Chinese Prawn and Ginger Soup

    1 hour 30 minutes

    Sesame oil, ginger and star anise add a light refreshing flavour to this Chinese soup. You can find the a variety of dried mushrooms and prawns at Asian markets.

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    Serves: 4 

    • For the prawn stock
    • 25g dried prawns
    • 2.5cm piece fresh ginger, sliced
    • 4 spring onions
    • 1 whole star anise
    • 6 cups (1.5 litres) water
    • For the soup
    • 6 dried Chinese mushrooms (about 20g in total)
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
    • 3cm piece fresh ginger, finely chopped
    • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
    • 1/3 cup (50g) canned, drained bamboo shoots, cut into fine matchsticks
    • 125g cooked peeled prawns
    • 2 tablespoons salt-reduced soy sauce
    • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
    • 85g thin Chinese egg noodles
    • fresh coriander leaves to garnish

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:1hour15min  ›  Ready in:1hour30min 

    1. Put all the ingredients for the stock in a large saucepan with the water – there's no need to peel or chop the ginger and spring onions as they will be discarded after cooking. Bring to the boil, skimming off any scum, then cover with a lid and simmer for 1 hour. Strain the stock into a bowl and discard the flavourings.
    2. While the stock is simmering, rinse the dried mushrooms in cold water and put them in a bowl. Pour over boiling water to cover and leave to soak for 20 minutes. Drain, then discard the tough stalks and cut the mushroom caps into thin slices.
    3. Heat the sesame oil in a large saucepan, add the ginger and cook for 30 seconds, stirring. Add the prawn stock and soaked mushrooms, bring to the boil and simmer for 3 minutes. Add the spring onions, bamboo shoots, prawns, and soy and fish sauces. Bring back to the boil, then add the noodles and simmer for 2–3 minutes or until softened. Serve hot, sprinkled with coriander leaves.

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