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
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)
- Finely chop the onions and field mushrooms, and fry in the sesame oil for around 10 minutes until soft.
- Chop the ginger, garlic, and chilli. Stir in to the onion/mushroom mixture and fry for a couple more minutes.
- Add the curry paste, tomato puree, and around 1/2 pint of boiling water, and simmer over a low heat for around 45 minutes.
- Dissolve the coconut cream into the soup, and add the rest of the boiling water.
- 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.
- Stir the coriander leaf through just before serving, and reserve a little to garnish.
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.