This curry dish is adapted from a recipe by "The King of Curry" in his recommended book, Pat Chapman’s Noodle Book. In it he says that "green curry is probably Thailand’s most popular dish, both inside and outside the country. Cooked correctly it is a delicate bland of fragrance and flavor, of subtle color laced together with creamy coconut milk. In fact the sauce is not and should not be green; it, and the chicken, is a buff-white color. It is the accompanying herbs -- basil and cilantro-- and, traditionally, pea aubergines, and huge numbers of tiny green Thai chiles that give the dish its greenness." Since pea aubergines (tiny eggplants) are somewhat bitter and difficult to find, they have been eliminated in this recipe.
For this recipe, use a good quality imported curry powder; the domestic curry powders just don't have the taste or the punch needed for this recipe. Serve this dish with rice and peas or fried plantains or cooked yams.
This is a simple but classic method of preparing any firm, white-fleshed fish in the Philippines. To make the coconut vinegar, soak 2 tablespoons of grated coconut in 1/4 cup white vinegar for 30 minutes. You can use a fish basket on the grill so the fillets don't stick. Serve with an Asian hot sauce as described above. Note: This recipe requires advance preparation.
Ostrich is a very lean meat that comes from the leg, thigh and back of the bird and is cooked similar to beef. It should be cooked rare (145°F) to medium (155°F) otherwise it will become dry. This is also an entrée-size serving but could easily be served as an appetizer by placing the arugula atop the baguette slices and topping with ostrich slices and Bellycheer® Wow Chow. (Ostrich, and other non-traditional meat, is available from ExoticMeats.com.)
Chickens grilled in this manner are very popular throughout Thailand, where they’re sold in bus depots in villages, portable food stations, at the beach—everywhere. The Thais would use bamboo skewers, but metal ones work fine. The skewers keep the chicken flat as it cooks on the grill. You will notice that the chicken is doubly spiced, like American barbecue, but much hotter. Those Thais like their food very pungent! The chiles traditionally used are prik chee fa, with medium-hot, cayenne-like, bright red pods. Serve with sticky rice with mangoes and Thai iced tea.
Any firm fish such as Mahi Mahi, tuna, halibut, or shark could be substituted for the swordfish. As the swordfish needs to marinate for a short time, this recipe requires advance preparation. The Agent Orange sauce is seriously hot; use it with caution. Keep away from pets, open flames, unsupervised children, drunks, and scoundrels. To preserve the unique fruity flavor of the chiles, the habaneros are not cooked. When handling habaneros use food-safe gloves and thoroughly wash knives, cutting boards, and utensils with cold soapy water and then hot soapy water.
Since tofu was invented in China, it is perfectly appropriate to grill it after a good soaking in an Asian marinade such as this one. And it does absorb a marinade! Tofu comes in different styles–soft, regular, firm and extra-firm. The firmer ones are best for grilling but it is still critical to remove as much liquid as possible. Serve with hot and sour soup, Chinese sesame noodles, and mango pudding with almond cookies.
This Mongolian grill recipe is a lot of fun to serve a small party. The original version calls for the grilled goat to be dipped in a beaten egg before dipping in the spicy seasonings, but because of the danger of salmonella, I have eliminated that step. Using individual sets of tongs or forks, the guests grill their own goat on the hibachi placed in the center of the picnic table. The goat meat should be half-frozen before slicing so that you can slice it as thinly as possible.
Like most stews, this one takes a while to cook, about 4 hours. It is interesting because it contains a number of pre-Columbian ingredients, namely Chiltepins, corn, squash, potatoes, and tepary beans. The spicy heat can be adjusted by adding or subtracting Chiltepins.