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Hot and Sour Soup with Salmon and Oyster Mushrooms

Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Dan Becker

Makes 4 servings

Tender chunks of salmon and delicate mushrooms mellow this tangy, peppery soup.


  • 2 (10- to 12-inch-long) fresh lemongrass stalks, rinsed
  • 5 cups reduced-sodium or homemade chicken stock
  • 2 quarter-size slices galangal or fresh ginger
  • 1 jalapeño chile, halved lengthwise
  • 3 fresh or dried kaffir lime leaves, optional
  • 8 ounces skinless, boneless salmon fillet, cut into 1/2- x 1-inch pieces
  • 2 ounces oyster mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Pinch of ground white pepper
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, chopped

How to Make It

  1. Cut each stalk of lemongrass in half crosswise. Bruise or crush the stalks with a meat mallet or a small, heavy skillet.

  2. Combine lemongrass, next 3 ingredients, and, if desired, kaffir lime leaves in a 2-quart saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat, and let steep for 15 minutes. Remove and discard solids.

  3. Return seasoned stock to stove over medium heat. Add salmon, mushrooms, and tomato; simmer gently 3 to 4 minutes or until salmon is opaque.

  4. Remove from heat, and stir in remaining ingredients. (If soup is too spicy, stir in another pinch of sugar.)