Creamy Pineapple Soup
Somlaw Machu Ktees Manaws: Healthy and creamy with natural sweet and sour from pineapple, it’s no wonder that this soup is comfort food. Despite its beautiful deep red color, this popular soup is not spicy.
- Prepare the base – Heat oil and chili powder over low heat; stir continuously until oil turns red. Add 4 tablespoons of top part of coconut cream, stir constantly until paste is bubbling, and uniform in texture. Add lemongrass paste, continue cooking until liquid is gone and paste begins to stick together.
- Cook the meat – Turn heat to medium, add chicken and sauté until meat is evenly seared. Add ¼ cup of water bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, stir halfway through.
- Add remaining ingredients – Add pineapple, mix well. Turn heat to high, add broth and bring to rolling boil. Add the remaining coconut cream, stir. Turn off heat, add basil and kale; salt to taste.
Serve with steamed rice, slices of baguette (toasted), soba noodles, or angel-hair pasta. Despite its beautiful deep red color, this popular soup is not spicy. * Variation: Replace chicken with 2.0 pounds spare ribs cut 1½” thick. Simmer ribs for 1 hour until the meat is easily removed from the bones. Remove the bones and return meat to soup. ** Substitution: If che krawhom is not available use Italian basil.