When very little else last night was coming together with minimal effort, at least dinner was–this soup took ten minutes, and the hardest thing about it was cooking the brown rice I served alongside it. Quick as a flash!
Which, of course, makes me think of The Flash.
In my ignorance of such important details, I’d always assumed The Flash’s superpower was his ability to intimidate and disgust by getting naked really quickly.
Whatever, the name’s really ambiguous, all right?
APPARENTLY, The Flash is actually more about doing important things super speedily. Here I would just like to interject that under the right circumstances, getting naked to intimidate and disgust could be considered an important activity.
Look, I’m not saying The Flash went around flashing people to get his jollies. I’m just saying he could have, if he’d wanted to. And his wanting to is not that far-fetched a concept. I mean, what if The Evil Doctor Whatshisface, turned psychotic by his disfiguring childhood accident while doing…whatever…, decided to hold the Mayor Blahington III of Somewheresville hostage, and if people didn’t turn over X natural resource, which was the only missing component to Doctor Whatshisface’s new mind-control thingy that runs on insert obscure crystal here, Doctor Whatshisface would kill the Mayor Blahington III, who’d been the only man capable of cleaning up the effed up streets of Somewheresville when they’d been overrun by violent gangsters and warlords who it turns out–GASP!–were actually henchmen of Doctor Whatshisface, and OMG, this comic just got soooo deep!? The Flash could’ve probably zoomed in on Doctor Whathisface’s ass and been all, Hey, check this out, and Doctor Whatshisface would’ve been all, Lol, The Flash, you think you’re so cool, well not even you can save–OH SWEET GOD IN HEAVEN PUT THAT AWAY!!–and he’d be so intimidated and disgusted that The Flash would have time to zip up his little pleather suit and make off with Mayor Blahington III.
So about that recipe!
Thai Coconut Curry Soup with Shrimp
1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined (I had the frozen, ready to go kind on hand…YES!)
1 can coconut milk
3 cups fish stock or chicken broth
2 Tablespoons red curry paste (The Boy and I like it hot, but you might want to start with 1 and work up from there if you’re not sure)
1 inch piece ginger, peeled and minced
2 Tablespoons lime juice
2 Tablespoons oyster sauce
2 Tablespoons fish sauce
1/2 cup carrot slices
1 cup snow pea pods or green bean segments
healthy handful of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
Cook your rice or whatever you’re serving alongside, as the soup will come together quickly. Put stock, ginger, and lime juice into a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add the coconut milk, oyster sauce, fish sauce, curry paste, and vegetables. Cook, covered, until vegetables are crisp-tender (keep an eye on this–it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes). Throw in the shrimp and continue to simmer until the shrimp is just cooked through, around 3 to 4 minutes. Toss in the cilantro. No joke, you’re done. Taste it to make sure the heat level is up your alley, and then ladle it up, serve alongside a healthy scoop of rice, and ponder the power of nakedness.