Thai Time

Thai night

A couple nights ago, we had Thai night.  A lot of people are nervous to do a thai curry, but its actually really easy.  For the curry, you just need coconut milk, curry paste, and whatever sounds like it will be good.  Its easy, quick, you can use what you laying around, and it freezes really well.  I always make a big batch and freeze what I didn’t eat in individual bags.  Here’s what I used for our curry on thai night.

Red Curry

Red Curry

  • 2 cans light coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp red curry paste
  • 1 lb shredded, cooked chicken
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 2 chile peppers
  • 2 serrano peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 can bamboo shoots (drained)
  • 1 can bean sprouts (drained)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 sprigs diced thai basil

Chop the vegetables coarsely and saute.  Once they are cooked but not soggy, push to one side of the pan and pour in coconut milk.  Mix in curry paste.  Stir vegetables into curry.  Add chicken, peanut butter, basil, and sugar.  Simmer lightly and serve over basmati rice.

For a side, we had green beans that we need to use.  I tired looking up Thai green bean recipes, but all needed oyster sauce or another odd spice/ sauce that we didn’t have in our limited kitchen.  I took a few ingredients from a number of recipes and added some of my own.  It was a bit of a leap of faith, but they turned out great.  I will definitely make this recipe again.

Thai Green Beans

Thai Green Beans

  • 1/2 lb green beans, washed with ends removed
  • 1 tbsp red wine
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • Sesame seeds

Saute the green beans in olive oil over a medium heat.  Mix wine, peanut butter, honey, soy sauce, and chili garlic sauce in bowl.  Once the green beans have begun to cook, pour the sauce over them.  Saute until the beans are soft with a slight crunch on the outside.  Top with peanuts and sesame seeds and enjoy.

Hopefully this will inspire a culinary venture into southeast Asia.

Thai grub

 

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