So, I made the soup, then taste-tested it three ways: with no 'cream' added (just chicken broth), with soya creamer added, and with full-fat coconut milk.
And the winner is?
Real dairy cream. Yes, it was good that way. I remember it only too well. But . . . the coconut is a very good runner up, and so, coconut milk it is, for me. Feel free to add whatever works for you, and if you can have dairy, by all means, stir in a cup or so of light cream (or half-and-half) and enjoy it.
Oh, how about a quantity for coconut milk? I added one 400-ml tin, stirred in after the soup was put together and simmered to perfection.
Supper will be good tonight, and with the snow spitting off and on all day, just the thing.