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Red Thai Prawn Curry


This is my version of this classic dish.

Hot, sour, sweet and citrus - a totally delicious flavour combination.

The sweet coconut Jasmine rice works brilliantly with the zingy spicy prawns.

I like to scatter over some spicy peanuts to add texture and an additional kick of heat.

A delicious week night or weekend meal, that tastes delicious and can be cooked in no time.

Red Thai Prawn Curry : Another Close Up

Red Thai Prawn Curry : Another Close Up

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Thai Basil Fried Pork


This dish is a firm family favourite - both with the chef and the diners!

It is both quick to make and tastes delicious.

It has all the classic Thai attributes, fragrant, sweet, spicy and salty.

The Thai basil provides the perfect back drop with its delicious aniseed flavour.

This recipe would work equally well with chicken.

I like to serve mine garnished with Spicy hot peanuts. (This is less traditional, as the Thai’s generally do not cook with peanuts anymore, due to them being difficult to keep in a hot environment, and linked to disease coming from a fungus).

Otherwise this would traditionally be served with a fried egg placed on top, similar to Nasi Goreng.

Thai Basil Fried Pork : Close Up

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Chicken Thai Green Curry


Hot chilli with a zingy tangy kick - that is how I like my Thai Green Curry.

I prefer to avoid the Western route of throwing lime juice into the curry, and prefer to get that citrus punch from the lemon grass and kaffir lime leaves.

Although not essential, without the Thai Basil, I think the essence of this dish is lost. It really needs that subtle aniseed flavour which is not achieved with the dry equivalent. Thank you Waitrose for stocking it!

I always cut my chicken into large chunks and essentially steam / poach it in the sauce on a low heat. I prefer it this way, as it keeps it moist and tender.

Way better than my local restaurants, and vastly superior to any shop bought paste or curry.

Thai Green Curry : Thai Green Curry


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Leftover Chicken and Prawn Tom Yum


Was feeling a little inspired today and wanted to make an authentic Tom Yum. My parents have lived in Thailand for many years, and I like to think that my recipes are pretty close to the real thing. I was lucky enough to help make a Fish Tom Yum on the beach in Hau Hin as a treat for being a regular!

With access to a good Asian greengrocers, such as
Thai Smile, or even a decent supermarket these days, the main stumbling blocks to these recipes have been removed. Sainsbury’s in Chiswick stocks fresh Tamarind, decent Thai Chillies and Kaffir Lime Leaves. The lemongrass, lime leaves, galangal, Thai basil and tamarind freeze really well - I keep them in a freezer bag and pull out when needed (can be prepared frozen with a sharp knife).

There are many ways to make Tom Yum broth, I like to base mine on lemongrass, fish sauce and galangal. This recipe is
HOT - unless you like the real deal I strongly advise you to half the amount of chilli. I had rivers of sweat running down my face - just like when I visit Thailand!

The broth will serve 4, and you can pretty much add what you like. I had some frozen Tiger prawns in the freezer, and used half a roast chicken breast from the weekend roast.

Tom Yum : Finished Dish (Side View)


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Lightly Pickled Mango Salad with Hot Nuts


I admit, this is really a Thai dish. However, as I was rambling on about in the Duck Rendang blog, a lot of Malaysian food that you eat out is a fusion of Indian, Vietnamese and Thai.

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Both times I ordered
Duck Rendang it was served with a spicy pickled papaya salad along with several chutneys. Alas, I could not get hold of a papaya, so I gave it a go with mango. I have to say it worked very well, although next time, I would look for a firmer, less ripe mango - mainly for ease - the sweeter mango was nice against the chilli and lime! I would definitely consider giving making a lime chutney a bash in the near future as an accompaniment.

The dressing is a pretty standard Thai salad dressing, incorporating tangy, sweet and sour. It works so well against the fresh herbs and mango - how can you go wrong???!!!

I had leftover, so I turned this into a delicious lunch with almost no effort. It went down very well.

Originally served with
Duck Rendang.

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Spicy Thai Leftover Roast Beef Salad


Inevitably, after having Sunday Roast, there is always a little left overs.

With the beef, beautifully medium rare, what better way to serve up a tasty and mouth watering lunch?

Making this took no longer than ten minutes and tasted fantastic.

It is cheap, healthy and incredibly addictive with the chilli kick.

I had it for lunch Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday!

It travels really well, with the flavours developing in the fridge overnight.

A great excuse to make Roast Beef and Yorkshire puddings!
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Spicy Thai Beef Salad

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