I found this soup recipe in The Sunday Times magazine – I’d picked it up when out and about somewhere and pocketed it to try the recipe. It was a success.
I blow hot and cold about fresh coriander but I think this is the sort of recipe where it shines. The fresh hit of herbs is a very important part of the Januaryness of the soup.
Coconut and greens noodle soup
4 tablespoons coconut oil
a small piece of ginger, peeled
2 garlic cloves
1 small green chilli
4 spring onions
bunch of coriander
a few pieces of mint
Melt the coconut oil – I stuck the bottle in hot water, or you can melt it in a pan, whichever works. Put it in a food processor with the rest of the herbs and whizz them into a paste. You can keep it for a day or two apparently but I went straight on to the next step.
10-20 peppercorns – original says green, which would taste stronger, I had pink.
a teaspoon of turmeric
2 tins coconut milk
a veggie stock cube or one of those stock pot things
fish sauce (optional)
lemon grass (I have some weird freeze dried ones I’m trying to use up, fresh would be better)
1 medium sweet potato
100g baby leaf spinach
2 handfuls of flat chinese wheat noodles
Put the herb paste in a medium sized pan and heat it gently, adding in turmeric, peppercorns, the coconut milk, juice of the lime, the stock and a table spoon of the soy sauce. This would be a good time to add the fish sauce if you don’t mind it not being veggie. Add the lemon grass whole so you can fish it out later. Add a can and a half of water. Simmer the mixture.
Slice the sweet potato (I used a mandolin and the pieces were small – next time I might do cubes) and add to the pan.
Add the noodles and the spinach leaves, stir and cover, leave to cook for a few minutes until the noodle and sweet potato are cooked through.
Check if you like the balance – you can add more soy sauce. more lime or some sugar at this stage.
Eat with spoon and fork.
This makes 4 portions. We’ve got some leftover roast pork we may add to the leftover soup tomorrow to get a second meal out of it.