I love Asian Cuisine one of my favorites would be Thai food. When ever I go out to eat at a Thai restaurant the first thing I order is their Coconut curry soup (Tom Ka Kung). The best I ever had was at a restaurant in Johnson City TN where I use to live called Tomy Thai. Theirs was spicy and sweet. Nothing else compares. I tried my best to come up with one that is similar but I think they must have some kind of magical powder they use in theirs. I did my best. It taste great! I hope you enjoy it too!
Heat oil in a large pot. Saute' ginger and garlic for 1-2 minutes. Add the vegetable broth, coconut milk, oyster sauce,cream of coconut, brown sugar, lime juice, lemongrass paste and curry paste. Mix well. Bring this mixture to a boil and reduce heat to medium.
Add the mushrooms and bell pepper and cook, mixing often for about 5 minutes till crisp-tender.
Add shrimp and cook about 2 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Remove from heat. Add basil, green onions and cilantro. For extra heat add 1 chopped Thai chile pepper.
TIPS: Feel free to add any extras you want to this soup. The flavor is great! If you are not a shrimp person you can always add chicken instead.