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Monday, February 18, 2008

Recipe of the Week: Creamy Thai Coconut Soup

We had our share of exotic Asian food last week, you know, with the Chinese New Year and all that. I'll be sharing several awesome creations that emerged from that uncooking blast, but for the moment, here's a scrumptious rendition of a Thai coconut soup.

It started off as a recipe from one of my uncook books, then evolved into something completely different once I passed the torch along to Manu, a friend who went to culinary school in Germany and has a keen interest in raw foods.

All I can say is 'Wow!' This was fantastic! Don't be intimidated by the few steps in making the broth. It is soooooo worth it. THE best Thai soup I've ever tasted.

Creamy Thai Coconut Soup

Serves 4

2 cups dried coconut
6 cups water
6 kafir lime leaves without stock
1/3 cup sesame seeds
1 tsp red chili flakes
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp lime zest
2 green onions
2 celery stalks
1/4 cup cilantro root*
1/2 med. yellow bell pepper
1/2 med. red bell pepper
2 garlic cloves
2 nori sheets, broken up
1/2 Tbs fresh ginger root, grated
1/4 cup coconut oil (optional)
1/4 cup sesame oil
2 tbs lecithin powder
2 tsp agave nectar
2 Tbs lemon juice
1/4 cup tamari
Salt to taste

Blend the dried coconut with 2 cups water until smooth. Then add the remaining water and blend until a coconut milk forms.

Finely grind the kafir lime leaves, sesame seeds, red chili flakes and zests in a coffee grinder. Add these, along with the rest of the broth ingredients to the 'coconut milk' and blend for a few seconds until very smooth.

Strain and discard the pulp.

* Manu's Note: If cilantro roots are not available, use stalks. However the disadvantage is that it will give the soup a greenish tint.

1 small avocado, diced
1/3 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
1/3 cup thinly sliced daikon
1/3 cup thinly sliced bok choi
1/3 cup thinly sliced red pepper
1/3 cup thinly sliced yellow pepper
Handful cilantro leaves
Handful black sesame seeds

To serve:
Divide toppings among 4 bowls. If desired, gently warm broth on stove while stirring constantly and pour pour over veggies. Top with cilantro leaves and black sesame seeds.

Here's Manu putting the finishing touch to this delicious soup


  1. Oh my goodness! I have to admit--I sneaked a slurp of my boyfriend's cooked Tom Kha just last last night because I hadn't managed to find a good raw Thai soup recipe. I've made some very simplified attempts, but interplay of spices in the real thing is so complex that my versions didn't even come close. This one looks absolutely stunning. I can't wait to try it! And I can't get over the impeccable timing!

  2. Don't you love it when that happens! ;-)

    This one should do the trick of taking care of your Thai soup cravings. It's on our menu tonite. Yay!

  3. I made this in prep for a dinner part where i wanted a thai soup. I tested it out first... and it turned out so awesome!!!! After being vegetarian then raw I never thought i would have Thai food that had that fish sauce taste. I was so wrong, and so happy to be wrong. Such a delight. The soup based served my boyfriend and I over 3 meals. I am going to double it next time, maybe triple so great to have the soup base on hand and just cut up the veggies before serving. Thank you thank you !! -sara

  4. wow, that looks like a serious soup, you clearly have quite the imagination. I love recipes that include nori sheets :)

    I've been working on this raw thai soup recipe over the past couple weeks and I am pretty pleased with how it has turned out. It's probably not as rich as yours but it still has a decent creaminess due to the cashew.

  5. You know, if you want it spicy, it is also good to add a couple to a few (depending on how spicy you like it) Thai or Asian chilies. Thai chilies are sometimes called asian chilies and can either be found at asia markets, or sporadically at regular stores. Thanks so much for this recipe! SO excited!

  6. wow just finished making this soup and its a keeper for sure!!! Yum even my man likes it and he definitly raises his brow when I give him raw stuff!!!!!!