Inspired by Marvin from Burnt Lumpia's recent ode to dried shrimp and my love for Thai food, I present you with "shells" steamed in a broth of dried shrimp, coconut milk and lemongrass. Like Marvin, I also had my own little stash of dried shrimp forgotten and abandoned. I keep them on hand for the few occassions when I'm making a Cantonese-styled soup. It's been a while though.
Since shrimp paste is such a common element of Thai cooking, a pungent dried shrimp broth would echo the flavors yet offer a subtleness. This way, the flavors of the fresh lemongrass and the creamy coconut milk wouldn't be overpowered.