Aromatic Shrimp And Noodle Medicine Soup

INGREDIENTS

Broth

  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 green cardamom pods
  • 4 star anise pods
  • 3 dried chiles de árbol
  • 2 3-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 3 medium shallots, halved through root ends
  • 5 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 6-inch pieces lemongrass, tough outer layer removed, lightly smashed
  • 1 4-inch piece ginger, peeled, sliced ½-inch thick
  • 12 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

Paste

  • ½ cup cashews
  • 1 medium shallot, chopped
  • 1 Fresno chile, chopped
  • 1 3-inch piece lemongrass, tough outer layer removed, finely chopped
  • 1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon shrimp paste with bean oil
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Assembly

  • 4 12-ounce packages ramen noodles
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 8 ounces mung bean sprouts
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced on a diagonal
  • Fresh tender herbs (such as Thai basil, cilantro, and/or mint)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Chili oil and lime wedges (for serving)
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