Hot & sour coconut soup

Hot & sour coconut soup

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(12 ratings)

Ready in 25-30 minutes


Serves 4
A really light soup with plenty of fresh vibrant flavours. Serve it as a main course, or without rice as a light starter

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal356
  • fat19g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein22g
  • salt2.47g
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  • 100g Thai fragrant rice



    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…

  • 1.2l chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped galangal or root ginger
  • 4 fresh or freeze-dried kaffir lime leaf, chopped or crumbled
  • 2 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 250g skinless boneless chicken breast, thinly sliced



    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 175g chestnut mushroom, sliced
  • 200g cherry tomato, halved
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce (nam pla)
    Fish sauce

    Fish sauce

    A seasoning often used in Vietnamese and Thai cooking. In Vietnam it is usually made from shrimp…

  • 200ml carton coconut cream
  • a handful of fresh coriander, chopped


  1. Cook the rice in boiling salted water for about 10 minutes, until tender, then drain and set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the stock in a large pan, add the lemongrass, galangal or ginger, lime leaves and chillies and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the chicken and mushrooms and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, lime juice, fish sauce and coconut cream and simmer for 5 minutes more. Scatter over the coriander and serve each portion with a little cooked rice spooned in.

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Comments (9)

jmcguire's picture

Simple ingredients and as someone else commented, you can throw in various bits and pieces that are lurking in the fridge. Will definitely make again in future. Lovely for a cold winter evening.

oliversarmy's picture

My family adore this soup. Its is so simple, quick and very healthy. Even the young ones love it. It has become a staple and now I add all sorts to it, whatever happens to be in the fridge and it seems to work with everything ! Its even impressed friends at dinner parties....managed to find some cute little bowls in a charity shop....looks fab !

tommygun303's picture

This is by far the nicest soup I have ever tasted. My girlfriend and I could eat this every day and not get bored. Absolitely delicious and deserves 10 stars!
I personally go easy on the fish sauce but it's just my preference as can be quite over powering.

bigbird0966's picture

Absolutely delicious!!.....& soooooo quick & easy.

I wilted some additional bok choi in at the last 2 mins for some extra crunch, which was lovely.

Next time I make it I'm only going for 1 tbsp of fish sauce as it was a little on the salty side for us, but apart from that.

Get on & make it if you haven't won't be disappointed.

rachelhealey's picture

My 16 year old son made this as the starter for a 3 course meal he cooked today as part of his GCSE catering exam, he practised on the family at the weekend and it was yummy!

lovesitalian's picture

I love this recipe!! Very easy and quick to do. Tasty with prawns also :)

bumblesquat's picture

Sorry, forgot to put 5 stars in above comment.

bumblesquat's picture

I love Thai food and thought this was absolutely lovely and authentic tasting.

bronwen76's picture

This was fantastic i fancied something spicy but warming and i got it all in one

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shinefamily's picture

I used only a teaspoon of Fish Sauce and substituted a dash or two of chilli powder rather than fresh chili, which made controlling the spice level much easier. Tastes exactly like what you would order at a restaurant! Yum!