I discovered this incredible soup at a small Thai restaurant. This version is full throttled flavor and can be served as a side or main course.
In a dutch oven, heat coconut oil and saute’ shallot, lemon grass, garlic, and ginger for a few minutes. Add mushrooms and cook for 3-5 minutes. Add stock, chili sauce, tomato paste, sugar, lime zest, soy sauce and fish sauce. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Meanwhile boil water and add rice noodles. Remove from heat and let sit 10 minutes or so until soft. Drain and rinse. Place in a bowl and toss with 1 T of toasted sesame oil. Set aside.
Add the coconut milk to the Dutch oven and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the soup from the heat. Add shrimp, tomatoes and lime juice. Put lid on pot and let sit for 5 minutes or so until shrimp are pink and cooked through. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
Divide noodles among bowls, ladle soup into each and garnish with scallions, cilantro and a lime wedge. Serves 4.
You can substitute tofu, shredded pork or chicken for the shrimp in this recipe.