Saturday, January 21, 2006

Thai Recipes - Tom Kha Kai

This is a mild but spicy chicken soup (it can also be made with shrimp, pork, beef or mushrooms), flavored with the very unique flavor of galangal ("kha" in Thai) which creates a heavenly taste when combined with hot chile peppers, coconut milk, lime leaves and lemongrass.


16 fluid ounces soup broth (chicken stock)
4-5 kaffir lime leaves, shredded
4 or 5 2 inch pieces fresh lemongrass, bruised to release flavor
1 inch cube (or a bit more) galangal sliced thinly.
4 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
4 oz chicken breast cut into smallish bite sized pieces
5 fluid ounces coconut milk
small red Thai chile peppers, slightly crushed (to taste)
coriander (cilantro) leaves to garnish.

Note the number of red peppers is a personal choice. It can be as few as half a chilli per diner, to as many as 8-10 per diner, but the dish should retain a balance of flavors and not be overwhelmend by the chili peppers. We suggest about 8-12 chili peppers for this recipe.


Heat the stock, add the lime leaves, lemongrass, galangal, fish sauce, and lime juice. Stir thoroughly, bring to a boil, and add the chicken and coconut milk, then the chile peppers. Bring back to the boil, lower the heat to keep it simmering and cook for about 2 minutes (until the chicken is cooked through).

Not really intended to be eaten as a separate course, we like it served ladled over a bowl of steamed Thai jasmine rice. This quantity serves 4 with other food, but is probably only enough for two if eaten

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Thai Recipes - Chicken Panang Curry

Start heating a sauteed pan over medium heat. Place the Curry and Sugar in the pan. As they reduce together, add the Chicken immediately and mix together. Next, mix the Coconut Milk Concentrate, followed by the water. When the Chicken is almost finished, add the Fish Sauce, Peanuts, Basil, Red Chili and Bell Peppers. Let simmer for 10 minutes and serve.

Makes 2 servings

12 oz. Sliced Chicken Breast
1 package Coconut Milk Concentrate
12 oz. Water or Chicken Stock
2 tablespoons ground Peanuts
1 tablespoon sugar
2 oz. Fish Sauce
4 - 5 Thai Basil Leafs
2 oz. Lobo Panang Curry Paste
1/2 teaspoon ground Red Chili(add to taste only)!

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