Thai Coconut Prawn Soup

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Serves 8

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon vegetable oil
3 stalks lemongrass, tough outer leaves removed, bottom 5 inches sliced and used
3 large shallots, chopped
8 sprigs fresh cilantro leaves, chopped coarse
2-inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced
4 kaffir lime leaves, chopped
3 tablespoons fish sauce, divided
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 (14-oz.) cans coconut milk, well shaken, divided
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2pound white mushrooms, cleaned, stems trimmed, cut into ΒΌ-inch slices
1 pound extra-large shrimp (21-25/lb.), peeled, deveined, and halved lengthwise
2 teaspoons red curry paste (Thai)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves2 serrano chiles, sliced thin
2 scallions, sliced thin on bias
1 lime, cut into wedges

Method:

Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add lemongrass, shallots, chopped cilantro, ginger, kaffir leaves, and 1 tablespoon fish sauce; cook, stirring frequently, until just softened; 2 to 5 minutes (vegetables should not brown.) Stir in chicken broth and 1 can coconut milk; bring to simmer over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until flavors have blended, about 10 minutes. Pour broth through a fine-mesh strainer; discard solids in strainer. Rinse saucepan and return broth mixture to pan.Return pan to medium-high heat. Stir remaining can coconut milk and sugar into broth mixture; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium, add mushrooms, and cook until just tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add shrimp; cook, stirring constantly, until shrimp are no longer translucent; 1 to 3 minutes. Remove soup from heat.

Combine curry paste and remaining 2 tablespoons fish sauce in a small bowl; stir into soup. Ladle soup into bowls. Garnish with cilantro leaves, chiles, and scallions. Serve immediately with lime wedges.