Recipe: Khanom Jin
Summary: This is a classic Thai dish often served at celebrations such as an engagement or wedding party, or other auspicious occasion. It’s time-consuming and often prepared by a well-trained expert. The unique, fragrant aroma of krachai adds to the mystique. Take it slow and easy when you prepare it, and enjoy the process. We know you’ll enjoy the delicious result.
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1 4oz can Maesri red curry paste
- 2 tsp krachai powder
- 1 small bunch of whole krachai (Thai Ginger root)
- 2 tblsp fish sauce or 2 boneless chicken breasts if you prefer
- 1 lb fresh fish filet (or 2 boneless chicken breasts if you prefer)
- 2 bundles somen noodles (Japanese cold noodles)
- 4 cloves garlic
- 4 shallots
- Green crunchy vegetables of your choice
- Boil the fish for 10 minutes, drain and set aside. If you prepare this with chicken instead of fish, boil and reduce heat, let cook 45 minutes.
- Saute garlic and shallots in a frying pan over medium heat until lightly browned and fragrant. Transfer this to a mortar and pestle, add krachai powder and whole krachai and red curry paste. Pound until smooth. Add the cooked fish (or shredded chicken) meat. Continue pounding until very well mixed. Set aside.
- Heat coconut milk over medium heat in a saucepan. Add the pounded mixture a little bit at a time and stir slowly, bring to a boil. Add fish sauce and stir, then remove from heat.
- In separate pan, boil three cups water and 1/2 tsp salt, then add somen noodles. Cook 2 minutes, drain and rinse in cold water.
- Place the noodles on serving plate. Spoon curry sauce over noodles and serve with a bed of fresh green crunchy vegetables. We suggest fresh mint leaves, generous amounts of Thai basil, bean sprouts, chopped long beans. We also suggest serving this with a hard-boiled egg as shown below and garnish with fresh chile peppers (Thai chile or other variety with medium-high heat).
Tuna or canned fish can be used in place of fish filet for a quicker/easy recipe. Also throw some Bean Sprouts on top of your prepared dish for some crunch.