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18 October 2009

Meal Plan 911 Having a housefull for dinner. . .[More:]I have a Thai green curry planned with veggies and (either chicken or tofu) over noodles or rice.

What would a companion dish be, IYHO?

You could do a green papaya salad with cilantro, scallions, peanuts, and citrus dressing
summer rolls/spring rolls with rice paper, bean sprouts, carrots, cilantro, etc if you wanted to go with something light,
or if you wanted something more substantial you could do deep fried tofu squares with peanut /rice wine vinegar/soy/ginger dipping sauce.

A citrus sorbet with gingery cookies would be a great dessert, too.
Also, mail me some!
posted by rmless2 18 October | 14:17
For some reason hearts-of-palm salad comes to mind. If you've got a costco, that would be the best place to source the hearts of palm. A recipe like this sounds good. Not too crazy, a counterpart to the spicy and rich curry/rice combo.
posted by Stewriffic 18 October | 14:19
I actually was thinking in terms of a mango salad, but I like papaya better. Might substitute!
posted by danf 18 October | 14:22
rmless2 for the win. . .(wife says hi!)
posted by danf 18 October | 14:33
Ooooh, this all sounds so good!

A much more pedestrian idea, which might mean you could throw it together from your current cupboard/fridge stocks: I sometimes make a (totally inauthentic) fresh cucumber dish to go with curries or noodle dishes. Sometimes I make a big pile and treat it as a salad, sometimes I make a small dish and treat it as a relish.

It's not so much a recipe as a guideline:

the main ingredient: cucumber, quartered and thinly sliced or julienned
the savory: paperthin onion slivers, or chopped scallions added at the last minute
the hot: chile sauce (rooster sauce, or garlic-chile sauce, or even fresh hot peppers, thinly sliced
the sour: rice vinegar, or apple vinegar in a pinch
the sweet: a sprinkle of sugar or a drizzle of honey
the salty: soy sauce or kosher salt. For some reason, I like the uncomplicated taste of salt in this.
the crunchy: top it with chopped toasted peanuts of toasted sesame seeds

It's very simple and fresh, with a little kick of heat or a lot, depending on how much of The Hot you put in.

And it's only now occurred to me that this might be a nice treatment for mango or papaya or even a spicy apple relish. Hmmm.
posted by Elsa 18 October | 14:41
Yay! hi to the Mrs as well.
Enjoy your delicious dinner.
I'm going to try Elsa's salad sometime soon- that might be the trick to making me like cucumber for once.
posted by rmless2 18 October | 15:41
That salad sounds great.

Danf, what do you put in your green curry? I've got one on my meal plan this week and went for summer and zucchini squash and cubanelle peppers, but wondering what else would go well.
posted by Miko 18 October | 20:09
Miko, I like beans of some description in mine.
posted by gaspode 18 October | 21:08
I'm with gaspode and like beans of some sort... usually just green beans.
posted by gomichild 18 October | 21:40
I like cauliflower in curry too, but I usually make yellow curry. Don't know if that makes a difference.
posted by rmless2 18 October | 22:10
I think cauliflower would be good in green curry. I like chickpeas in red curry, and lentils, but other beans seem like they might not work to me.
posted by Miko 18 October | 22:19
Also bamboo shoots mmmmmmm
posted by gomichild 18 October | 22:44
Danf, what do you put in your green curry?

I marinate whatever protein I use (in this case people had chicken and tofu to choose from) in a mixture of green curry paste, coconut milk, toasted sesame oil, and soy sauce.

I woked onions, garlic some thai pepper, fresh from my garden, carrots, green beans, broccoli, snow peas, spinach and bean sprouts. I would have used japanese eggplant but could not find any.

Then, just used some of the cooked marinade added into the veggies, and let people serve themselves over some glass noodles I cooked.

The salad, a mango, a papaya, scallions, cashews, flaked coconut, with a citrus dressing (as per rmless2) was superb also.
posted by danf 19 October | 13:08
Dang, y'all are some serious cooks.
posted by theora55 19 October | 14:26
Great, thanks - I'm totally gonna add in the carrots, bean sprouts and spinach when I make my green curry tomorrow night. I love the marinade idea with added sesame, never a bad thing.

Dang, y'all are some serious cooks.

It is so fun talking food at MetaChat. It's better than most designated 'foodie' sites, which are just irritating.
posted by Miko 19 October | 22:02
It is so fun talking food at MetaChat. It's better than most designated 'foodie' sites, which are just irritating.

Oh, agreed.
posted by tangerine 20 October | 15:25
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