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Surin’s Coconut Soup

I love remaking some of my favorite dishes from restaurants. This one comes from my favorite restaurant in Birmingham – yes you guessed it, Surin. For the 10 years I have been going to this restaurant my order never changes (well except for the 9 months of pregnancy I could not have sushi). I get a volcano roll which is spicy tuna and cucumber on the inside and tuna, avocado, eel sauce on the outside with the best spicy aioli ever made. I also get an order of crab angels (also known as crab rangoon).

Surin's Coconut Soup

But one of the things I love most is the complimentary bowl of Coconut Tofu Soup that comes out before the meal.

I knew I had to reinvent this dish since I could enjoy it during our monthly visits back home. I mean let’s be honest I was indulging in this meal probably once a week when we were living there. After perfecting the recipe I decided to kick it up a notch by making it a little spicy. So feel free to omit some of the chili oil if you want it a little less spicy.

Surin's Coconut Soup

This recipe also calls for tofu. If you were anything like me I claimed to not like it without even trying it but I believe it adds another depth to this soup. With all that to say I am so glad I got to remake this dish so I can have a little taste of home in my very own kitchen.
Surin's Coconut Soup
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Spicy Coconut Soup


  • 6 lemongrass stalks remove lower bulb & outer sheath and cut into 3 inch pieces*
  • 1 1/2 tsp. fresh ginger minced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 3 Tbsp. Thai red curry paste you can find this in the ethnic food section; use half of this amount if you want a less spicy soup
  • 3 Tbsp. fish sauce ethnic food section
  • 6 c. chicken stock
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 tsp. red pepper oil/ red chili oil (ethnic food section use half of this amount if you want a less spicy soup or substitute olive oil
  • 4 ounces of mushrooms
  • 2 scallions
  • Tofu cut into small cubes optional


  • Heat chili oil in a stockpot on medium -low heat. Add lemongrass (or lemon zest), garlic and ginger. Cook. Stirring constantly so it won't burn for 30-60 sec until it becomes aromatic. Add curry paste, cook for about 30 sec.
  • Add 3 cups of chicken stock to dissolve the curry paste. Stir until it dissolves. Add remaining stock, fish sauce, and sugar over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Once it starts boiling reduce heat to low and let it simmer for 20 minutes.
  • If adding mushrooms, add about 5 min before next step. If adding tofu cook as directed on package then add in.
  • Stir in coconut milk and lime juice. Cook for 5 min. Remove lemongrass with strainer, if you used this.


*if using lemongrass paste use 3 tablespoons or zest of 1 lemon

Are you like me – do you have a favorite dish at a restaurant that you always order and vow to never try anything else again?

Menu of the Week


Wednesday 10th of May 2017

What is the total servings for this?

Trel Robinson

Thursday 23rd of February 2017

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I was at Surin for lunch and the soup was so amazing I had to look up how to make it. Thankfully, there's a new Asian supermarket in Homewood so finding all the ingredients was super easy. Again, I appreciate your sharing.

Lauren Hall

Monday 27th of February 2017

You are so welcome! This is one of my most popular recipes so I hope you enjoy it!


Sunday 12th of February 2017

Grateful for this recipe! I am addicted to this soup and have searched and searched for this recipe.yay!!!

Lauren Hall

Sunday 12th of February 2017

I am glad you found it! Comfort of Surin in your own home now :)


Sunday 22nd of January 2017

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! My girlfriend and I love it! We both think it tastes even better than the soup from Surin !

Lauren Hall

Sunday 22nd of January 2017

I am so glad you love it. It's definitely one of my family's favorites! Thank you for visiting and I hope you get a chance to try out some more recipes!!


Tuesday 22nd of November 2016

Which store do you find all the ingredients. Can't wait to make it.

Lauren Hall

Wednesday 30th of November 2016

Whole Foods and Fresh Market have the fresh lemongrass and should have everything else

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