Heat the simple syrup with the ginger, kaffir lime and lemongrass until just simmering. Do not boil or reduce syrup. Remove from heat, and allow mixture to steep for at least 1 hour. Stir in the coconut milk and heavy cream, and strain through a chinois. Chill soup and serve with dumplings, pineapple lime bombe, tropical fruit salsa and basil oil.
Warm Pineapple Dumplings:
In a medium skillet, caramelize 3 ounces of sugar until golden brown. Add the diced pineapple and vanilla beans and stir until sugar dissolves and pineapple is softened. Set pineapple aside to cool. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add 1-ounce sugar, pinch of salt and egg and mix until just combined. Fold in pineapple mixture and chill until firm. Fill wrappers with 2 tablespoons of the filling and chill until ready to fry. Heat oil to 350 degrees F and fry dumplings until golden brown. Drain dumplings well before serving. Yield: 1 to 2 dozen
Pineapple Lime Bombe:
Whip egg yolks and 1/2 of the sugar and salt until tripled in volume. Fold in the pineapple puree. Whip the egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Increase the speed of the mixer to high and add the remaining sugar. Whip to stiff peaks and fold into the yolk mixture. Fold in whipped cream, lime zest and lime juice. Place in a large container or small containers and freeze until set. Serve frozen.
To make the pineapple puree, peel, core and chop 1 pound 4 ounces of fresh pineapple into medium chunks. Toss with 3 ounces of sugar and cook until fruit is soft and sugar is just starting to caramelize. Puree in a food processor until smooth. Chill and reserve for use in bombes.
Tropical Fruit Salsa:
Dice fruit and toss with minced ginger.
Blanch basil and shock with ice water. Drain and squeeze water from basil. Place basil in blender; add oil slowly to form green oil. Strain through cheesecloth.
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