Thai Hot and Sour Prawn Soup is fast and easy once you learn how it is done. Copy the recipe below then watch the Thai Thai Hot and Sour Prawn Soup video. Hot and Sour Prawn Soup "Tom Yam Goong" Recipe
* 2 cups water or chicken stock or vegetable stock
* 250g uncooked shrimp or prawns, unpeeled
* 1 stalk lemongrass, sliced
* 5 kaffir lime leaves stem removed and torn
* ½ cup straw mushrooms cut in half
* 1 cup pea eggplant (eggplant cubed into small pieces will do)
* 5 kaffir leaves stem removed and torn
* 2 1/2 tbsp Thai fish sauce
* 2 ½ tbsp fresh lime juice
* 3 thin sliced fresh dried or matured galangal
* 3 red bird's eye chilies
* 1 tbsp fresh chopped coriander (cilantro) leaves
Wash, peel and de-vein shrimp or prawns, remove the heads but keep the tails intact. In a sauce pan, boil the water or stock over medium heat. Add lemongrass, mushrooms, galangal, lime leaves and cook a few minutes until fragrant. Then add prawn and simmer until they have just changed color, turn off heat. In the serving bowl add the juice from fresh limes, chilies and fish sauce. If you bruise the chili, the more you do the spicier the soup. Transfer the ingredients from the sauce pan to the serving bowl and mix. The soup should be spicy, sour and salty.
As you know, the hugely anticipated launch of the Motorola Droid was on Friday. I went to a press event held at a Verizon store to get a hands on with the Droid and some footage to share with you guys. Boring, but I'll take what I can get. Surprise, surprise, Verizon was nice enough to let me hang on to a Droid for two weeks so I'm able to give you a more in-depth review. The Droid runs Android 2.0. Android is an open source mobile operating system, originally developed by, and heavily supported by Google. If you use Google apps like Gmail, Calendar, or Google Voice, having Android is a very good thing. It means those apps are going to run smoothly and you'll get more out of them. More on that in a minute. Verizon has put a lot of effort into their network, and the hope here is that you don't get the amount of dropped calls or inconsistent service a lot of people complain about with AT&T. In my experience with iPhones on AT&T, dropped calls are less of an issue than calls I have to drop because I can't understand the person on the other end of the call or they can't understand me. The Motorola Droid provides vastly better sounding calls than my iPhones. In a perfect world both phones would be available on both networks so I could tell if it's a hardware issue or a network issue. The Motorola Droid has the best screen on any handheld device I've ever seen. It's a 3.7 inch touchscreen with a resolution of 854x480. That's over 400,000 pixels, and you can definitely tell a difference. We're showing you The Droid playing a movie in HD. The Droid screen is brighter and richer and point 2 inches bigger. The downside? No multitouch in the US. It's capable of multitouch, and the GSM version in Europe has multitouch enabled, but we're not allowed here in the US. Instead, you double tap to zoom or use the plus and minus buttons on the screen to zoom in or out. If you've been using an iPhone, you're going to natually want to pinch the screen. The Droid's method of zooming isn't bad. It has nice animation, but precise pinch and zoom is better. The best part about the 5 megapixel camera isn't the additional pixels. What I liked was the software based zoom. I was taking a picture of some Thai soup when I discovered the feature by accident. Just double tap the screen to get up close and personal. You can snap the photo from the screen, or use the physical button on the side of the phone. Just like on a regular camera, hold the button half way down to focus, then click to take your photo. The Droid has both an onscreen keyboard and physical slider keyboard. iPhone users tend to agree with Apple that physical keyboards are overrated and I'm in that camp. However, there is a large market for whom the iPhone is off the table just because it lacks physical keys. No amount of Apple evangelism is going to convince someone who insists on a keyboard that they really don't need it. I say Motorola was smart to zig where Apple zagged. It's important to point out, though, since the keys are flush, there isn't really any tactile difference between the virtual keyboard and the one with real buttons. The biggest advantage of the slider keyboard, whether you think it's necessary or not, is that you can type and enjoy the full screen at the same time. One of my favorite things about the Droid is that it allows you to run up to six applications at once. This is one of the main complaints from power users about the iPhone. Being able to listen to Pandora while browsing the web or tweeting is HUGE for me. I do it on my laptop, and that desire doesn't change just because I'm using a smaller device. Apple doesn't allow that because having six applications all processing data at the same time puts the phone at risk of a crash. I totally get that! However, I'd rather have the choice to take that risk. I mentioned Google apps before, and I want to get back to that. I don't know how many of you are in the same situation as me. I can't use the Mail app on the iPhone or any mail app on any phone because I use Gmail. That wouldn't be .....