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Thai Red Pork Curry

Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 15 mins | Total: 30 mins | Servings:4..

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Thai Red Pork Curry
Thai Red Pork Curry
Thai Red Pork Curry
I used to live in a part of Seattle called "Fremont", about 15 years ago. I'd bet over 10,000 people lived in the fun little neighborhood. There were pizza places, greek food restaurants, ice cream establishments, etc. However, it was undeniable that Thai restaurants were the big presence in a town billing itself as "The Center of the Universe". At that time, there were roughly 27 Thai restaurants. I just drove through it the other day. Looks like maybe 28!

Thai restaurants and Thai food have become almond ubiquitous on the restaurant landscape. They are everywhere! Yet, somehow, the food still manages to hold a level of mystique in homes.

I remember taking classes on Asian cuisine in cooking school. The teacher was an adorable and quick talking little Chinese woman, who would CONSTANTLY say, "GGS!" Everything Chinese, it would seem, begins with "GGS!" (Ginger, Garlic, Scallion). Don't get me wrong, Chinese food is AMAZING and possibly the richest of all culinary lore (Sorry, France!), but I tend to believe certain corners of the Chinese cuisine have been brought into most Western homes ... in the form of stir-frys, fried rice, ginger-soy marinades on meat, etc.

Thai, with what feels just as strong of a grasp in the restaurant scene, doesn't feel to have made as many inroads in the Western home kitchen. It's a shame, too! So many amazing flavors! Let's start cooking with these ingredients, folks. Some AMAZING flavors to be had, here!

What follows is my interpretation of a Pork Curry recipe that I would get at a favorite Thai haunt just up the street from my battered old San Francisco apartment, in the Lower Haight district. It's thick and gloppy, while being RICH with flavors, dense with coconut milk, spicy and complicated. It's also little more than a quick stir fry. If you have the stuff, the actual CURRY is mere minutes away. Go get the stuff!

Note: Photos taken with Miracle Caul-Rice and was cooked with a Thai Red Curry Paste.

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IngredientsCaloriesFatProteinCarbsFiberSA'sNet Carbs
1 each (537g)  pork tenderloin roast, cut into thin bite-sized strips585171080000
4 each (12g)  garlic cloves, minced16004004
1 tbsp (6g)  fresh galangal, minced (substitution = 1 tbsp. ginger)4.80.121.08.1200.96
1 tsp (2g)  cinnamon, ground4.94.02.081.621.0600.56
1/4 tsp (.25g)  cloves, ground0000000
1/4 cup (60g)  fresh red curry paste (substitution = 2 tbsp store bought) (recipe)72.791.872.2115.473.62011.85
2 tbsp (28g)  coconut oil2402400000
1 large (274g)  japanese eggplant, cut into cubes55.52.513805
1 small (74g)  red bell pepper, seeded and diced22.940.744.441.4802.96
1 1/2 cup (339g)  unsweetened coconut milk (Buy Now) 600666120012
16 leaves (6.4g)  thai basil, hand torn (substitution = regular basil)1.47.06.19.19.1300.06
salt and pepper, to taste0000000
Totals (of 4 Servings):1602.94109.45g119.84g51.8g14.41g0g37.39g
Per Serving:400.7427.36g29.96g12.95g3.6g0g9.35g *

Method:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together your pork, garlic, galangal, cinnamon, cloves, curry paste and a bit of salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Heat your largest sauté pan (or wok, if you have one!) over high heat. When the pan is hot, add your coconut oil and swirl around to coat the pan. Immediately add your red pepper peppers with a bit of salt and pepper. Sauté for about 1 minute.
  3. Add your eggplant to the pan and season with a bit of salt and pepper. Toss the two ingredients together, then let the mixture sit on the high heat and "sear" for a minute or two. Flip it around and let sit for one more minute.
  4. Sort of slide all the ingredients to one side of the pan, so about 2/3rds of the pan is totally empty. Evenly sprinkle your pork in this area and allow it to sear for about 1 minute. Toss the whole pan together and allow the ingredients to cook, sear and pick up some color (caramelize, or "turn brown") from the heat of the pan. This whole process is hot, fast and smoky, while being fun and smelling AMAZING.
  5. After about 2 minutes, add your coconut milk. The mixture SHOULD immediately boil rapidly. Turn the heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for about 4 to 8 minutes. The mixture should thicken, like a stew. Toss in the fresh thai basil, at the last moment. Taste and season with a bit of salt and pepper.
  6. Serve!

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Comments

Hi Heather ... you could just leave it out, but I'd suggest zucchini as an alternative.

 DJ  6/19/2014

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Hi Susan, it's funny ... I just watched a documentary on "General Tso's Chicken" ... and it talks about the evolution of chinese food in the US. It's very fascinating! Yep, though ... the foods you find in the US are VERY Americanized versions of the authentic foods in their own countries. A Taco in Mexico is very different than a Taco at Taco Bell, for example. The same is true with most Thai or Chinese foods, as well. A lot of the same flavors, but ... with techniques and ingredients to appeal to the American tastes.

 DJ  6/19/2014

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I'm not a big fan of eggplant, what could I use as a replacement?

 Heather  6/19/2014

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I have to say that Thai is my favorite Asian food. I have heard many say that what passes as Chinese food in this country isn't really. Thai has so many rich flavors. I could eat it several times a week and be happy...

 Susan  6/18/2014

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Fantastic, Anita. Thanks for checking in and sharing! Next time I make this, I'll check the coconut milk and see if maybe I should add a bit more. Thanks, again! :)

 DJ  5/10/2013

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Made this last night. Added more coconut milk to make a bit more gravy and spooned it over some cauli-rice. Awesome flavor and the hubby loved it! Thanks so much!

 Anita  5/10/2013

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Thank you, Buttoni! I just had it for dinner ... just last night! I LOVE having the paste in my freezer. It makes whipping up a batch of fresh curry SUPER easy to do. Let me know how it goes!

 DJ  4/24/2013

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This looks MARVELOUS, DJ. I'll be trying this out!

 Buttoni  4/24/2013

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