Thai-Style Coconut Soup with Courgette Noodles

This is my go-to soup if I have to feel ‘human’ again after something out of sorts . A long flight, a nasty cold, a post-indulgence cure – anything whereby I need some food TLC, this is the soup.


  • bunch fresh coriander, leaves picked and roots reserved
  • 6/7 stalks lemongrass
  • 50g galangal root or fresh ginger – finely zested
  • 2 cans full fat coconut milk
  • 3 shallots finely diced
  • 2 thai chillies or normal chillies which will be less hot
  • 2 tablespoon palm sugar (see note)
  • zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • lime leaves (if available)
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 medium courgette
  • wild mushrooms eg enoki etc
  • 3 tablespoons tamari (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon soya sauce
  • (optional) shredded poached chicken


  • coriander Leaves
  • limes
  • beansprouts
  • red chilli


  1. Separate the coriander roots and leaves
  2. Trim the lemongrass using the white parts only, pound till cracked open
  3. Peel the ginger and pound in a mortar and pestle
  4. In a medium saucepan combine the coconut milk, coriander roots, lemongrass, galangal (ginger), shallots, chilli, palm sugar, lime leaves and garlic. Bring to a very gentle simmer for about 15minutes.
  5. Add a little oil to a small frying pan, add the courgette noodles add green chilli if desired and add the soya sauce. Fry for 5minutes.
  6. Place the soup in Thermomix or food processor for 1 minute. Place through a or very fine sieve and discard the solids.
  7. Place the broth back in the saucepan, add mushrooms, lime juice, Tamari. Add a little water if necessary to achieve the right consistency.
  8. (Optional) add shredded poached chicken
  9. Bring back up to a very gently simmer – never bring to a boil

Kitchen Notes

+Palm sugar is a nutrient-rich, low-glycemic crystalline sweetener that looks, tastes, dissolves and melts almost exactly like sugar, but it’s completely natural and unrefined. Popular in Asian food especially Thai food. I would substitute with dark brown sugar but I would use less.

++Tamari is a type of Japanese soy sauce that’s made without wheat, usually thicker and less salty than normal soya sauce.


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