Saturday, 5 December 2009

Thai Mushroom Soup

I've been craving mushroom soup for a couple of weeks, but I'm not a fan of the typical 'cream of mushroom' style as I tend to find it a bit slimy. So I've been meaning to apply my soup-creating skills to mushrooms. I was actually going to look up a recipe for Hungarian mushroom soup (inspired by a throwaway comment from Jovialist) but I didn't quite get round to that. Soon, I promise.

When I found loads of different mushroom-related offers in Tesco, it kicked me into action, and then I found a pack of fresh coriander in the discount bin - Thai seemed the obvious choice.

I usually have a little inward groan when I see recipes that call for a million types of mushrooms, because I don't like having half-packets to use up later - but this is only three kinds, and they all add something different. I love the solid texture of chestnut mushrooms, and baby button mushrooms are just cute.

Thai Mushroom Soup

Thai Mushroom Soup
Serves 4

250g field mushrooms
2 large onions
1tsp toasted sesame oil
1inch fresh ginger
6 large cloves garlic
1 small red chilli
2tbsp red Thai curry paste
1tbsp tomato puree
2 pints boiling water
50g coconut cream
200g chestnut mushrooms
100g baby button mushrooms
20g fresh coriander leaf (cilantro)
  1. Finely chop the onions and field mushrooms, and fry in the sesame oil for around 10 minutes until soft.

  2. Chop the ginger, garlic, and chilli. Stir in to the onion/mushroom mixture and fry for a couple more minutes.

  3. Add the curry paste, tomato puree, and around 1/2 pint of boiling water, and simmer over a low heat for around 45 minutes.

  4. Dissolve the coconut cream into the soup, and add the rest of the boiling water.

  5. Trim the button mushrooms, and cut the chestnut mushrooms into thick slices. Add these to the soup, along with the coriander stalks (chopped). Simmer for a further 5 minutes until all mushrooms are tender.

  6. Stir the coriander leaf through just before serving, and reserve a little to garnish.
Endnote: my husband thought this might have been better if I'd pureed it before serving. I happen to disagree, but I'm happy to stick his in the blender if he really wants me to! Blending the onion mixture before adding the button & chestnut mushrooms would give a slightly thicker soup base so that might be a compromise for next time.

5:2 Intermittent Fasting button5:2 Diet
This soup is super-light at about 125 calories per bowl, so it's perfect for a fast day.

I'm submitting this soup for this week's Weekend Herb Blogging, hosted this week by Marillyn at Just Making Noise. Hat-tip to mangocheeks for drawing my attention to this great roundup.


Karen MEG said...

That looks divine - I love mushrooms, but I'm the only one in the house who does :(. But I should try this just for me!

Thanks for stopping by my blog during SITS FB - your blog is lovely - love your photos too!

Christy said...

looks delicious...
and we have a bit of a cold snap here in i might just whip up a pot of that soup for dinner tonight!

Chef E said...

This is a keeper girl, and one to put on the list for us to make when I come for a visit!

I laughed when you said slimy, as I feel the same, something just not right about that soup...

Chef E said...

PS Do not puree, you are so right!

Jacqueline said...

That looks really lovely Rachel. I love all the whole and large pieces of mushroom in it. Great flavour combinations too.

Kevin Musgrove said...

Very nice. I'm with you on the pureeing.

A long while bag I splurged out on a huge jar of dried mixed wild mushrooms. They've provided me with a continuing source of a million types of mushrooms.

Maricris Zen Mama said...

Yum yum yum! The best soup recipe I've come across yet. I love soup! I love Mushroom and I love curry dishes and say spicy too. I'm definitely trying this. Thank you for sharing it!

~SHANNON~ said...

That looks DIVINE!!!! If I can figure out the measurement translation I might have to make it! Also- how awesome you live in the Cotswalds - my husband and I want to visit there. We both love England, but have never been to that scenic area! Must be lovely!!

Thanks for visiting my blog. How funny you didn't see your kitchen set until it was pointed out to you! You must have been taking your present job so seriously!:)

I am your newest follower! You can be my virtual English friend! I sooo want one:)

Julia said...

Thank you so much for the visit and your comment. I hope you do come back again :) You have an extraordinary collection of skills:)

Dave King said...

So how did you know I was just fancying some mushroom soup? Being Thai, just makes me salivate all the more.

A Cuban In London said...

I wish I could get my family into mushroom-eating. I love them. And I like both versions of this soup. The super-slimy creamy one is right up my street, too. Thanks for this recipe. Maybe when there's nobody home, I can indulge in one of my secret passions.

Greetings from London.

rockinloubylou said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog. I have only recently found out how many cooking blogs there are and what a thrill for me to find one that features cooking and writing, two of my favourite things. I'm off to explore your links now and hopefully be inspired to start keyboard bashing again. Louise (country mouse)

Em said...

Oh that sounds like Heaven!

I'll be borrowing this recipe for sure. My Youngest has PKU (low protein diet a must) - this soup would be very easy to modify for him.


Stopping by via SiTS...

Confessions From A Working Mom said...

I am not a "cook" by any stretch of the imagination, but when I saw the title of this recipe, I knew I had to come by and check it out. YUM! I'm going to save it anyway, just in case one day I'm feeling ambitious!


Joy said...

I love mushrooms any way I can get them. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Welcome to the SITS community!

carma said...

I like that it is vegetarian. I love mushrooms!! Definitely not pureed though ;-)

Stopping by to welcome you to SITS!! We're glad you're on board :-)

sandy said...

I love anything that involves mushrooms! It looks great!

Stopping by to welcome you to SITS! It's great to have you in the SITStahood!

Life with Kaishon said...

I am stopping over from SITS today. This soup looks and sounds DELISH! Oh my gosh! I love that it has 3 kinds of mushrooms. Very cool! Thanks for sharing it. I think it would be perfect on this chilly night!

greedygrace said...


I came by to welcome you to SITS. We're happy to have you with us!

Sophie said...

Your thai mushroom soup is a real winner!! I so love all of these yummie combined flavours!

Real comfort food!


Lynda said...

Even though I'm not a great fan of mushrooms, your soup still looks delicious !

The Ordinary Vegetarian said...

Ah yes, this is my kind of soup! I'm with you on the multi-mushroom recipes. Recently I picked up a bag of dried mushrooms featuring several varieties. I bet that would be tasty in this recipe.

Debbie said...

That looks so good! I love Thai food and soups.

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