I’m back on the West side, and I have a bit of a confession. I un-did something disappointing. I went to North Carolina for five days and didn’t eat a lick of Carolina barbecue. Not one biscuit, no sweet tea, not a single hush puppy, not even a smidge of banana pudding. I un-did the entire North Carolina cuisine experience when I was in North Carolina, and I have no good reason for it, other than I forgot.
My good friend, Sandi got married on Saturday, hip hip hooraaaaaaay! We had a wonderful time catching up and between jibber jabbering and wedding preparation, we had little time to spare. Ergo, no Instagram pictures of fried okra. Those’ll have to wait until next trip.
Before I left for NC, I made a batch of Thai Chicken Soup. Until this point, I had relied on Thai restaurants for the soup, thinking there was no way I’d be able to fashion up something half as delicious. It is one of those dishes I sidled around like a kid with gum on her shoe. I gave it the one eyebrow up, turned the other direction, and let it be. Now that I’ve done made the thing, I’ll be doing so time and again.
Remember my phobia of rhubarb I told you about when I posted the Gluten Free Strawberry Rhubarb Cake? That’s pretty much how I felt about lemongrass before making this soup. Why does it looooook like thaaat? What do I dooooo with iiiiit? Somebody help meeeee.
At first glance, lemongrass seems strange…like a house with no door. How do you get into it? Do you break a window and hope there’s no security system or rabid dog inside? Once you peel the outer layers off, take a nice smash at it, and cut it into pieces, lemongrass becomes more familiar, and less like a menacing extraterrestrial. And it makes Thai dishes delicious.
This is a great recipe to change up the normal cold-day chicken noodle soup repertoire. It’s all Thai’d up and full of flavor. Now if I could only get some Carolina barbecue to go with it…