Thai Lemongrass Coconutty Awesomeness
If there are noodles, there you will find us. And this Thai Lemongrass Coconut Soup is no exception. The first time I had Thai coconut soup had me hooked. I had never tasted anything like it - it’s so different from the British cuisine I had been brought up with that I thought it was mind-blowingly awesome. Sweet, coconutty, spicy heat, noodles and veg. What’s not to like?
This is the kid-friendly coconutty not-too-spicy version. In this house, I serve the kids first, and then spice up the remaining broth in the pot for Brad and I. Depending what I have on hand, I add a bit of kick with hot sauce, Thai green chillies, extra red curry paste, and/or more ginger. You really can’t go wrong.
1 teaspoon of oil
1 stalk of lemongrass
2 teaspoons minced ginger
1 teaspoon their red curry
1 can of coconut milk
2 cups of veggie broth
2 teaspoons of lime juice
1 teaspoon of maple syrup
Cilantro or thai basil
Noodles: anything goes. You can stick with the traditional Thai rice noodles, or change it up with ramen, spaghetti, or whatever you happen to have on hand.
Veggies: sprouts, carrots, bell peppers, mushrooms, Bok Choy, broccoli, spinach... anything at all. It all tastes awesome. And more is always better.
Chop the lemongrass into 4-inch pieces, and sauté with the oil, ginger, and curry paste until fragrant (for a minute or so on medium).
Add veggie broth and simmer for 10 minutes to let the flavours develop.
Meanwhile, cook the noodles per package directions, set aside. Prep the veggies that need prepping, set aside. Steam the veggies that need steaming, set aside (leave the things like spinach, sprouts, herbs to be added to the hot broth later, no pre-steaming required).
Once the broth has simmered, fish out the lemongrass. Add in the coconut milk, maple syrup, and lime juice. Gently simmer for 5 minutes more.
In a serving bowl, add some noodles and veggies. If the noodles have stuck together at this point, just rinse in running water and they should separate easily. Top with the soup and finish with the herbs. Now’s a great time to serve the kids, and add some spice to your own bowl. Yum.