Jungle Curry (Kaeng Paa Moo)

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Title: Jungle Curry (Kaeng Paa Moo)
Yield: 4 Servings
Categories: Thai, Pork

Ingredients:

Stephen Ceideburg
1/2 lb Pork tenderloin, trimmed
1 ts Vegetable oil
1 tb Minced garlic (3 cloves)
3 tb Jungle Curry Paste (recipe
-follows)
2 c Defatted chicken stock
1/2 lb Chinese eggplant, coarsely
-chopped
1/2 lb Long beans, trimmed, cut
-into I inch pieces
2 tb Fish sauce
1/4 c Thinly sliced fresh krachai
-or:
2 tb Loosely packed dried *
2 Fresh kaffir lime leaves or:
4 Dried **
1/2 c Chopped fresh basil


* soaked in warm water for 15 minutes, drained and
sliced (optional) ** soaked in warm water for 20
minutes and drained, or I tsp. grated lime zest

Unlike most other Thai curries, jungle Curry is made
without coconut milk because coconuts don't grow in
the jungles of northern Thailand. The curry paste is
hot and full of flavor. Kaffir lime leaves give this
curry its distinctive and enticing flavor, but if they
are not available, you can substitute grated lime Zest.

Cut pork in half lengthwise and cut into
1/4-inch-thick slices. Set aside. In a large, nonstick
skillet or wok, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add
garlic and stir-fry for 2 minutes, or until browned.
Add curry paste and cook for 30 seconds, pressing it
against the sides and bottom of the skillet or wok.
Add pork and stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes, or until
light brown. Add stock and bring to a boil. Add
eggplant, beans, fish sauce, krachai (if using) and
lime leaves or zest, and cook for 5 to 6 minutes, or
until the vegetables are tender. If using lime leaves,
discard them. Remove from heat and stir in basil.
Serve with sticky rice.

Serves 4 as a main dish or 6 in combination with other
dishes.

113 CALORIES FOR EACH OF 6 SERVINGS: 11 G PROTEIN, 2 G
FAT, 12 G CARBOHYDRATE; 588 MG SODIUM; 27 MG
CHOLESTEROL.

From "Eating Well", Jan/Feb, 1992.

From Gemini's MASSIVE MealMaster collection at www.synapse.com/~gemini