I love the exotic flavors in this easy-to-prepare soup. You can find fish sauce in many grocery stores or local Asian markets. A bottle will last a long time in the refrigerator.
8 cups water
3 green onions, minced
2 carrots, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons fish sauce or soy sauce
1 tablespoon Thai hot chili sauce
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 tablespoons peeled and very thinly slivered fresh ginger
1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
4 packages oriental- or chicken-flavor ramen noodles, slightly broken
8 ounces medium-size shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach
1 cup sliced mushrooms
Juice and grated zest from 1 lime
How to Make It
Bring water to a boil in a soup pot. Add green onions, carrots, fish sauce, chili sauce, garlic, ginger, and basil to pot. Add 2 ramen noodle seasoning packets (if you add all 4 packets, the soup will probably be too salty). Boil 5 minutes.
Add shrimp, spinach, mushrooms, and ramen noodles. Cook 5 more minutes. Add lime juice and zest. Stir well and serve.