Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
- SERVES 4-6
- 4 strips bacon
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 3 kaffir lime leaves (available frozen in Asian/Chinese food stores)
- 2 shallots OR 1/3 cup purple onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium to large yam, peeled and chopped into small cubes
- 2 x 14 oz. (398ml) cans creamed corn
- 1-2 Tbsp. fish sauce (or substitute soy sauce)
- 1 fresh red chili, OR 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup coconut milk
- optional: 1 small pumpkin OR pumpkin-like squash to serve
- Topping: fresh coriander or basil leaves
- To make the corn chowder, fry up the bacon until lightly cooked. Reserving about 1/2 the fat, remove the bacon from the frying pan and cut into small pieces.
- Place bacon pieces in the bottom of a soup pot together with the reserved bacon fat. Add the shallots or onion, plus the garlic and chili. Fry over medium-high heat for 1 minute, or until fragrant.
- Add the chicken stock plus the lime leaves and yam (plus reserved pumpkin or squash, if using). Bring to a boil.
- Reduce to medium heat, allowing the soup to lightly boil for 6-8 minutes, or until yam is soft when pierced with a fork.
- Add both cans of creamed corn, stirring well to incorporate.
- Add the fish sauce and coconut milk (up to 1/2 cup coconut milk for a creamier soup).
- Bring soup back up to a light boil, then remove from heat. Do a taste-test for salt and spice, adding more fish sauce or a little salt if not salty enough. If too salty, add a squeeze of lime or lemon juice. If not spicy enough, add a little more cayenne pepper. If too spicy, add more coconut milk.
- Serve the soup hot with fresh coriander or basil leaves sprinkled over.
If serving in a pumpkin/squash: Place the cleaned-out pumpkin on a serving platter. Ladle the soup into the "bowl" of the pumpkin. Place a fresh ladle on the serving platter. Replace the lid (this will keep the soup hot) and bring the platter to the table. When ready to dish out, remove the lid and ladle the soup into bowls. ENJOY!