I wasn't sure I was going to like the soup, since it was almost completely foreign to my palate. I'm still slightly convinced that I don't like coconut milk, and I'm just recently coming around to mushrooms. But, fortunately, and surprisingly, I loved it. So did Hubby.
Asian Style Chicken Soup</recipe>
2 cloves garlic, minced
a few slices of ginger, minced
a few slices of galangal, minced
dried Thai chiles (substitute chiles de arbol, or hot sauce)
2 handfuls of brown mushrooms, sliced
zest of 1 large lime
1 can coconut milk
chicken broth, maybe 4 cups
fish sauce, about 2T
juice of several limes
large handful of snap peas, cut in half
handful of bean sprouts
1-2 cups of shredded chicken
1/2 t cumin seeds, crushed
1/2 t coriander seeds, crushed
green onions, sliced thin
hot sauce, optional
Saute the ginger, garlic and galangal in the oil for a few minutes. If I had been able to find lemongrass, I would've thrown some in (minced super-fine) at this point. Add the chiles (broken in half), and the mushrooms, and saute a few minutes longer. Add the chicken broth, coconut milk, lime zest, shredded chicken, cumin and coriander, and bring to a bare simmer. Let simmer for about 10 minutes. (I used whole cumin and coriander, crushed, in a tea ball, but feel free to use ground and/or add directly to the broth.)
Just before serving, add in the pea pods and the bean sprouts, and season to taste with lime juice, soy sauce, and fish sauce. You'll need more than you think. Cook until the veggies are done to your liking.
I served the soup ladled over white rice, but brown rice or any kind of Asian noodle would probably work too. Garnish with green onion, cilantro, and hot sauce if you'd like.