Note: These are the recommended amounts required for a meal for four people. Please adjust the amounts accordingly for more or less people. Also you might already have some of these Thai food ingredients in your larder, so please set the quantity to zero for any ingredients that you already have. All our fresh Thai products are flown in direct from Thailand once a week, ensuring you get the best quality fresh Thai food products. Using fresh Thai produce will ensure you get an authentic taste.
For the curry, put the beef into a heavy-based pan with 350ml of the coconut milk, an
equal amount of water, and the black cardamom pods, cinnamon stick and 1 teaspoon
salt. Bring slowly to simmering point, part-cover leaving just a small 1cm gap for the
steam to escape, and leave to cook gently for 2 hours, stirring now and then at the
beginning of cooking, until the beef is almost tender.
Meanwhile, peel the potatoes and cut into 2.5 v 2.5 v 1cm pieces (using a crinkleedged
chip cutter if you wish). Peel the shallots and split them in half.
Uncover the curry and remove and discard the black cardamom pods and cinnamon
stick. Stir in the rest of the coconut milk, the potatoes, shallots, curry paste, fish sauce,
tamarind water and sugar and simmer gently, uncovered, for a further 25–30 minutes
or until the potatoes, shallots and beef are tender. Stir in the peanuts, scatter over the
basil if using and serve.
Rick Stein says: "I found this curry at the hotel I was staying at during filming, the Royal
Orchid Sheraton on the Chao Phraya river in the centre of Bangkok.
The Thai restaurant
there, called Thara Thong, was unexpectedly good, and I say this because you don’t usually
expect to find a really good restaurant in a giant hotel catering for international conferences.
The chef was very much a home-style cook specializing in royal Thai cuisine, albeit with a
no-nonsense head-chef demeanour about her.
The mussaman curry is the Thai version of the
Muslim curries of northern India, made really special by the use of fish sauce, shrimp paste,
lemongrass and palm sugar, but the element I find beguiling is the black cardamom, which
gives the curry a delightfully smoky flavour."