Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Thai Cream of Leek Soup


The calendar says we are well into the season of spring, but it's still cold and windy outside.  I wanted something comforting to warm me up so when I saw the leeks I had bought all I could do was daydream about making a big pot of creamy soup today.  I also wanted to give the soup a big flavor punch so I decided to add some Thai ingredients to make it lip-smacking good.  Now if I can just get Mother Nature to cooperate and bring on the warm spring weather, I can finally put my soup pot away for the season.

2 large bunches of fresh leeks cut and clean
6 cups chicken stock or water and bullion equivalent
2 cups water
1 (15oz) can coconut milk
2-5 Tbs fish sauce ( to taste)
1 large onion chopped
1 Tbs fresh ginger grated
1 Tbs fresh garlic grated
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried thyme
red chili powder (cayenne) to taste
salt and black pepper to taste
1-2tsp fresh lemon juice
Thai red chilies slices (optional)

Tip about washing Leeks: 
Since leeks grow through the dirt, a lot of grit is in between the layers.  The best way to wash leeks is to chop it first and loosen the layers.  Then put it into a bowl of cool water and swish them around to let the grit fall to the bottom of the bowl.  Then scoop up the clean leeks that are floating on the top and leave the grit and dirt at the bottom of the bowl.

Saute ginger, garlic and onion with 1 Tbs canola oil. When onions begin to soften add leeks and some salt.  Saute for 2-3 minutes. 


Next add dried herbs, red chili 
powder and saute for a minute.  Then add the chicken stock, water and fish sauce and simmer on high for 25 minutes.

Cream with an immersion blender or in a food processor.  Next add coconut milk and cook for 3-5 minutes. Finish with lemon juice.  Taste for seasoning.  If more salt flavor is desired add fish sauce to taste.  Serve hot.  Enjoy.

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  1. This soup looks fantastic! I would love to try it!

  2. As you probably know, I am a huge soup fan. I eat it all year round, since it is always warm here in San Diego. I tend to forget that it is still cold in other places. I am definitely going to make this soup. It is lovely and I adore leeks. Thank you for sharing!

  3. So beautiful....and I know this must taste amazing...just reading the list of ingredients is making me very hungry!!

  4. Look at you with the amazing soup. Now that I'm in Chicago, I feel your pain with regard to the weather. I can't believe it's still so cold here. I want my 60 degree weather back. :) I'll keep my soup pot out all year if it means that I can make this. It looks delicious.

  5. this sounds delicious! I love leeks!

  6. I never thought to mix Thai flavors with Creamy Leek Soup - but it looks fabulous Ramona! It's still quite cold around me as well (though it teased us on Monday with 65 degrees!) and a bowl of soup would sure hit the spot. :)


  7. I also want Mother Nature to cooperate but I don't want you to put away your soup pot. This looks delicious!

  8. BEAUTIFUL soup, great job! So much flavor in a little bowl, can't wait to try :)

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  9. The spring is not here yet :) this soup is perfect anything with coconut milk are YUMMY,what I love about this soup full with asian spices :)

  10. Beautiful soup, Ramona! I have only ever cooked with leeks once and unfortunately did not clean them properly. So you can imagine how that turned out! I love the Thai spices here and the color is just lovely! : )

  11. Basil, oregano, and thyme - those are my herbs. :) This looks like a fusion of some kind and a delicious one at that! Love leeks!

  12. One of my favorite soups!!! BUT I have never had it with all that herby, spicy goodness! This sounds fantastic, Ramona... I want to be at your dinner table ASAP! :-D

  13. Hi, this is a great post. I wondered if you would like to link it in to the new Food on Friday which is running right now over at Carole's Chatter. We are collecting recipes using carrots and/or leeks. This is the link . I hope you pop over to check it out. There are lots of great recipes already linked in.

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