Thai Coconut Cabbage Soup
INGREDIENTS
  • Cooking Time: 20
  • Servings: 3-4
  • Preparation Time: 10
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic (or 1 garlic scape, chopped)
  • 1/2 tablespoons lime juice (depending on taste, I sometimes put closer to 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 cups cabbage, chopped finely
  • 1/4 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 5 cups of water
  • 3 vegetable bouillon cubes
  • 2-3 stalks of lemon grass - I often use lemongrass preserved in water but you can use 2-3 stalks of fresh lemon grass (mash the ends)
  • 1-inch piece peeled fresh ginger or 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 small pattypan squash, cut in matchstick of 0.5 cm each (OR another 1/2 zucchini, cut in matchsticks the same size OR 1 carrot, cut in matchstick)
  • 1/2 zucchini, cut in matchstick of 0.5 cm each
  • 2 rabioles, cut in matchstick of 0.5 cm each (OR 1 kohlrabi, cubed OR a few broccoli florets)
  • 225 g (1/2 package) of firm tofu, chopped in long rectangular pieces
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil (or cilantro)
  • 1 3/4 cups unsweetened light coconut milk (15-ounce can)
  • Optional add ins: sriracha
DIRECTIONS
  1. First, put oil in a pan on medium heat. When oil is hot, add garlic and sautée quickly. Add cabbage, lime, and hot chili pepper flakes. Sautée quickly (approx. 1-2 min- you want to make sure not to cook the cabbage all the way). Set aside.
  2. Next, in a large pot, bring the water to boil. Add the vegetable broth cubes and mix well to make sure they dissolve. Add the lemongrass stalks, and the ginger. Let is simmer about 10 minutes then add in your, pattypan, zucchini, rabiole and cabbage and simmer another 5 minutes.
  3. Next add in your coconut milk and tofu (optional).
  4. Add the basil. Serve with a few drops of sriracha and chopped peanuts on top (optional). You can also serve with lime on the side.
  5. NOTE: If you don't have genovese basil or thai basil, try using cilantro instead.
RECIPE BACKSTORY
FEATURING: Cabbage, pattypan squash and/or zucchini and/or carrots, rabioles (OR kohlrabi OR broccoli), basil, and garlic (or garlic scapes). An easy soup with a nice thai flavour where cabbage scrumptiously replaces noodles.