28 February 2014

Foodie Weekend - Thai Chicken Red Curry

Oh, how I love Thai food!  Just thinking about it makes my mouth watery. There is no other just like it. I am Malaysian and Malaysian food is great but Thai food is another whole level, on its own, up there! The harmonious sweet, sour, salty and spicy flavors are just right for my palate. Another great thing about Thai food for me is that the whole household of mine loves it and at least once  a week we would have Thai food at home.  

Thai Curry is one dish that we all love.  Over some steamed white rice it is just heavenly.  There are 2 types of curries in Thai cuisine - the red and the green curry.  Well, one might ask "What's the difference?" Well, actually there are not much differences between the 2 besides the color that comes from green chilis and thai basil (green curry) and dry red chilis with red bird's eye chilis (red curry). The rest of the ingredients to make these 2 types of paste are pretty much the same.  

But if you don't want to be complicated in the kitchen, there are many food brands that sell the pre-made paste for both curries.  This is especially convenient for those who live in the areas where ingredients like galangal, lemon grass and kaffir lime leaves are not easy to come by. Here in Dubai, it is pretty much easy to get these ingredients, some I even plant in my back yard but still I always have a tub of the ready made paste I bought from the supermarket just in case.

So, this week, it is my pleasure to share with you my favorite, easy to make and super delicious Thai red curry.  This dish is perfect with some steamed rice and you can choose to use either chicken or shrimps/prawns. You may also add some vegetables like eggplant. For this post I used chicken, baby-corn and snow peas, in order to appeal to the boys who do not fancy eggplant.

:: Ingredients ::
(serves 4)

3 chicken breasts cut into chunks
1/2 a pack of  baby corns halves
1/2 a pack of snow peas
1 can of coconut cream or 1.5 cans of coconut milk
2 pieces of kaffir lime leaves (optional)
1 stalk of lemon grass (optional)
2 tablespoons of ready made red curry paste or if you are feeling adventurous and would
like to make your own paste you can get a step by step recipe here
Fish sauce to taste
Some coconut oil or vegetable oil (canola, sunflower) but NOT olive oil

:: Method ::

Heat some vegetable oil in a pot or wok
Add in the red curry paste and stir fry until fragrant.
Add in kaffir lime leaves, lemon grass and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring continuously.
Add the coconut milk or cream.  If you use coconut cream, add in 1/2 a can of water
Add in chicken and cook until bubbling, stirring occasionally.
Once the sauce starts boiling, add in the vegetable and season with fish sauce.
Reduce heat and cook until a glossy sheen of natural oil is produced on the surface.
Remove from heat and serve.

:: Tips ::

No salt is used in this recipe as the fish sauce has already given the dish the salty taste. 
Add fish sauce gradually and keep tasting.
If the sauce is a bit too spicy for you, add some sugar and balance out with more fish sauce.
It is important to keep stirring to avoid the coconut milk from separating or curdling.

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  1. Looks completely delicious! I'm not a fan of baby corn or eggplant so I'd just throw in some carrots ..but ..yes, this looks yummy!

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

    1. Carrots sounds good.. also cauliflower if you fancy. Some put pineapples and I heard it is gorgeous!

  2. That looks delicious. I love thai food, but never tried making it at home. I'll be giving this a try for sure. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    1. Jane, I promise this is easy if you have the pre-made paste. if you are not so much into spicy food, reduce the paste from 2 tablespoon to 1. Good luck!

  3. I absolutely love Thai food, so this looks delicious! Not sure if my cooking skills are up to this yet though :)


    1. Jacy, if you get yourself the pre-made curry paste, it is really simple to make. The paste I admit is a bit of a hassle to prepare.

  4. I love thai food! Gosh you are making me hungry! There are no good thai places in phoenix that I've found, so now I'm really depressed :(. Oh well, something about the food dresses on your Novotel opening post is really appealing to me...probably bc it combines my two favorite things: food and fashion. :)

    1. Merrie, another reason to try this curry ;) Looks like we are in the same boat.. fashion and food are 2 of my favorite things too!

  5. oh my, looks so tatsy! I love curry and your reciepe is something really special) I'd love to taste it! Those photographs are adorable!
    Wish you a great day ahead!

    1. Those photographs are basic, Alex.. they are by my boys :)

  6. I don't think I've ever tried Thai food, but it is something that really appeals to me! This looks so lovely!

    Hope you're having a lovely weekend.

    Corinne x

  7. Oh yum! This is making me hungry!!

  8. I love Thai food; this is going to be dinner tonight! Thank you for sharing!

  9. great recipe!:) I absolutely love baby corn♥


  10. Ooohhh! You know what that means, Ida! I'm so looking forward to have dinner at your home. :)

  11. OMG, my mouth is going nuts looking at this delightful dish. What a beautiful-looking and delish and I am sure quite healthy too, stew. YUMMY!

    I have been MIA here but I have been reading a lot today and I am sorry I haven't stopped by. You look amazing as always. Dubai is a little bit more trendy and stylish because of you, Ida. =)

  12. mmmm it seems so tasty!

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