One of husband’s favorite dish is yellow curry with chicken and chunks of melt-in-your-mouth potatoes. He was hooked on this dish when we were dating. We used to eat out at a small Thai restaurant in Denver where the only dish he’d order was the yellow curry with chicken and potatoes. I would always order the chicken laab and papaya salad. We stopped going there and never went back the day I chewed on my laab and tasted something chewing and minty. I spit it out to find that it was a piece of gum. I was completely disgusted then and yep, we never returned.
My sister also made a yellow curry w/chicken once. I think it was on New Years Eve about 8 years ago. She added green Thai peppers, galanga, and some other things. Husband really liked it and ate a ton but didn’t realize there were Thai peppers in it and chewed on one. His face turned bright red and he looked as though he was about to pass out. He screamed for milk and was given a one gallon jug. I think he drank most of it. I don’t know if the milk helped but eventually the burning sensation went away after maybe twenty minutes or so. It’s kind of funny to think back to that moment.
I’ve been trying to perfect my own version for him and low and behold, I did it! He loves my version. Here’s how I made it:
I use this packaged kind because it’s enough for our family. In the past, I’ve used the cans but there’s always too much curry paste. I usually end up wasting by either making way too much or wasting the paste. These packets are usually sold at the Asian markets but I’m sure they (or similar kinds) can be found at any grocery store in the oriental/world section.
It comes with directions. I used potatoes (preboiled separately) but not the peanuts. I also added sliced onion with the chicken to the sauce. After step 3, I like to add 1 1/2 cup of water. I also throw in a Kaffir lime leaf for about five minutes as well as some Thai peppers. I warn husband before I do that so that he avoids them. I let the whole thing boil for about 10 minutes. The liquid will thicken. Add a little flour if it doesn’t.