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Thai Style Hot & Sour Crab Soup

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Ingredients:

454 fresh crab meat

2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped

4 Thai chilies or 6 small jalapeño chilies, steamed, seeded, and finely chopped

1 stalk of lemongrass, white part sliced as thin as possible

3 kaffir lime leaves (optional)

60ml lime juice or more to taste

60ml Thai fish sauce or more to taste

2 teaspoons sugar

700ml chicken stock or crab stock

1 Tin unsweetened coconut milk

Salt (optional)

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped coriander leaves
Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients except the crab and coriander and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt, more fish sauce (Thai dishes that taste under-salted often need fish sauce instead of salt), and/or more lime juice. The soup should have a distinct tang.
  2. Immediately before serving, bring the soup to a boil over high heat and stir in the crab meat and the coriander. Leave the crab meat over the heat for just 1 minute more to heat through. Serve immediately in hot bowls with some fresh crusty bread.

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