- 4 tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons peanut oil
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 3 cups coarsely shredded cabbage
- 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
- 1 cup finely chopped celery
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- 1 stalk fresh lemongrass, pounded with cleaver,and finely minced
- 3 -5 fresh Thai red chili peppers, minced (or to taste)
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
- In a deep saucepan, heat garlic in oil until fragrant; add broth, soy sauce, fish sauce, cabbage, carrots, celery, mushrooms, lemongrass, and chilies.
- Bring mixture to a boil; then reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
- Adjust seasonings for soy sauce, and fish sauce; then add lime juice and basil; serve.
- Note: As an option you may also add cooked chicken, cooked beef or pork, or raw shrimp to this soup at the end of cooking; for shrimp, just allow enough time for them to turn opaque and curl tight; for meat, just heat through.
This is the new favorite at our house! Each spoonful brings a new combination of flavors and textures. And it's too! I've made it a few times now and have substituted lemon zest for the lemon grass, and hot sauce (to taste) or dried chilies in place of the Thai peppers. I've also added shrimp- which was awesome! My favorite way to serve this is to unmold a 1/2 cup of sticky rice in a soup bowl, spoon the soup in around it and garnish with some fresh cilantro and a lime wedge. Add a sprinkling of fried shallot over the "island" of rice and it looks beautiful! Thanks Sue L for such a wonderful soup.
I LOVE this soup! I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of adding 5 dried Thai red chili peppers because I couldn't find fresh ones. Thank you for posting, I will definitely make this again!
Tasty soup. I reduced garlic to 3 Tbsp and used 4 cubes of bouillon 6 cups of water for the stock. I didn't have red chilies so I added 2 tbsp of Sriracha sauce instead. I omitted lime juice because there's vinegar in the Sriracha sauce that already added the sourness to the soup. Besides that I didn't have to adjust the seasoning too much (just 1 more tbsp of light soy sauce). I also used only 1 tbsp of basil. The soup was a bit too oily for me so next time I will reduce the oil to 1-1.5 tbsp.