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Catfish Coconut Soup - (Tom Kha Pladuk)
1 catfish (abt 1/2 lb prepared weight)
2 cups fish stock
1 cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon julienned galangal
1 tablespoon thinly-sliced lemon grass
1 tablespoon coriander/cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon thinly-sliced Thai chile peppers
4 tablespoons fish sauce
4 tablespoons lime juice
Bring the stock to a simmer. Add the galangal, lemon grass, coriander, chilis, fish sauce and lime juice, and bring back to the simmer.
Clean the fish and cut it into 1-inch steaks, then divide them, removing the bones. Add the fish to the soup, and the coconut milk and bring back to a very gentle simmer, and poach the fish for 3 to 4 minutes (until just cooked).