Thai Sour Curry

Thai Yellow Sour Curry With Fish Recipe

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On the menu for this blog post is sour yellow curry with fish. This a very hot and sour dish that works really well with any white fish, so we are going to be using hake. It is important to use fresh fish, as we will be boiling the fish in the paste, so if the fish is not fresh it will really spoil the taste. A lot of places will fry the fish to mask the lack of freshness, but frying harms the overall taste.

As usual we will also be making our own paste instead of using pre packaged pastes so we can get the flavour just right.

The ingredients are fairly easy to obtain but I know some of you may find it hard to locate a lot of these ingredients, I live in rural Ireland so I can certainly relate to that, so in the ingredients list below I will link to places where you can buy the ingredients we use online.

We are using a lot of chillies in this recipe as we want it to be nice and spicy, however you may want to reduce the number of chillies depending on your tolerance for spicy food.

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Sour Yellow Curry With Fish Ingredients

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Step 1: First we are going to make the paste. Chop up the 1 clove of garlic and 2 shallots into fine pieces, and add them to a mortar and pestle. Crush them for a few seconds before adding 10 fresh red bird eye chillies and 10 dried chillies. Grind everything down until the chillies are smashed apart.

mixing the curry paste

Step 2: Once your paste looks like this, add the 1 teaspoon of shrimp paste, 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric and 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and continue crushing and mixing for a couple of minutes.

adding turmeric to the paste

Step 3: Boil about 2 1/2 cups of water in a pan, we don’t want any more than that or the curry will be too watery. Then add the paste that we made in our mortar and pestle, and stir it in thoroughly, and allow the curry to simmer for a couple of minutes.

adding the paste to the curry

Step 4: Now add our fish cutlets, placing them into the pan carefully so as not to break them apart. Let them cook for 5 minutes.

adding the fish to the curry

Step 5: Now add the 200g bamboo shoots, and stir them in gently. Then add the 1 1/2 tablespoons of tamarind paste, and stir it into the curry. Once the paste is mixed in add the 1 tablespoon of fish sauce, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar. Gently mix everything in and cook for a final 5 minutes, and you are ready to serve.

adding bamboo shoots to the curry

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What is your favourite fish to cook and why? I enjoyed the hake but I think I still prefer sea bass!

We served ours with an omelette and rice, which compliments this recipe really well. If you like spicy and sour dishes, give this recipe a try and let us know what you think.

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