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Le Cordon Bleu News, 02/01/2013
Tangy langoustine and crunchy seasonal vegetable soup
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Celebrate the Chinese New Year ! Le Cordon Bleu Chefs present this elegant recipe with the subtle flavors of Asia.

Recipe - Tangy langoustine and crunchy seasonal vegetable soup

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 35 minutes

In this recipe:

  • langoustine (scampi)
  • stick lemon grass
  • leek
  • tomato paste
  • soy sauce




Principal ingredients
12 langoustine (scampi)
1/2 onion, finely chopped
6 garlic cloves, sliced
1 stick lemon grass
1/4 leek white part only, sliced
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 Espelette pepper or red chilli, sliced
1 tomato, peeled, seeded and cut into dice
100 ml coconut milk
50 ml soy milk
30 g fresh ginger, grated
juice of 2 limes
1/4 bunch cilantro (coriander), shredded
Crunchy seasonal vegetables
2 pak choi
8 baby carrots
20 baby snow peas (mange tout)
sprigs cilantro (coriander)

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  1. Shell the langoustines (leave the tail flange and the last ring on half the langoustine tails) Refrigerate. Set aside 4 heads for the final garnish
  2. Place the remaining langoustine heads in a saucepan with the aromatic garnish, tomato paste and soy sauce. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain through a china cap sieve. Add the sliced red chilli, diced tomato, coconut milk, soy milk, grated ginger to the soup and boil for thirty seconds. Blend in a food processor; add the lime juice and taste. Check seasoning and add the shredded cilantro.
  3. Crunchy seasonal vegetables: Halve the pak choi and blanch for 1 minute in lightly salted water. Drain, set aside. Trim the baby carrots leaving the stems intact and cut the snow peas into thick julienne. Sauté the vegetables in the wok with a little oil; keep very crunchy.
  4. Pan-fry the langoustine tails and reserved heads over medium heat.
  5. To serve: Divide the langoustine tails between bowls with the vegetables and pak choi. Add 1 head per bowl. Pour in the boiling, foamy soup and decorate with a few sprigs of cilantro.

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