Jim Burke's cucumber soup with lime, garlic and ginger is light, refreshing and restorative; his kitchen staff jokes that it's like a mini spa treatment. For extra substance, Burke adds salt-roasted shrimp, avocado and a hit of spicy chile oil.
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2 large English cucumbers (2 pounds total), halved lengthwise
3 cilantro sprigs, plus 2 teaspoons finely chopped cilantro
2 garlic cloves, crushed
One 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 pound large shrimp
1 Hass avocado, cut into thin slices
1 teaspoon hot chile oil
How to Make It
Using a juicer, juice the cucumbers into a large bowl (you should have about 3 cups of juice). Stir in the cilantro sprigs, garlic, ginger, 3 tablespoons of the lime juice, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Spread 1/3 cup of salt in a medium skillet. Heat the skillet until the salt is hot. Add the shrimp and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until pink, about 4 minutes. Remove the shrimp and let stand until cool enough to handle, about 5 minutes. Peel the shrimp and remove the intestinal vein. Cut the shrimp into 1/2-inch pieces and transfer to a medium bowl. Add the chopped cilantro, avocado and the remaining 1 teaspoon of lime juice.
Strain the cucumber juice through a fine strainer into a large measuring cup. Spoon the shrimp into shallow bowls and drizzle with the chile oil. Pour the cucumber soup around the chopped shrimp and serve.
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