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       Title: HOT AND SOUR SOUP WITH CHAYOTE, SHRIMP, AND M
  Categories: Soups, Asian
       Yield: 6 servings
  
     1/2 lb Small shrimp, rinsed
       1    Small Lemon rind
       1    Top Lemongrass (optional)
     1/2 ts Allspice berries
       2    Garlic Cloves (sliced)
       3 tb Oyster Sauce
       5 c  Water
       1    Chayote, about 3/4 lb.
       6 oz Small Mushrooms
       2 ts Chili-garlic paste
     1/4 c  Lemon juice
            Cilantro Leaves to taste
  
   1. Peel chayote and cut in 1/8-1/4 dice.  Peel shrimp; combine shells in a
   pot with lemon rind, optional lemon grass tops, allspice berries, garlic, 2
   tablespoons oyster sauce, and water.  Simmer, covered, for 15-20 minutes.
   2. Strain shrimp broth, discarding solids. Return to the pot with the
   chayote; simmer until not quite tender, 5-6 miuntes. 3. Devein and halve
   shrimp lengthwise; add to soup with mushrooms and 1 teaspoon chili paste.
   Bring soup to a boil, stirring until shrimps turn pink. Slowly add lemon
   juice, chili paste, and oyster sauce to taste. Stir in cilantro and serve.
   
   Source:  Uncommon Fruits and Vegetables - A Commonsense Guide, Elizabeth
   Schneider
  
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