- 3 cups fish stock (if you don't have fish stock chicken stock works as well)
- 1 2-inch piece of galangal or ginger root
- 1 large stock of lemon grass
- 3 kaffir lime leaves
- 2 cans unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 pound of crappie fillets or any other panfish cut into one inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
- Juice of one lime
- 2 tablespoons palm sugar
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 8 oz. shittake mushrooms
- 3-4 small red Thai chilies
1. Cut the lemongrass into 4-inch pieces and smash them with a hammer or the back of a knife. You can slice the lemongrass paper thin and add it to the soup, but I prefer to smash up big pieces and cook them, and remove the lemon grass before serving. I like the flavor of lemongrass, but the texture is always woody to me no matter how thin I slice it.
2. Combine the stock, galangal, lime leaves, sugar, lemongrass, tamarind paste, and Sriracha sauce, then bring to a boil.
3. Add the coconut milk and bring back to a simmer
4. Add the mushrooms, lime juice and fish sauce, stir a few times and then add the fish. The fish will only need a minute or two to cook.
5. Serve immediately and garnish with the red chilies and the cilantro. I like to serve mine over a bowl of rice, but you don't have to. Enjoy!