Shrimp Tom Yum
Notes: At Noodle Planet in Los Angeles, thin rice noodles are added to this classic Thai hot-sour shrimp soup.
Yield: Makes 5 or 6 servings
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 397
- Calories from fat: 2.5%
- Protein: 27g
- Fat: 1.1g
- Saturated fat: 0.2g
- Carbohydrate: 68g
- Fiber: 0.4g
- Sodium: 583mg
- Cholesterol: 93mg
- 1 stalk (12 to 16 in. long) peeled lemon grass or 3 strips (1/2 by 3 in. each) lemon peel (yellow part only)
- 1 or 2 fresh jalapeño chilies (2 oz. total)
- 6 slices (quarter-size) fresh or dried galangal or fresh ginger
- 4 fresh or dried kaffir lime leaves (optional)
- 2 1/2 quarts fat-skimmed chicken broth
- 1 pound dried rice noodles (mai fun, rice sticks, or rice vermicelli) or dried angel hair pasta
- 1 pound (30 to 35 per lb.) shrimp, shelled and deveined
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 2 to 3 tablespoons Asian fish sauce (nuoc mam or nam pla)
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
- Chili oil
- 1. Crush lemon grass slightly. Cut stalk into about 3-inch lengths.
- 2. Slice chili crosswise into thin rings; discard stem.
- 3. In a 3- to 4-quart pan, combine lemon grass, chili rings, galangal, lime leaves, and broth. Bring to a boil over high heat, cover, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes.
- 4. Meanwhile, in a 6- to 8-quart pan, bring about 3 quarts water to a boil over high heat. Add noodles and cook, stirring occasionally, until barely tender to bite, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain well. Place noodles in 5 or 6 large soup bowls.
- 5. With a slotted spoon, scoop lemon grass, chili rings, galangal, and lime leaves from broth and discard.
- 6. Stir shrimp into broth and cook until they are opaque in thickest part (cut to test), 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer shrimp with a spoon onto noodles in bowls.
- 7. To broth, add lime juice and fish sauce to taste. Ladle into bowls. Sprinkle with cilantro and onions. Add chili oil to taste.
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