Prawns have a relatively robust and distinctive taste and can therefore stand up well against an assertive sauce or, in this case, curry. The aromas of this soup excite the appetite immediately; the taste comforts the palate and brings joy to the soul. This soup will become a standard item in your home menu.
Peel the prawns and discard the shells. Using a small sharp knife, remove the fine digestive cord. Wash the prawns in cold water with the salt, then rinse well and pat dry with kitchen paper.
Peel the lemongrass stalks to the tender whitish centre and crush with flat of a knife. Cut into
In a large saucepan, bring the stock to a simmer, add the curry paste and continue to simmer for 10 minutes. Now add the prawns, fish sauce and sugar. Cover the pot and remove from the heat. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
Ladle into a large soup tureen or individual bowls and serve immediately.
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