We just got home from three weeks in Mexico, and that always makes me turn to Asian dishes in the kitchen. Well, that and the old comfort foods like roasted chicken and mashed potatoes, which are always a family favourite.
Thai curries come together very quickly, and are very easy if you take a few moments to get everything ready first. This is one of those recipes that works more like a guideline – we made this for dinner for two, but double it up for a group.
Cook noodles according to the package directions and set aside.
Duck breast is really easy to cook, and not something to be intimidated by. I don’t know why I didn’t take a moment for a photo doing this …. maybe next time. Score the fat on top of the desk breast lightly, not through to the meat. Set in a cast iron skillet (or non stick if you don’t have cast iron) and gently heat on med/low so the duck fat can release and the top gets nice and crispy. Every stove top is different, so just watch yours. When it has reached that golden layer of crispy goodness, flip it over and cook until preferred doneness. 170 degrees is the golden rule, but if you prefer medium rare, go a little less. Whatever temperature you desire, make sure to remove it from the heat and allow it to sit and rest – distributing the juices evenly.
While the duck is cooking – slice and set aside the vegetables you have chosen. The only thing that is important is that you separate the vegetables based on how long they take to cook.
Heat a saucepan, add some peanut oil (or any neutral oil with a high smoke point).
Saute one onion until soft, then add:
- 2 tbsp Red or Penang curry sauce
- 1 tbsp minced ginger
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp thinly sliced Thai red chili pepper
- 1 tsp galangal (minced if you can get it fresh, powder if not)
- 1 tbsp lemongrass (minced if you can get it. fresh, powder if not)
Stir until the curry is fragrant – just for a minute or two. Add 1 can of coconut milk and 1 cup of stock (chicken or vegetable). Add the vegetables, and as soon as they are lightly cooked, but still crisp remove the curry from the heat and stir in the holy trinity of Thai curries ….
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp raw sugar
- 1 tbsp fish sauce