This is two components of a sharing platter at one of my favorite Brighton restaurants the vegetarian mecca that is Food for Friends. I bought my dad the cookbook a while back after he took me there for lunch and have been DYING to cook these recipes eversince.
Him, my sister and myself went to a friend’s for Easter Sunday lunch and we were asked to proved the starter and this is what we (meaning I) put together.
It is SO worth finding your way down to a local Asian food market and getting yourself the fresh kaffiar lime leaves, lemongrass, galangal and tom ka paste. It really adds a freshness and vibrancy to the final product that you will never get from the freeze dried varieties you can get from Waitrose etc.
Also I apologize for the quality of the photos – I’d left the camera I usually use in Brighton so was reduced to using my sister’s iPhone.
Adapted from the food for friends cookbook:
For the soup:
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
3 sticks of lemon grass, outer leaves removed and chopped
25g galangal or ginger, chopped
1 red chili chopped
1 small white onion, chopped
1 small bunch of coriander, leaves and stalks chopped
30g green curry paste
1 veg stock cube
1 tin coconut milk
1 tblsp tom ka paste
3 tbsp tamari
50g palm sugar
2 kaffir lime leaves
juice 1 lime
handful coriander leaves
In a pan heat some oil and sweat off the onion, garlic, lemongrass, ginger, chili and coriander.
When that is soft, add the water, curry paste and stock cube, simmer for 15 minutes then ass the coconut milk and tom-ka paste.
After 15 minutes further simmering add the rest of the ingredients, mix well and blend until smooth.
Serve with a final squeeze of lime and scattered with black roasted sesame seeds.
For the fritters:
2 sticks of lemongrass, outer leaves removed and bruised
4 tsp of ginger/galangal
3 cloves of garlic
4 kaffir lime leaves
small bunch of coriander
1 tblsp thai green curry paste
juice 1 lime
salt and pepper
600g fresh sweet corn, lightly steamed.
2 tbsp sugar
1 egg, beaten
a little plain flour
In a processor wiz up the first 8 ingredients then tip into a large bowl with the sweet corn, egg, seasoning and enough flour to create a very stiff batter:
In some vegetable oil fry dollops of the mixture, flattening them out a bit and only flipping when they have had enough time to properly set and brown on the first side:
Drain on kitchen paper and serve with a garnish of julienne of carrots, spring onions, green mango, and toasted cashews drizzled with some lime juice.