1 lime- lime juice to taste, start with half a lime, taste, adjust.
5 ounces baby spinach
Optional additions- shittake mushrooms, radish, thai basil, bean sprouts, jalapeno slices, cripsy shallots. Add kefir lime leaves or galanga to the broth for extra flavor.
Notes- do no cook chilies in the broth, it will get too spicy. Simple add to individual bowls at the end.
Shallot (vs onion) gives this the best flavor.
Cut fish into 2 pieces and season with a little salt and pepper, set aside.
Heat oil in a medium-large sauce pan or pot, over medium heat.
Add shallots, garlic, ginger and 3 tablespoons finely chopped lemongrass.
Saute, stirring often, until fragrant and golden, about 4- 5 minutes. Add water, salt and fish sauce. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes to allow flavor to develop. Add coconut milk ( both solids and water), and a generous squeeze of lime. ( you could make this ahead & refrigerate at this point)
Gently, place fish in the simmering broth, spooning the fragrant liquid over the fish. Simmer for just a few minutes ( 3 minutes) taking care not to overcook.
Place a generous mound of baby spinach in two bowls. Carefully lift out the fish from the broth and place over the bed of spinach. Using a ladle, divide the broth between the two bowls. Top with shredded or sliced radish, sliced jalpeno or red chilies ( for heat).