next day, after the spices had a chance to mingle and the base had a chance to thicken. So make enough for leftovers!