SPICY THAI GREEN CURRY RAMEN

Yields: 2-4 servings 

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil or peanut oil
  • Green Curry Paste (I used Asian Home Gourmet Thai Green Curry paste)
  • 4 small green Thai chilies, OR substitute 1 to 2 jalapeno peppers
  • 1/2 cup shallot OR purple onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 thumb-size pieces galangal OR ginger, grated
  • 1 stalk fresh lemon grass, minced OR 3 Tbsp. frozen or bottled prepared lemongrass
  • 1/2 tsp. ground white pepper 
  • 3 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 3 tsp. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • salt to taste

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  • 1 small onion, large diced
  • 1 cup taro, large diced 
  • 2 cups carrots, large diced
  • 2 cups oyster mushroom, large diced
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 can water/chicken broth
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves OR substitute 1 tsp. grated lime zest
  • 1 package fresh Japanese ramen OR substitute 
  • 1 cup bean sprouts, washed
  • 1/4 cup radish, washed and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • Generous handful fresh basil and cilantro, washed and dried 
  1. Place a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the oil and swirl around, then add curry paste, chiles, shallots, garlic, ginger and lemon grass and diced onion. Sauté until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Add broth and taro. Bring curry to a boil and reduce to a slight simmer. 
  2. When taro is almost softened add 1 can coconut milk and the carrots. Cover and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile bring a medium pot of water to a boil. This will be your cooking water for the ramen.
  4. Place ramen into boiling water and loosen the noodles, making sure they are evenly distributed. Cook until al dente, drain and rinse under cold water. Set aside.
  5. Add oyster mushrooms, lime leaves/zest, white pepper, and brown sugar to curry, stirring well to incorporate. Simmer another 5-10 minutes and add fish sauce and lime juice. 
  6. Salt to taste and adjust flavors to your liking - adding more fish sauce to make it saltier, more sugar for sweetness, lime for acid and if it's too spicy you can temper it with more coconut milk. 
  7. Place ramen into curry and turn off heat. Divide evenly into 2-4 bowls and garnish with fresh herbs, bean sprouts and shaved radish. Serve immediately. 

****** Feel free to add other ingredients like bell peppers, tofu, squash or sweet potatoes.