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One of the great revelations of this soup is that once you’ve tracked down a few inexpensive ingredients, the soup can be put together in minutes and you don’t need broth. The ingredients are so flavorful that the soup can be made with water.
Bring the water to a simmer and add the chiles, garlic, shallots, galangal, lime leaves, and lemongrass and simmer gently for 12 minutes. Add the shrimp, simmer for 1 minute, and add the cilantro, ¼ cup fish sauce, and lime juice. Simmer for 1 minute more. Season to taste with pepper. If the soup tastes like it needs salt, add fish sauce. it’s very salty and will contribute flavor. until the salt level is right. Serve in heated soup bowls.
Nutrients per serving (% daily value)
Nutritional information is based on using 1/4 cup of fish sauce.