I was very pleasantly surprised by this recipe! I was nervous about the coconut milk but found that it mildly flavored the soup in a non-invasive way - and I liked it very much! It helps to make the soup rich and thick, too. I used leftovers of our "St. Patrick's Day" corned beef/cabbage/carrots and potato meal (subbing corned beef for the pork chops). Yummy.