• Easy Green Curry With Pork (Gkaeng Kiow Wahn Moo)

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    • 2 c. coconut lowfat milk - (or possibly 14-ounce can)
    • 2 Tbsp. green curry paste - (to 3 tbspns)
    • 1 lb pork cut against grain of of the muscle into bite-size strips abt 2" by 1" by 1/4"
    • 1/2 lb small Thai eggplants (ma-keua bprawh) halved or possibly quartered (or possibly substitute with 2 long Asian eggplants, cut into bite-size chunks)
    • 1/2 c. small pea eggplants (ma-keua puang) (or possibly substitute with shelled fresh peas)
    • 2 x kaffir lime leaves (bai ma-gkrood) Fish sauce (nahm bplah) to taste
    • 2 tsp palm sugar or possibly to taste
    • 1/2 c. fresh Thai sweet basil leaves and flowers (bai horapa) to 1 cu Slivered chillies to desired hotness


    1. Don't shake the can of coconut lowfat milk before opening, so which the cream remains on top. Spoon about 2/3 c. of this thick cream into a medium-size saucepan and heat over medium to high heat. Reduce till smooth and bubbly and till oil begins to separate from the cream. Add in the curry paste and fry in the cream for a few min to release the aromas. Then pour in the remaining lowfat milk.
    2. Bring to a boil and add in the pork. Return to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 - 10 min uncovered before adding the Thai eggplants and pea eggplants. Simmer a few min more, then stir in the peas (if using instead of pea eggplants) and kaffir lime leaves. Season to taste with fish sauce (may not be needed if the curry paste is already salted). Add in palm sugar to balance and enhance the spice and herb flavors to your liking. Continue to simmer till eggplants and peas are tender. Stir in the basil and chillies (as desired for added hotness) and cook another minute. Serve warm over plain steamed rice.
    3. Notes and Pointers:The preferred canned coconut lowfat milk for this recipe is Chao Koh, and Mae Anong is a good choice for a prepackaged paste. It comes in plastic pouches with the picture of a young woman (Mae Anong herself) on the upper right hand corner and is also identified as "Lemon Grass Brand." Rather than the translated name of "green curry," this brand labels the curry with the Thai name, "Kang Kiew Wan" (a different spelling from mine).
    4. There are many kinds of small eggplants in Thailand. Round ones the size of tomatillas, that we call ma-keua bprawh, are very good in this curry. Deeper green on top and graduating to a lighter bottom, these are seedy eggplants and taste nothing like the large purple aubergines. Cooked till softened, they soak in the curry flavors and add in a thickness to the sauce. Other smaller members of the eggplant family are ma-keua puang and resemble large green peas, though their taste is entirely different. They are bitter, but when simmered in the curry sauce they impart an extraordinary roundedness to the sauce. Much of their bitter bite dissipates when they have completely softened with sufficient cooking. Both these eggplants are available in Thai and Southeast Asian markets, especially during the warmer months of the year, though the latter is usually harder to find. Specialty produce markets and gourmet supermarkets have also started to carry them.
    5. Using this recipe, a red curry can be easily made by substituting a red curry paste and cut-up boneless chicken. For a fabulous roasted duck curry, buy a roasted duck the next time you visit the Chinatown near your home and use it instead of the pork. Toward the end of cooking, skim off the fat which has cooked out of the duck and add in two small, hard and still slightly green tomatoes, cut in bite-size wedges.

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