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Khao Tom (Thai Rice Soup)

6 c Pork or chicken stock
1 tb Minced fresh gingerroot
2 lg Shallots, minced and crushed
1 Stalk lemon grass, cut into 2" pieces
3/4 c Rice
1/2 lb Minced ground pork
2 tb Thai fish sauce
1 Cubes firm bean curd, for garnish
Sliced scallion, for garnish
Deep-fried shallots, for garnish
1 Sprig fresh cilantro, for garnish


In a large saucepan combine stock with gingerroot, shallots, lemon grass, rice and salt to taste. Bring to a boil and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 30 minutes, or until soup is a porridge- like consistency. Remove and discard lemon grass. Add the pork and fish sauce and simmer 5 minutes more. Garnish with scallion, shallots and cilantro.


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