Thai Chicken Broth

Rock legends The Cult are on tour in the UK at the moment. Lead guitarist Billy Duffy has been a close friend for over 20 years so I took the opportunity of seeing them up in Manchester on Friday evening. Musically they shot the same shamanic spectrum at every gothic prism thrown their way, although backstage the rider (see photo) looked more like something out of a geography field trip to a windswept south coast.

With the storm clouds gathering and a hurricane hangover I set about making a Chicken Thai broth on Saturday evening.

First I fried off a diced onion, then some garlic and added turmeric, chilli powder, tamarind paste, fish sauce, minced ginger and then the chicken stock. Once reduced by half, I added the coconut milk, the chicken, and again reduced by half. The dish was finished of with lime juice, a little salt and a large handful of chopped coriander.

The Cult played one of their most famous tunes called Rain, and in it banshee front man Ian Astbury wails “open the sky and let her come down, here comes the rain, I love the rain”. They’re playing The Camden Roundhouse on Friday; in view of last night’s storm perhaps they could drop this meteorological masterpiece, and just stick with the warmer sounding hit Sun King?

Thai Chicken Broth
Serves 2

1 Large white onion diced
3 cloves garlic finely diced
1 tsp group turmeric
½ tspn chilli powder
1 tspn ready-made tamarind paste
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 11/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and then minced with a small grater
1 Litre Fresh Chicken Stock
2 chicken breasts, sliced into chunky pieces
3 tbsp lime juice
1 large handful of coriander, finely chopped
Salt and cracked black pepper