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Wicked Thai Soup

One of my favourite things to do when Dave Sawchuk used to work at the Zone was hit Fairways and hope… HOPE that Wicked Thai soup was on the burner.

Dave is gone, and my day is filled with a void.  I still wander to Fairways, and sure…its nice when Wicked Thai is being served…but its not the same.  Dave one time was so fired up on the Thai soup, he bought every single bowl and sold them out of it, to teach them a lesson!  WTF?  Then he brought it back to the Zone and served it up to all the workers.

He often talked of opening a soup stand on Quadra just outside Fairways, that sold ONLY Wicked Thai soup.

Our holy grail of cooking was to find a delicious  replica that we could make at home and take the power back from Fairways.

I am happy to report that today, Coral found the recipe.

Wicked Thai Soup

Wicked Thai Chicken Soup


2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 a red bell pepper, diced
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms (a standard size tray package)
4 cups chicken stock
2 chicken breasts, cut into small dice
2 Tbsp. Gourmet Garden™ Lemon Grass herb paste (the stuff in the tube or the real thing, if you can find it)
1 tsp. fish sauce
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 cup half and half (10%) cream
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 tsp. red curry paste
1 1/2 tsp. Sambal Oelek chili paste (or Sriracha, as an alternative but you may need less)
2-3 Tbsp. tomato paste (to taste)
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 cups cooked rice (long grain white or brown rice or try a mix of long grain with wild rice for some added texture)
Fresh cilantro, parsley or basil leaves shredded for garnish


Cook rice and set aside (or use left-over cooked rice).

Heat large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat and add 1 Tbsp. oil. When hot, add mushrooms and cook until golden and tender. Remove to a plate. In same pot, add remaining 1 Tbsp. oil and heat. Add onion, red pepper, and saute just until softened. Return mushrooms to pot. Add broth and chicken and heat through. Add lemon grass paste, fish sauce and Worcestershire sauce and simmer 5 minutes. Add milk, turn heat to low, then cover and simmer 2 minutes.

In a small bowl, add curry paste, Sambal Oelek, tomato paste, 2 Tbsp. water and cornstarch and mix until incorporated. Stir into soup until combined and heat until soup simmers, thickens very slightly and has a velvety appearance. Add cooked rice, cover and simmer 5 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper, to taste. (You can also add more curry paste, tomato paste and/or Sambal Oelek to taste at this point, as well).

Pour soup into bowls and garnish with cilantro, parsley or basil leaves and serve with additional Sambal Oelek for those who prefer a hotter soup.

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
Total time: 2 hours 20 min
Yield: 6-8 servings

Adapted from a Taste of Home recipe


We cooked it up tonight and yeah… pretty rad.  I couldn’t track down the lemongrass paste.  Fairways was out of red curry paste so I used green… and we had no cornstarch.  But it still worked out amazing.

Thought I better find you a song to go with your Wicked Thai Soup.  Now the track that popped into my head right away was the Alex Chilton jam, “Bangkok.”  Listening right now, I realize, this song is a little racist.

It is from 1978 when you could sing bizarrely inaccurate racial generalizations… and the dude has since shuffled off the mortal coil, so we might have to forgive the transgression and jump into the song.

Alex Chilton – “Bangkok”

Go with yourself.

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Over the weekend I finally made my way to the new Ditch Records on Fort Street (between Douglas and Blanshard).  After Mads and I hit the toy store to buy a new toy! (she bought a pair of little plush cats) I got to sift through the rows of records.  Best part, Madelyn had new toys to keep here occupied and I also didn’t have to worry about stray nails sticking her like in the old store.

I just planned on buying a 45 or two… but then I spied The Replacements’ 1987 record Pleased to Meet Me.  As I am on a quest to collect the whole discography on record, I had to plunk down a further $20 some-odd bones.

As it stands for those keeping score:

[ ] Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash
[X] Hootenanny
[ ] Let It Be
[X] Tim
[X] Please to Meet Me
[X]Don’t Tell a Soul
[ ] All Shook Down

Huzzah, I am over half way.  They also had a vinyl copy of their EP Stink. I hummed and hawed… but in the end decided that wouldn’t be fiscally prudent.  Besides, it gives me a reason to go back on a future pay day.

Pleased to Meet Me is the first Replacements record after Bob Stinson left the band.  The Replacements had drifted a little further away from punk rock on each record and by Pleased to Meet Me… the band was now firmly in a place where they were experimenting more with sound and style. (though they are still singing about public transit?  That’s pretty skid if you ask me.)

The Replacements – “Skyway”

This record sold a few copies and even showed up on the Billboard 200… though it was near the bottom.  There is a book called Our Band Could Be Your Life and the author says this record has sold about 300,000 copies.  Today, you’d be number with a bullet with those kinda sales.  But in the 80s, that makes you a hobo or “indie.”

The Replacements – “Alex Chilton”

Here is why Hollywood is fucked up… back in the late 90s, the suits decided that the best part of a teen comedy was the party scene, so the knuckleheads said, “easy, lets just make a whole movie one big party scene!”

Some bonus cheques were cashed and in 1998 the movie “Can’t Hardly Wait” starring Jennifer Love Hewitt was unleashed.  The film however got one thing right, they lifted  the title from the Replacements song by the same name and even jam the song out at the end.

The Replacements – “Can’t Hardly Wait”

Go with yourself.

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