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Lemongrass is a plant that looks like grass, smells minty and tastes similar to lemons. However, lemons are not a good substitute for lemongrass.

Keep fresh lemongrass in a jar of water, it will stay fresher than in a fridge. Lemongrass's stem and leaves are used. For soup, my mother would fold the whole lemongrass a few times and tie it leaves around the fold. Then she would drop it in a pot of water.

Lemongrass tea - my mother's recipe. Slice up lemongrass across the stem. Sun dry or oven dry. Toast it in a pan until light brown. Steep a teaspoon in hot water. It is ready. Or if you like it cold, add sugar and ice.

If you live in Southern California or other warm climate, you can plant the lemongrass outdoors. Get a few stems from an Asian grocery store or farmers market, put them in a glass of water. You need just an inch of water only. Let them grow roots before sticking them in the ground outside. Cats love them.

Recipes made with lemongrass

  • mushroom tom yum

    Mushroom Tom Yum

    Tom Yum Hed

    Spicy and sour oyster mushroom soup with lemon grass broth

  • spicy budoo

    Spicy Budoo

    Nam Budoo Song Kreung

    Traditional southern Thai sauce served with rice and many veggies.

  • tom yum goong

    Tom Yum Goong

    Shrimp in clear spicy soup made from lemon grass, kaffir lime, hot pepper, lime juice and fish sauce

  • vegetarian red curry paste

    Vegetarian Red Curry Paste

    Prig Gang Mungsavirat

    Vegetarian red curry paste

  • grilled chicken with turmeric

    Grilled Chicken with Turmeric

    Gai Yang Kamin

    Turmeric and lemongrass marinated grilled chicken.

  • green curry paste

    Green Curry Paste

    Prig Gang Kiew Wan

    Spicy green curry paste made with fresh Thai green chili peppers.

  • tom yum gai

    Tom Yum Gai

    Hot and sour, lean chicken soup with lemongrass and galangal.

  • basic red curry paste

    Basic Red Curry Paste

    Prig Gang Kua

    Basic Red Curry Paste or Prig Gang Kua is the most basic curry paste.

  • red curry paste

    Red Curry Paste

    Prig Gang Ped

    Aromatic curry paste made with Thai fresh and dry spices

  • massaman curry paste

    Massaman Curry Paste

    Prig Gang Mussamun

    Homemade fragrant Massaman Curry Paste filled with roasted spices

  • southern red curry paste

    Southern Red Curry Paste

    Prig Gang KuaTai

    Bright red and very spicy hot curry paste from southern Thailand.

  • tom yum pork ribs

    Tom Yum Pork Ribs

    Tom Yum Gradoog Moo

    Sour and spicy pork rib soup loaded with lemongrass, galangal, shallots and kaffir lime leaves

  • grilled chicken

    Grilled Chicken

    Gai Yaang

    Thai grilled chicken, marinated in lemongrass, garlic, salt and pepper.

  • vegetarian tom yum hed

    Vegetarian Tom Yum Hed

    Tom Yum Hed

    Spicy and sour vegetarian mushroom soup cooked with Thai herbs

  • namya curry paste

    Namya Curry Paste

    Prig Gang Namya

    Curry paste for fish curry, made with peppers, lemongrass, garlic, shallots, Chinese keys, salt and pickled fish

  • tom sab leng

    Tom Sab Leng

    Fallen off the bone pork backbones in super spicy and sour broth

  • vegetarian southern red curry paste

    Vegetarian Southern Red Curry Paste

    Prig Gang Tai Mung Sawirat

    Southern red curry paste made vegetarian. A base for many other southern dishes.

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