As if my recent post about amalgam in my teeth weren’t enough, the last few days I’ve been in extraordinary pain from one of my impacted wisdom teeth. It’s not tooth pain, thankfully, but my gums just at the area surrounding the lower left quadrant wisdom tooth swelled and caused me to accidentally and repeatedly bite the inside of my cheek connected to the area. I’ve been careful with it, salting and brushing, and it’s starting to get better (slowly), but without dental insurance getting this taken care of is an impossibility.
However, because I wanted to eat without a lot of chewing, I ended up saying hello to necessity, and ended up creating a Thai-inspired soup with what I had on hand. It’s not a proper Thom Yum Gai, but it was very tasty and since I had a request for the recipe, I’ll post it here.
6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or 3-4 breasts)
3 large carrots
2 handfuls of sugar snap peas
1 medium non-green sweet pepper (ours was a mix of orange, pink, and yellow)
1 bunch fresh mint, chopped
1 bunch fresh basil, chopped
1 T. coriander
1 T. fresh grated ginger
4 slices of fresh ginger
1/2 gallon chicken broth
2 t. Thai chili paste
3 T. lime juice (or more, to taste)
~6 oz. can of coconut milk
1/2 pkg. of vermicelli style rice noodles, broken into 1 1/2 – 2″ lengths (a.k.a bahn pho)
sea salt, to taste
Cut chicken into bite sized lumps and toss into a skillet already oiled and hot. Throw in the grated ginger, sprinkle sea salt, and cook with a splash of white wine until chicken is cooked but not browned.
Empty contents of skillet into stew pot, scraping as much oil into the pot along with the meat and sauce. Add chicken broth and lime juice and set to boil (this is a good point to determine how much soup you want to make; add water if there is not enough broth to cover and cook ingredients). As it heats, toss in ginger root slices, coriander, basil, and half the chopped mint.
Shave skin and trim carrots. Slice them into rounds as thick as nickels. Slice the sugar snap peas at diagonal angles into approximately three pieces each (depending on size). Trim off the top of the pepper and core; slice the pepper in half lengthwise, and then make long, thin slices. Set vegetables aside.
Break rice noodles into shorter pieces to your liking. When the broth comes to a boil, add in noodles and stir. Toss in carrots. Wait four minutes, and throw in the peppers and snap peas as well.
When noodles are almost tender, mix in chili paste, salt to taste, and coconut milk. Stir thoroughly and remove from heat. Carrots should have just a little give when you bite into them, and peppers should retain their color and sweetness.
Serve with sprinkles of mint in large bowls that allow slurping of noodles and sipping of broth. Keep salt, lime juice, and chili pepper on the table for those that want to adjust the flavor. (My daughter liked it the way it was, while I wanted more salt and lime and my partner wanted more salt and chili pepper!)
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