Thursday, May 27, 2010

Cooking Thai with Dr. Yingsak

In Thailand just mention the name Chef Yingsak and everyone breaks into a smile. Flamboyant Dr. Yingsak is the best known chef in Thailand. He is the owner of the Thai & International Food Academy and has his own TV cooking show. Cooking at his academy is an international experience as people come from all over to study at his school. Green Curry is popular all over Thailand but especially so in Bangkok. Mothers often recommend Green Curry when someone has a fever. Clear Spicy Soup is good during the cold season and for new mothers.
Green Curry with Sausage
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons green curry paste
16 oz can coconut milk
1 cup chicken stock
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon palm sugar (palm sugar substitute: 1 C dark brown sugar + 2 teaspoons
2 sprigs coriander – chopped
1/ 2 teaspoon curry powder
1/ 2 teaspoon ground pepper
12 chicken cocktail sausages scored
2-5 oz snow peas or broccoli florets
2-5 pumpkin or squash – peeled and cut into strips
5 red and/or green chilies sliced
5 kaffir lime leaves torn
1 teaspoon sweet basil leaves - crushed
Preheat frying pan with vegetable oil then fry green curry paste until fragrant. Add coconut milk and simmer. Add stock, fish sauce, and palm sugar. Bring to a boil and add coriander, curry powder and pepper. Mix in sausage and veggies, simmer until it bubbles. Garnish with chilies, lime leaves, and sweet basil.
Serve hot with rice or rice noodles

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