|Thai Chicken Coconut Soup garnished with Lime and Basil|
Ok, this is simply one of the best things I have EVER made. At my friend Stephanie's annual "Top Chef" party each person is given a country to make a dish from, and then the dishes are voted on by everyone at the dinner party. This won #1!!! I'm now a second time winner at this annual event! This is also super easy to make!
Here are the ingredients I used:
- 2 Tablespoons of Green Thai Curry Paste (use heaping tablespoons if you like it a little spicier, and use Red Curry Paste if you are really feeling dangerous)
- 2 Tablespoons of Lemongrass Puree (You can find tubes of this in the refrigerated vegetable section in the grocery store, near the fresh herbs, and using this is much easier than looking for fresh lemongrass). Again, use a little more or less depending on taste.
- 1-2 tablespoons of fresh ginger (I buy the kind in the bottle at the grocery store)
- 1 diced yellow onion (I just bought one container of the pre-chopped onions in the vegetable section)
- About 4-6 cups of chicken broth/stock
- 1 package of a mushroom blend (I found an 8 oz pack which had shitake, oyster and other assorted mushrooms)
- 1 package of dried Thai rice noodles (8oz). I found this at Publix in the Asian section - but note, one store didn't have them, so I had to buy rice noodles that you stir fried first - this is not preferred...try to find the right ones
- 2 Limes
- Fish Sauce (4 to 8 Tablespoons depending on how salty you like it)
- In a large pot, pour in the oil and let it heat up over medium-high heat
- Add in the curry paste, fresh ginger, and lemon grass puree and let it cook for a minute
- Add the onions to the flavorings and let it saute over medium heat until they are soft (maybe 5 mins or so) and then stir in the brown sugar
- Add in the chicken, coconut milk and mushrooms, chicken stock (less for a creamier soup and more if you need to loosen it up) and bring up to a boil and reduce to simmer
- Add in about half the fish sauce (2-4 Tablespoons)
- Let it simmer on low for about 15-20 mins
- Squeeze the juice of 1-2 limes into the soup and add more fish sauce if needed. If it tastes like something might be missing, fish sauce is it!
- Boil the Thai Rice Noodles in a separate pot (if you put in with the soup, the noodles absorb more liquid than needed)
- When ready to serve, put some noodles in each bowl
- Ladle in the soup and garnish with limes and basil
Also, if you want to be super fancy, you can serve it with this homemade Thai Cocktail. I served the soup with the cocktail recipe below and it was fabulous.
Here's the recipe: