Chilly temperatures are upon us (at least here in NL). I’ve already started switching my closet as summer jackets will no longer cut it for me. And with that, hearty and comforting dishes will be on our house’s menu more often. This is a bit of an Asian take on chowder. I used coconut milk, ginger, lemongrass and chili (this soup is not spicy but you can always add more chili). For some crunch and extra flavor, I topped it with fried onions. I also used beer in this soup. Pieter thought that the combo was a bit weird, until he tasted it. It works, so now it is here on the blog.
This recipe serves 2-3 people.
3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
2 leeks, finely chopped
3 tablespoons of finely chopped ginger
2 lemongrass stalks, finely chopped (white part only)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 bird’s eye chili, finely chopped
1 cup of pilsner beer
1 big head of salmon
1.5 litters of vegetable stock (1 cube of vegetable stock mixed with 1.5 litters of boiling water)
4 small potatoes, peeled and chopped into cubes (I used the kind for mashing because it will thicken the soup)
400ml of coconut milk
Kernels of one corn
200grs of skinless salmon filler, sliced into cubes
Fried onions (store bought)
Coriander leaves for serving
In a large pot, place the vegetable oil over medium heat. Once the oil is hot add the leeks, ginger, lemongrass, garlic and chili. Cook for about 2 minutes while stirring. Then add the beer and let it simmer till half of it evaporates. Then add the head of salmon and the vegetable stock. Let it simmer for 1/2 hour.
Once the 30 minutes have passed, remove the salmon head. Carefully remove as much salmon meat as you can from the head. Be careful to discard of any bones. Shred the meat with a fork and keep it in the fridge until ready to use.
Add the coconut milk and potatoes. Give it a good stir and let it simmer for another 30 minutes over medium heat.
Once the soup has reduced, add the shredded salmon (head) meat and the corn kernels. You can now also add the salmon fillet cubes, so that they cook in the soup. This will only take a couple of minutes. For presentation purposes, I cooked the salmon cubes in a pan with a bit of vegetable oil and a sprinkle of celery salt. This will only take a couple of minutes till the salmon is golden on all sides.
Serve the soup with a sprinkle of crispy fried onions and chopped coriander. And some crusty bread & lime wedges on the side. Enjoy!
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