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I love trying to recreate recipes that I enjoy when I am out to dinner.  This recipe was inspired by my most recent trip to San Francisco, much like the shrimp and grits, I was eager to recreate this once I got home!  But first, let me give you a little back story on why I chose to order this soup.  Last summer my friend Miriam and I went to dinner at East Cost Grill in Inman Square after completing our last race of the season, a race that finished by crawling through a pit of mud!  If that doesn’t deserve a celebratory dinner I don’t know what does!  I digress….we ordered a nice cold beer and a few different appetizers. Spicy coconut muscle being the highlight of the night.  If I told you we still talk about how AMAZING those muscle were at least once a month would you believe me?

Fast forward 10 months Miriam has moved to San Francisco and I make my way out west for a visit.  My first night there Miriam, our friend Laura and I went to dinner at  Citrus Club .  One of the specials for the night was a Spicy Coconut Shrimp Soup.  There was no need to even discuss it, Miriam and I would be splitting that dish.  Boy oh boy we did not regret our decision we now can each enjoy amazing spicy coconut dishes on our respective costs.


Thai coconut Soup

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 3 cups chicken or veggie broth
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 3 shallots
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
  • spice of your choice (I use paprika and red pepper flakes)
  • 1 package Nasoya Chinese Noodles
  • 15-20 shrimp

Saute the bell pepper and shallots on high heat for about two minutes.  Add chicken broth and ginger and bring to a boil for 3-4 minutes.  While the vegetables and broth boil cook the noodles in boiling water for 3 minutes (directions on the back of the package).  Stir in coconut milk, spices and noodles bring to a boil again.  While boiling for the second time, saute shrimp in a frying pan.  I seasoned mine with a little bit of paprika.  And the last step-add the juice of one lime.

Note: In my excitement to eat this soup I forgot to take pictures of the cooking process, please forgive me!

This was my first time cooking with coconut milk and let me share with you my surprise when I opened the can- it appeared to be hard coconut milk.  After frantically calling my Mom (that’s is what Mom’s are for right?) and reading the can I learned that coconut milk naturally settles and hardens a bit.  My Mom suggested I dump it into a bowl and see what is underneath…sure enough it was liquid.  I put the contents of the whole can in a bowl and microwaved for about 20 seconds.  It was now all liquid.  This is what I love about working with new ingredients, you always learn something new!

My roommate and I enjoyed a nice dinner together and proclaimed that this was a very very good soup.  I know I will be repeating this again in the near future!

Enjoy with a glass of Malbec




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