Tofu Green Beans With Red Curry Sauce
A few days ago Ben and I ordered food from Song, a Thai restaurant ranking high on Yelp as one of the best in Park Slope. I hate to report that it was a big disappointment; the green papaya salad was way too lemony, lacking fish sauce and heat, and the other dishes were either too sweet or bland. If you’ve been to Thailand, you’re probably a som tam (green papaya salad) and pad Thai snob like we are. I spent almost a year in Bangkok tasting some of the best food I’ve ever had, so you can understand my frustration when a mediocre version of something that should be exceptionally delicious (like som tam) is presented before me.
This week, instead of risking another disappointing Thai delivery order, I took it upon myself to whip up a few dishes since Thai food really isn’t that complicated. What’s needed are basic ingredients like fish sauce, Thai chilies, curry paste, galangal (or ginger), holy basil (or regular basil) garlic, sugar, lemon and soy. Lemongrass is also often used though just like lime kaffir lime leaves and coconut milk, isn’t always needed.
I made a ginger shrimp stir fry, scallops with vegetables in oyster sauce and this tofu green beans with red curry sauce. No meat for this dinner extravaganza, but plenty of yummy seafood and beans of all kinds to keep our skin aglow!
You’ll need kaffir lime leaves for this recipe which you can usually find in Asian grocery stores. Better yet, if you can drive to a Thai supermarket, they’ll definitely have them. I get mine at Bangkok Center in Chinatown. They’ll keep for a long time if you put them in a ziplock bag and store in the freezer.
Peanuts are also common in Thai cooking though unlike Indonesia and the Philippines, where they are used to make sweet sauces, are served in their natural state, or crushed like in this tofu green beans recipe. If sweet peanut sauce is served with your Thai food, it’s a sign that you’re ordering or eating at a Thai/ American fusion restaurant (as it will never make an appearance in any dishes in Thailand).
Tofu green beans with red curry sauce is a very simple and very authentic Thai dish. If you like strong, punchy flavors, you’re going to LOVE this dish!