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  1. 6 cups 1422ml Fish stock

  2. 1/4 Lemon wedge

  3. 1 Hot chili pepper - (abt 1") (your choice, depending on how Hot you like it)

  4. 2 Garlic cloves

  5. 2 Bay leaves

  6. 4 Jumbo shrimp Cornstarch - for dredging

  7. 3 oz 85g Cellphane noodles (mung bean thread) - broad size Garnish Per Bowl Two long pieces of chives One paper-thin round slice of chili pepper One tiny strip of lemon zest One paper-thin slice of fresh mushroom

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  1. Recipe Instructions Heat the fish stock with the lemon, pepper, garlic, and bay leaves. Let simmer for 30 minutes, partially covered, then take off the burner and let cool in the pan until you are ready to assemble the soup. Prepare shrimp flowers: Shell and devein the shrimp, leaving the tail attached. Wash and pat dry. Slit the back of each shrimp further, opening and pressing it flat. Cut a little lengthwise slit right in the middle of the opened shrimp and bend the tail up through the slit, fanning the tail to make a flower. Salt the shrimp lightly, then dredge in a little cornstarch. Let them sit for a minute and hold their shape while you're bringing lightly salted water to a boil. When the water is at a gentle boil, pop the shrimp in and let them boil for 2 minutes. Remove, drain on paper towels, and reserve. Prepare the noodles: Bring water to a boil, drop in the noodles, and let boil for 5 minutes. Drain immediately, rinse with cold water, let drain again and reserve. Assembling the soup: When you're ready to serve the soup, remove all solids from the stock pot and bring the flavored broth to a boil. Cut the cellophane noodles into the broth in edible-size lengths (they're slippery). Get out your best bowls (on the deep side) and ladle the broth and noodles into the bowls. Plunge a shrimp flower into each one, then arrange the garnish next to it -- a thin slice of mushroom, a round of red chili pepper, a thin strip of lemon zest and a few lengths of fresh chives. Serve hot as a tangy first course to 4.


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