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Thai Red Curry Beef w Mae Ploy Curry Paste

May 29, 2017 (Last Updated: December 26, 2018)
thai red curry mae ploy

As the weather becomes nicer I start to really resent making dishes that take hours. I type this after having the last two and a half hours of my life cooking/cleaning. It makes me positively nostalgic for quicker, more flavorful dishes like this Thai Red Curry Beef made with Mae Ploy Curry Paste. Mae Ploy is a Thai brand which sells curry pastes ( on amazon!) that are bigger on flavor than insipid grocery store ones. By the time I am done ‘fixing’ those I often feel that I may as well have made the paste myself! But that runs counter to my whole wanting to spend less time cooking thing. That said, when I first used this paste I found it unpleasantly punchy. However, with some tweaking I have found ratios that work well for me. 

Thai food for me is simultaneously humbling and inspiring. The transformation of fairly simple ingredients into something so surprisingly complex seems magical. I also really enjoy that Thai cuisine seems to display a greater awareness of how to treat ingredients. The peppers in a curry should be crunchy not tender, the beef or shrimp cooked just so. What many of us have learnt in the last decade Thai cuisine has known all along. 

I aim to be one of those fancy pants people who can whip up a delish Thai meal in no time, but for now I am stolidly building up my repertoire of some basics. This Thai Crunch Salad  w Peanut Dressing, the Thai Noodle Salad, and the Thai Chicken Sliders are my current go tos. What about you? What are some of your favourite Thai recipes – do share! 

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thai red curry mae ploy
Thai Red Curry Beef w Mae Ploy
  • ½-1 lb beef tenderloin
  • 2 tbsp mae ploy red curry paste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 4-6 lime leaves optional, see note
  • One red onion
  • One red pepper
  • Handful of chopped peanuts
  • 8-10 basil leaves
  1. - Chop your red pepper and onion into similar similar sized strips or cubes. I cut mine into 1cm cubes. Set aside
  2. - Thinly slice the beef tenderloin against the grain
  3. - Warm a skillet and add a tbsp. of oil
  4. - Add your red curry paste and stir fry for at least two minutes – red curry paste can be unpleasant if it retains its rawness. The color will darken, the smells will heighten. Embrace it
  5. - Gently open your can of coconut milk and skim the ‘cream’ off the top with a spoon and add it to the skillet
  6. - Cook for another 3 mintues, it will be well combined and the oil will start to separate a little
  7. - Add your veggies, lime leaves, and the beef strips and cook for 5-7 minutes. If you overcook the meat it will become tough so pull it out at 5 and gently press with the side of a fork to test for donenessl
  8. - Squeeze in a little lime juice, adjust the consistency with water if needed and add the basil.
  9. - Serve over rice and scattered with chopped peanuts.
Recipe Notes

The trick with a red curry is to cook off the rawness of the paste early and then cook the protein + veg until just done. Thinly sliced beef (or for more tenderness veal) is a must. If your pieces are too thick then add the veggies a little later

For those of your observing the month of Ramzan/Ramadan hope you are having a happy blessed month. Check out my previous post for kid friendly Ramadan ideas!

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