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Hot-and-Sour Prawn Soup with Lemon Grass

Rated as 4.62 out of 5 Stars
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"A very simple soup that gives off a complex aroma and flavor. One taste of these prawns in the spicy and sour broth will send your taste buds to the tropics."
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Ingredients

35 m servings 182
Original recipe yields 4 servings

Directions

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  1. Shell and devein the prawns, reserving the shells. Rinse the shells and place them in a large saucepan with the chicken stock. Bruise the lemon grass stalks, and add them to the broth along with half of the lime leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, and simmer gently until the lemon grass changes color, and the stock becomes fragrant, about 5 minutes. Strain the stock and return to the saucepan. Discard the solids.
  2. Return the stock to a simmer, and add the mushrooms and prawns. Cook until the prawns are pink. Stir in the fish sauce, lime juice, 2 tablespoons green onion, cilantro, red chilies, and remaining lime leaves. Taste, and adjust seasoning if necessary. The soup should be sour, salty, spicy and hot. Garnish with remaining green onions.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 182 calories; 2.3 15.2 27 173 1688 Full nutrition

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Very delicious! I'm sure it's even better with the lime leaves, which I didn't have, but even without it was very good, and it's quite easy to prepare.

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I added undon noodles. This is good but does not even hold a candle to "Adrienne's Tom Ka Gai" from this site. The other recipe knocks you socks off ---awsome. This one is just okay---AND I h...

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Very delicious! I'm sure it's even better with the lime leaves, which I didn't have, but even without it was very good, and it's quite easy to prepare.

I added undon noodles. This is good but does not even hold a candle to "Adrienne's Tom Ka Gai" from this site. The other recipe knocks you socks off ---awsome. This one is just okay---AND I h...

I love this recipe. It's simple but delicious. I used canned straw mushrooms, too. I've never seen them fresh even in well-stocked Asian markets here in Canada. Do try this recipe!!

This was a fantastic recipe! My boyfriend absolutely loved it, and it had so much flavor and was so easy to make, I would definitely recommend it! Canned straw mushrooms seemed to work fine for ...

Don't hesitate to make this recipe if you cannot find kaffir lime leaves in your grocery store. I made it without, and the soup was still absolutely amazing! I added some chinese noodles and us...

I have never been a big fan of hot and sour soups but this is awesome! My mother loves hot and sour soup and always gets it when she dines out. I made this recipe for her one weekend and she beg...

Good recipe, I tried it as it was presented. Good! I make this dish too, I use half the lime leaves, be cautious with the lime juice. Straw mushrooms are canned I dont like the slimy texture so ...

I was very happy to see that this recipe made use of the shrimp shells. The only change I made was to chop up one whole red Thai chile pepper (with seeds) and add it at the same time as the lem...

I had trouble finding some of the ingredients for this soup. I used lemongrass paste instead of fresh lemongrass, and used lime zest in place of the kaffir lime leaves. I also couldn't find stra...