Northern Style Hang Lay Curry (gaaeng hang laeh muu ; แกงฮังเลหมู)

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By: Hanuman

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This recipe comes all the way from India through the northern Burmese border. The masala spice mix is still sold in small packages with retro looking prints that seem to forever exist.

There is no way in a recipe to communicate what’s going on in here; a thick red chili paste marinate, that bursts in orange turmeric color, provides the perfect seen to the tender, almost falling apart, pork meat.

If you like curries with the thickness and complexity of the Massaman Curry, you will enjoy this salty, sweet and sour dish.

Northern Style Hang Lay Curry <br>(gaaeng hang laeh muu ; แกงฮังเลหมู)
 
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This recipe comes all the way from India through the northern Burmese border. The masala spice mix is still sold in small packages with retro looking prints that seem to forever exist.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Thai
Serves: 6

Ingredients

 
  • 500 gr pork, shoulder or collar, cut into 3cm (1.5″) cubes
  • 500 gr pork belly (sliced bacon), cut into 3cm (1.5″) cubes
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon thick dark soy sauce
  • 25 small shallots, peeled and cut into halves
  • 3 cups ginger, peeled and cut into julienne
  • 4 whole pickled garlic
  • 1 cup pickled garlic brine
  • 1/2 cup freshly roasted peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon hang lay masala spice mix or curry powder
  • 3 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 4 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoon palm sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoon neutral flavor oil for frying
Hang Lay Curry Paste Ingredients
  • 8-10 long dried chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 stalks medium size lemongrass (about 5 tablespoon) , finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon galangal, finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup shallots, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh turmeric, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon gabpi (fermented shrimp paste)
  • 1 teaspoon hang lay masala spice mix or curry powder
Method
Prepare the curry paste
  1. Clean, peel, chop and prepare all the ingredients for the curry paste.
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
  2. Soak the chilies in water until soft.
  3. In a mortar and pestle, start pounding the chilies with salt as an abrasive.
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
  4. Add lemongrass and pound it finely.
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
  5. Add galangal and pound it finely.
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
  6. Add shallots, garlic and fresh turmeric, and pound everything to a fine paste.
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
  7. Add hang lay masala spice mix.
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
  8. Add gabpi and mix well. Set aside.
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
Prepare the curry
  1. In a mixing bowl mix the two kinds of pork cuts cubes with the pineapple and all the amount of curry paste.
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
  2. Add thick dark soy sauce and mix well.
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
  3. Let the pork mixture to marinate for at least 1 hour.
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
  4. Heat oil in a pan.
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
  5. Fry the pork mixture on low heat until the fat renders out.
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
  6. Add shallots and ginger and mix well.
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
  7. Add pickled garlic and its brine.
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
  8. Add roasted peanuts.
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
  9. Add hang lay masala spice mix.
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
  10. Mix everything well together
  11. Season with tamarind paste, fish sauce and palm sugar.
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
  12. Add water to cover.
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
  13. Simmer on low heat for about 1 hour until pork is soft and sauce is thick.
    Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู
  14. Serve.Northern Style Hang Lay Curry Recipe - แกงฮังเลหมู