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5 Interesting Ways to Use Thai Green Curry Paste

5 Interesting Ways to Use Thai Green Curry Paste

It turns out green curry paste can be used for a lot more than just making curry. Check out these 5 creative ways to use green curry paste!

1.    Thai coconut soup

This creamy soup is a great meal for all occasions, whether as an appetiser or a light meal.

To prepare this dish, simply:

  • Add 1 cup of coconut milk and 1 cup of chicken stock to your Thai Green Curry Paste
  • Simmer for 5 minutes and add ½ cup sliced mushrooms.
  • After 2 minutes, add 200g prawns and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Season with salt and sugar.
  • Add Thai basil leaves if desired and you are good to go!

Alternatives to prawns include chicken, eggplants, vegetables, or any seafood that you prefer - the choices are endless.

2.    Salad dressing

Thai Green Curry Paste can be turned into a flavoursome salad dressing by whisking it into yoghurt or mayonnaise and adding lime juice. This delicious concoction can also be served on its own as a dip.

3.    Curry fried rice balls

If you are tired of plain steamed rice, simply:

  • Mix 3 cups of cooked rice with a packet of Asian Home Gourmet Thai Green Curry Paste.
  • Roll the rice into balls and refrigerate overnight.
  • The next day, fry the balls on high temperature to crisp the edges.
  • After they have cooled, divide the balls in half and stuff them with ingredients of your choice including onion, cabbage or fish sauce.

4.    Prawn Kebabs with Curry-Coconut Glaze

This appetiser is an effortless way to impress your guests. Read the full recipe here:

  • Heat curry paste in a saucepan over medium heat for 1 minute. Stir in 1 cup coconut milk, 1 tbsp honey and 2 tbsp fish sauce and cook for 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • In a bowl, stir in 1 tbsp oil, 1 tbsp lime juice and a pinch of pepper and salt.
  • Mix 16 prawns, 8 sliced mushrooms until covered.
  • Thread prawns, mushrooms and 6 chopped scallions onto skewers and place on a baking sheet.
  • Grill at a high temperature for 2 to 3 minutes per side or until the prawns are cooked through.
  • Serve hot.

5.    Pork & Prawn stuffed eggplant

Green curry can be used to prepare a sumptuous sauce for eggplant stuffing as seen in this gorgeous recipe by Bruce Aidell. Find the full version and ingredient list here:

To prepare eggplant

  • Cut 3 eggplants in half lengthwise.
  • Cut sides in a crisscross pattern without reaching the skin.
  • Brush each whole eggplant with 1tbs oil and place in a roasting pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Turn them over and bake for another 15 minutes.

To prepare stuffing

  • Sauté 1 tbsp ginger, 1 tbsp garlic, 1 tbsp jalapeno and 2 tsp lemongrass. Add ½ cup chopped scallions and ¼ cup diced cilantro stems and cook for 2 minutes. Transfer the contents to a bowl.
  • Scoop out three quarters of the pulp of the eggplant. Cut this up and add to the bowl. Stir in 500g minced pork, 150g prawns, 1 cup cooked rice, 2 tablespoons curry paste, 1 tbsp fish sauce, 2 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tsp lime zest and 1 beaten egg.
  • Stuff the eggplant with 1 cup of mixture
  • Bake the eggplants for 30 minutes or until the stuffing is firm.

To prepare sauce

  • Heat 2 tsp of oil in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir in ¼ cup diced shallots 1 tbsp and ginger. Cook for 3 minutes
  • Add 1 tbsp of curry paste and cook for 1 minute while stirring. Pour in 100ml coconut milk, 3 tbsp lime juice, 1 tbsp fish sauce and 2 tsp brown sugar. Bring to a simmer.
  • When the eggplants are done, pour the sauce over them and bake them for an additional 5 minutes. Serve with a garnish.

The possibilities are endless with Asian Home Gourmet's Thai Green Curry Paste.

Image credit: simplyrecipes.com

Korean-Chinese Fusion Dishes

Korean-Chinese Fusion Dishes

Korean-Chinese fusion cuisine originated in the city of Incheon in Korea, which historically housed the majority of Chinese residents in the country. However, as the cuisine has developed, it has become very popular in mainstream Korean culture, to the extent that (unlike many other places in the world) the majority of Chinese restaurants in Korea are owned and run by Koreans. Korean-Chinese fusion is a popular cuisine which often harnesses the best of both cultures to create unique, must-try dishes for any lover of either Korean or Chinese cuisine.

Jjajangmyeon (Black Bean Sauce Noodle)

Introduced by Chinese merchants back in the 1900's, this is a popular black bean sauce noodle dish that can be found at any Korean Chinese restaurant. It is made up of wheat noodles and black bean sauce cooked with diced pork, chopped onions and potato cubes. Sometimes extra ingredients like prawns can be added to cater for different tastes.

Jjamppong (Seafood Noodle Soup)

This mouth-watering spicy noodle soup is made of chewy noodles, seafood and lots of vegetables including anchovies, seaweed, onions and sometimes mushrooms. Additional ingredients like beef and pork can also be added into the broth for a protein hit. Along with Jjajangmyeon, this dish is one of the most ubiquitous Chinese dishes eaten in Korea.

Tangsuyuk (Sweet and Sour Pork)

Tangsuyuk is essentially a Koreanised version of Chinese sweet and sour pork (or beef). It is made by combining a perfectly fried batch of crispy pork and an array of mixed vegetables and colourful fruits such as carrots and pineapples, which are the glazed with a sweet jelly sauce coating.

Mapa dubu (Tofu with Spicy Sauce)

Derived from the popular Chinese Mapo doufu dish, the Mapa dubu recipe originated from the Sichuan province which is well known for an abundance of bold spicy flavours. To recreate a similar dish in a Korean kitchen, a combination of Korean fermented soybean paste and red chilli pepper paste is used to complement tofu that's been cut up into small cubes. To get the most out of this dish, it is typically served with rice to balance the spicy flavors.

Mandu (Dumplings)

Similar to the Chinese Jiaozi and Japanese Gyoza, Mandu is Korean-style dumplings which can be either fried or steamed, and with a variety of different fillings.

If you want to recreate some of these unique dishes from the comfort of your home, make sure to browse our range of Korean spice pastes and Chinese sauces.


Image Source: recipeshubs.com, 10000recipe.com, maangchi.com, blog.daum.net/kasskara

5 Must Have Indian Desserts for Diwali

5 Must Have Indian Desserts for Diwali

Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights is just around the corner and it's the perfect excuse to sample a little Indian culture. This celebration often sees neighbours and relatives come together to share a wide variety of snacks and decadent sweets, making it a delicious occasion to try a taste of India. These popular recipes are classics that will make you an instant fan of Indian cuisine.

Rasgulla: This Bengali sweet is a soft and spongy milk-based ball that is soaked in sugar syrup. The basic ingredients of Rasgulla are paneer or cottage cheese, which is made by curdling milk with lemon juice. It might sound a little strange but your tastebuds will thank you for giving it a try.

Gulab Jamun (Rose Berries): The main ingredient of Gulab Jamun is khoya (milk solids), and the balls are soaked in rose water syrup, which gives them a lovely floral fragrance, before being deep fried to give them a crispy exterior.

Malpua: This is a traditional North Indian pancake that is soft and fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside. Malupua are coated with sugar syrup and served hot with either cold Rabri or with hot Sooji Halwa.

Coconut Laddoo: A simple 3 ingredients mithai (sweet), Coconut Laddoo consists of desiccated coconut, sugar and condensed milk. Optional additions are cardamom, sesame seeds or your choice of dried fruit. Diced dates can also be used as a healthy alternative to sugar. This recipe is child-friendly and quite easy to execute, making it a great activity for the kids during Diwali preparation.

Sooja Halwa: This popular dish is a must-try during Diwali, consisting of sugar, ghee, raisins and cashew nuts. You can mix it up and vary the recipe to include apples, carrots or beetroot. It can be prepared at the last minute to simply satisfy a sudden craving or serve unexpected guests.

Looking for a tasty main meal to precede these desserts? Head over to our Indian product range and have a look at our Indian curries!

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