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(Experiment 163) Spicy shrimp soup

This Thai soup (Tom yum) recipe was passed down by a chef I took classes with. It’s straightforward, easy to make and will be sure to warm you up during the cold month.

You need :

  • 1/2cup fresh coriander
  • 2-3 mushrooms choppedĀ  (shiitake work really well )4cup water
  • 10-15 uncooked with shell shrimps
  • 1-3 hot peppers ( depends on how hot you want it)
  • 2 lemongrass stick
  • 1tbsp fish sauce ( if you don’t have that you can mix 50/50 rice vinegar and soy sauce)
  • salt
  • 2-3tbsp lime juice
  • zest from 1 lime


  1. Over high heat, put the water in a pot, bring to a boil. and add the salt and shells from the shrimp. Reduce to a simmer and let it cook for 15minutes. Strain the mix and put it back in the pot. Bring it back to a boil and add the peppers, mushrooms, lemongrass, zest, fish sauce, and shrimps. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes. Add half the lime juice, do a taste test, adjust with either more lime juice or more fish sauce depending on how you like it.
  2. Remove lemongrass sticks and serve. At this point, you can add the coriander to your bowl to decorate

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