Thursday, March 10, 2011

Chicken Pad Prik King

From the moment you take a bite of this dish you realize that you have tasted something totally different and out of this world. There has never been a taste so distinct from my childhood memories as with the flavor of Prik King.

I'm so thrilled that I can share one of my favorite Thai flavors with you in this post today. I hope you can find the ingredients you will need (I completely feel for those who have a hard time finding authentic asian groceries) because it's worth it. I'm listing the ingredients first but I have reference pictures posted so you know what you can look out for at the grocery store.

Here's what you will need: 
Adapted recipe from Thai Eyes.

2 Chicken breasts cut into pieces, equal size preferred
A hearty bunch of Yard long Beans, 1-inch cuts, blanched
3 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
4-5 Kaffir Lime Leaves, torn in the middle to release flavor
2 Tablespoons of Prik King Paste
1-2 Teaspoons of Coconut/Palm Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Chicken Flavor Bouillon Mix (No MSG)
1-2 Tablespoons of Fish Sauce
Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Heat pot with boiling water. Add yard long beans and blanche for about 1 minute. Drain and set aside to cool.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in wok/pan. Stir fry chicken and lime leaves. Cook chicken until done.
  • Gather chicken and lime leaves to side of wok. Add 1 tablespoon of oil on empty side of wok. Add Prik King paste, coconut sugar, bouillon mix and fish sauce. Mix pastes and sauces until well blended. 
  • Add cooled yard long beans to wok and stir all ingredients until well coated. Add a couple tablespoons of water if it's looking dry. Salt & Pepper to taste.
  • Don't overcook your beans, keep an eye on them. And remember, flavor your food the way you like it best! No rules, only enjoyment.
  • Serve with Jasmine rice or long grain brown rice.
Our favorite condiment to go with most of our Thai food is a side of minced Thai green chilies drowning a small serving container filled with Fish Sauce and squeeze of lime. Hmmm Hmmm Hmmm.

Can be called Kaffir or Lime Leaves. Very distinct flavor.
The brands can be different but works just the same.
Also called Palm Sugar.
Great for flavoring foods and with no MSG.

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