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Hot sour prawn soup

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Hot sour prawn soup

This wonderful soup from Thailand makes a warm start to any Asian-flavoured meal. It can be as hot as you like.


  • 1½ litre fish stock
  • grated rind 2 limes
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed, peeled and mashed to a paste
  • 2 stalks lemon grass, finely chopped
  • 2 fresh chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • chilli sauce or cayenne pepper to taste
  • 12-18 green prawns (shelled or unshelled)
  • fresh coriander to garnish


  1. In a large saucepan put the fish stock, grated lime rind, lime juice, garlic, lemon grass, chillies, fish sauce and coriander and bring to a simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Season with salt and pepper and add chilli sauce or cayenne to taste.
  3. Add the prawns and simmer a further 5 minutes until they are cooked. Serve in bowls and garnish with coriander.

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