Thai coconut soup with turkey meatballs

Thai coconut soup with turkey meatballs

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(20 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 2
Lean and thrifty, turkey mince makes a great substitute for chicken in this spicy Asian noodle soup

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal537
  • fat29g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre3g
  • protein43g
  • salt2.9g
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  • ½ small pack coriander, stems chopped, leaves reserved
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 250g turkey mince
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
    Fish sauce

    Fish sauce

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

  • 2 tbsp Thai tom yum or Thai red curry paste
  • 400ml can low-fat coconut milk
    Coconut milk in a glass, with half a coconut

    Coconut milk

    ko-ko-nut mill-k

    Coconut milk is not the slightly opaque liquid that flows from a freshly opened coconut –…

  • 500ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • zest and juice 2 limes



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 300g pack stir-fry vegetable
  • 200g pack cooked egg or rice noodle


  1. Put the coriander stems and garlic in a food processor, pulse until finely chopped, add the turkey and 1 tsp of the fish sauce, and blend again. Roll into meatballs about 3cm in diameter.

  2. In a saucepan, heat the tom yum or curry paste with a splash of water for 2-3 mins. Pour in the coconut milk, stock, lime zest and juice, and remaining fish sauce. Bring to a simmer, add the meatballs and cook for 3 mins. Add the vegetables and cook for 5 mins more, or until the meatballs are cooked through.

  3. Add the noodles to warm through just before serving. Season, pour into 2 bowls and top with coriander leaves.

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15th Nov, 2013
I was dubious when I saw the recipe called for low-fat coconut milk and lime juice; I decided to trust it but I should have followed my instincts! It curdled straight away. I've given it two stars though because the meatballs were very tasty - I'm using the other half of the mix for burgers tonight!
13th Nov, 2013
Really easy and delicious soup. Way to much for two people though.
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6th Nov, 2013
My sauce split straight away. Followed the recipe to the letter. Perhaps too much lime? I don't know but I need a more detailed recipe.


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