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Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup with Jasmine Rice

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The fresh, sophisticated flavors of this Vietnamese-style soup belie how quick and easy it is to make. The fragrant jasmine rice helps temper the boldly flavored broth.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups Thai jasmine rice, rinsed
  • Water
  • 1 pound medium shrimp
  • shelled and deveined, shells reserved
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 pound snow peas, julienned
  • 1 medium tomato, cut into thin wedges
  • 1/4 cup Asian fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large scallion, thinly sliced

How to Make It

  1. In a medium saucepan, cover the rice with 1 3/4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over very low heat for 12 minutes. Remove from the heat without lifting the lid and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Using a fork, fluff the rice, then cover and set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, cover the shrimp shells with 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Strain the broth and return it to the saucepan.

  3. Heat the oil in a small skillet. Add the garlic; cook over low heat until golden, about 2 minutes. Add the crushed red pepper. Scrape the garlic oil into a bowl.

  4. Bring the shrimp broth to a boil. Add the snow peas and tomato and simmer over moderately high heat for 1 minute. Add the shrimp and cook just until opaque throughout and curled, about 1 minute. Stir in the garlic oil, fish sauce, cilantro, lime juice, lime zest, pepper and scallion. Spoon the rice into deep bowls, ladle the soup over it and serve.