Phak tom kati (vegetables in a coconut sauce)

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Coconut milk
½ cup Makheua phuang (Thai eggplant)
½ cup Tua phak yao (long beans), broken into 2\" peices
½ cup Mushrooms, sliced
½ cup Phak bung (swamp cabbage), shredded
½ cup Phakat khao (Chinese cabbage)
2 tablespoons Hom daeng (shallots/purple onions), sliced finely
1 tablespoon Light soy sauce
1 tablespoon [palm] sugar
1 tablespoon Prik ki nu daeng (red birdseye chilis), finely sliced
1 tablespoon Prikthai ong (green peppercorns)
1 teaspoon Bai makrut (kaffir lime leaves) shredded, -or-
½ teaspoon Lime zest

The name literally means 'vegetables boiled in cocnut milk'.

makheua phuang are very small Thai eggplants, that resemble crunchy garden peas. If (as I expect) they are not available near you, then I suggest you use tender garden peas, raw. If you can only get frozen peas, then drop them in hot, not boiling water, until defrosted, then transfer to ice water to stop the cooking and then strain thoroughly.

If swamp cabbvage is not available substitute spinach.

Thai long beans (sometimes called yard beans or yak's tails), can be replaced with ordinary western long beans.

Green peppercorns are sold in Thailand on the stem, making them easy to discard before serving, but I suggest that if you can only get loose peppercorns, that you put them in a small muslin bag or 'spice ball' Method: In a saucepan bring the coconut milk to a gentle simmer and mix in the sugar and soy sauce, and stir in the lime leaves. Add the shallots and pepper, and gently simmer for 1-2 minutes until aromatic. Taste for the balance of sugar and salt, and adjust if necesary.

Add the vegetables, and return to the boil. Simmer gently until just cooked (If using garden peas, do not add them until the other ingredients are almost cooked, and then serve as soon as they are warmed through).

Serve with either rice or noodles Posted to CHILE-HEADS DIGEST V3 #171 Date: Thu, 28 Nov 1996 14:17:07 +0700 From: "Col. I.F. Khuntilanont-Philpott" <colonel@...>

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