Notes: Upo is a long, smooth, light green squash that resembles a short baseball bat. Look for it in Asian markets.
Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 43
- Calories from fat: 21%
- Protein: 5.4g
- Fat: 1g
- Saturated fat: 0.2g
- Carbohydrate: 3.1g
- Fiber: 0.4g
- Sodium: 253mg
- Cholesterol: 28mg
- 1/3 pound deveined shelled shrimp, rinsed and chopped
- 1 green onion, ends trimmed, chopped
- About 3 tablespoons Asian fish sauce (nuoc mam or nam pla)
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 pound upo or zucchini
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- White pepper
- 1. In a food processor or with a knife, mince shrimp with onion. Mix with 2 tablespoons fish sauce and black pepper.
- 2. Put shrimp mixture in a 5- to 6-quart pan. Stir over high heat until shrimp mixture is pink and crumbly, about 5 minutes.
- 3. Then add 1 1/2 quarts of water to the shrimp mixture and bring to a boil over high heat.
- 4. Meanwhile, pare upo with a vegetable peeler (trim zucchini ends, but don't peel). Then cut squash into matchstick-size sticks.
- 5. Add squash to boiling shrimp broth. Cover and simmer gently until squash is tender to bite, 5 to 10 minutes.
- 6. Ladle soup into bowls, sprinkle with cilantro, and season to taste with more fish sauce and white pepper. Serve hot or cool.
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