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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Soup Sunday- Red Curry Soup

 I spent three weeks in Thailand several years ago.  It is a beautiful country, with wonderful friendly people and awesome food.   I traveled with a small group called Interpid, based in Australia. I was the only American in the group.

We traveled using rail, bus and ferry. We traveled like the locals. One day when staying on a small island we hitched into town because it was safe and that is what the locals did.  You stop a car and negotiate a price.

 Four of us did this one afternoon and a lovely local woman picked us up in her pick-up. The two guys got in the back and Robin and I got in the front. The woman spoke great English.  She told us all about her family and the restaurant she owned. I remember we stopped at her mom's house on the way to town to pick up vegatables for the curry she was going to serve at the restaurant.

 I ate lots of wonderful curry like this was in Thailand. So when I make Thai food I think of the wonderful people I met in Thailand and the friends I made when I traveled there.

I used left over turkey in my recipe that I had frozen after Thanksgiving. You can use any meat you like in this recipe.  I adapted this recipe myself so feel free to change up the meat and vegatables to suit your taste.

If you like a mild soup, add just a little curry paste, if you want it stronger add more paste until you get the amount of heat you want. Thai's love their food really hot, but they adjust it for western tastes. I remember one day when we were shopping in the market, we ate at one of the food stalls. The owner told us the food on the right was for Thai's (meaning it was super hot) and the food on the left was for westerners ( spicy but not as hot as native Thai's like it).

I hope you will try this soup and come to love Thai food as much as I do and that someday you will visit Thailand. You won't be disappointed.

Red Curry Soup

2cups shredded chicken or turkey
2 cups chicken broth or stock
1 can coconut milk (13.5 oz)
3-4 teaspoons purchased Thai red curry paste
1 tablespoon fish sauce
½ large green pepper finely sliced
2 ounces dry rice stick noodles broken

Add chicken stock, meat and coconut milk to a large stockpot.  Bring to a boil and add the fish sauce and curry paste.  Add the curry in about a teaspoon at a time until the desired heat is achieved. Add more curry paste if desired to create a spicier soup. Add the green pepper and noodles.  Bring soup to a boil and cook about 3-4 minutes until the noodles soften.

4 servings

Prep time: 20 minutes

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