V.V. is a soup FREAK (or maybe I just love one pot cooking. . .lazy bones. . .) so today I would like to share a recipe for a soup that is perfect for Spring: colourful, bright and spicy in flavor, with a serious kick to put some spring in your step (sorry, I couldn't resist the seasonal pun)!
I use a blend of yellow and green curry pastes (is that even allowed?) because while I love the fresh, lemongrass/lime leaf flavor of green curry, I find it much, much, MUCH too spicy to use on it's own in this recipe. Yellow curry would be just fine on it's own if you want a nice mild soup and even red curry paste is cool too. Use whatever ratio of curry pastes to suit your taste, but V.V. will strongly caution you about using exclusively green curry (unless your tongue and digestive tract are lined with asbestos. . .it's HOT. . .or maybe I'm just a wuss!).
Curry Coconut Noodle Soup
-1 pkg rice noodles
-1 tbsp veg oil
-5 tbsp curry paste, your call on the ratio, I use 3 tbsp yellow curry paste and 2 tbsp green curry paste and while the soup definitely has a kick to it, it wont burn your face off.
-4 cups veggie stock (or 4 cups water and some veggie bouillon cubes - staples in the V.V. kitchen!)
-1 tbsp tamari soy sauce
-1 can coconut milk
-juice of half a lemon
-your choice of garnishes: chopped basil, cilantro, spring onion, diced tofu, julienned cucumber, carrot, mango or red bell pepper, steamed cauliflour florets - whatever your little heart desires!
Cook the rice noodles according to the package directions. Drain and rinse the noodles in cold water, then toss them with a bit of veg oil so they don't get too sticky icky and set aside.
In your fave soup pot, heat the veg oil over medium heat. Cook the curry paste for a minute or two, until your kitchen becomes filled with the frangrant, exotic, scent of curry deliciousness.
Add the stock and soy sauce and bring to a boil on high heat.
Reduce the heat to a low simmer and whisk in the coconut milk. Simmer for ten minutes so the flavors become BFF's.
Add the lemon juice, taste the broth and season with S&P.
Divide the noodles and garnishes amongst some soup bowls and ladle the gorgeous broth over them.
Seriously, how easy was that?