I don’t cook many strictly Thai dishes, but red and green curry pastes are among the ingredients I constantly keep in my fridge and use quite often, in very unorthodox ways. Most of the time one of them ends up in a quick, flavoursome, vaguely Thai soups or sauces, usually prepared with my beloved, versatile chicken breasts. This quick fiery soup is my first experiment in pairing tofu with Thai seasonings. It was inspired by Kelly’s Spicy Thai Coconut Soup (on Inspired Edibles blog) which, even though made without red curry, instantly reminded me of this wonderful paste. Her soup looked gorgeous, appetising and the idea of serving tofu Thai way simply wouldn’t get out of my mind.
Too lazy to check Kelly’s exact recipe, I simply proceeded like in my usual vaguely Thai soups. I have substituted meat with tofu and added the vegetables I found in my fridge. The result was light, but filling and smelled divine. Tofu was so flavoursome, I bet it tasted better than the cardboard-like battery chicken breasts so many people buy. It was certainly much healthier too. In short, a recipe I can sincerely recommend even to those who are not very fond of tofu. Thank you so much, Kelly, for this excellent idea!
TIPS : Both lemon grass and makrut lime leaves freeze very well. Makrut lime leaves can also be dried. They lose of bit of their aroma, so their amounts should be doubled in this case.
Preparation: 15 – 20 minutes
Ingredients (serves one):
200 ml chicken or vegetable stock
100 g firm tofu cut into cubes
1 tablespoon red curry paste (or less if you don’t like very hot dishes)
1 crushed lemon grass stem or 1 big makrut (also known as kafir) lime leaf
50 ml coconut milk
1 tablespoon fish sauce
vegetables of your choice (I took sliced red pepper and snow peas)
Combine all the ingredients in a pan (except for coconut milk and the vegetables you would like to keep crunchy) and let them simmer for about 15 minutes.
Add the soft, quick to cook vegetables (such as peas, snow peas or courgette), the coconut milk and let the soup simmer for 5 more minutes.