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Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup (Thai)

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Category: Soups

 Ingredients List

  • 1 lb Medium shrimp
  • 2 Sticks fresh lemongrass; OR
  • 2 tb -Dried lemongrass
  • 4 Kaffir lime leaves
  • - (fresh or dried) -OR-
  • 1 tb -Finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 qt Chicken stock
  • 1 tb Fish sauce or salt to taste
  • 3 tb Fresh lime juice or to taste
  • 1 ts Thai chili paste
  • -(nam prik pow) OR see NOTE
  • 15 oz Canned straw mushrooms; -OR-
  • 12 md -Fresh mushrooms
  • 3 Fresh hot green chilies
  • 3 tb Cilantro


NOTE: The following mixture may be substituted for 1 teaspoon Thai chili
paste: 1/4 ts cayenne, 1/4 tsp sugar and 1/2 tsp oil

Wash, peel, de-vein shrimp. Save shells. Wash shrimp again, drain, pat
dry, cover and refrigerate. If using fresh lemongrass, cut each stick into
three 2 inch piecesstarting from rounded bottom end. Discard straw-like
top. Lightly crush the 6 pieces.

In a pan, combine lemongrass, lime leaves, stock, and shrimp shells. Bring
to boil. Lower heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes. Strain stock, then
add fish sauce, lime juice, and chili paste. Adjust fish sauce and lime
juice to taste. *Add more chili paste for more heat.

Drain straw mushrooms and add to stock. (If using fresh mushrooms, quarter
them and drop in lightly salted boiling water. Boil 1 minute. Drain and add
to stock.) **The soup can be prepared to this point several hours ahead of
time and stored in the refrigerator.**

Prepare garnish shortly before serving. Cut green chilies into fine
rounds. Wash and dry cilantro. Just before serving, heat the soup, when it
begins to boil, drop in peeled shrimp. Cook on medium heat for 2 minutes or
just until shrimp turn opaque. Garnish with chilies and cilantro leaves.
Serve hot.

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