Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Vegan Tom Kha Gai

Since Winter is upon us, I felt like having a nice, warm meal last night. After my 2 hour workout (jeez) I ran home to make Vegan Tom Kha Gai soup. The soup is traditionally made with chicken but I put a vegan spin on it.

Vegan Tom Kha Gai


1 can low fat coconut milk
2 cups veggie stock
3 garlic cloves
2 inch piece of galangal or ginger
1 stalk lemongrass
1/2 lime
1-3 red Thai chilies
1/2 tsp chili flakes
1/2 onion, chopped
2 tomatoes, diced
2 carrots, sliced
1/2 pack snow peas (or a large handful)
1/2 pack rice noodles
tofu, chopped into cubes
1/2 cup mushroom, chopped

1. Cook rice noodles according to package
2. Mince garlic, galangal and chilies in food processor.
3. Chop lemongrass into 3 equal pieces. I do this because you don't eat the lemongrass, its just for flavour. The large pieces keep them more visible.
4. Add coconut milk, veggie stock, garlic, galangal and chilies to a wok or pot and cook for 3 minutes on med-high heat.
5. Once boiling, add remaining ingredients and cook until carrots are soft.
6. Add rice noodles to a big bowl, put the soup ontop and ENJOY!

I keep the noodles separate in case there are leftovers. That way the noodles don't get mushy or sock up all the delicious soup.

This recipe is very adaptable. This time I didn't have lime, galangal, mushroom or garlic. I used half a fresh lemon instead. Worked out great. Substitute any vegetables you want. I've put bok choy in it before, and broccoli would be good too. Use a variety of colours so its pleasing to your eyes as well.

Also, Galangal is like ginger. Its hard to find so you can use ginger and will taste pretty much the same.
Mmmmmmmmmm!! It made a great lunch too!

The tofu I used this time is called Atsuage. This is a Japanese style tofu. It is deep fried and a bit crispy on the outside. Its got a more meaty texture. I love it! I picked it up at T&T Supermarket. In the refrigerated section where all the tofu's are.

I'm pretty stoked for the  Taste of Health  fare on Sunday. Its from 11:30am to 6pm. You should check it out. Its only $5 to get in. How cheap. And if you have  Ethical Deal - Taste of Health then you can get it 2 for 1. There will be lots of awesome booths, samples galore, cooking demonstrations, and talks! I wanna see it all!

Anyways, I'll be there stuffing my face with delish vegan baked goods and anything else vegan I can get my hands on. I better start saving now, its like Christmas! Lol I think you should go too.
Tonight I'm going to make cauliflower curry. YUM!

Eeeek, 12 days till my half marathon! What did I get myself into! 21km folks. 21 effin km's. Its fine. I love to run. Great calming effect on me. I get all my thinking done, releases some stress/pressure and keeps the pounds off! BONUS

I feel like there's not enough photo's in this post so here's a little something extra. Saw this on a friends FB this week and it made me laugh as well as salivate. And in a little bit of a diff way then food porn makes me salivate. But pretty close. LOL

Check this letter out. Its written by a comedian. HYSTERICAL and kinda true. He is rather distracting. Hello Giggles - Ryan Gosling




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