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(Experiment 11) Thai coconut soup

Do I like coconut? Nooope just not a flavor I’m fond of but, those freaking Thai folks just made it work.
The combination of flavors just makes you want to take another bite.

You need 

  • 4cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 15-20 large uncooked shrimps peeled
  • 2tbsp lime juice
  • 1cup minced mushroom ( shiitake work great here)
  • 3tbsp fish sauce
  • 2tsp red curry paste
  • 1 lemongrass stick cut in half
  • ~2tbsp grated ginger
  • 1tbsp brown sugar
  • 2-4 Thai peppers
  • (optional) rice noodles
  • 1-2 cans coconut milk (should be 1 but if you made it too spicy for your taste you may need more then 1)

Instructions

  1. If you want to add rice noodles to your soup, which I would suggest you do, cook them for 3 minutes in boiling water, drain, and reserve.
  2. Heat a pot over medium heat, add some oil and add the ginger, lemongrass, and curry paste. Cook for about a minute. Tip: Use a cooking rope and attach all the lemongrass together, which makes it easier to remove before serving.
  3. Add the broth, brown sugar, and fish sauce and stir it all together. Now it’s time to add the peppers, don’t cut them, put them whole.
  4. Add mushrooms and about 2/3 can of coconut milk, stir, and let cook for 5 minutes. Do a taste test, if it’s too spicy for you, add more coconut milk.
  5. Add the shrimps and let it cook for another 4 minutes. Remove lemongrass and whole peppers.
  6. If you opted for noodles, add them to the mix now. Turn heat off.
  7. Add the lime juice, stir and do a final taste test. Adjust with salt as needed. You can garnish with cilantro and thin lime slices for a nice finishing touch.

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