Deliciously simple ingredients take on fresh and sophisticated appeal in a dish that balances taste, texture and colour.
spring vegetable and coconut broth with litchis and scallops
For the broth
125ml vegetable oil
A handful of fresh coriander
2.5cm piece of fresh ginger
1 Thai lime leaf
1 mild green chilli, to taste
3 curry leaves
2.5cm-long lemongrass stalk, chopped
1 garlic clove
3x410g tins coconut cream
25ml fish sauce
25ml soy sauce
12 fresh litches, pitted and juice reserved
300g spring vegetables (such as mange tout, tender-stem broccoli, fine beans and exotic mushrooms), shaved or finely sliced
For the scallops
25ml vegetable oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
6 large or 12 medium scallops
A squeeze of fresh lime juice
To make the broth, blend the vegetable oil, coriander, ginger, lime leaf, chilli, curry leaves, lemongrass and garlic with a dash of water until it forms a paste. Pour into a saucepan and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add the coconut cream, fish and soy sauces, litchis and shaved vegetables, bring to the boil and remove from the stovetop.
Heat a frying pan until hot and add 25ml vegetable oil. Season the scallops and sear for a few seconds on each side. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Spoon the vegetable broth, litchis and shaved vegetables into serving bowls and place the scallops on top of the broth. Squeeze fresh lime juice over each bowl and serve immediately.