It looks like my family can never have enough of Thai soup. The fine aroma seems to linger long after you have finished eating. I have so far cooked 2 Thai soups, namely Pumpkin Prawns And Coconut Soup and Thai Chicken Coconut Soup. They were really very delicious. I just can’t wait to cook again. With the weather getting colder each day, hot soups are always welcoming.
It’s quite a long time since we last had beef so I decided to use beef. Instead of lemongrass, I used galangal this time, another spice with a very beautiful fragrance. I cooked a big pot of Thai Beef Butternut Squash Soup. Everyone liked it very much. We love the soup more than the meat. At the end, the soup was all gone leaving behind bowl of meat. My daughter said that she liked the butternut squash cooked this way. I’ll add more next time. Here’s my recipe to share. It’s really simple, easy and quick to cook if you have the galangal in your fridge or freezer. If you are a vegetarian, you can omit the beef. I believe it will still taste good.
1.5kg beef stewing steak
1 big knob galangal (wash and sliced)
2 big carrots (peel and diced)
2 big onions (peel and diced)
1 medium butternut squash (peel and diced)
Cut the beef into big chunks. Blanch in boiling water to clean it. Put into a big pot together with the other ingredients except the butter nut squash. Cook until the beef is tender. It takes quite long to cook, at least an hour under low fire. Add in the butternut squash in the last 10 - 15 minutes.
1 packet coconut powder
3T fish sauce
1 piece chicken stock granules
2T brown sugar
1 bunch coriander leaves (chopped)
Add in Ingredients B to the soup and let it boil for a little while longer. Serve hot with rice. It is even great on its own. This soup is very delicious. The fragrance from the galangal is so fine and beautiful that I just couldn’t help myself with another 2 further helpings. You can use chicken instead of beef. For vegetarians, you can just leave out the meat altogether. I’m sure it will still taste very good.
Do you like Thai food? What is your favourite Thai dish? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.
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