A friend gave me a package of Spice Works Thai Curry Mix for Christmas. I have been shovelling snow so much this year, I decided it was time to give myself a break and give this a try.
The instructions on the package were quite clear but they don’t give you any guidance as to how much meat or vegetables to add. I realize that this would be a matter of taste but some idea or a range would have been good.
I shelled and deveined a 400 grams (1 pound) of shrimp. In retrospect, I would have gone with 600 grams (1 1/2 pounds) of shrimp. You could use beef, chicken or pork. I imagine it would do well with tofu or a firm fish.
I mixed a can of coconut milk and a can of water in a sauce pan over medium heat. It turned out I needed a bigger pot. I can’t blame them for that, I am the one who is obviously suffering from a spacial relationship problem.
I brought it to a boil and added the spice package.
I added 375 ml (1 1/2 cup) of frozen green beans we had from last years crop and let them simmer for 4 minutes. Then I added the shrimp and it only took couple of minutes for them to cook.
One of the best thing about this product is they include a separate spice package for you to adjust the heat to your taste. There is a bit of kick without adding any additional spices but nothing objectionable. I added the mix 5 ml (1 teaspoon) at a time.
The first addition gave a bit of heat and a second addition made it just hot enough to start to clear my sinus a bit. That was only about 1/2 the bag they supplied. I suspect the whole bag would result in the back of your head falling off. I eschewed and left it at adding 10 ml (2 teaspoons).
We liked this. Thai sauces tend to be a bit thinner in texture than I am used to but the flavour was very good. It had a nice complex taste with the sweet sour Thai spices. The heat was perfect for me and being able to control it is great. It is definitely very easy.
I should confess I was surprised how much I liked it on a couple of levels. First, I am not a big fan of coconut milk. In this recipe, it was just a perfect background for the seasoning. Second, I thought it might be under flavoured as many premixed packages are. It wasn’t it had a great flavour level and profile.
This was quicker than going to pick up fast food with a way better taste. I would happily keep a package of this mix on hand for a time I need a quick convenient meal.
The Old Fat Guy