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.

Healthy and creamy with natural sweet and sour from pineapple, it's no wonder that this soup is comfort food.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Cambodian
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 4 T cooking oil
  • 3 T California chili powder
  • 3.5 oz Angkor Lemongrass Paste
  • 1 pound chicken thighs (1” cubes)*
  • 1 pound pineapple (½” cubes)
  • 2 14.5 oz cans chicken broth
  • 1 14 oz can coconut cream
  • 1 oz fresh Thai basil  (Jee Krawhom) leaves **
  • 1 oz Lacinato Kale (remove stems, chop bite sized)
  • salt

Instructions

  • 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. 
  • 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 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.

Notes

Serve with steamed rice, slices of baguette (toasted), soba noodles, or angel-hair pasta.
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.
Say it in Khmer: Somlaw Machu Ktees Manaws
* 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 Thai basil is not available use Italian basil.
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