For the Birmingham locals - this is NOT the "Surin soup". I actually have a recipe that is a dead-on clone for that soup. BUT, that recipe is a wee bit labor-intensive and makes a gigantic pot, and I'm pretty Sweet Brown on that task right now. This, though? This is CLOSE. Really close. And you can have it prepared before you'd be able to find a parking spot at Surin.
For those of you who have never experience the "Surin Soup", I can only apologize. It's a mild Tom Kha Gai; coconutty and full of flavor. Addictive, to say the least.
This soup is a new take on Tom Kha Gai; a quick and dirty version of the Thai classic. Instead of trying to scour the stores for galangal, fresh lemongrass, or kaffir lime leaves, this shortcut version uses super easy-to-find ingredients. How easy? I found everything on my list at WAL-MART.
This isn't some flea market version of the real thing - the incredible flavor is still there, while keeping this recipe both vegetarian and vegan friendly. Of course, you can always add poached chicken as well...
With easy to find ingredients and a quick 10-15 minute cook time, this is definitely a super simple way to bring the Thai restaurant experience home!