Thai spiced shrimp broth

When preparing the shellfish feast I collect and freeze the shells as they make such a good bisque or clear soup. If you have such a supply, you can use it and buy only large prawn tails..  Otherwise  just buy your prawns with the head and shells on.

for 4

Soup

  • 500g large raw shrimps with the heads and shells on
  • 1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 small leek, roughly chopped and washed
  • 1 stick of lemon grass, roughly chopped
  • 2 lime leaves
  • A small piece (about 20g) of root ginger or galangal
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • Stalks from Thai basil and coriander
  • ½  litres fish stock (a good cube will do)
  • 3tbsp Thai fish sauce

for the garnish

  • 1 stick of lemon grass, outer leaves trimmed off, and chopped
  • 4 lime leaves
  • A small piece of root ginger, peeled and shredded
  • 1 mild red chilli, seeded and shredded
  • 2 spring onions, trimmed and thinly sliced on the angle
  • A few sprigs of Thai basil
  • A few sprigs of coriander
  • 60g Oriental mushrooms – enoki or hoi shemegi
  1. Remove the shells and heads from the prawns, leaving the tail on.
  2. Put the meat in the fridge.
  3. Wash the shells and put them in a saucepan with the rest of the soup ingredients.
  4. Bring to the boil and simmer gently, skimming regularly, for 1 hour.
  5. Strain the soup through a fine meshed sieve into a clean pan and season with salt and pepper if necessary.
  6. Run a small knife along the back of the prawns and remove the black entrails with your fingers under the tap.
  7. Put the prawns and the rest of the ingredients for the garnish in the soup and simmer for 4-5 minutes and serve.

 

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