Dammit but do I clearly remember every single second of Wayne's World. My dad took me to see it and I laughed so hard he was all "Jessie, you're really fucking embarrassing right now".

Anyhoo, the point of this story is that every time I see Tom Yum Goong soup on the menu at a Thai restaurant I think of Wayne's World. And then I order it for the double reason that it reminds me of Wayne's World and that it's fucking delicious.

I wanted to make my own mostly because I like to make my own version of everything and also because I wanted an excuse to buy a bag of Kaffir lime leaves. I think they are so beautiful.

Tom Yum Goong Soup (Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup)

3 large stalks fresh lemongrass
4 cups chicken stock
12 fresh or frozen Kaffir lime leaves
1 cup canned straw or button mushrooms, drained
2-4 tbsp roasted Thai chile paste or Tom Yum Goong soup paste (whichever is available, in my case it was the latter)
1/2 bag or about 16 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
4 thai chiles, stemmed and smashed with side of a knife
3 scallions, cut into 1" lengths
juice of 1 lime
2 cups cooked rice

Trim tip and roots ends of lemongrass stalks and remove and discard tough outer layer. Using a meat mallet or the side of a knife, smash lemongrass to flatten it; tie stalks into a knot and set aside. Pour stock into a 2 gt saucepan and bring to a boil. Add lemongrass and half the lime leaves, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until fragrant, about 5 minutes.

Remove and discard lemongrass and lime leaves and increase heat to high. Stir in mushrooms and chile/soup paste to taste, and boil for 1 minute; add shrimp and fish sauce and cook until shrimp are just cooked through, about 1 minute. Combine remaining lime leaves with chiles, scallions and lime juice in a serving bowl or tureen. Pour soup into serving bowl, stir and serve with rice (optional).

YES MA'AM. I love a hot soup. And when mixed with rice, it's a low-fat, filling meal. So savory and citrusey and delicious.

Other than hot soup, things have been pretty stagnant around here, like paralyzed stagnant. CAT-atonic:

For a few weeks now, Stella has been lying in the hall doing her best impersonation of a zombie. Not sure what's up there. Is it the seasons? Is she trying to freak me out? No doubt a little of both. Still love the bitch though, even though my newly developed allergies to her have made me go out and get not one but TWO inhalers so I can fucking breathe at night. SO lame. Just when you thought I couldn't get any sexier. Ah well. Enjoy the soup and all that crap.