From My Kitchen: Thai Shrimp & Coconut Soup

Should I say it again? OK. I love, love, love Bravo’s series Top Chef and the contestants who appeared on the show. Not only do I seek out the restaurants of the contestants (66 to date), but I also cook their recipes on occasion. The winner of season 1 was Harold Dieterle, who now has a restaurant here in NYC, Ten Hope in Brooklyn to be exact. Just recently I cam across one of his recipes online, and of course I had to make it asap. It really was super delicious. This soup is 100% perfect for this cold weather! Cook like a Top Chef with me.

What you’ll need:

  • 5 Thai Chiles
  • 4 stalks of fresh lemongrass, tender inner bulb only, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 large shallot, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 3 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 plus 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Asian fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup tamarind concentrate
  • 6 fresh kaffir lime leaves
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • salt and pepper
  • cooked rice

In a blender, combine chiles, lemongrass, garlic, shallot and 1/4 cup of water, and puree until smooth.

in a medium saucepan, heat the coconut oil. Add the lemongrass puree and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the coconut milk, brown sugar, fish sauce, tamarind,lime leaves, and 1 1/2 of water and bring to a gentle boil. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the soup is flavorful and slightly reduced, about 15 minutes. Stir in the lime juice, and season with salt and pepper. Add the shrimp and simmer until slightly curled and cooked through, about 1 minute. Ladle soup into bowls and add rice.

Bon Appétit!

Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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