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1 litre/1½pints water or light chicken stock

6 small sticks of lemongrass

12 lime leaves, torn in half (optional)

1 long red chili, sliced

20g/1oz fresh root ginger, thinly sliced

2 tbsp fish sauce

20g/1oz palm sugar or light demerara

200g/7oz white fish, such as cod, skin and bone removed

6 plump scallops

6 large shrimp

50mls/1¾fl oz vegetable oil

handful of picked coriander leaves

handful of basil leaves

2 limes, halved


Pour the water or stock into a pan and add the lemon grass, torn lime leaves, chilli, ginger, fish sauce and sugar.

Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to very low and leave to infuse for 10 minutes.

Cut the white fish into 1cm square cubes and drop into the broth.

Quickly heat a griddle or frying pan and rub the scallops and shrimp with a little oil.

Carefully place scallops and shrimp in the pan, and don't touch for three minutes, until you can see the scallops colouring around the edges and the shrimp are turning pink.

Turn them over and cook for a further three minutes.

Distribute the coriander and basil among six little bowls. Squeeze a little lime juice over the top and pour in the soup.

Place a scallop and shrimp in each bowl and garnish with a stick of lemongrass.

Recipe adapted from: Good Food

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