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Vietnamese Soup

Vietnamese Curry SoupVietnamese style curry powder can be found in Asian markets. This spicy soup can be made into a thick stew by reducing the stock and water by half. It's a delicious meal in a pot!


2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 onion, coarsely chopped

2 shallots, thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2 inch piece fresh ginger root, thinly sliced

1 stalk lemon grass, cut into 2 inch pieces

4 tablespoons curry powder

1 green bell pepper, coarsely chopped

2 carrots, peeled and diagonally sliced

8 mushrooms, sliced

1 pound fried tofu, cut into bite-size pieces

4 cups vegetable broth

4 cups water

2 tablespoons vegetarian fish sauce

2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

1 bay leaf

2 kaffir lime leaves

8 small potatoes, quartered

1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk

8 sprigs fresh chopped cilantro, for garnish


Heat oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Saute onion and shallots until soft and translucent. Stir in garlic, ginger, lemon grass and curry powder. Cook for about 5 minutes, to release the flavors of the curry. Stir in green pepper, carrots, mushrooms and tofu. Pour in vegetable stock and water. Season with fish sauce and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, then stir in potatoes and coconut milk. When soup returns to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 40 to 60 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Garnish each bowl with a pile of bean sprouts and cilantro.

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