My boyfriend and I spent three years weekend commuting to see each other at weekends , 100 miles each way. Within the first month he arrived on a Friday night to find me shivering on my sofa declaring myself, “Dying of Flu”. Stunning me he rushed right out to the shops and made me from scratch, a spicy chicken noodle soup. It worked it’s magic almost immediately fragrant spices, chilli and ginger and fragrant herbs coriander and lemongrass. I have been a convert to the healing power of a spicy soup ever since
But LBF never really gets ill, so I rarely get to return the favour. However this Sunday he had the beginnings of a cold and I assigned him a strict regime of Xbox and got on with making a spicy soup of my own.
All of the flavours here work together to lift you to a better place, even the cooking generates a healthy herbal steam . Though it seems like a lot of ingredients , there is a little preparation ( especially if you have a food processes) and more of these ingredients are staples of my summer kitchen.
Rather than noodles I have used grated kohrabi since I like the crunch it gives to the soup, you can use beansprout to the same effect. However you can obviously add egg or rice noodles cooked as instructed on the packet
Spicy Chilli Coconut Prawn Soup with Kohlrabi Noodles
2 handfuls of prawns, peeled ( or you can add some finely sliced chicken , tofu mushrooms or aubergine )
Small bunch of coriander with roots and stems
fresh Ginger , peeled
2 spring onions
2 red chillis
1 thumb of ginger
2 cloves of garlic peeled
2 tbsp of soy sauce
1 tbsp of fish sauce
1 medium kholrabi finely grated
1 pint of chicken stock
150ml of coconut milk , if you are opening a can you can freeze the remaining milk
- Remove the muddy foot of the roots , then food process or finely chopped together the coriander stems ( reserve the top half of the stems with the leaves for garnish) , garlic , chilli , spring onions & ginger.
- Bring the stock to a gentle simmer, remove from the heat and stir in the coconut milk, fish sauce and soy sauce
- In a splash of vegetable oil , fry the coriander mixture for a minute or so
- Pour over the stock and coconut milk , taste and add a dash of lime juice to balance the heat and creaminess , not more than half a lime
- Add the grated kohlrabi or cooked egg noodles Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer
- Add the prawns and cook for no more than two minutes
- Serve garnished with coriander leaves , chopsticks and a spoon