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Chef Andrew Zimmern's quick version of this classic Thai coconut soup gets flavor from a combination of fish sauce, chili paste, lemongrass, and lime leaves. Slideshow:  More Soup Recipes 

May 2016


Credit: © Con Poulos

Recipe Summary

40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a medium bowl, toss the chicken with the fish sauce.

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the stock with the chili paste, sugar, lime leaves and lemongrass and bring to a boil over moderately high heat. Stir in the coconut milk and simmer for 5 minutes.

  • Add the chicken and fish sauce to the saucepan along with the shiitakes and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and the mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and discard the lime leaves. Stir in the lime juice and chiles and season with salt. Ladle the soup into bowls. Sprinkle the soup with the cilantro and serve with lime wedges and sliced chiles.


Nam prik pao is a sweet and spicy Thai condiment. It's available at Asian markets and online at kalustyans.com.

Suggested Pairing

Briny, citrus-inflected white.