Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Spicy Thai Coconut Soup with Ginger, Lime and Vermicelli


You're looking at my current obsession soup.

I can - and do - eat it days on end.

I have long been a fan of Thai cuisine with its vibrant colours, unparalleled flavours and warming properties.  Strangely, the one time I visited Thailand, I was so captivated by the beauty and serenity of the Buddhist Temples, that food played a secondary role (hard to imagine, I know). 

Among my favourite Thai dishes are the country's hot and sour soups - or Tom Yum (meaning boiled spicy soup).  There are hundreds of variations of tom yum, with Tom Yum Goong probably being the most well known (the version that incorporates shrimp).

The vegetarian version that I have prepared today is the one I make most often.  It has all the warming properties and flavours of the traditional broth with plant-based proteins.  I have also incorporated vermicelli in this recipe mostly in honour of my husband who introduced me to Singapore Style Fried Rice Vermicelli back when we first started dating in Montreal. Every time I come across vermicelli, I think of him.


Spicy Thai Coconut Soup with Ginger, Lime and Vermicelli
  • 2 large yellow onions, diced
  • 1 Tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • 2 Tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce, optional for non vegetarians
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • Juice of one lime
  • Zest of one lime
  • 500 grams (or 1 large block) firm tofu, diced
  • 2 red bell peppers, sliced
  • 2 cups frozen shelled edamame
  • 100 grams vermicelli rice noodles
  • 1 cup or so cilantro

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In a large saucepan, sauté onion with some olive oil on low heat until translucent (about 3 minutes). Add chili garlic sauce and ginger to pan, mixing well with onion.

Meanwhile, run edamame under hot water, drain and set aside.
 
Add the next 8 ingredients to onion mixture: fish sauce (if using), coconut milk, vegetable stock, lime juice, lime zest, tofu, red pepper and edamame. Mix to combine.  Allow soup to come to a boil, add vermicelli noodles and mix while immersing noodles.  Reduce soup to simmer.

Add most of the cilantro to the soup (reserving some for topping), mixing to combine.  Serve soup with a sprinkle of cilantro over top, as desired.



58 comments:

  1. This looks delicious. I just posted a similar soup yesterday. I really love that you added the edamaes. I love the lightness with the spiciness of a soup like this.

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  2. There is certainly lots to like about Thai cuisine. This looks beautifully creamy and tangy.

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  3. you have no idea how much I would love this soup! I might even go for the tofu, although Phil might start a conversation with the dogs "see, boys... Mom is punishing Dad for something, but I swear I did nothing wrong" ;-)

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  4. That looks delicious. I've been craving soup for awhile!

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  5. This looks gorgeous. I love the colours.

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  6. i love thai curry so i know i would love this! rice vermicelli noodles are awesome! :) ps - raw nori doesn't have any salt on it. :)

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  7. Ha, I saw the picture and my eyes immediately went to two things:

    Edamame - <3
    Cilantro - <3

    I would say - "who cares about the rest, it's got edamame and cilantro", but the soup looks amazing, and I'm jealous because, I don't know why, but every time I try to make a thai soup like this it's such a giant disaster :( Yours has a really rich colour and looks so nice. Mine is always a funky grey colour :(

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  8. I like it! I love the colors too. This sounds like a perfect light soup for lunch with just enough spice to get one through the afternoon!

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  9. This is beautiful and so very elegant. There's something about Thai ingredients that just makes a classy soup! Saving this to do it this winter.

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  10. I LOVE Tom Yum soup and yours looks exceptionally vibrant and fresh...as usual ;) You've totally "inspired" me to make this soon. How very appropriate!

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  11. I want this to be my new obssesion too!! This looks so yummy and low cal too!

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  12. I am right there with you on the soup obsession. Thai food is one of my favorite cuisines and this bowl of soup is gorgeous! Great idea adding edamame and cilantro!

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  13. Gorgeous photo Kelly! I just love it. The colors are awesome. And I'm in love with that dish! How fun that you've been to Thailand. I'd love to get there someday too. This soup looks wonderful. I know Mike and I would like it, and I think Miss A would even enjoy picking out and eating the tofu. :)

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  14. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.February 1, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    I love how vibrant this is! I love Thai cuisine also and this soup just looks so fresh and delicious!

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  15. I love the colors of this! It's a raging sandstorm outside right now and a bowl of that would be perfect!

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  16. --Kelly,
    This soup is Really Gorgeous. The Colors. & the Tofu looks brilliant.

    I think I could eat this every. single. day. too.

    Xx.
    My Inner Chick http://myinnerchick.com

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  17. This is my favorite type of Thai soup - spicy, coconut milk and tofu! Yep - lots of color and healthy ingredients. Love your recipe and that bit of chili garlic sauce I'm sure gives it quite a bite! Gorgeous soup!

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  18. I am seriously not that found of coconut. I have no idea why, but I am just not crazy about them. But you definitely make this soup look delicious enough for me to overlook that fact lol

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  19. Another one of my fav's Kelly! I don't often make the coconut milk based Tom Yum, but I think I will try soon. I adore the complex flavours of this simple soup! It's the middle of the night and I really want a bowl!!!! Like Now!

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  20. I try to have soup or salad at least once a day and this sounds like it would totally hit the spot! I'm all for thai flavors all the time!

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  21. Kelly, even though I'm an avowed carnivore, I sincerely love tofu, am crazy for Thai curry and at first look this bowl looks like a red curry with tofu! I love this recipe and if I weren't in the middle of my lunch I would have your soup. Your photos are gorgeous!
    (By the way, I'm one of these awful travellers who apart from discovering food, having drinks and doing clothes shopping - if possible - doesn't do much ;-) Actually, yes: I love watching the local people. I'm afraid I would hardly remember the temples!)

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  22. Haha, you would remember the temples in Thailand... they are truly extraordinary; like nothing I've experienced in this part of the world and the rituals for prayer - everyone taking their shoes off and sitting on the ground side by side is so powerful, it's not possible to be left unmarked.

    The red colour in the soup comes from the chili garlic sauce... I use it on virtually everything - just had it on my morning eggs ;-). Have a beautiful day Sissi.

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  23. Cheers Joanne! Can't seem to get enough soup this time of year...

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  24. There's something about the combination of lime and coconut that simply curls my toes... ;-)

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  25. Not to worry - all of us lose our way from time to time - hee.hee! Have a great day Kay :)

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  26. Thanks MJ - I do like my spices... but you know, this soup is a hit with my whole family... my boys ask for it by name ;-)

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  27. Thank you beautiful Kim - tofu never tasted so good ;0

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  28. Sandstorm? How intriguing... Lots of freezing rain and 'wet' snow over here the last few days. Have a great day Alyssa ~

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  29. Hi Stephanie, isn't Thai exquisite? Just love it... have a great day.

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  30. Thank you Kristy! Bangkok was otherwordly in the true sense of the word... I highly recommend it if you get a chance.

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  31. Thanks so much - I have become very habituated in my edamame ways... I picked up a veg soup on the go at our local sushi place yesterday that didn't have edamame in it... it just wasn't the same ;-)

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  32. Haha, thanks Lindselicious! Have a great day.

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  33. Hee.hee, thanks Amy! I hope you enjoy it if you decide to try. It's really very quick to prepare and I usually double the batch to make it worthwhile ;0

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  34. Thanks so much Claudia... it does look pretty, doesn't it. Winter warming indeed. Have a beautiful day :)

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  35. Light but so satisfying... thanks Eliot! Hope you enjoy if you try it.

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  36. Grey? Funny man. The chili garlic sauce makes it turn a brilliant red... give it a try :)

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  37. Thanks Junia - I thought of you with this one. So intriguing about the seaweed... I would expect anything from the sea to carry sodium... I have to investigate because now you've got me curious... ;-)

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  38. Thanks so much Elly! Lovely to see you here :)

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  39. Me too... can't seem to get enough. Have a great day Yummy! :)

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  40. Oh for real - I usually use thai green chilli paste, and by the time it's mixed up with the chicken and coconut milk it really has a bad colour. I'll try it your way next time ;)

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  41. Oh, but I do... :) You know, tofu is like a sponge; it will take on the flavours you cook it with so, in this case, with the chili, lime, coconut and ginger aromas going on, it's really hard not to like the otherwise underwhelming soy slab ;-)

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  42. Thank you Leaf ~ have yourself a beautiful day.

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  43. Hi Suzi; thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you like this one - cheers! :)

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  44. Mandy - The Complete Cook BookFebruary 2, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    This sounds incredible (minus the tofu for me if you don't mind).
    :-) Mandy

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  45. Oh my goodness - this is so beautiful! And I"m laughing Kelly because I'm actually making a Thai coconut soup today myself. Love all these flavors and that each rendition is so different - you'll probably see mine next week - if it isn't a flop! :) I've had a few of those lately so I have to add that condition :).

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  46. haha, whatever works for you is all good! Have a great day Mandy ;)

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  47. I don't think you're capable of flopping Chris... nothing but glory on your outstanding site ;0) - have a beautiful day...

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  48. Oh...So good. You might just have inspired me to try it. We have so many thai restaurants near downtown Orlando, but there is nothing like cooking at home and enjoying the process. Thank you!

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  49. Tom Yum soup is one of my favorites. Something about the spicy and sour that is so delightful. It's especially nice on a cold day since the spice really warms you up. Gorgeous recipe Kelly.

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  50. I'm sorry to interrupt your conversation, but I couldn't help laughing because I totally understand Charles. Green curry is my favourite but I always joke that, logically, its characteristic is that it's not green ;-) (My husband prefers red, so I'm always jealous of his dish's colour)

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  51. Another great lime-ginger-chili recipe. This would have been perfect last week when I was fighting my cold!

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  52. I love Thai food with its balance of spicy, sour, sweet and salty. Your soup is beautiful!

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  53. This soup looks incredible. The red peppers and edamame are so vibrant

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  54. What an incredible soup, the flavors are so warming! And the broth alone looks amazing, lovely :)

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  55. YUM! I am going to make this, we are having a "cold front" (mid 60's) this week. :-) So this will be perfect!

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  56. Beautiful pictures! I love the flavor combo of this recipe.

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  57. I made this 2 weeks ago and I'm making it again tonight...delicious!!! One tip I found helpful was to cook the noodles seperately, put some cooked noodles in the bottom on the soup bowl, and pour the soup over the noodles; the noodles absorb broth really quickly! :)

    But really, GREAT recipe! Thank you so much for posting! <3

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  58. Hi Elyse, thank you so much for your feedback. I'm thrilled you enjoyed the recipe and thank you for the helpful tip re: the noodles. When I use vermicelli I find it requires almost no cooking time before it breaks down and absorbs but depending on the noodle that is used, you're quite right, that's an excellent idea to pre-cook. Cheers Elyse! Have a beautiful day :)

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