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Dinner Tonight: Asparagus Crab Soup (Sup Mang Tay Cua)

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It's been a month or so since the best asparagus stalks were around, but there are still some stragglers at the market just waiting to tempt you. Here's an apt way to say good-bye to asparagus season.

This recipe from Sunday Nite Dinner is kind of a Vietnamese egg drop soup, with crab meat and asparagus that give the soup some freshness and a little sweetness, and just enough fish sauce and charred onion to give it some funk. (Although if you're like me, you'll have a hard time not reaching for some fierce hot sauce to really perk it up.) There's enough cornstarch to bring everything together, but not enough to make each bite taste gloppy and heavy. It's a fine summer soup, and perfect as a light meal.

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