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Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup- Tom Yam Goong *

8 ounces shrimp shelled, peeled, deveined
3 cups water
2 cloves garlic minced
5 each kaffir lime leaves
3 slices galangal root
1/4 cup fish sauce nam pla
2 each shallots sliced
1/2 cup mushrooms, enoki (straw) sliced
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tablespoon cilantro chopped
1 teaspoon thai chili paste black


Rinse the shrimp shells and place them in a large pot with the water. Heat to boiling, strain the broth and discard the shells. Add the garlic, lime leaves, galangal, fish sauce, lemon grass and shallots to the stock, then the mushrooms and chili peppers, if using. Cook gently for 2 minutes. Add the shrimp to the soup, and reheat to boiling. When the shrimp are cooked, place the lime juice and black chili paste in a serving bowl. Pour the soup into the bowl, stir, garnish with the cilantro leaves and serve.

Source: recipeland.com