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May 8, 2010

Seven soups every Saturday: coconut milk soup recipes

Seven soup bowls from Candy's collection

The first coconut soup I ever loved -- tom kha gai -- most often comes at the beginning of a meal, but for me it's the centerpiece: a rich broth, lots of galangal, lemongrass, cilantro, chunks of chicken, a bit of chile pepper. It's a masterful amalgamation of flavors, a classic soup, a spectacular soup, but it's not the only soup that gets its body from coconut milk.

These seven soups made with coconut milk caught my eye this week:

Green lentil soup with coconut milk and warm spices, from Orangette

Spicy pumpkin soup with coconut milk, from Gluten-Free Goddess

Coconut milk mussel soup, from La Tartine Gourmande

Tom kha gai (Thai chicken coconut soup), from Rasa Malaysia

Coconut and tomato soup with horseradish, from Nami-Nami

Spinach soup with coconut milk and chicken, from What's For Lunch, Honey?

Vegetable mulligatawny soup, from Lisa's Kitchen

Find more delicious coconut milk soup recipes with Food Blog Search. Come back every Saturday for seven soup recipes to enjoy any day of the week.


Candy, a Boston painter and printmaker, shared this week's photo of seven soup bowls from her collection of rustic pottery.

If you'd like to share photos of seven soup bowls from your kitchen -- or from a friend's house, or your parents', or an antique shop, or a housewares store, or a school or restaurant -- I'd love to share those photos on Saturdays.

Here are the ground rules: send one photo, of seven soup bowls. The bowls must all be able to be used for eating soup (no mixing bowls or troughs, please). Send the largest file your camera will allow; I'll size it to fit. Make sure the photo is in focus (very important). Tell me in one sentence whose bowls are in the photo, or where you took the picture. If you're a blogger, I'll link to your blog.

That's it. One photo, seven soup bowls, one sentence about them. Email to lydia AT ninecooks DOT com.


Posted by: Melynda | May 8, 2010 at 12:29 AM

I have really enjoyed this new blog of yours! Gathering my 7 bowls now.

Posted by: Kalynskitchen | May 8, 2010 at 08:34 AM

Wow, so many interesting variations of soup with coconut milk. I remember vividly when I first tried tom kha gai and how much I loved it!

Posted by: Lucia | May 9, 2010 at 10:44 AM

I just made a variation on the spinach soup with coconut milk and chicken: WOW! It's fantastic!! I happened to have on hand a container of College Blend Culinary Broth Thai Coconut Curry ( from Job Lot!!) and used it as a base. Can't wait for lunchtime!

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  • I'm Lydia Walshin, a longtime food writer who lives and cooks in a real log house. If I could, I'd eat Chinese noodles, grapes, ice cream and soup every day.
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