Crosby Street Hotel’s Carrot Soup

We went to the Crosby Street Hotel yesterday for lunch and I had the most DELISH carrot soup of my life.. and trust me.. I am a carrot soup connoisseur. Their version is described as “Carrot, lemongrass, toasted coconut soup”. I obviously can’t find that exact recipe but I have posted below one that seems similar:

Curry Carrot-Ginger Soup

Servings: Serves 6

Ingredients

* 2 Tbsp. olive oil

* 1 stalk lemongrass

* 1 medium onion , chopped

* 2 stalks celery , chopped (1/2 cup)

* 2 cloves garlic , minced

* 1 piece (2 inches) fresh gingerroot , peeled and finely chopped

* 10 to 12 carrots (about 2 1/2 pounds), scrubbed and sliced into 1/2-inch pieces

* 1 Tbsp. curry powder

* 8 cups chicken or vegetable stock

* 1/2 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk

* Salt

* Freshly ground pepper

* 3/4 cup shredded (unsweetened or sweetened) coconut , toasted (optional)

Directions

In a large, heavy saucepan or stockpot, heat oil over medium heat. Smash bottom end of lemongrass (about 3 inches) with handle end of a knife. Add lemongrass, onion, celery, garlic, and ginger. Sauté until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Add carrots and curry powder and stir to coat vegetables. Add stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 25 minutes, or until carrots are very tender. Skim foam and fat from top.

Transfer from heat. Remove lemongrass and discard. Puree soup in batches in a food processor or blender (or puree in the pot with a hand blender). Return to pan and stir in coconut milk. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon into bowls and garnish with toasted coconut, if desired.

If you don’t like carrot soup.. I would still highly recommend the Crosby Street Hotel’s restaurant.. even if it’s just to see the whimsical decor:

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