Thai Red Duck Curry

June 30, 2016

This is a fantastic dish with the succulent meat of roast duck, bok choy, and the contrasting flavor of longans. It is better to make your own curry pastes; make more than you need and you can freeze it for future use. This dish makes it easy with just buying the roast duck in Chinatown or a place you know sells roast duck. This is sure to become one of your favorite Thai dishes. Enjoy!

How to make Thai Red Duck Curry

  • 250 ml (1 cup) coconut cream
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) vegetable oil
  • 200 g good quality red curry paste (see below)
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons palm sugar, grated
  • 500 ml (2 cups) coconut milk
  • 1 Chinese roast duck, boned and cut into 2 cm chunks
  • 3 long red chilies, halved length ways, seeds removed
  • 160 g fresh longans, peeled
  • 2 fresh bok choy
  • good handful Thai basil leaves
  • 1 fresh lime, to squeeze

1. Red curry paste

2. 18 dried red chilies, roughly chopped and stems removed (soak in hot water for 20 minutes first)

3. 1/3 cup small dried shrimp, rinsed and drained

4. 2 tablespoons, chopped coriander root

5. 1 1/2 teaspoons of sea salt

6. 8 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

7. 6 small Asia shallots (Asian shallots are red in color), roughly chopped

8. 6 lemongrass stalks, trimmed and white part only, bruised and finely sliced

9. 1/4 inch piece of krachai, peeled and thinly sliced

10. 1/2 inch piece galangal, peeled and thinly sliced

11. Make the paste; Place the chilies in hot water for 20 minutes to soften up, then drain and dry. Reserve about 5 tablespoons of the chili water. Place the chilies in a small food processor with the dried shrimp, coriander root, salt, garlic, Asian shallots, lemongrass, krachai, and galangal; pulse until roughly chopped, add the chili water, and puree until smooth. Set 1/2 cup aside; you can keep it for another dish in the fridge or freeze for future use.

12. In a frying pan over high heat, bring the coconut cream and vegetable oil to the boil, stirring continuously so that it does not burn. When the coconut cream ‘splits’ (the oil separates from the solids), add the curry paste. Crush the lime leaves in your hand, add them to the pan and fry until all the aromas rise from the paste and it is sizzling fiercely. This will take 10-15 minutes (use your nose). Add the fish sauce and cook for 1 minute. Then add the palm sugar and coconut milk and bring to the boil. Add the duck and chilies and simmer gently until the duck has heated through (about 4 minutes), then add the longans and bok choy. Stir in the basil with a little squeeze of lime juice before serving with steamed jasmine rice.

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