Recipe: The Best Thai Red Curry Ever

If you’ve had the fortune to visit Thailand, you’ll know our presence outside the borders of this country means we can never match the deliciousness of food that is being made there. Call it Thai magic, but something about that country just makes everything taste delicious. It is coincidentally by far the best hangover food. Hey, I see a connection here. Anyway, if you want Thai in your living room (no, not a Thai person, the food silly!) we’d have to do without the luxury of a gas heater, but we can at least try and replicate it as good as we can. My favorite? Thai Red Curry. Incredibly easy to make, I’d eat this any time of the day. This is what you need:

Serves 3-4 (or 1 very hungry person!)

1 ability to withstand spicyness
1 understanding that you will most likely never eat anything else
2 tbsps of Thai Red Curry paste (adjust according to tolerance to spice. Rule: If the curry makes you cry, add less)
1,5 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp peanut butter (unsweetened)
1 can coconut milk (to keep your abs, buy a light version)
1 lime
400 gr chicken, in cubes or strips
1 onion
1 tsp crushed ginger
2 tsp crushed garlic
2 medium tomatoes, cut up in small pieces
Fresh coriander sprigs for garnish
2 tbsp peanut oil
1 cup cooked basmati rice
(optional extras) bamboo shoots, roasted peanuts

Blend the curry paste, fish sauce, sugar, lime juice (half a lime), peanut butter and coconut milk. Well done, you’ve made your sauce. Do not rub your eyes after touching the curry paste. I did that once and cried longer than during the Lion King. Fry the onion, garlic and ginger for about 5 minutes in the peanut oil. Peanut oil is commonly used in Asia, and gets nice and hot. Add your sauce and let it simmer for about 10 minutes, so the flavours can integrate nicely. Add the chicken, and simmer until cooked, about 15 minutes. At the end, turn off the heat and stir through the tomatoes. Garnish with coriander. If you think coriander tastes like swimming pool, or reminds you of your mother in law, keep it gentle. Serve with rice. That’s it!

If the curry looks blue, or you managed to set your house on fire during the process, you’re probably not suited for cooking. In that case, you can always try Sawaddee Thai Cuisine in Rheede Street, Gardens for a fantastic meal! You’re welcome.

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