The recipe calls for sweet potatoes but I much prefer the darker orange yams. Some would say that sweet potatoes are darker orange and yams are paler yellow but that’s not the way we see it here…

This soup is creamy and delicious! It’s also extremely simple to make.

Thai Yam Soup

  • 2 cups Onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp Garlic, crushed
  • 1 Kefir Lime Leaves
  • 2 tsp Red Curry Paste
  • 6 cups Sweet Potato or Yam, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 7 cups Veggie Stock or Water
  • 1 stick Lemongrass
  • 1 tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 1 can Coconut Milk
  • Salt to taste
  • Cilantro, chopped for garnish
  1. In large pot, saute onion, garlic and lime leaves for about 10 min.
  2. With a mallet of some sort crush the lemongrass.
  3. Add curry paste and cook for one minute. Then add sweet potato, water/stock, lemon grass and peanut butter.
  4. Cover and simmer for 30-45 minutes or until sweet potato is soft and take off heat.
  5. Remove lime leaves and lemongrass and then puree with immersion blender.
  6. Whisk in coconut milk and add salt to taste.
  7. Gently reheat so as not to boil the soup now with the coconut milk in it. It may separate otherwise.
  8. Serve with chopped cilantro and a hearty bread or Baking Powder Biscuit!
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6 Responses to Thai Yam Soup

  1. paxye says:

    LOL… yep… the sweet potato debate…

    we call them sweet potatoes here… I have actually never seen a real yam in real life…

    btw… I really have to make this… sounds rich and delicious!!!

  2. Sarah says:

    Mmmm this looks lovely, another one for me to try, thanks!

    There’s something really wrong with my head, I seem to have lost the ability to read and write. When I looked at the recipe I read “salute onions”. Oh dear! Maybe I’ll do that next time I cook, they are such an under appreciated vegetable ;)

    Here a yam is a big white flesh thing with a bark-y skin, a bit like a yucca trunk. Sweet potatoes are orangey (like your soup pic…so I guess we have the same definition!) and there are the paler pink-y flesh ones which I’m not as keen on- they’re a bit washed out!

    Sarah x

  3. Sarah says:

    Nope, i was wrong, my sweet potato is your yam…I think. How confused I am! I’ll just salute the whole lot of them….

  4. Annie says:

    Oh my hell, Sarah! Salute the onions! Ha! That’s going to kill me the next time I’m cooking.

    Paxye- that’s the problem with Wikipedia. It’s so unreliable in that *anyone* can alter the information on it, even if they don’t know what they’re talking about.

    It’s hilarious to me how different it is all over. Grocery stores here call yams the orange ones and sweet potatoes the yellowy ones. That’s what we’ve always called them.

  5. Karen Haas says:

    Have you ever roasted the yams first? I agree…yams are darker than sweet potatoes.

  6. Annie says:

    That would be a great idea, Karen. Roasting adds so much flavour and maybe a bit of texture too.

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