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       Title: HOT & SOUR MUSHROOM SOUP (TOM YUM HET) #2
  Categories: Thai, Soups/stews
       Yield: 4 servings
  
            Stephen Ceideburg
       2 c  Defatted reduced-sodium
            -chicken stock
     1/2 lb Oyster mushrooms, trimmed
            -and halved
     1/4 lb Straw mushrooms, trimmed and
            -halved
       2    Serrano chilies, with seeds,
            -cut into thin strips
       1    One-inch piece fresh lemon
            -grass or: *
       2    Fresh kaffir lime leaves or
            -**
       3 tb Fresh lime juice
       3 tb Fish sauce
  
   * 1 Tbsp. dried, soaked in warm water for 30 minutes and drained ** 4
   dried, soaked in warm water for 20 minutes, drained, or 1/2 tsp.
   grated lime zest
   
   This classic central That dish is traditionally made with shrimp or
   chicken, but we prefer using oyster mushrooms since they are just as
   meaty in texture and yet more subtle in taste. Although it is served
   as a soup course in North American Thai restaurants, it actually
   falls somewhere between a soup and a curry. In Thailand, it is served
   as a condiment to rice, just like any of the other dishes on the
   table.
   
   In a medium-sized saucepan, bring stock to a boil and add mushrooms
   and chilies. Tie lemon grass and lime leaves or zest together in a
   cheesecloth bag and add to the stock mixture. Cook over medium heat
   for about 5 minutes, or until the mushrooms are tender. Reduce heat
   to low and add lime juice and fish sauce. Discard the cheesecloth
   bag. Serve the soup hot, accompanied by steamed rice.
   
   43 CALORIES PER SERVING: 4 G PROTEIN, 1 G FAT, 7 G CARBOHY- DRATE;
   397 MG SODIUM; I MG CHOLESTEROL.
   
   From “Eating Well”, Jan/Feb, 1992.
  
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