i love spicy asian soups. lately we have been eating loads of pho, multiple times a week. its great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. i have yet to grow tired of it and doubt i ever will.
this soup was a fun homemade change from the current "usual". it's a hot pot and it was so very tasty! really easy too! I found the original recipe over at theppk.com but changed a few things here and there. check out the original recipe post for some good ideas about some tasty toppings and add ins.
first, mix 1 tablespoon potato starch with 4 cups mushroom stock, set it aside. Sauté sliced red onion and sliced red bell pepper in a bit of sesame oil until soft. then add minced garlic, ginger, lemongrass, red pepper flakes, 2 star anise, 1/2 stick cinnamon and a few dried mushrooms.
slowly add the starchy broth, stirring constantly. continue cooking for a few minutes before adding a few tablespoons tamari, chopped tomato, salt, and pepper to taste. let simmer away until broth has thickened up. finally stir in a can of coconut milk and juice from half a lime.
we ate ours with baked tofu, jasmine rice, and cilantro!
this soup is definitely going to become a regular at our house.