Asian Vegetable Soup With Shrimp
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- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 leeks, white and light green parts only, halved and sliced
- 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
- 1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1⁄2 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 cup shredded carrot
- 2 lbs sliced savoy cabbage
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 1 1⁄4 cups water
- 1⁄2 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined (31/40 size)
- salt, to taste (optional)
- In large soup pot, melt coconut oil over medium heat. When hot, add leeks, celery and ginger and sauté until they begin to soften. Add red pepper flakes and white pepper; stir.
- Add cabbage, carrots and garlic to soup pot and cook until cabbage wilts down to half its size. Add rice vinegar and soy sauce; cook until this liquid is absorbed.
- Add broth and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes have elapsed, stir in shrimp. Simmer gently for approximately 5-10 minutes, until shrimp have turned pink. Taste for seasoning and add salt, if desired.
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This is an excellent recipe; flavor is spot on. The rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger and ground white pepper give this soup an incredible Asian flavor. I sauteed celery, julienned red pepper, sliced mushrooms with white onion instead of leeks. I also used chicken broth and water as I didn't have the veggie broth. Didn't have savoy cabbage either, so I used baby bok choy, baby spinach and baby kale salad mix for the "cabbage". I also spiralized some thick zucchini noodles and threw those in with the shrimp the last 3-5 minutes. I topped with a handful of fresh bean sprouts. This has amazing fresh flavor. Thanks Jackie!
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