Thae Phoh Thai Red Curry with Pork Neck and Water Spinach (แกงหมูเทโพใส่ผักบุ้ง)
 
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Thae phoh curry is a spicy and salty Thai red curry with sour-sweet flavor shades. Thae phoh falls into the category of the gaaeng khuaa (แกงคั่ว) style of Thai red curries, as it contains no dry spices except white peppercorns. Instead, smoked dried fish meat is added to the red curry paste to accentuate and widen its umami-smoky savory flavor base.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Thai
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 500 gr pork neck meat
  • 8 cups water spinach (ผักบุ้ง), cut into 10cm (4”) pieces
  • 3 tablespoons pork lard
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon palm sugar
  • 4 tablespoons tamarind paste
  • 2 tablespoons kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 teaspoons kaffir lime juice
  • 3 cups water
Thae Phoh Curry Paste
  • 10 long dry red chilies (approximately 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons smoked-dry fish coarse powder
  • 3 tablespoons lemongrass, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon galangal, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons deep-fried Thai garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon white peppercorns
  • 1/2 tablespoon fermented shrimp paste (kapi)
Method
  1. Char-roast the smoked dried fish until it is fragrant; then, using your hand, crumble it, discarding the fish bones and the abdomen. (Parasites often reside in the abdomens of freshwater fish). In a pestle and mortar, pound the fish meat into a coarse powder.Thae Phoh Thai Red Curry with Pork Neck and Water Spinach - แกงหมูเทโพใส่ผักบุ้ง
  2. In a pot, melt pork lard over medium-low heat. Fry thinly sliced garlic until it is golden. Strain and reserve both the fried garlic and oil. Set aside.Thae Phoh Thai Red Curry with Pork Neck and Water Spinach - แกงหมูเทโพใส่ผักบุ้ง
  3. The complete set of ingredients used to prepare the curry paste: lightly char-roasted dry bird’s eye chilies, finely chopped lemongrass, pounded smoked dried fish meat, deep-fried garlic, peeled shallots, sliced galangal, high-quality fermented shrimp paste, and white peppercorns.Thae Phoh Thai Red Curry with Pork Neck and Water Spinach - แกงหมูเทโพใส่ผักบุ้ง
  4. Slice the pork neck into large bite-size pieces.Thae Phoh Thai Red Curry with Pork Neck and Water Spinach - แกงหมูเทโพใส่ผักบุ้ง
  5. Wash the water spinach with plenty of water, and cut into 10cm (4”) pieces.Thae Phoh Thai Red Curry with Pork Neck and Water Spinach - แกงหมูเทโพใส่ผักบุ้ง
  6. The complete set of ingredients ready to cook the curry; the pork cubes, curry paste and water spinach.Thae Phoh Thai Red Curry with Pork Neck and Water Spinach - แกงหมูเทโพใส่ผักบุ้ง
  7. In a pot, melt pork lard over medium-low heat. (You can use all or some of the oil used to fry the garlic).Thae Phoh Thai Red Curry with Pork Neck and Water Spinach - แกงหมูเทโพใส่ผักบุ้ง
  8. Add the pork meat and fry the pork meat until it is seared on all sides.Thae Phoh Thai Red Curry with Pork Neck and Water Spinach - แกงหมูเทโพใส่ผักบุ้ง
  9. Add the curry paste.Thae Phoh Thai Red Curry with Pork Neck and Water Spinach - แกงหมูเทโพใส่ผักบุ้ง
  10. Continue frying the meat until the curry paste is fragrant, and the pork is almost fully cooked.Thae Phoh Thai Red Curry with Pork Neck and Water Spinach - แกงหมูเทโพใส่ผักบุ้ง
  11. Season with fish sauce.Thae Phoh Thai Red Curry with Pork Neck and Water Spinach - แกงหมูเทโพใส่ผักบุ้ง
  12. Add water to cover the pork, and bring to a boil.Thae Phoh Thai Red Curry with Pork Neck and Water Spinach - แกงหมูเทโพใส่ผักบุ้ง
  13. Season with palm sugar.Thae Phoh Thai Red Curry with Pork Neck and Water Spinach - แกงหมูเทโพใส่ผักบุ้ง
  14. Season with tamarind paste.Thae Phoh Thai Red Curry with Pork Neck and Water Spinach - แกงหมูเทโพใส่ผักบุ้ง
  15. Cook until the pork is tender.Thae Phoh Thai Red Curry with Pork Neck and Water Spinach - แกงหมูเทโพใส่ผักบุ้ง
  16. Add hand-torn kaffir lime leaves.Thae Phoh Thai Red Curry with Pork Neck and Water Spinach - แกงหมูเทโพใส่ผักบุ้ง
  17. Add a squeeze of kaffir lime.Thae Phoh Thai Red Curry with Pork Neck and Water Spinach - แกงหมูเทโพใส่ผักบุ้ง
  18. Add the water spinach.Thae Phoh Thai Red Curry with Pork Neck and Water Spinach - แกงหมูเทโพใส่ผักบุ้ง
  19. Cook until the water spinach is soft.Thae Phoh Thai Red Curry with Pork Neck and Water Spinach - แกงหมูเทโพใส่ผักบุ้ง
  20. Serve.Thae Phoh Thai Red Curry with Pork Neck and Water Spinach - แกงหมูเทโพใส่ผักบุ้ง
Recipe by Thaifoodmaster at https://thaifoodmaster.com/thai_food_recipes/thai_curry_recipes/40489