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Thai Shrimp and Lemongrass Soup

Lemongrass, a long, fibrous, grayish green grass with a paler bulblike base and a mild lemon fragrance, is a staple herb of Southeast Asia, where it is used to flavor soups, curry pastes and other preparations. To use it, peel away any dry leaves from the base and trim off the grassy top section. To maximize the citrus flavor, crush the base and stem with the flat side of a chef's knife or cleaver before slicing or using. If using lemongrass in large pieces, remove it before serving the dish.
Average Customer Rating:
5 out of 5
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(2 Reviews) 2
2 of 2(100%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
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Review 1 for Thai Shrimp and Lemongrass Soup
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
November 19, 2013
Ability level:Advanced
Cooks for:1 to 2 people
Cooks:Once a week
Would You Recommend? Yes
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"Best Tom Yum" rating
November 19, 2013
I got this recipe from the WS Asian cookbook. My father said "This is the best Tom Yum I've ever had!!" Since he's lived in 4 different Asian countries over the last 20 years I think it's safe to assume he knows his Tom Yum!
The first time I made this I didn't have Galangal. I substituted ginger and it was fine. The flavors are similar, but noticably different. Galangal is more musky and lemony, while ginger has a depth of heat. Both are yummy in this soup. Galangal root is harder than ginger root so take care when cutting it with a knife. I found fresh galangal and just sliced it and froze it so I always have some.
If you can find fresh lemongrass it is better. I used the stuff in a tube once, the flavor was minimal. Since it isn't always available in my local specialty store I've planted some so I always have it on hand!
This soup is awesome. You will not be disappointed! It is clean and fresh. Perfect for a cold day or a sick day!
Pros: Quick, Easy, Kid-Friendly, Healthy, Appearance, Adaptable, Impressive, Will Make Again
Cons: special ingredients
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Review 2 for Thai Shrimp and Lemongrass Soup
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
January 27, 2013
Ability level:Intermediate
Cooks for:3 to 5 people
Cooks:Every day
Would You Recommend? Yes
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Impress the guests!
January 27, 2013
I served this up for a Thai-themed recipe club with all of my girlfriends. The soup itself was incredibly easy to make, though it took some time to find a few ingredients. I was not able to find the garabal fresh, but I did find it brined at a local asian store and it worked well (though I am not really sure how much it added or took away). I was able to find the palm sugar and lemon grass a little easier.
It was nuanced and yummy!!!! Just the right amount of spice. A perfect Thai soup!
Pros: Quick, Easy, Healthy, Appearance, Will Make Again
Cons: Ingredients