This Thai choo chee curry salmon is simple but absolutely delicious. With the simplest of ingredients it's a tasty way of serving salmon where it gently poaches in a deliciously rich red curry coconut sauce. If you love Thai flavours please give this Salmon Choo Chee a try!
I'm always trying to find ways to add fish to my diet, especially heart healthy fish like salmon. But you can use any sort of fish in this curry. The main components of a Choo Chee curry are red curry paste and coconut milk or cream.
Thai Choo Chee curry is from the Southern and Central areas of Thailand and the name Choo Chee comes from the sound of the spice paste frying in the pan as it is a drier curry than others although adaptions of it show a curry with plenty of sauce.
Coconut milk and creams are not all are created equal. Coconut milks and creams vary vastly in the amount of fat and creaminess in them. My favourite brand of coconut cream and milk is Kara and comes in a cardboard pack in various sizes from tiny 65ml triangles to 1 litre boxes. I try and keep a few sizes in my pantry depending on what I'm making. You can use either coconut milk or cream in this recipe - the milk will be lighter in calories and fat but the cream tastes richer and give a more restaurant quality result.
Curry Paste: Conversely, when nI get asked about which Thai curry paste I recommend and I have to say that none of them really stand out as much as a home made one. If you want to make your own, I have a recipe here for homemade Thai red curry paste and it tastes better than commercial ones.
Winter is kale season! Did you know that the cold weather and frost improves the flavour of kale? There are two main types of kale available, curly kale with lighter green frilly leaves and Tuscan kale or Cavalo Nero with broad, dark green leaves. I prefer Tuscan kale because it has a smoother texture and doesn't need as much cooking as curly kale (it is also great with longer cooking as it stays together better than other types of spinach). Also Tuscan kale stems are more tender than curly kale's woodier stem.
Kaffir lime leaves: Kaffir limes are different to regular limes or Persian limes that we usually get. Kaffir lime leaves are used more in cooking than the fruit. The fruit is knobbly and lumpy and hasn't got much juice and are bitter (they're more commonly used for medicinal purposes). To cut up kaffir lime leaves, remove the centre stem of the kaffir lime leaf and then roll up the leaves and slice thinly. If you have an excess of them, they freeze well. I place them in a small ziplock bag and they last for 9-12 months in the freezer.
And thanks to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, we are giving away three copies of the book "Bangkok in 12 Dishes: How to Eat Like You Live There" by Leanne Kitchen and Antony Suvalko! In it there are mini guides to finding the best food, a self guided eating tour, markets, bars and gifts in a pocket sized guide. There are handy picture guides so you know what you are looking for. Dear Reader, we will travel again one day and this will perk up your spirits.
All you have to do is tell me what your favourite Thai dish is! Answer as a comment to this story and the competition closes at noon 21st August 2020 AEST. This competition is open to readers in Australia. Good luck to everyone that enters! xxx
ETA: The winners are:
Annie W of Tasmania
Annaliese K of Victoria
Emily L of Victoria