Crab and Asparagus Soup
Asparagus (or Western bamboo, as the Vietnamese call it) was introduced to Southeast Asia by the French. Because asparagus does not grow in tropical climates, the French imported canned varieties, which the Vietnamese used to create this delicate soup. In the United States, where asparagus grows easily, Corinne Trang uses fresh spears.
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