Both my husband and I are from the south, we like strong flavors in our foods. We found this one to be more of a soup than something to put over rice. Our first serving we tried without rice, and it was just okay...very week. We put Siracha sauce to spice it up. We found the original recipe weak and too sweet...probably from the coconut milk. I understand that's the flavor of Thai cuisine. I added broccoli and carrots instead of just the 1/2 cup peas called for, and the recipe could still have used a load more vegetables. I even added 1 lb of chicken, more than what was called for. This recipe is just not for us...sorry!