Quick Thai Fix

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Growing up, I loved to compete with my siblings on just how much chili we could withstand. Everything from sambal belachan to chili padi, I’d gleefully chomp on just to prove I was the queen of spice. Those moments always ended with a certain high – when the numbing sensation reaches its peak and for an instant, I attained chili nirvana. With a forehead covered with beads of sweat, I would proudly declare myself the winner.

To this day, I still chase down that spicy sensation every chance I have. After several days of Asian stir fry vegetables and meat, I was craving for serious heat. Naturally, I turned to Thailand for my source. Thai food has such a dimensional flavour thanks to its multitude of spices. Their spice pastes are the cornerstone of many of my favourites, including Khao Soi noodles.

Using a red curry paste has a base, the dish is built on aromatics like shallots and ginger that elevates the gorgeous curry broth. This recipe I found is a quick shot at whipping up a delish meal in under an hour.

If you ask me, it’s perfect for busy days. The end result is a creamy bowl of robust goodness that is bound to warm your belly. Enjoy!

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Thai Khao Soi Noodles 

Ingredients:

4 ounces rice noodles
1-2 tablespoons coconut or vegetable oil
1 shallot finely diced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped or grated
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons Thai Red Curry Paste (store bought)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric (optional)
Pinch of cardamom (optional)
1 can coconut milk (200ml)
1 cup chicken broth (or use water and 1 chicken bouillon cube)
1 thinly sliced red bell pepper (optional: substitute with other vegetables as preferred)
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar, or alternative substitute
1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce (Sambal Olek)
8 oz. raw, peeled and deveined prawns (or pan-seared tofu cutes, thinly sliced raw or cooked chicken)
1 lime
Garnish with fresh basil or cilantro, bean sprouts, scallions, or thinly sliced red onions.
Notes: To bump up the flavourful coconut broth even more, add a 4 inch piece of lemongrass (smashed), a few slices of galangal or a couple of kaffir lime leaves (optional)

Instructions:

Place noodles in a shallow baking dish and boil enough to just cover them.

While water is boiling, prep the shallots, ginger, garlic, red bell pepper, and have the other ingredients ready by the stove.

In a medium pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add shallots and ginger Saute until fragrant and golden, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and red curry paste. Fry for 1-2 minutes.

Add the coconut milk, chicken broth and bring to a simmer while stirring. Once gently simmering, add the bell pepper, soy, fish sauce, sugar and chili garlic sauce.

Add the prawns and gently simmer until cooked. Give a generous squeeze of lime. Taste. add more lime or salt where necessary.

Drain the noodles. If serving the soup immediately, toss the noodles right into the pot and serve.
Alternatively, divide noodles into bowls and ladle soup over.

Garnish with fresh basil, bean sprouts, thinly sliced red onion and chopped scallions.

Notes: You can make the soup the day before and refrigerate it, keeping noodles separate (they will swell in the soup) and simply reheat.

Recipe from Feasting At Home.

Posted on 30th Mar 2018 in Curry, Noodles, Thai  |  Post a comment

Thondamans

What happens when you are starving and seriously so hungry that you could eat a cow?

Choose from the below options:
a) I would settle for the first stall/restaurant/eatery I see and eat whatever they sell
b) I run to 7-11 to buy myself a cup of instant noodles
c) I swallow my saliva unwillingly and distract myself because I’m too lazy to get off my chair
d) I walk and explore patiently, believing that good food will come my way if I just practise patience and wait till my heart tells me this is the one.

So which did you choose?

Did you pick the easiest options? OR

did you go with option d?

If you chose option d then we have something in common.

Weird choice you might think but I have a rationale.

Good food is worth the walk; besides walking helps work up an appetite and heck, it’s healthy!

I went for sunset mass at OLPS yesterday and was ravenous by the time it ended and it was about 8pm when JF and I started walking around the area searching for something delicious and substantial.

Just when I thought I had to settle for the usual rice with mixed vegetables, I spotted a large green sign that read “Thondamans Restaurant – Authentic Curry Fish Head”. I couldn’t take my eyes off the sign and started to suggest that we dine there.

Blame it on my love for Indian food but I really can’t say no to curry! We walked closer and saw the menu – they sold thosai! I love eating thosai and have been wanting to eat some. Then the owner who was mopping the entrance told us to come in. We were checking out the menu (too intently i guess!) and he gestured us to come try the food, and promised that it will be cheap. We were sold. haha… well by then I had decided what to eat, so we entered the place.

I wanted some meat, dhal and vegetable so we ordered mutton masala, snake gourd, dhal, and the usual thosai.


mutton masala


Raita

The food was tasty and really up-to-standard. The mutton was so tender and the gravy thick and rich. I loved it. Even JF was impressed. I couldn’t stop chowing down my thosai with the gravy, including the dips that came with the thosai. Everything was so fresh and yummy that I stopped talking for a while. The raita was refreshing. I love anything with yoghurt.

Midway, JF asked me if I was full (that’s his way of saying that he was still hungry) and I told him, sure, we’ll order more!

So we ordered sambal fish briyani and we were taken by surprise (in a good way) when this appeared:

That’s alot of rice! It came in a metal steel bowl and the fish was in the middle of the rice together with an egg. The set came with some pappadums together with more tasty curry.

We put the rice on a plate and started eating every grain, with big mouthfuls. The owner must have been frightened at the amount we were eating! hahaa…

I liked the sambal fish although it tasted different from the usual sambal. There was more of a fresh chilli taste. I loved the briyani; they cooked it really well with the right amount of spices and it was really fragrant.

We were seriously stuffed. I felt sooo full but I was really happy. As I’ve mentioned before, if you succeed in feeding me something yummy, I will be your best friend for life :p

And I think the owner will be seeing more of me in time to come…. I still have to try their curry fish head. Okay, now I’m drooling… AGAIN!

Thondamans Restaurant
No. 324P, Changi Road
Tel: 6345-5022

P.S. They do catering as well!

Posted on 11th Mar 2007 in briyani, Curry, Indian, Thondamans, thosai  |  8 comments

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