This Carrot Coconut Soup combines fresh carrots and coconut milk with sambal oelek to create a soup that is so full of flavor and such a gorgeous color!
I feel like I’m cheating with this post. Why? Because I didn’t make it! Yep ladies and gentlemen – TheBetterHalf made this whole thing, from start to finish. I didn’t even help him! Ok, he might have asked a question or two (he’s still not quite sure what an immersion blender is). But still, I’m impressed. I could get used to this – homemade soup is one of my favorite things to eat, and somehow it tastes better when someone else makes it! Take note, TheBetterHalf.
This soup. My goodness. It is delicious!! The recipe comes from Shutterbean and when I saw it on her site, I knew I just had to try it! I love coconut in savory foods. And – it is so pretty! I love the gorgeous orange color of the soup complimented by the green cilantro and the drizzle of red sriracha at the end. Somehow pretty food just tastes better.
This soup is really easy to make (or so I was told!). There are only 6 ingredients! Ok if you want to count the garnish (cilantro and sriracha), there are 8 ingredients. But still – not bad.
Only one ingredient could be a little tricky to find, at least if you live in NYC and have to shop at tiny local markets (it took TheBetterHalf three stores to find this). It is Sambal Oelek. And it is the real star of the soup. When TheBetterHalf first looked at this recipe, he thought Sambal Oelek was either the name of a cricket player or the talking rock on Legends of the Hidden Temple. He thinks he is really funny. Sambal Oelek is in fact a chili pepper sauce that adds a delicious heat and depth of flavor to the soup. It complements the sweet carrots and coconut milk so well.
I garnished this soup with chopped cilantro for some fresh flavor, a drizzle of sriracha for extra heat, and some toasted cashews for a little crunch. It would also be great with some toasted coconut on top. The only thing I would change about this recipe is to double it – we almost finished the whole recipe in one night! It is delicious!