Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

This thin soup has sweet, sour and spicy flavours. The coconut milk tones down the chilli! This recipe is from Indonesia. It’s borrowed from “The World of Spice” and is posted for Zaar World Tour 2005.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Pour the boiling water over the desiccated coconut; leave to steep for 15 minutes to make coconut milk; strain to remove any fibers.
  2. Heat the sunflower oil in a pan and add the onion, cook for 2-3 minutes until soft then stir in the garlic, ginger, chillies and turmeric; heat through to make a sticky paste, stirring to prevent burning.
  3. Add the stock and coconut milk and heat through, then add the sugar, carrots, celery, leek and green beans; simmer gently for 30 minutes.
  4. Add salt and soy sauce to taste; stir in lemon juice just before serving.
Most Helpful

My dieting husband loved this. I used powdered coconut milk, a big dollop of Thai curry paste in place of the chilies, and zucchini standing in for the green beans. Proof once more that soup can be comfort food without too many calories or carbs. Thanks.

Elisabetta47 January 11, 2009

Very tasty, very light and healthy soup. The sweet, sour and spicy flavors are well balanced and don't overpower one another. I used dried sweetened coconut which was what I had in the cabinet. This produced a very thin milk which seemed to work fine as far as I was concerned. I used two tablespoons soy sauce and no extra salt. Had the leftovers for lunch today. BF enjoyed it too. Thanks for the recipe Mrs. B!

Kumquat the Cat's friend February 01, 2006