I find myself craving for Thai Coconut soup (Tom Kha) every once in a while. If you follow me on Facebook, you might know that I am a sucker for soups and I also crave for Sweet Corn soup. And Wanton Soup. And Manchow soup. And… forget it guys. Let’s face it. I am a sucker for soups. Listing names like this is doing me no good. I might just abandon my recipe writing and dash into the kitchen to make myself some soup! Especially, now, that I have shortcut method to Thai coconut soup and I have a can of coconut milk on hand almost always.
If you go through the actual ingredient list for this soup, it would go something like this. I went shopping with the list and here’s what happened. Next to each ingredient is my response:
- Galangal a.k.a Thai ginger – What?! Where do I find this? The supermarket guys looked at me like I was crazy.
- Lemon grass – Fresh lemon grass? I honestly wanted to use the freshest of ingredients and hunted for it with no avail.
- Fish Sauce – Er… No way! Not looking for it.
- Basil – I have seen fresh basil in the produce section. Where is it when you need it??
- Thai Chili paste – I have too many varieties of chilies at home! Never mind. Ill manage without it.
- Coconut milk – YAY! I have it. I have it J
As I walked away disappointed, I found this:
Gourmet Garden’s Lemongrass paste. (If you cannot find this either, I have another alternative. Read ahead).
So my list above got modified into:
- Lemongrass paste (if you are not as lucky as me to have found ONE ingredient from the list, substitute with paste made with 1 tbsp lemon juice + 1 tbsp celery + 1 tbsp cilantro and lemon zest of half lemon)
- Thai Red curry paste (the ingredients say Basil and Thai chilies – 2 birds, 1 stone :P)
- Cilantro (for the earthy herb flavor)
- Coconut milk
Does this qualify for a shortcut or what?! Don’t worry guys. I have adopted a shortcut method but there is absolutely NO COMPROMISE with the taste. I would not do a blasphemous thing such as compromising with the taste of Thai Coconut Soup because
a) I love Thai Coconut soup, Tom kha
b) I love coconut
c) This was the first ever dish that made my I-hate-coconut husband warm his heart to well prepared (I quote, “Well Prepared”) food with coconut flavors.
So, in short, if the flavors did not match the best Tom kha I have eaten, I would not have served it to Nachiket. I can’t take chances with my darling coconut! What if he goes into the I-hate-coconut phase because of one bad recipe! 😀
Trust me and try this short cut recipe for
Thai Coconut Soup