Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Joe can cook! Episode 9: Green Curry Chicken from a Bottle

My cooking adventures seem to have suffered a tyre puncture lately; i am running out of new things to cook. In fact i am happy eating the same things that i know how to cook without looking at online recipes. 

Trying to experiment with different sauces and cuisines; a random visit to the supermarket last week, with an eggplant at the back of my mind, i decided to buy a bottle of green curry paste; thinking of a dry green curry eggplant.
Moments later, the Wife said why not a green chicken curry instead? I went off to buy some chicken, coconut milk and basil. Cooking with a bottle of sauce couldn't have been made any easier.

Follow the instructions as stated on the bottle and voila, you really got a green curry chicken in front of your eyes!

The result of pan frying the green curry paste with garlic and oil, chicken thighs, assorted vegetables like eggplant, tomatoes and peppers then throw in a can of coconut milk and left to simmer. Finish off with dashes of fish sauce, salt and pepper and sugar according to your taste buds.Garnish with dried basil. I had vibrant green beans to throw in but at the saucepan could only hold so much and presentation wise, there wasn't enough contrasting colours.

You wouldn't have guessed this is home made? Would you?

To not eat green curry with rice is worse than committing a cardinal sin but when one does not have a rice cooker, you have to resort with microwaveable rice and despite the texture being a bit soft, this did the trick in soaking up all the sauce. 

Speaking of which the brand of the paste is "Valcom" and i must say it served its purpose for its price of AUD3, although slightly one dimensional in terms of being spicy, we could have corrected it if we had add coconut cream for a richer end and probably a bit more sugar to balance it. 

Although not a recipe per se, you can always try it out if you get hold of pre-made green curry paste!


Michelle Chin said...

Try mae ploy green curry paste. :D You can get it from the asian mart. It tastes almost as good as the real deal!

jason said...

I think I watched in TV, they cook the rice with pot and stove... tried tat before?

Life for Beginners said...

Oh gosh. Your cooking series is reminding me of my Munich days when I had to cook alone with ingredients that are just... not quite right but had to do.

Bravo, bro!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

lob: an adventure back to student days?

jason: wah sounds complicated, anyways i borrowed a rice cooker d for the mean time.

michelle: will keep that name in mind!

thule a.k.a leo said...

LOL! You are just saying that you have talent in cooking... cheh!! OK la.. looked good in the picture! Only u & ur wife knew how it tasted like :P

qwazymonkey said...

Don't you just love sauce from the bottle? You an then make it to taste however you want to. And it's easy! I used to do that all the time when I want a quickmeal in Oz.

Sean said...

Fish sauce? Ooh ... What's the reason for adding that ar?

daphne said...

oh yeah! I use pre made curry paste all the time!! Sometimes i add kaffia leaf too!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: ask the bottle! but its the savoury tinge that changes everything!

qm: yes sauce in the bottle is awesome!

leo: aiyah where got talent, i got say that meh?

thule a.k.a leo said...

Quote "You wouldn't have guessed this is home made? Would you?"


Tummy Rumble said...

Try cooking lamb cutlets next time.. haha.. since you've tried beef, pork and chicken..

Anonymous said...

Brilliant site, I had not come across before during my searches!
Continue the fantastic work!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

anon: thanks!

tummyrumble: i did lamb rack b4..might do cutlets..

leo: haha that was emphasising how good food can b despite using a bottled sauce!

babe_kl said...

Joe, it's very easy to cook rice without burning it. Just steam it for say 20-25mins instead of using the rice cooker. Easy peasy.