Thai green curry is one of my favourite things to eat. South East Asian cuisine is famous for hitting all the flavour notes – sweet, salty, sour, spicy, and packed full of umami. That’s what I aimed to achieve with this dish, and I am pleased to say that I was able to deliver. While traditional green curry is made primarily with fresh green Thai chilies, I opted for a pre-made curry paste, Aroy-D, because it is more easily accessible. Also, I don’t think many people can handle the intensity of pure green chilies.
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I chose to use red bell peppers, green beans, and bamboo shoots as the vegetable components because I found they worked very well together. The green beans remain firm and crisp, the red pepper softens and becomes sweet with a slight bitter aftertaste, and the bamboo shoots get tender while retaining a substantial texture. I added tofu for chewiness and extra protein, and because, well, I just like tofu. I used the recipe for Baked Thai Tofu in this dish. It’s quick and easy to make, and can be prepared while you prep the vegetables for the green curry, provided you marinate the tofu beforehand.
The addition of kefir lime leaves and lemongrass stalks doesn’t add much in terms of flavour, but it contributes to the aromatic quality of the dish. Thai curries traditionally use fish sauce, so to keep it as authentic as possible I use a vegan fish sauce made from fermented soy. Vegan fish sauce isn’t exactly a ubiquitous ingredient, but it is possible to find at a Vietnamese or other Asian grocery store. It’s worth having if you make South East Asian food as often as I do, but if not, substituting soy sauce works almost as well. Sugar is also a necessary element of the dish as it helps to balance the flavours and bring everything together.
This Thai green curry is insanely delicious and extremely easy to make. It is perfect over steamed rice or rice noodles. It reheats perfectly on the stove or in the microwave, so it’s great for meal prep. I promise you’ll love this curry! Give it a try and let me know in the comments how it turns out!