This had to be my all-time favorite soup from my recent trip to Southeast Asia — Thai Clear Soup! In fact, this is what I ate for breakfast every morning at the fabulous Khwan Beach Resort in Koh Samui, Thailand. Could not wait to come home and recreate it for all of you, so here’s my version of Thai Clear Soup with Chicken and Tofu. It’s ridiculously healthy, but very hardy. This is a no-noodle soup which equals no guilt! And it couldn’t be easier to make. Literally took me only 45 minutes! This version has chicken and silken tofu, but it’s traditionally made with minced pork and egg tofu. You can use whatever you have on hand. I’m so happy I was able to enjoy this soup in Thailand since there was a TON of eating that took place there. What a treat it was to eat authentic dishes in Asia!
So healthy, but also hardy, this Thai Clear Soup is loaded with good-for-you ingredients like bok choy, garlic, carrots, green onions, and herbs.
Bok choy is a main ingredient of this soup with it’s leafy greens. But use the stalks as well because they add a nice crunch to the dish.
Loads of fresh veggies are nestled into this Thai Clear Soup. The herbaceous cilantro and parsley give this soup a wonderful fragrance!
You’ll be ladling up seconds and thirds of this Thai Clear Soup. We made this with chicken and tofu, but it’s popular in Thailand with minced pork.
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 large carrot, thinly sliced
- 5 cups chicken broth (homemade or store-bought)
- 1 tablespoon Maggi Seasoning
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground white pepper
- 1 bunch bok choy, leaves and stems, chopped
- 3 green onions, large slices
- 1 cup fresh parsley, stemmed
- 1 cup fresh cilantro, stemmed
- 1 14-ounce package silken tofu, cubed
- 1 large boneless-skinless chicken breast, thinly sliced
- In a Dutch oven or soup pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic slices to the pot and sauté until fragrant. Add the sliced carrots and sauté until both start to soften. Pour in the chicken broth and stir. Add in the Maggi seasoning, fish sauce, and white pepper. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer and partially cover for 10 minutes.
- Uncover and add in the bok choy, green onions, parsley, and cilantro. Stir until wilted, about three minutes. Right before you’re ready to serve, add in the tofu and chicken. The chicken will cook quickly in the hot broth, about 5 minutes. Stir the soup thoroughly and serve immediately.
- Optional: Serve with steamed white rice.
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If you liked this recipe, try our Miso Chicken Noodle Soup
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Chilled soup is perfect for the spring weather! This sweet and spicy chilled carrot soup will make your tastebuds explode with happiness! It’s flavored with tangy ginger, a little spice from red curry paste and red pepper flakes, lemongrass, and the all-important coconut milk for creaminess! Make it vegetarian by substituting the chicken broth for veggie broth. We topped this soup with toasted pumpkin seeds with a hint of sriracha powder and toasted coconut flakes for a nice crunch combo. It’s simple and delicious, but packed with all healthy things!
Sweet and spicy, this chilled carrot soup is flavored with curry, ginger, lemongrass, and creamy coconut milk!
Garnish the soup with toasted raw pumpkin seeds with a sprinkle of sriracha seasoning!
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 large cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 6 large carrots, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
- 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
- 3 cups low-fat chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
- 1 can light coconut milk (or full-fat coconut milk)
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 lemongrass stalks, outer layer removed, cut in half, and pounded with a meat mallet
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Juice from 1 lime
- Sriracha toasted pumpkin seeds for topping
- Toasted coconut flakes for topping
- Heat the canola oil over a heavy stock pot over medium-high heat. Sauté the garlic and onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots to the pot and continue to sauté until carrots begin to soften, about 5 more minutes. Add in the ginger, soy sauce, curry paste, chicken broth, and coconut milk. Stir together until well-combined. Toss in the lemongrass, red pepper flakes, and salt. Bring to a boil. Add in the lime juice and lower to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and discard lemongrass stalks from the soup using a slotted spoon or kitchen tongs. Use an immersion blender (or blender) to puree the soup until smooth. Let cool completely before placing in the refrigerator or serving room temperature. Top the soup with sriracha toasted pumpkin seeds and toasted coconut flakes.
- To make the toasted sriracha pumpkin seeds:
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place 1 cup of raw pumpkins seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Spray the pumpkin seeds with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt and 1 teaspoon of sriracha seasoning. Toss well to coat. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until browned and toasted. Let cool.
- To make the toasted coconut flakes:
- Dry toast the coconut flakes in a pan on a low heat on the stove until lightly browned.
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