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Hot and Sour Soup with Chayote, Shrimp and Mushrooms

1/2 lb Small shrimp, rinsed
1 Small Lemon rind
1 Top Lemongrass (optional)
1/2 ts Allspice berries
2 Garlic Cloves (sliced)
3 tb Oyster Sauce
5 c Water
1 Chayote, about 3/4 lb.
6 oz Small Mushrooms
2 ts Chili-garlic paste
1/4 c Lemon juice
Cilantro Leaves to taste


Peel chayote and cut in 1/8-1/4" dice. Peel shrimp; combine shells in a pot with lemon rind, optional lemon grass tops, allspice berries, garlic, 2 tablespoons oyster sauce, and water. Simmer, covered, for 15-20 minutes. 2. Strain shrimp broth, discarding solids. Return to the pot with the chayote; simmer until not quite tender, 5-6 miuntes. 3. Devein and halve shrimp lengthwise; add to soup with mushrooms and 1 teaspoon chili paste. Bring soup to a boil, stirring until shrimps turn pink. Slowly add lemon juice, chili paste, and oyster sauce to taste. Stir in cilantro and serve.




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