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Maine Lobster Chowder
with Coconut, Corn, and Lemongrass

Maine Lobster Chowder with Coconut, Corn, and LemongrassAn authentic, and incredibly delicious, Thai lobster chowder with coconut milk, fresh corn, enoki mushrooms, lemongrass and other traditional Thai flavor ingredients. This is an impressive soup to serve honored guests — or at least they'll feel honored to be served such a grand soup. Recipe by Chef Tom Gutow.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4-ounces shallot, thinly sliced
6 garlic cloves, sliced
2 tablespoons lemongrass, minced
2 teaspoons red chile flakes, dried
1/2 teaspoon chili paste, ground
2 frozen or fresh galangal (or gingerroot), 1-inch piece, sliced thinly
4 cups lobster stock
2 cups chicken stock, rich
4 cups coconut milk, unsweetened
2 Kaffir lime leaves, center rib removed, crushed (or zest of 1 lime)
4 tablespoons fish sauce
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 pound Maine lobster tail meat, cooked, 3/4-inch dice
2 cups sweet corn, blanched on the cob and cut off into kernels
1/2 cup enoki mushrooms
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons lime juice
Maine lobster claw meat, cooked whole and shelled, (garnish)
12 cilantro sprigs, (garnish)
12 Thai basil leaves, halved (garnish)
4 tablespoons fried shallots (garnish)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat until moderately hot. Add the shallot, garlic, lemongrass, chile flakes, and chili paste, and brown slightly, about 30 seconds.
  2. Working quickly and without burning the spices, add the galangal, lobster stock, chicken stock, coconut milk, and kaffir lime leaves. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 5 minutes so the flavors can meld.
  3. Adjust the seasoning with the fish sauce and sugar, and then add the lobster tail meat. Bring to a simmer and let lobster heat through.
  4. Add the corn and mushrooms. As soon as it comes to a second boil, turn off the heat and add the tomatoes and lime juice.
  5. Garnish with the lobster claws, cilantro, Thai basil leaves, and fried shallots. Serve immediately.

Makes 8 servings.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Maine Lobster Promotion Council.