Thai cucumber soup

    1 hour 5 min

    This spicy, sweet and sour soup is a Thai classic. Serve garnished with additional cucumber slices and parsley, and perhaps over rice.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 30g butter
    • 2 tablespoons sliced spring onion
    • 3 cucumbers, peeled and chopped
    • 75ml red wine vinegar
    • 1L chicken stock
    • 500ml water
    • 3 red or green chillies, seeded and minced
    • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander
    • 1 tablespoon lemongrass, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
    • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
    • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • salt and ground black pepper to taste
    • 125ml soured cream

    Prep:35min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

    1. Melt the butter in a deep pan over medium heat. Add the spring onions, and cook until soft. Stir in the cucumbers, vinegar, chicken stock, water, chillies, parsley, coriander, lemongrass, garlic, fish sauce, soy sauce and ginger. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer over medium heat until the cucumbers are soft, about 20 minutes. Stir in the soured cream until evenly blended, and simmer 10 minutes more.

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    Loved this to use a glut of cucumbers. Used lemon zest and juice as no lemon grass and doubled the coriander as no parsley. I didn't peel our cucumbers as the skins are smooth and thin but then I have blended this soup without any cream and frozen it. When reheating will add whatever we have - creamed coconut or any of the creams or even yogurt would be lovely. A really great taste.  -  25 Jul 2017


    I had to make some changes because I didn't have lemongrass or chile peppers...added lemon zest and juice of a half of lemon, sprinkled with crushed red pepper and 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper. What an interesting soup! I also added a can of straw mushrooms and 1 thinly sliced carrot. Next time I am going to add coconut milk instead of sour cream to give it more of a thai taste. Adjust the amount of vinegar and heat to your liking. I will make this again!  -  01 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was one of few recipies which I could not imagine how the dish would come out until I actually make it...this is a very good sour-spicy soup. Even though I made it only with cucumbers following the recipe, I think I can add other vegetables, like mushrooms and carrots. I will make this again!  -  07 Jan 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)