Spicy Thai Soup.

We like spicy fare in our home and Thai will certainly get you there! I make a 'kind of' Thai soup with red curry paste and green beans but when I saw a recipe in Company's Coming Healthy Choices which was similar but used spinach instead I was intrigued and had to try it. The end result...another successful dinner for my boys! I changed the recipe up to suit the offerings in my well stocked curry cupboard...and voila! I served this up with thin rice noodles on the side which were quickly brought to a boil and then pan fried with grated ginger and soy sauce. Chopsticks were 'offered' to help pull out the veggies so the hot (and I mean hot) broth could be slurped on it's own.


  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 lb pork tenderloin trimmed of fat and cut into thin strips.(good grief...that is a lot...I think you can get away with what you prefer AND...omit altogether if you want to go vegetarian)
  • 1 tbsp red curry paste (now I did not have any handy but I always have a packet or two of Thai Spicy Basil Stir Fry so I used that instead...perfect)
  • 4 cups low sodium prepared chicken broth
  • 14 oz. can of cut baby corn, drained
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red pepper
  • 1 tsp fish sauce (truly this is a good investment for your cooking)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, stems removed and lightly packed - so the recipe says...I like thick soups so I packed that spinach down hard! (I usually use a thin french green bean here so I know it works just as well...just a different presentation)
  • 2 tbsp finely shredded basil (please use fresh - OR - about 1 1/2 tsp dried - just don't tell me!)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
Heat the cooking oil in large pot over medium heat. Add the pork and cook until lightly browned. Transfer pork to a small bowl. Heat and stir the curry paste in the same pot for about 1 minute until it BURSTS with fragrance. Add the next five ingredients, stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered for about five minutes or until the red pepper is softened. (Here is a tip...if you are going to wait to serve....remove from heat at this stage until you are ready to serve.) Then add the pork and spinach. Stir and simmer for about 2 minutes more, stirring occasionally until the spinach is just wilted. Add the basil and lime juice.

...Healthy AND Delicious...


  1. I just started following this blog and I must say that it's my new favorite!! I can't wait to try this soup.... only I hope it will work without the fish sauce (can't get it here). Thanks so much for setting up this blog!!

  2. Carolyn. You could try a substitute and this is a good website I go to sometimes


    (just cut and paste the URL) but I think you could use soy sauce or black bean sauce with a slightly different result. If you want to read about fish sauce and it's properties for your own ideas check out this site...


    Hope that helps Carolyn. I just always have fish sauce handy for all my Thai cooking but I am sure you can make a yummy soup without. Let me know how it goes

  3. Thank you Trish..I was waiting for you to post this one..my g'son will love it!
    Oh Trish your recipes intrigue me...please start a cooking school..I will sign up!

  4. another not so ordinary recipe from our infamous trish....we love spicy food too, not too spicy just packed with a kick. this sounds great and i will try it next week....

  5. With your expert instructions/advice/tips I will yet learn how to cook Thai. That fish sauce intrigues me. I bought some for a recipe that didn't work out, so now I don't know what to do with it. I'm not qute willing to taste it alone to see whether it was the culprit in the recipe. =)

  6. Anneliese...any recipe that calls for a LOT of it would not be one that I would prefer....but just a tsp or tbsp here and there is enough to give it the right flavour....hmmmm....why not try a drop on your finger and take a taste...it is NOT that fishy...and of course...you can buy different brands. Check the website that I gave Carolyn....it is quite interesting.

  7. Trish .. .it is so colorful and you make me want to try Thai food. .Good job.

  8. FYI, Thai's eat with a fork and large spoon, not chopsticks. But the dish looks delicious!