Coconut and Lemongrass Stir Fry

Another super quick dinner. Fresh, light and crunchy and full of aromatic ginger and lemongrass flavours. This smells so fragrant while it’s cooking.

I had a Thai dish with similar flavours and wanted to recreate it. It’s funny how food evokes memories and the flavours and aromas can take you back to somewhere. That’s one of the things I love about food.

Serves 2


Glug of chilli oil

2 tablespoons dark soy sauce

1 veg stock cube

2 chicken breasts – sliced

1 Lemongrass stalk

Ginger – thumb sized piece, grated

4 cloves garlic – minced

Can of coconut milk 200ml

Bean shoots 150g

Mini corn 100g

Mange tout 100g

Tablespoon desiccated coconut

Nest of noodles or fresh noodles

Salt and cracked black pepper to season

Lime and coriander to serve.


Start by boiling a saucepan of water and cook your noodles according to their instructions while you heat a glug of chilli oil to a separate pan. I use a wok as I like the pan to have a lid so I can steam the veg. Peel the outer layer of the lemongrass and add it ( I hit it with the garlic press to bruise it a little to bring out the flavour), along with the minced garlic, grated ginger and pan fry for a few seconds.

Now add the sliced chicken. Does anyone else hate slicing up chicken or is it just me! Once the chicken is half cooked add the coconut milk, crumbled stock cube and soy sauce, stirring all the time.

Now add the veg and bean shoots and steam for a few minutes with the lid on. Remove the lemongrass, add the noodles and mix together. Make sure the chicken is fully cooked which by now it should be. I love this veg mix as it cooks so quickly which is perfect for a stir fry.

Finally add your tablespoon of desiccated coconut, taste and season to your liking.

Serve with lime wedges and handfuls of coriander unless you hate coriander like most of our household. Not me though, I’m it’s number one fan but it’s not mine! I’ve been trying to grow it in the garden with all my other herbs but unfortunately it looks like a flattened old man’s wig that’s been trampled into the floor every time I go out all lovingly to water it! Fuming!!