thai green curry

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my second or third bowl

I love green curry, so I am taking note to remind myself how much better it is when you don’t forget the lime at the end! I happened to have squash and sweet potato on hand, which made the dish look as wonderful as it tasted–but my favourite ingredient was the dried shiitake (which I rehydrated and threw into the curry with its water).

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons green curry paste
  • whatever vegetables you’d like: eggplant, carrot, sweet potato, etc.
  • 1 can (400 ml) coconut milk
  • 1 cup (250 ml) vegetable stock
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (about half a lime should do it)
  • fresh cilantro for serving

Heat the oil. Add onion and curry paste and fry for a couple of minutes. Add your veggies and fry for a bit before pouring in the coconut milk + stock. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender. Mix in the sugar, lime zest & lime juice at the very end. eat with your favourite rice. yum.

SanRasa on staten island

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I heard there was a ‘little sri lanka’ on staten island, so I booted over there and had lunch at SanRasa restaurant, not too far from the ferry terminal, on Bay street.

The food was worth the two-hour trek (due to weekend subway rerouting, grr) to get there. We started with some yummy fried lentil patties (masala wale) accompanied by a sweet sauce, followed by a lovely vegetable curry that surprised me with its coconut base. And last but not least was the kottu roti, my raison d’être: kottu roti is basically made by frying and cutting up sri lankan style roti with (hopefully) spicy spicy curry (leaving your stomach burning even hours later).

lentil patties
masala wale
kottu staten
vegetable na...nagarathna?? and kottu roti

SanRasa was much fancier than I expected–not that it was particularly upscale, but it had a nice ambiance and the food presentation was good. I was rather expecting a small takeout joint: I’m used to kottu roti looking like this, not like a pyramid laced with delicate scallion and carrot slivers. Plus, at $10 a dish, this place is considered cheap eats by New York standards (even though that’s twice the price of kottu at Jolee in Montreal, sigh).

Check out a video of street-style kottu roti here.

There is also a feature in the new york times about Staten Island restaurants, including a description of SanRasa and its $11 buffet lunch on Sundays. Worth checking out.

226 Bay Street
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 420-0027

thai home kitchen

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New Yorkers really love their Thai restaurants. They also like being seen to be trendy. Finally, they have pretty bland palates. Because most of the Thai places I’ve been to suck–unless you like eating vaguely Asian-like food in a dimly lit hipster bistro.

Which is why Thai Home Kitchen surprised me. Sure, it had the modern-looking decor (rock pool, orchids, etc.), so I was suspicious: but the food was actually good! The starter chive cakes were great, and G is convinced Bangkok’s chinatown has a street vendor that serves the same thing (I didn’t recall this, but it did taste familiar). My Seafood Kapow was beautifully topped with a pile of fried basil and was tasty enough, but G’s Vegetarian Duck with Red Curry stole the show for flavour (a bit of sweet + spicy goes a long way).

Again, though we asked for extra spicy (which we now do in every Thai place), it was nothing compared to the average dish in Thailand. But since it tasted good, we’ll take it.

Thai Home Kitchen restaurant

Chai Thai Home Kitchen
930 8th Ave.
(corner 55th St.)