I've found that the experience of learning to cook at home with fresh quality ingredients has had the effect of jaundicing my experience of most restaurant food these days. Although I do like to know what's in my food, I could forgo that precise knowledge occasionally in exchange for great vegetarian restaurant fare — but the truth is that I've simply become much more critical of the flavors, textures and variety of prepared food available locally. The convenience of dining out or ordering in is generally offset by the mediocre choices available.
Happily there's one fantastic exception, and a surprising one too at least from appearances. The Thai Taste at 671 Dundas Street in London, Ontario may be located in a seedy part of town with a small uninviting storefront, and the decor may be shabby or uninviting according to ones tastes, but the friendly immigrant couple who apparently work 7 days a week and 365 days a year serve up the most amazing and authentic Thai food I've ever come across, including a pad thai and vegetarian spring rolls that easily surpass those served in the fanciest and most expensive Thai restaurants that I have visited. It's a genuine hidden secret here in town — all the food is made fresh on the premises, and across the counter you can see grocery bags filled with the fresh vegetables that the couple uses. I'd recommend takeout (519-646-2909) to minimize any distractions from the general appearance and environment, but it's a taste experience that ought not to be missed by any of my local readers and a most affordable one at that.
…unless, of course, you can do it at home instead. Almost every time I've ordered from the Thai Taste I've ordered their sublime green curry vegetable soup, and it's so delicious that I'm not even sure whether I care whether it's truly vegetarian (green curry pastes are often made with fish sauce and sometimes with shrimp paste as well), and that's coming from a strict vegetarian. Well, I'd finally been motivated to replicate the taste in my own kitchen when I prepared my own vegetarian green curry paste for this soup. I didn't hope to beat the incredible flavor of the Thai Taste's version, but I'm happy to say that I've at least replicated their wonderfully aromatic, vivid and spicy sensation. For those of you who don't live in London, this is easily just as delicious.
Feel free to substitute your own vegetable choices — broccoli, celery or corn would make good additions as well — but make sure not to overcook the veggies to preserve their tender goodness. Keffir leaves are optional, but you can find them at most Asian grocers and they do impart a refreshing element to the soup.
|Thai Green Curry Lentil and Vegetable Soup|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on January 4, 2013
Fragrant, spicy, authentic and exotic homemade Thai green curry soup with lentils and vegetables
Other Thai recipes you may enjoy:
Homemade Vegetarian Thai Green Curry Paste
Homemade Massaman Paste
Thai Tempeh Patties with a Red Chili Dipping Sauce