Here is a classic Thai soup, only this time served cold. This is without doubt the finest chilled soup I have ever tasted. You just have to look at what goes into it to realise that it is going to be a taste sensation! Coconut, lemon grass, chilli, lime and ginger. That’s the taste of food heaven.
If there is any food which mirrors a country, it is Thai. Vibrant, colourful and unique. The combination of ingredients and fresh, fresh flavours make my mouth water.
Jane and I met not far from Thailand (well the Philippines, but close enough!) We both love Asia for many reasons, but the people and food really stand out. Thailand cannot be beaten for food. A bold statement, but anyone who has visited and trawled the street food and markets will agree. Great food made simply but with super fresh ingredients. The soups alone are almost alchemical, their vapours can revive the soul and the flavours dance in your mouth like a dragon.
Thai’s love food. In a way that us pretentious Europeans cannot comprehend. My friend Toum took me to a local market in a suburb of north Bangkok and I have never seen such care taken in the selection of produce. I was chided for holding some green leaves the wrong way round and generally made to feel clumsy with my food handling and that I had much to learn in the respect and treatment of food. We carried our vegetables home as if they were newly born babies.
You can see the real identity of countries and cultures coming through in what they eat. Most Thais eat very well, regardless of social standing. In fact, they seem to eat the same things, in the same places. Namely the street. There is a movement towards a more westernised capitalist culture in the upper and middle classes, but all done in a very Thai way. I can never see the big mac taking over from the pad thai.
This will be very refreshing come summer (it is coming I hope), the flavours are as intense and fragrant as you would expect from things Thai.
There’s lots of bits in this one, but that’s what makes it so very tasty!
6 mushrooms, 6 tomatoes, 2 cloves garlic, 1 cm fresh ginger (or 1cm galangal if you can), 1 lemon grass stick, 1 red chilli, 4 dates, 6 lime leaves, juice of 2 limes, bunch of coriander, 120g fresh coconut chopped, 125g spinach, 1 apple, 2 tbsp tamari
Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender and keep your finger on the button until all the herbs have been blitzed.
In a big bowl with a few sprouts and coriander leaves on top, a whole heap of love, and the biggest spoons you have!
We Love It!
It is such a taste explosion and takes us back to happy memories of a wonderful land (just one spoonful of this and we now want to go back!). This is authentic thai, without the jars of paste.
So essential to Thai cookery, coriander (celantro to some) is actually native to the Mediterranean and is rich in anti-oxidants that help against heart conditions. It also contains high levels of vitamin C and many different minerals. It is one of the richest sources of vitamin K and has a very high vitamin A content. Quite a herb!