Thai Turkey Coconut Soup
East meets West in this simple recipe combining turkey with sweet coconut milk and tangy lemon grass. A light and refreshing soup.
Number of servings : 4
Prep time: 15 Minutes
Cooking time: 40 Minutes for stock, 10 Minutes for soup
Type of meal : | Soups | Soups
Special diet :
4-1/2 oz (125 g) cooked turkey breast, skinned
2/3 cup (50 g) canned coconut milk
1 fresh red chili, deseeded and chopped
Salt to taste
1 tbsp (15 mL) cornstarch
1 tbsp (15 mL) finely chopped fresh coriander
1 cup corn (optional)
For the stock:
Carcass of a 6 lb, 8 oz (3 kg) turkey
2 tsp (10 mL) coriander seeds
3-1/2 oz (100 g) carrots, chopped
1 stick celery, chopped
2 in (5 cm) cinnamon stick, broken
1 tsp (5 mL) cumin seeds
4 large cloves garlic, unpeeled and lightly crushed
2 in (5 cm) cubed ginger, unpeeled and sliced
2 stalks lemongrass, bruised
8 oz (225 g) onions, unpeeled and quartered
4 small fresh red chilies (optional)
- First make the stock. Cut the turkey carcass into manageable pieces and crush the coriander seeds with a pestle and mortar. Place them in a large saucepan; add 2 pints (1.2 litres) of water and all the other ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer for 35-40 minutes.
- Meanwhile, finely chop the turkey breast. Remove and discard the largest pieces of turkey carcass from the stock, then strain the stock through a large sieve into a measuring jug. There should be 1 pint 7 fl. oz (750 mL); if not, add water to make up the amount.
- Pour the coconut milk in a large saucepan and add the measured stock to it. Place the pan over medium heat and whisk the stock and coconut milk together. When the coconut mixture begins to bubble, reduce the heat to low, and add the turkey and chili, and salt to taste.
- Blend the cornstarch with 1-2 tbsp (15-30 mL) of cold water, add it to the soup, and stir for 2-3 minutes until the soup thickens.
- Add the fresh coriander, stir briefly, remove the soup from the heat and serve, garnished with a chili in each bowl, if you wish.
Variation: You can also make the stock with the carcasses of two large chickens.