October 25, 2011

Red Devil Soup

Imagine what the devil eats down in the chasm of hell...

The evil brute and his posse almost certainly worship a hot, steamy bowl of hellfire broth replete with unadulterated spice. Even the sovereign of damnation needs a sweet seraph on his shoulder from time to time. Coconut milk soothes and roasted sweet potatoes peep through to appease a joyfully scorched tongue. 

Just in time to slurp up another mouthful.

Red Devil Soup

1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 red onion (finely dice ½ and thinly slice the other ½ for garnish)
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, grated
2 tbsp. lemongrass, minced
2 tbsp. ginger, grated
2 ½ tbsp. Thai red curry paste
1 tbsp. curry powder
3 tsp. hot chili paste
1 14 ounce can light coconut milk
4 cups low-salt organic chicken broth
2 tbsp. fish sauce (to taste)
2 tsp. sugar
4 chicken breasts, thinly sliced
2 cups sweet peppers, sliced
2 large sweet potatoes cut in to ½ inch cubes
1 pound dried rice vermicelli noodles
½ English cucumber, cut in to sticks


Cook rice vermicelli noodles according to package directions. Set aside. 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes and spread them out on a lined cookie sheet. Roast sweet potatoes until they are lightly browned and tender, about 15 minutes. Set aside. 

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the finely diced red onion, celery, garlic, lemongrass and ginger; stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Reduce the heat to medium low. Stir in curry paste, curry powder, and chili paste. Add ½ of the coconut milk and stir until thick and fragrant, about 4 minutes. Add remaining coconut milk, broth, fish sauce, and sugar: bring to a simmer. Add chicken and sweet peppers; simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Add sweet potato; stir to heat through, about 1 minute. 

Divide noodles among bowls and top with steamy soup. Scatter red onions and sliced cucumbers on top. 

Garnish with a little extra sriracha, if you dare! 


  1. Oh yes... now this is my kind of soup! I love the name too. Thai soups are some of my all time favorite. Looks fabulous!

  2. Just a stunning soup! And it sounds delicious, too~

  3. Love your name! Perfect! And your soup looks pretty inviting!

  4. Your description on this soup does makes me want to try it. Glad to come across something as unique as this-you really have put together some great flavors here. I have saved this recipe-keep them coming-yum!

  5. Oh yes - count me in on this "hellfire broth", it looks delectable!

  6. Soups like this always hook me; the spicier, the better.

  7. Wow - this is SO amazing! I love your description, but the list of ingredients is what captures you! Really incredible!

  8. The intro you wrote to this post pulled me in and hooked me on this soup before I saw a pic or read the ingredient list! Wow.

    I cannot wait to make this - extra sriracha 'cause I'm a fan of hellfire.

  9. Wow - this looks delicious! Great writing and gorgeous recipe!

  10. Wow this looks fantastic, love your pictures! :)

  11. Sounds wonderful. Love the photos. Well done.

  12. This looks amazing. I'm not even a soup kind of gal and I'd gobble up a few bowls of this. Gorgeous and great ingredient list. Love it!

  13. I can tell by the intense color that I all in for this! Love heat, this looks great.

  14. Devil or not.. this looks delicious and with all the flavor combination you used .. lemon grass.. hot chili, curry powder.. can only imagine how amazing this would taste.

  15. Everything about this soup makes me smile! ... ESPECIALLY the lemongrass!

  16. Love the name for this soup. I am pretty sure my husband would kill for this soup!

  17. This: ' a hot, steamy bowl of hellfire broth replete with unadulterated spice' makes Hell seem like a pretty yummy place. Well done!


  18. it must be hot and spicy.. i like it.

  19. This soup recipe looks AMAZING! One I will have to try soon. Just found your site and am really enjoying your recipes.


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