THAI HERB SOUP
On a cold and rainy night, my friend and I were waiting at the airport to pick up her family coming home from Las Vegas. She brought this Thai Herb soup in a thermos for us to enjoy. Delicious, tangy and very soothing. It just hit the spot.
1 TB vegetable oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, chopped 3 cloves garlic, mashed 1/2 inch fresh ginger, mashed 1 stalk lemongrass, 2-inch pieces 8 c. chicken broth 2 TB each sugar, Aloha shoyu, patis (fish sauce) 1/3 c. fresh lime juice 1/4 c. each fresh cilantro, fresh Thai basil leaves; chopped pinch white pepper
In a saucepan over medium heat, sauté onion, celery, pepper, garlic, ginger and lemongrass in oil. Add broth; simmer 15 minutes. Strain; return soup to saucepan. Discard vegetables. Add sugar, soy sauce and patis; simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat; add lime juice, cilantro, basil and pepper.