Lemon Grass Soup


4 heads fennel, tops removed, chopped
2 packages lemon grass
4 cloves garlic, pressed
1 small head (2 tablespoons) ginger, chopped thin
1 lb catfish (chopped in chunks
1 to 2 teaspoons of salt (to taste)
1/2 pot water
1/2 jalapeno

Boil water with garlic, lemon grass and ginger for 40 minutes. Add salt. Add 1 chunk of jalapeno. Rub
finger on it and taste it first to see if it is hot. If so, add for only 1 or 2 minutes. If not, add more. Taste
the soup to see if it is too spicy. Remove Jalapeno. Remove lemon grass. Chop fennel and add to
soup. Wait for water to boil again, then add catfish. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn off and cover. Double
recipe for a big pot of soup.