There is a restaurant chain in Birmingham called Surin of Thailand and they have this amazing Sweet and Spicy Coconut soup that I am obsessed with. So I recreated a hearty, healthy version, and I must admit, it’s delicious.

I took a recipe from Cooking Light Magazine for Fiery Tofu and Coconut Curry Soup and altered it to fit my own preferences and to be more similar to Surin’s soup. In place of carrots and green beans, I added button mushrooms and green onions. I also added more red curry paste and some red chili oil for extra heat because I like things spicy. The combination of sweet coconut milk and hot red curry paste make a beautiful balance of spicy and sweet. Add lime juice and it’s almost like a hot and sour soup with a layer of sweetness.

Try this recipe on a brisk day or even for an easy dinner. It doesn’t take long to prep and it only has to simmer for about 30 min (but the longer the better). Or you can always head to one of Surin’s locations in Alabama or Mississippi and try their version. But no matter where I am, this new recipe will forever be a staple in my household!



2 tablespoons canola oil

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1/4 cup red curry paste (plus 2 tablespoons if you want more heat)

1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

2 (13.5-ounce) cans light coconut milk

2 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable broth

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1/4 cup thinly sliced peeled fresh ginger

2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

1 8 oz. carton button mushrooms

1 cup chopped green onions

1 (14-ounce) package water-packed soft tofu, drained and cut into (1-inch) cubes

3/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves


1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic to pan; sauté 30 seconds or until lightly browned. Add curry paste; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add brown sugar; cook 1 minute. Stir in coconut milk, broth, juice, ginger, and soy sauce. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 30 min. to 1 hour (preferably 1 hour). Add mushrooms and cook for 5 min. Add green onions and tofu and cook 4 minutes or until everything is tender but not too soft. Garnish with cilantro leaves.

For more Asian-inspired soup ideas try these recipes: