Thai is one of my favorite cuisines and I always look forward to dinner at one of the several excellent Thai restaurants in my area. Many of my favorite dishes I would never attempt to make at home…to complex for one reason or another…but there are a few favorites that are so easy to prepare in my own kitchen. If the long list of ingredients in many Thai recipes puts you off don’t worry about it. Most are available in mainstream grocery stores and once you have the basics in your pantry you are ready to cook.
Fish sauce, curry paste and coconut milk plus easy to find, lemon grass, cilantro and lime are the basis for many delicious Thai dishes including this very flavorful hearty soup that won’t take more than 20 minutes to put together. I found this recipe at A FEAST FOR THE EYES and it tastes just like one of the best soups at my favorite Thai restaurant. If you haven’t met Debby I urge you to stop by to visit. She is one of the best cooks I know and her German recipes remind me of the wonderful dishes my Mutti used to prepare when I was a child.
If you haven’t cooked with fish sauce or “Nam Pla” before don’t be alarmed. It has a very fishy smell that disappears when combined with other ingredients. It is one of the essential flavors of Thai food. ABOUT.COM has this to say…” Good fish sauces are made from a mixture of fish and salt that has been allowed to ferment for 1 year to 18 months. Anchovies are typically used, although some fish sauces are also made from other types of fish or squid. The basic ingredients of a good fish sauce are: fish, water, and salt. Sugar may also be added, but isn’t necessary”.
This is a perfect dish to make at home if you love Thai food but shy away from recipes because they seem too complicated. The flavorful broth is easy to make and the chicken and vegetables simmer in it until done. Curry paste is added at the end and it’s very easy to regulate the heat of the dish…so don’t worry about getting it too hot. Debby suggests serving this soup with rice…which I thought was delicious…and next time I might add a sprinkle of chopped peanuts along with the garnish.