INGREDIENTS: 50g/13/4oz/1 cup coconut flakes 2 lemongrass stalks, hard outer layers removed 2 small onions, chopped 3 garlic cloves, chopped 6cm/21/2in piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and grated 1 tbsp chopped galangal
, or paste 4-6 red chillies, deseeded and roughly chopped 1 tsp turmeric 2 tbsp oil 4 cardamom pods, lightly crushed 1 cinnamon stick 650g/1lb 7oz braising steak, diced into 3cm/11/4in cubes 400ml/14fl oz/12/3 cups coconut milk 4 kaffir lime leaves Grated zest and juice of 1 lime 190g/63/4oz/1 cup red rice, preferably Bhutanese (available online), soaked overnight, then drained Salt 2 shallots, finely sliced and deep fried 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves METHOD: 1.
Tom Kha Gai soup featuring chicken |infused with galangal
, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves
found that volatile oils from galangal
, among other herbs, were effective in enhancing the skin permeation of 5-fluorouracil and notably more effective than azone (Zhong Yao Cai 2000;23:697-9).
Part of the ginger family, galangal
(proA[degrees]nounced guhA[degrees]langA[degrees]guh) is known as blue ginger or Siamese ginA[degrees]ger.
The chicken is marinated in coconut, soy and turmeric combined with a sauce containing galangal
, letriongrass, chilli and shallots which introduce an aromatic flavour.
He sources most of his ingredients - right from the galangal
and makroot leaves to the ubiquitous lemongrass - from home, and insists on making relatively small portions for his phad noodles so that they don't sit on the kitchen table for too long.
Aromatic ingredients, such as lemongrass, galangal
, ginger and specialist chilies, are in vogue with manufacturers of drinks, sauces and curries.
The sinus- clearing Tom Kha Gai, spicy chicken and coconut broth with mushroom, coriander, kaffir lime and galangal
, opened up my palate to the treat that followed -- stir- fried kale with morning glory, pok choy, soy sauce, pepper and salt; fried prawns in a divine five- flavour sauce ( I found a verydoable recipe in http:// gensguiltlessgourmet.
I cook with bold Asian seasonings: lots of ginger, chiles like jalapelio and Thai, lemongrass, galangal
, and kaffir lime.
And of course some of the old favorites still find place in the menu including the much talked about Foie Gras Stuffed Galawat and Galangal
Infused Patrani Mekong Basa.
Amen purchases only organic products, such as black tea from Sri Lanka, mint from Morocco, lemongrass from Thailand, and cinnamon, cardamom, and a bold relative of ginger called galangal
Thai Basics with Mary Minor Diehl features Tom Kah Gai (chicken, coconut and galangal
soup); Pad Thai; Yum Neau (spicy beef salad); and Manoang Khao Nico (sweet sticky rice with fresh mangoes).