RECIPES

Tom kha soup

This soup is packed with herbs and spices, blended with coconut milk and stock, and loaded up with prawns and chicken.

Ingredients

For the paste

  • 5cm/2in piece galangal or ginger, peeled, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, bruised
  • small bunch fresh coriander, leaves chopped, roots reserved
  • 1-2 shallots, peeled, quartered
  • 1 medium green chilli, seeds removed, roughly chopped
  • 3 fresh or 6 dried kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 limes, zest only

For the soup

Method

  1. For the paste, blend the paste ingredients in a food processor until smooth.

  2. For the soup, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and fry the paste over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes.

  3. Stir in the coconut milk and fish sauce.

  4. Pour in the boiling water, and crumble in the stock cube.

  5. Add the prawns, and allow them to cook in the broth for 3-4 minutes, or until the prawns have turned pink and opaque.

  6. Add the mushrooms and sugar snap peas, and continue to cook for a further 2-3 minutes.

  7. Cook the soba noodles in a large pan of boiling water following pack instructions, then drain.

  8. To serve, add the lime juice to the soup and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  9. Divide the drained noodles between four bowls, and ladle over the soup. Garnish with thai basil leaves, shiso cress, the coriander leaves, and sliced chilli.

  10. Squeeze over a little more lime juice to taste.