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Hot And Sour Shrimp Soup With Lemongrass - {Canh Chua Tom}

Piquant and sour, this Vietnamese soup is an explosion of textures, colors, and shapes. It will have you gasping for breath, wiping your eyes, and begging for more.

Type: Fish
Courses: Soup
Serves: 6 people

Recipe Ingredients

1 cup 160g / 5.6ozRice
3/4 lb 340g / 11ozMedium shrimp - peeled, deveined,
  Shells reserved for the broth
3   Lemongrass stalks
4 cups 948mlWater
1   Straw mushrooms - (15 oz) - drained
1   Tomato - peeled, and (small)
  Cut into thin wedges
1   Lime - grated and juiced
2   Green onions - diagonally sliced
1 1/2 cups 240g / 8.5ozBean sprouts
3 tablespoons 45mlLime juice
4 tablespoons 60mlNuoc mam (fish sauce)
  Chili oil or Vietnamese chili-garlic sauce - to taste,
  And more to pass separately

Recipe Instructions

Prepare rice in a rice cooker or saucepan as directed, and reserve. Ready the garnishes and set aside. Cut the green lemongrass stalks from the white bulb and reserve. Pound the tender inner heart of the bulb flat, mince finely, and set aside.

Prepare the broth by bringing 4 cups of water to a boil with the shrimp shells, then adding the lemongrass stalks and removing from heat. After a minute, strain out the shells and stalks.

When ready to serve, add the mushrooms, lime juice and grated peel, minced lemongrass heart, and tomato to the broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the shrimp and simmer for 2 more minutes.

Pour into a tureen. Stir in the garnishes. Take to the table and serve at once, passing the rice and chili sauce separately.

Serve hot to 6 people as a first course -- or to 2 as a main course.

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