Da Lat Sweet Potato & Coconut Soup

Da Lat is a romantic city in central Vietnam. Da Lat Spice is a bold blend with star anise, coffee & cocoa that’s perfect for grilled meat or veggies but also wonderful in soups (and don’t worry, the hint of coffee won’t keep you up!) Here’s an easy weeknight soup that’s comforting and super flavorful.
Serves 4.

2 tsp olive oil
1 red onion, sliced
2 1/2 tsp Curio Spice Co.’s DA LAT spice
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled & sliced
1 tsp Sea salt
1 can coconut milk (about 1 3/4 cups)
1 1/2 cups water

Heat olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and DA LAT spice and stir to coat. Cook the onions for 3-4 minutes then add the garlic and sweet potatoes and stir to combine. Turn the heat down to low and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes have begun to soften slightly. Then add 1 tsp salt, the coconut milk and water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Simmer until potatoes are soft and will break against the back of a spoon, 5-7 min. Turn off the heat, let cool slightly then blend with an immersion blender or transfer to a food processor and blend until smooth. Serve hot, garnished with garlicky croutons or fresh cilantro.