This is a Vietnamese-inspired soup, showcasing the fragrance of lemongrass. So good! Serve garnished with chopped cilantro. Depending on the curry powder you use, you may want to kick the heat up a notch with some chopped red chile peppers or hot sauce.

Recipe Summary

40 mins
33 mins
1 hr 13 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until lightly browned, about 7 minutes. Stir in garlic and ginger; cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add curry powder; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  • Pour vegetable stock and coconut milk into the pot. Add yam, carrots, celery, lentils, lemongrass, and sugar. Increase heat to medium-high; bring to a boil. Reduce heat slightly; simmer until vegetables soften, 10 to 15 minutes. Season soup with salt.

  • Heat remaining 3 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add tofu in a single layer; cook until lightly browned, about 4 minutes per side. Stir tofu into soup.

Cook's Notes:

If you can buy tofu deep-fried you can save some effort here. You could also fry the tofu ahead of time if you like.

The soup should be pretty thick, almost stew-like, but if it gets too thick while simmering, add a bit more water or stock to get the desired consistency.

Nutrition Facts

475 calories; protein 12.4g; carbohydrates 46g; fat 29.1g; sodium 218.9mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
Good. I think next time I will dust the tofu in cornstarch before frying. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
Good. I think next time I will dust the tofu in cornstarch before frying. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This was delicious.. my only change was not chopping up the lemon grass. I cut it into chunks and slit open one side to infuse the flavor... I cant handle the pithiness of lemon grass but I like the taste. I did find this a little on the sweet side so I added a shake of red pepper flakes Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I would have given this a 4.5 if it were possible. Wasn't able to find lemongrass so had to substitute cilantro which did a fine job but maybe not stellar. Made the recipe exactly as written otherwise and loved the delicate blend of flavors for our plant based/gluten free palates. I think we enjoyed it especially because it was a crisp fall evening just right for a pot of lovely soup. One more treat were the colors in our bowls. Wish I would have taken a picture. We both ate seconds and that speaks for itself. Read More