Don't you love my cute bowl? I found it in my china cabinet! Going through my china cabinet is kind of like Christmas, it's all happy surprises. I have a confession to make, though. This bowl is cute and it made a lovely picture, but it holds something like 5 spoons of soup. So after I took the picture, I poured the soup into my normal bowl, filled it up to the top, and slurped away.
This Tyler Florence recipe from Eat This Book: Cooking with Global Fresh Flavors is a great way to use up leftover chicken. You can use chicken from a store bought rotisserie chicken or do like I do and whenever possible, cook extra chicken, shred and freeze. Over all I thought this was pretty good. I loved, loved, loved the broth. Really. I found the chicken and the straw mushrooms almost a distraction. Especially the straw mushrooms, I don't think I'm a big fan of straw mushrooms. Next time I might use those cute little ears of canned corn and maybe some red bell pepper for color.
Thai Coconut Chicken Soup
1 quart chicken stock
1 stalk lemon grass, white part only, cracked open with the flat side of a knife
3 kaffir lime leaves, fresh or dried, hand torn
1 (3-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
2 small Thai chilies, halved lengthwise
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 (13-ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk
2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce (nam pla)
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 (8-ounce) can straw mushrooms, rinsed
4 limes, juiced
1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Bring the stock to the boil over medium heat in a soup pot. Add the lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, ginger, chilies, and garlic. Lower the heat to medium-low, cover, and gently simmer for 10 minutes to let the spices infuse the broth.
Uncover and stir in the coconut milk, fish sauce, sugar, mushrooms, lime juice, and chicken. Simmer for 5 minutes to heat the chicken through; season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into a soup tureen or individual serving bowls. Garnish with cilantro. Be careful to avoid chewing the lemongrass, ginger, or lime leaves.
This will be my entry for this week's Tyler Florence Fridays!