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Yu Choy, Shrimp & Taro Soup
Khmer Krom
  -   Salor spee t'souy trao pakon
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4 soup  
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50 min  
Yes
An easy to make, attractive and tasty soup. Yu Choy is an Asian green now widely available in the North America in markets serving an East or Southeast Asian community. Other Asian greens could be used with some difference in flavor. See my confessions Note-4. See also Note-5 for information on Khmer Krom.



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-- Shrimp Balls
Shrimp, raw
Salt
Pepper, black
Scallions
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Taro root (1)
Stock, light
Yu Choy (2)
Sugar
Fish Sauce (3)
--- Garnish
Scallions, chopped  
Prep   -   (30 min)
  1. Shell SHRIMP and grind fine. Chop SCALLIONS fine. Mix all Shrimp Ball items. Form into small balls less than 1 inch in diameter. I use the meat grinder attachment for my KitchenAid mixer for the grinding.
  2. Peel TARO ROOT and cut into cubes about 3/4 inch on a side.
  3. Cut YU CHOY into lengths of about 1 inch at the stem end to 1-1/2 inches at the leaf end. Split larger stems in half lengthwise and discard excessively large stems (over 3/8 inch).
Run   -   (20 min)
  1. Heat Stock and simmer Taro Root until tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Stir in Shrimp Balls and Yu Choy. Bring to a boil and simmer until shrimp balls are cooked through, about 8 minutes.
  3. Season with Fish Sauce and Sugar. Serve hot, garnished with chopped Scallions.
NOTES:
  1. Taro Root   A staple of Hawaiian cuisine (poi), these corms are available in practically any market that serves a tropical or subtropical community. For details see our Taro Root page.
  2. Yu Choy: A popular green available in all the Asian markets here in Southern California. For details see our Yu Choy page.
  3. Fish Sauce:   This clear liquid is as essential to Southeast Asian cuisine as it was to Imperial Rome. For details see our Fish Sauce - Introduction page.
  4. Confessions:   I prefer waxy potatoes instead of taro, and so might the Khmer Krom if potatoes could be grown in tropical swamps. I like to spoon some cooked rice into my bowl of soup at the table. If rushed, I might simply cut whole shrimp in half and toss them in when the yu choy is nearly done instead of making shrimp balls - but I haven't actually done that yet.
  5. Khmer Krom is the Mekong Delta, a part of Cambodia given to Vietnam by the French in 1949. This has resulted in severe repression of the native Khmer people by the Vietnamese. Khmer Krom Network..
  6. U.S. measure: t=teaspoon, T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce, #=pound, cl=clove in=inch, ar=as required tt=to taste
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