Sunday, January 13, 2013

Thai Green Vegetable Curry

My vacation to Bangkok was an eye opener on travelling alone.  It was my first solo trip and everything went smoothly. I discovered that travelling alone is better off than with friends. When I arrived in Bangkok, I was quite skeptical whether I made the right decision. I walked into Pathumwan without any prior booking. Luck was on my side because rooms were available.  I loved the ambiance of the room. Most importantly the security and customer service were up to mark. I stayed in the same hotel for 3 days, out sightseeing during the day and back to my room later in the evening. I also met other women who were holidaying by themselves and they assured me that it’s safe provided I don't walk the streets alone late in the night.

The main reason which triggered me to travel alone was the horror vacations I have had with my girlfriends. The antics I had to put up with them were insane. You get those who don't like to walk, those who fear they will melt if they walk in the sun and those who fuss for no apparent reasons especially when it came to food.  But on top of the list are the ones who cling tightly to their purse and "the pay first policy" means conveniently forgetting to pay you back. I travelled once with a friend who preferred to sleep the whole day in the room and wanted me to pack food for her. Anyway I should thank my so called "girlfriends" because without the experiences I had with them, I would have never taken the first step to travel by myself. My Bangkok holiday was the beginning of other solo vacations that followed through.

Among all in Bangkok, the food will get the highest rating. I did not go far away from MBKmall to look for food because the mall itself had plenty of food outlets. Each day I tried a Thai food outlet until I left Bangkok. Thai food is famed for the exotic sweet, spicy, salty and creamy taste - the exact flavors that will hit your taste buds from this Thai dish.   

For the curry paste 
2 red chilies
1 small green bell pepper 
4 shallots
5 garlic
1 inch galangal
1 lemongrass
1 tsp lime rind
1 small bunch coriander leaves
1 tbsp coriander powder
1/2 tbsp cumin powder
** add some water and blend/ground all together

3-4 boiled eggs
2 medium size potatoes - cut into 8 pieces
1 small aubergine/eggplant - cut into 1 inch length
1 cup thick coconut milk
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp fish sauce
3-4 sprigs Thai basil leaves
1/4 cup oil
Salt to taste
When oil is heated, fry curry paste till oil splits.
Pour in 1 cup water, add potatoes and aubergine.
At the point potatoes and aubergine are cooked, 
Add all the rest of the ingredients and stir gently. 
Once curry is heated through, remove from heat.
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  1. I LOVE Thai Green vegetable curry, and yours looks so perfectly crisp but flavoured :D
    As for travelling friends I suppose I have no experience besides family but your times do not sound fun!

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. hi nava,how are you, hope you have fully recovered from your fever.
    green curry is also my favorite...but have not tried one with veggies only.looks delicious and authentic. i like thai basil and eat as ulam.

  3. are very brave to travel alone.

  4. it is one of my favorite..
    During my trip to BKK I got a lot of those curry sachets (ready to make)

  5. Gee, I hope I'm not like that (but you probably think I'll be like that-don't like heat, prawns, expensive goods, spoilt, fussy, chatty, loco) people can change, hope to latch on to future tours (one that's not Turkey deluxe).

    Now back to food, you certainly bring back good recipes.

  6. I am not into thai curries but I supposed I can make them for the family who absolutely adore it.


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