Kaeng Par/ Thai Jungle Curry. It's Hot!!
|Of all the Thai curries Kaeng Par, affectionately dubbed Jungle Curry on most Western restaurant menus, is the hottest and most assertive. Hailing from the northern provinces where coconuts are not an agricultural staple, this fiery concoction offers none of the fruit's cool richness to offset the heat but does allow its deep and pungent flavors center stage. Pork is the favored meat for kaeng par curry but Cafe Drake HRV made ours vegetarian with a wealth of produce from our stocked fridge - carrots, onions, green bell peppers, cabbage and long beans. The recipe is simple if you follow the brief instructions on the can of paste. We always use the trusted Maesri brand for green, red, Massaman etc curries and a wide selection can be found even at larger supermarkets.|
|Rice noodles are a convenient, no-fuss way of taming some of the Jungle's ferocity! Rice, wheat noodles, you're gonna need something to soak up the heat.|
|Cooking is much more fun with a pretty girl watching!|
|Leftovers with yet another fire extinguishing component to battle the jungle curry's savage fury - sprout and green leaf lettuce salad with creamy tofu-tahini dressing.|