Saturday, November 26, 2011

Top Recipe - Paul Qui's Chilled Coconut Soup with Kaffir Lime, Ghost Pepper Relish

While Ghost chiles are probably too hot for most people, I'm sure you could substitute a milder chile and still end up with a delicious result.

Chilled Coconut Soup with Kaffir Lime, Ghost Pepper Relish

1 can coconut milk
3 limes, zested and juiced
4 Kaffir lime leaves, julienned
1 teaspoon sugar
1 ear corn
2 apricots
1 medium sized onion, small diced
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 tablespoon cilantro, minced
4–6 basil leaves, blossoms if possible
1 tablespoon fruity olive oil
Maldon salt, to taste
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 ounces toasted almonds
1 ghost chili

1. In a stainless mixing bowl, mix coconut milk, lime juice, zest, sugar and lime leaves. Chill and reserve.
2. Sweat onion in vegetable oil and season with salt and garam masala. Cook until onions are translucent, chill and reserve.
3. Grill one apricot and corn until charred, but not cooked all the way. Dice grilled apricot and fresh apricot. Cut corn off cob. Mix, chill and reserve.
4. Roast ghost pepper on the grill until tender. With “gloved” hands de seed the pepper and mince.
5. Mix apricots, corn, onions and ghost pepper.


1. In a bowl, place a small mound of ghost pepper and apricot mixture.
2. Pour coconut soup until half way up the ghost pepper/apricot relish.
3. Garnish with toasted almonds, cilantro, basil and olive oil. Finish with a pinch of Maldon.

© 2011 PAUL QUI

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