Cream of Coconut and Mango Soup with Mint

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You’ll Need:

3 tbsp small pearl tapioca
2/3 cup water
4 cup fresh coconut milk, or combination regular and coconut milk
1/4 cup sugar
2 cardomon pods
1 stalk lemon grass, bruised
3 quarter-size pieces gingeroot, bruised
1 vanilla bean, split
1/2 cup cream of coconut
3 cup mango, 1/2-inch dice
2 tbsp fresh-squeezed orange juice
2 tbsp fresh-squeezed lime juice
2 tbsp sugar
Garnish: fresh mint sprigs

Procedures : In a saucepan set over moderate heat, combine coconut milk, sugar, cardomon pods, lemon grass, ginger and vanilla. Bring to a simmer and let cool. Chill, covered, overnight.
In a bowl, combine the tapioca with the water and let mixture sit for 45 minutes. Drain the tapioca. Strain the coconut mixture. In a saucepan set over moderate heat, combine the tapioca with the coconut milk mixture, bring to a simmer and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes, or until thickened. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the cream. Let cool and chill, covered, until cold. In a bowl, combine mango with orange juice, lime juice and sugar. To serve: Pour coconut mixture into soup bowls then arrange mango mixture in the middle of each bowl. Garnish with mint leaves

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