su-Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup
Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Kevin Crafts

 

Yields Serves 4 Total Time 30 mins
AuthorJulia Lee,
With its lively dance of flavors, this soup is a spring tonic.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Trim green tips from lemongrass and peel off tough outer layer from each. Mash stalks with a meat mallet or rolling pin, then tie each stalk in a knot. Put in a small pot, add chicken broth, serrano chile, shallot, and ginger, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 10 minutes.

Step 2
2

Remove lemongrass, serrano chile, and ginger from pot and discard. Add zucchini, mushrooms, jalapeño chile, and shrimp. Turn off heat and let steep until shrimp is just cooked through, 2 minutes.

Step 3
3

Stir in fish sauce, 1 tbsp. vinegar, the cilantro, and dill. Add more vinegar to taste, if you like.

Step 4
4

Divide among 4 bowls and serve hot.

Ingredients

 2 lemongrass stalks
 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
 1 or 2 serrano chiles, halved lengthwise
 1 shallot, sliced
 2 slices (1/4 in. thick) fresh ginger, crushed
 1 small zucchini, cut into 1/2-in. dice
 4 button mushrooms, quartered
 1 red jalapeño chile, thinly sliced
 3/4 pound small (about 50 per lb.) raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
 1 tablespoon Vietnamese or Thai fish sauce
  About 1 tbsp. white vinegar
 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
 2 tablespoons fresh dill, coarsely chopped

Directions

Step 1
1

Trim green tips from lemongrass and peel off tough outer layer from each. Mash stalks with a meat mallet or rolling pin, then tie each stalk in a knot. Put in a small pot, add chicken broth, serrano chile, shallot, and ginger, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 10 minutes.

Step 2
2

Remove lemongrass, serrano chile, and ginger from pot and discard. Add zucchini, mushrooms, jalapeño chile, and shrimp. Turn off heat and let steep until shrimp is just cooked through, 2 minutes.

Step 3
3

Stir in fish sauce, 1 tbsp. vinegar, the cilantro, and dill. Add more vinegar to taste, if you like.

Step 4
4

Divide among 4 bowls and serve hot.

Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup