There are a number of techniques that are adopted in different parts of the world to counter the cold weather. If you are living in extremely cold climate, there is no substitute to having a hot cup of soup, which enhances the blood circulation in your body, allowing you to feel warmer. There are hundreds of different types of soups that are made in different parts of the globe, according to the traditions and preferences of people. One such type of soup is the Thai coconut soup. As the name suggests, it originated from Thailand but now it is popular in many countries and is regarded by many as one of the finest winter soups.
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Total time: 1 hour
Yield: 6 persons
Utensils: medium saucepan, large pot and a large spoon for mixing.
Oyster mushrooms: 1 small piece (they should be coarsely chopped)
Freshly squeezed lime juice: 3 tablespoons
Coconut milk: 2 cans (15 oz)
Green onions: 3
Bunch cilantro: ½ small (leaves only)
Chicken drumsticks: 2
Serrano chiles: 5
Double chicken breasts: 1 (cut into thin strips)
Lemongrass: 2 stalks
Fish sauce: 3 and ½ tablespoons
Put chicken in the saucepan
Add the chicken legs and one stalk of lemongrass to a medium saucepan with 2 cups of water. Having brought it to a boiling point, you need to lower the heat and allow it to simmer until the meat is very tender or for approximately 15 minutes.
Remove the pan
Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool enough so that it can be handled. Save the broth and shred the meat after removing the chicken legs.
Strain the broth into a large pot
Grab a large pot and strain the broth into it. You can now insert ginger, coconut milk, chiles and the remaining one stalk of lemongrass. Without boiling, you need to cook them for about 2 to 3 minutes.
Add chicken in the pot
You can now add the breast and leg meat in the pot and allow it to cook while you stir it. Having added the green onions and mushrooms, you are required to cook them for another three to four minutes.
Add other ingredients
Once your Thai coconut soup is nicely cooked, you should add lime juice, fish sauce, salt and pepper. Sprinkle some cilantro on top of the soup.