Hot Spicy Chestnut Soup (Asian Style)

(This is a family favourite of Anne & Hans Van Gemert, chestnut growers at Taradale, Victoria)

(Serves 6)

1.5 to 2 litres chicken stock (use less for a thick stock)
750g chestnuts (fresh or dried and rehydrated)
1-1/2 - 2 tspns Sambal Oelek (hot chilli paste)
2-1/2 tbs fresh coriander and cream for dolloping

  1. Cook chestnuts in chicken stock for 15 minutes, slowly add 1 teaspoon sambal oelek, then remaining amount.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of the fresh, finely chopped coriander and simmer for two minutes.
  3. Ladle the soup into a food processor and blend until smooth.
  4. Serve in heated bowls, topped with a dollop of cream and remaining coriander


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