Soup: Lemongrass Shrimp Soup

Ingredients for 4 servings

4 cups water

1 stalk lemongrass, smashed and cut into 1-inch pieces

4 kaffir lime leaves, deveined and shredded

1 inch galangal root, thinly sliced

2 fish sauce

1 tsp sugar

1 1/2 cup chili paste, crushed and cut in half, and reserved

2 oz button mushrooms, quartered

16 large shrimps, shelled, quartered

16 large shrimps, shelled and deveined

3 tbsp lime juice

Fresh coriander leaves


Heat 4 cup water in a coup pot to boil.

Reserve the lemongrass, galangal, and the lime leaves together.

When the water has boiled, add the reserved lemongrass, galangal, and lime leaves and reserved fresh chilies.  Boil for 1 minute.  Add fish sauce, sugar and chili paste.  Boil for 2 minute.

Add mushrooms and boil for another 2 minutes.  Add shrimps and lime juice, and lower het to medium-high. Cook for 2 minutes or until the shrimps turn pink and springy.  Transfer to a soup bowl, decorate with fresh coriander leaves and serve immediately.

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