2 cups peeled baking potato, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 (8-ounce) bottles clam juice
3/4 cup chopped zucchini
2 (6 1/2-ounce) cans chopped clams, drained
2 serrano chiles, thinly sliced
2/3 cup light coconut milk
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
How to Make It
Cut lemongrass stalk in half crosswise; coarsely crush using a meat mallet or rolling pin.
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add potato, onion, celery, ginger, and garlic; cook 5 minutes or until celery and onion are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in lemongrass, sugar, fish sauce, and clam juice. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes or until potato is tender.
Stir in zucchini, clams, and chiles. Bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes. Stir in coconut milk, lime juice, and cilantro; remove from heat. Remove lemongrass; discard.
It was something different. Did not have lemongrass, so I just grated some lime peel. The amount of lime juice is just right. I allowed each person to add garlic chili paste in their own bowl. The soup was spicy, salty, creamy and limy. This was enough to serve 8 people.
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