There is a restaurant in the Cherry Creek area called Sweet Ginger that quite frankly I am slightly obsessed with! They have some of the best spring rolls I have ever eaten and the best chicken coconut soup. I dare say that I seek out spring rolls (not fried but the rice paper with shrimp and peanut sauce for dipping kind) and I tell you now my friends Sweet Ginger is yet to be beat. So one day I set out to copy their chicken coconut soup recipe and I really did try my best with this recipe. Sweet Ginger’s soup is the perfect combo of mushroom, red onion (which I just eat around because I don’t like them), chicken and sweet from the coconut and just a tiny bit of chili kick. So here is my attempt to at least meet the goodness that Sweet Ginger offers.
1 can (14 oz.) coconut milk
1 can (14 oz.) reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons Fresh grated ginger
1 stalk fresh lemongrass, cut through the center long ways
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 bell pepper chopped
1 pound boned, skinned chicken breast cut into 1-in. chunks
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon Thai or Vietnamese oyster sauce (nuoc mam or nam pla)
1 teaspoon Thai chili paste (I used Thai seasoning that also had lemongrass in it)
1/2 teaspoon Sriracha
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
Olive Oil for cooking
Optional: 3 teaspoons Soy Sauce
Heat the oil over medium heat. add chicken so that the outsides brown and begin the cooking process. The chicken will continue to cook as you add the other ingredients. Cook for 7 minutes
Add in your peppers, mushrooms and ginger and cook for 7 minutes so that flavors begin to meld together.
Add in your sriracha, oyster sauce and chili paste and coat the veggies and chicken, cook for 2 minutes.
Add in the lemon grass stalks.
Add the coconut milk, broth and soy sauce if you choose to use it and bring to a slow boil. Add in your basil (you can use some of it fresh to garnish as well but I think adding it in gave it some great flavor).
Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove the lemongrass and discard. Serve up and garnish with fresh cilantro.
So in the end my version of coconut soup was fantastic! Yes I feel great about it, was it as good as Sweet Ginger’s? I am not sure it was at the same level because it had a different flavor, but I will for sure be making this soup again!