1lb of shrimp (deveined) with shell
1 (15oz) can coconut milk
8 cups of water
2 Tbs of ginger/garlic paste or 1Tbs of ginger and 1 Tbs of garlic grated
1/2 cup fish sauce
1-2 stalks of lemon grass bruised
1/4 cup of fresh lime juice
1 Tbs of brown sugar
Large handful of Thai basil leaves and stems
1 Tbs of Sambal Oelek
1 red chili minced (or red chili flakes to taste)
To make the shrimp stock put shrimp shells, thai basil stems, brown sugar, lime juice, lemongrass, fish sauce, ginger/garlic paste and water to a pot and bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 20-30 minutes on the high heat.
Then add your cleaned shrimp to the boiling soup and cook for a few minutes until the shrimp is cooked through. Finally add your coconut milk and allow to simmer for a few minutes while stirring. Taste for seasoning. Add your cleaned thai basil leaves at the end.
Serves 6-8 people as a part of a meal. Enjoy.