Raw Coconut Bok Choy Spicy Soup

by Susan on February 7, 2014

Coconut and Bok Choy Soup at Rawmazing.com


It started raining late last night. Liquid silver falling from the sky. Some would say, liquid gold when you take into account the drought we have been having in California. It has been unseasonably warm, and horribly dry. Hills that are normally emerald green this time of year are a dusty brown. People who make their living from the land are in dire straights while every day we look at azure blue skies without a cloud in sight. . .until last night. 

The rain finally started to fall. The fresh smelling air drifted in through the windows and a long, soaking rain delighted our ears. It rained all night and we awoke to grey skies, fog, and moisture. The eucalyptus grove that yesterday only offered shade, smelled like nature’s spa as we walked through this morning. It is cold and wet and we are happy.  

With the rest of the country still seeing frigid temperatures and snow, while we have damp, cold weather in the Bay area, a batch of soup is just the thing to chase away the chill. You will love this warm, hearty, delicious, healthy raw soup.  

Bok Choy at Rawmazing.com

Bok choy is the heart of this savory soup. I love bok choy. It is full of nutrients. Wonder where to get calcium? Bok choy has 110 mg per cup. It is also loaded with vitamins C, A and K, magnesium, potassium, manganese, and iron. And did I mention it tastes great?

For this recipe I used baby bok choy. It is tender and has a light sweetness to it. But I didn’t just chop it up and throw it in the soup…I marinated it and tossed it in the dehydrator for a bit. It provided the perfect touch. Marinated mushrooms and a wonderful coconut broth combined with cumin, ginger, turmeric and the bok choy make a healthy soup perfect for this weather. I suggest warming the soup gently on the stove or in the dehydrator to take off the winter chill. 

Raw Coconut and Bok Choy Soup at Rawmazing.com

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Shannon Murray February 7, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Wow, Susan! This looks awesome! And I’m doubly excited because I have everything in my refrigerator right now! (well except the young Thai coconut- but that’s an easy fix!) Thank you for making my weekend delicious and for making it easy to do, too!

Carol McKenzie February 7, 2014 at 5:22 pm

This looks amazing. But…there are no young Thai coconuts where I live. Any suggestions for substitutions?

Susan February 7, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Carol, you could use coconut milk but it won’t be raw. Cheers!

Carol McKenzie February 7, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Thanks, Susan. I’m willing to give up raw on occasion in exchange for an amazing soup like this.

Lucy February 7, 2014 at 5:48 pm

OH Yum!! Looking forward to making this one.

Lucy February 7, 2014 at 5:50 pm

I am allergic to soy, so i have been using Coconut Secrets aminos in place of Braggs. It always turns out.

Catherine Foster February 7, 2014 at 5:55 pm

This sounds wonderful. I just bought a dehydrator but don’t know how you heat soup in it.

Lesley Lind February 7, 2014 at 6:30 pm

This sounds heavenly on a cold rainy night! I keep fresh young Thai frozen coconut on hand. Thanks Susan

Lu February 7, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Carol got me curious as to just what a Thai Coconut was so I looked it up, simply a young coconut, not a variety! Here’s a good link for add’l info: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-thai-coconut.htm Definitely a soup I’m making as soon as I can find a coconut around here!

Heather @ The Soulful Spoon February 7, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Emily, nothing short of amazing. You’ve just inspired me to buy bok choy. I never knew what it tasted like, so thank you for clarifying. It may be, in fact, the only vegetable I haven’t tried:) As a coconut freak, this recipe is on my week this list to make. I love how it’s raw too! Awesome! Thank you for sharing<3

Aslana February 8, 2014 at 7:03 am

Great I have a cold so I’m doing this one today!

Barbara February 8, 2014 at 9:01 am

Beautiful! Sounds delish..i make a spicy coconut soup with lemongrass. Good stuff. Thanks for sharing!

Marie Saunders February 8, 2014 at 11:16 am

Hi Susan, I’m very excited about trying your Coconut soup with bok choy. I don’t have a dehydrator but plan to go to a friend’s who has one so I will make it with her. I’m just wondering if there is a way to make this without a dehydrator? Also, I was wondering if Barbara could share her spicy coconut soup with lemongrass recipe. Thank you.

Gary February 8, 2014 at 11:56 am

As always, looks and sounds fabulous Susan. I’m in the process of making it but wondering what is the purpose of dehydrating the Bok Choy for an hour?

Alexa February 8, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Can’t wait to try this. I, like Carol above, can’t get young coconuts close by, so thanks for the coco-milk suggestion!

Susan February 8, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Gary, it’s all about flavor. And it is delicious!

Susan February 8, 2014 at 12:43 pm

You could put it in the oven at the lowest setting for a bit but you will probably not have a completely raw bok choy if you do it that way. The time would be dramatically reduced but I can’t tell you by how much since I haven’t tested it that way. Cheers!

Rebecca February 8, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Susan, you list dehydrators on your sight but I am curious as to which one you own. Am also curious about the Coconut Soup with Lemongrass as well that someone mentioned. Can’t wait to try this when I get home.

Emma and Carla: the merrymaker sisters February 8, 2014 at 4:39 pm

YUM YUM YUM! We love bok choy too! But we had no idea that it had so much calcium! Woohhoo! Now we have something to come back with when our friends find out we don’t eat dairy :) :) Hehe! Thanks for the recipe! e +c

Angela February 9, 2014 at 10:18 am

I was wondering what to make tonight for supper ….now I know your delicious soup….. can not wait to make it! Thank you for the recipie…Bonne Apetit!

Heather @Gluten-Free Cat February 9, 2014 at 9:01 pm

This soup sounds wonderful! It has been too long since I opened a young Thai coconut. It’s always worth the effort because the meat and milk is incredible. I’ll bet this soup is so creamy because of it. Thanks for a great recipe!

Ina February 9, 2014 at 10:08 pm

OMG! This is crazy amazing soup! This is my new favorite raw soup recipe. Holy cannoli. Every bite I was exclaiming out loud all kinds of, “oh, my, holy, whoah’s” and my family was all too far away to enjoy the experience with me. The marinated bok choi is just insane. The coconut, the marinated mushrooms, ginger… all of it. Thank you for making my night, well, sound like great sex. You’re awesome, Susan! You bring so much pleasure to my taste buds all the time. I can’t thank you enough for all of the ridiculous pleasure you’ve created in my tasting world!

Susan February 9, 2014 at 10:11 pm

Awe….you are making me blush. Thanks you SO much for the wonderful comment!

Youanna February 10, 2014 at 9:21 am

Oh Susan, you are such an inspiration. I have just started on the raw path and your recipes are great additions to our menu. This soup looks so yummy, I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the work that you do! :)

Angela Hermann February 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm

wow wow wow wow wow…thats the way I feel about this excellent spicy soup…I love it!!!!!!

Alexis February 14, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Wow, this is SO good. I think Ina describes it best!

Superfoods February 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Ohh this soup looks tasty, i love the ingredients, i will need to try this recipe soon :).

Shannon Murray February 17, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Heather @ Soulful Spoon: I think you meant Susan instead of Emily :-) Thanks!

Mental Health First Aid February 24, 2014 at 11:25 pm

I used vegetable oil, thick coconut milk, button mushrooms, sugar, bok-choy and other herbs/spices. First time forgot to add salt but taste was not bad. Then I sampled with more sugar and it was good also!

Though I prefer cooked soups than raw, but it was good to taste.

Cherise W February 26, 2014 at 9:48 pm

This was my very first raw dish… First time with a coconut too!!! It was absolutely delicious. Your website and recipes definitely have me excited about what’s possible when you go raw.

Suezie March 1, 2014 at 6:16 pm

This was absolutely amazing! LOVED it. I used coconut milk instead of fresh coconut meat, (didn’t have any). Substituted Coconut Amino Acids as had no Braggs. Thank you!!!

Deborah March 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm

I was disappointed. The blended that I used did not cause the coconut flesh to liquify and I didn’t know that I should have strained it. The grittiness was TOO much and made it unpalatable. Didn’t like the flavor either, but would have been able to eat it if not for the grittiness. Thumbs down on this one for me. :(

Susan March 5, 2014 at 8:04 pm

You bring up a good point, Deborah. If you don’t have the right equipment to make a recipe, the results can vary widely. Did you use a young thai coconut? It’s also really important to blend long enough. Cheers!

Indira March 10, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Today was my first try at this soup.. It came out great!!! I used ghost pepper. ;) I stumbled onto your site via Pinterest a few days ago and love it !! I recently had a baby and can’t wait to lose these extra pounds.. Thank you for sharing your story and love for healthy food … Be blessed :)

Helen March 15, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Fantastic soup! I agree that Ina’s description is right on! I made this the first time because I had a coconut on hand and then shared it with my trainer and food coach – she went ballistic over it. I made it again without the fresh coconut using a can of coconut cream instead and it was still delicious. This recipe is indeed a winner. Thank you Susan – you’re incredible.

Susan March 15, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Thank you, Helen!

Rose Wignall March 19, 2014 at 8:24 pm

This was absolutely delicious! Thanks so much!!!

Jacque April 10, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Delicious! The best cold soup I have ever had. I replaced Bragg’s with organic Tamari and I only used 3 TBS of soy sauce with 2 tbs of sesame seed oil for the marinating the bok choy and mushrooms. I also did not use any sugar or salt. It still turned out perfect. My favorite part of the soup is the heat left over from the chili garlic sauce. Merci Susan!

Penny April 29, 2014 at 8:46 am

I am new to all raw diet so this might seem obvious to most. I notice so many desserts – more than entrees. Also i have a problem digesting mushrooms. Wat could i substitute besides more nuts- also a problem- except almonds? Thx for any info.

Adela April 30, 2014 at 6:26 pm

The flavors are amazing, however, i screwed up & used a package that said ‘ dried young coconut’. I debated whether to use the whole package or part of it to the water….well pooh, I used the whole package & ended up with a paste.
So I learned something there. Also, i probably would have left the coco sugar out as well. Glad to know about this sugar, never knew it existed!
I will try this again!

Adela April 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm

P.s. Never have opened a coconut, so just bought dried young coconut

Susan May 6, 2014 at 6:40 pm

Young coconut has a VERY different texture than dried coconut. Even if you rehydrate dried coconut, you will never get it smooth.

Susan May 6, 2014 at 6:40 pm

Super easy to open them!

Anna July 13, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Looks so tasty !

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