Saturday, 19 November 2011

Southeast Asian noodle soup with Sweet Coconut Milk and Hot Chilli

If you would ask me what are the ingredients that you dislike most or you would never use it, I would say coconut milk and fresh coriander and yet, if you combine these two flavors, you can make something delicious. I followed a recipe from Nigel Slater but of course I have used less ingredients cause he as a TV show so he can find whatever he wants… and I couldn’t really find lemongrass and dry mint leaves at Sainsbury local but it is still really good! Trust me!

You’ll need:
·       1 fresh red chilli without seeds (unless you want it spicy)
·       4 cloves of garlic
·       The size of your thumb of Fresh Ginger root
·       a good handful of coriander eaves
·       a little vegetable oil
·       500ml of chicken or vegetable stock
·       400ml of coconut milk
·       10 cherry tomatoes
·       2 tbsp of Thai fish sauce
·       The juice of half a lime
·       200g raw king prawns, frozen
·       100g of dried noodles, cooked as it says on the packet

How to do it:

·      Chop the chillies, removing the seeds if you wish, peel the garlic and ginger and chop roughly, the coriander stems and half of the leaves. Put them all into a food processor. Blitz them to a pulp, adding a little vegetable oil.
·      Add the spice paste into a deep pan at medium heat and fry it for about 2 minutes, then pour in the stock and the coconut milk and bring to the boil.
·      Cut the tomatoes into quarters and add them to the soup with the fish sauce and lime juice. They will take about seven minutes to cook. Add the prawns - they are cooked when they take on a pink colour. Chop up the remaining coriander leaves and add to the sauce.
·      Now to serve, put a swirl of noodles in each of four bowls, pour over the sauce and add the chopped coriander leaves.

1 comment:

  1. As a non asian food eater, and general disliker of coconut, this dish created some skepticism. The first taste however, as I am lucky enough to have eaten every single thing on this blog, made me a believer. It was beyond delicious. If you have a spicy palate as well, go nuts cause the coconut milk will level it perfectly.