I made this soup with my husband, so in other words Louis made it…. with me watching and taking pictures! It was our first cold night here in LA, and it was exactly what I felt like, plus you get all the added health benefits from the ingredients below.
We used ingredients sourced from our local fresh food markets here in West Hollywood; I also like the Brentwood Markets and the little market in Silver Lake.
The banana blossom we sourced from a tree just off from our street!
*Little nutritional facts about Banana blossom flowers – They contain various vitamins like Vitamin A, B6, C and D.
Banana blossom hearts are also known for its medicinal uses in Asian countries, eating banana flower hearts has helped aid stomach cramps, diarrhea and for woman it can help reduce period pains, and menopausal bleeding.
You will have no problem finding these ingredients here in LA and of course back home in Australia Thai ingredients are plenty. You can really add whatever you like, just follow the basic method and you’ll have yourself a healthy and delicious soup.
Handful of cut Long beans
½ Banana Blossom Heart
4 Thai eggplants, cut into quarters
2 heaped cups of Thai basil
4 Lemongrass Sticks, cut and bruised
1 Tbsp. chopped Ginger
2 whole birds eye Chili
2 Tbsp. Red curry paste
1 Tbsp. Vegetable oil
1 L. Chicken broth
4 Chicken thighs, cut
1 Cup. Coconut milk
Oyster sauce, Fish Sauce & Palm Sugar to taste
Using the back of a knife, lightly smash the lemongrass and ginger; cut your lemongrass into 4” pieces. Bring lemongrass, ginger, basil leaves, chili’s, coconut milk and chicken broth to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer until you can smell the beautiful melded aromas, give it time 15-20mins and then, add fish sauce, oyster sauce and palm sugar to taste. Strain broth into clean saucepan; discard solids
In another sauce pan sauté the curry paste in oil until you smell the paste become full and deep and infused. Add a couple of lemon grass sticks, and let them infuse with the paste. Add chicken and brown. 8-10 minutes.
Now you can pour the beautiful coconut broth mixture in with the chicken and infused curry paste, mix them together and keep at a low simmer.
Prepare banana blossom:
Start opening the outer leaves one by one. Under each leaf you will find a group of long pale yellow flowers. If they would have reached maturity, each of them would have turned into a banana! Peal those yellow flowers with the otter leaves and discard.
You will repeat this process a few times…. While peeling, the leaves will get softer and paler in colour and the flowers will get smaller.
Keep peeling until you reach the white yellow flower heart. Put in a bowl, add cold water, lemon juice to avoid discolouring of the heart. Otherwise if you’re ready to add to the soup continue with the next step.
Chop the heart into quarters, lightly strum the quartered heart to flick out any further flowers that may be inside and then thinly slice widthwise on the diagonal.
When the chicken is cooked add banana blossom, thai eggplant, beans and more thai basil to garnish. Serve with side of rice or by itself.
 K. P. Sampath Kumar1*, D. B. (n.d.). Traditional and Medicinal Uses of Banana. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry, 56.
 V. Sumathy1, S. J. (2011). In Vitro Bioactivity and Phytochemical Screening of Musa Acuminata Flower.