Coconut Recipes

Coconut and Seafood Soup with Garlic Chives

2-1/2 cups fish stock
5 thin slices fresh root ginger
2 lemon grass stalks, chopped
3 kaffir lime leaves, shredded
1 ounce (1 bunch) garlic chives, chopped
1/2 ounce fresh coriander (cilantro)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
4 shallots, chopped
1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk
3 tbsp Thai fish sauce
4 tbsp Thai green curry paste
1 pound uncooked large prawns (jumbo shrimp), peeled and deveined
1 pound prepared squid
A little lime juice (optional)
Salt and ground black pepper
4 tbsp fried shallot slices, to serve

Pour the stock into a pan and add the slices of fresh ginger, the chopped lemon grass and half the lime leaves.

Add half the chopped chives to the pan with the coriander stalks. Bring to the boil, then simmer gently for 20 minutes. Strain the stock.

Rinse the pan, then add the oil and shallots. Cook over a medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the shallots are just beginning to brown. Stir in the stock, coconut milk, the remaining lime leaves and half the fish sauce. Heat gently until the soup is just simmering and cook over a low heat for 5 to 10 minutes.

Stir in the curry paste and the peeled prawns and cook for 3 minutes. Add the squid, cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the lime juice, if using, and season.

Stir in the remaining fish sauce, chopped chives and the chopped coriander leaves. Serve in warmed, shallow bowls sprinkled with fried shallots.

Yield: 4 servings

Instead of squid, you could add 14 ounces firm white fish, such as monkfish, cut into small pieces.

You could also replace the squid with fresh mussels. Steam 1-1/2 pounds closed mussels in a tightly covered pan for about 3 minutes, or until the shells have opened. Discard any that remain shut, then remove the mussels from their shells.



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