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Seafood Curry in Banana Leaf (Hor Mok Talay)

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This is a delightful presentation of a Thai Seafood Curry. It is easy to serve for eating out of hand.
  Red curry paste 2 Tablespoon
  Oil 1 Tablespoon
  Coconut cream 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Rice flour 1 Tablespoon
  Fish filet 1 Pound
  Mixed shellfish 1 Pound (peeled shrimps, scallops, and mussels if desired)
  Eggs 2 Large, beaten
  Kaffir lime leaves 10 Gram, finely julienned (6 makrut leave)
  Green onions 2 , chopped
  Fish sauce 3 Tablespoon
  Basil leaves 1 Cup (16 tbs) (garnish)
  Cilantro roots 1 Dozen (pound into a paste)
  Bok choy/Napa cabbage 3 Cup (48 tbs), cut into 1" pieces (lightly steamed in fish sauce and water, squeeze all the liquid out)
  Banana leaves/1 pkg. frozen leaves 3 , split lengthwise with rib removed (choose the older ones)
  Serrano peppers To Taste, julienned


Fry the curry paste in the oil until fragrant.

Add the kaffir lime leaves, green onions, half the basil that has been chopped, and cilantro roots and continue frying for another minute or so.

Mix the rice flour with the liquid part of the can of coconut milk (about 1 cup). Pour this rice flour and coconut milk mixture into the curry paste, stirring to incorporate. Simmer for a few minutes to thicken. Add fish sauce and stir.

Take off the stove and add the rest of the coconut milk. Stir, and allow to cool. When cool add the ground fish and stir again.

Place fish chunks and shrimps, scallops and mussels in a large bowl. Pour beaten eggs over them. Mix to coat evenly.

When coconut milk curry mixture is cool, add a little to the seafood mixture in the bowl and stir. Add a little more at a time and stir thoroughly after each addition. This stirring is very important as it draws the moisture out of the fish and shellfish into the custard mixture.

Mix steamed and well drained (squeeze out excess liquid) bok choy or Napa Cabbage with basil leaves and distribute evenly in bottoms of banana leaf cups.

Place scallops, shrimps, chunks of fish and mussels if using into the cups.

Spoon the custard mixture into the banana leaf cups until nearly full and place in covered steamer for 20-25 minutes.

A few minutes before they are finished steaming, remove steamer cover and garnish tops with a little coconut cream and two or three strips of red chile pepper to suit your taste.

Serve with hot, steamed Jasmine rice.

Serves 4-6.

Banana Leaf Cups:

Wash leaves well.

Stack 3 banana leaf sections on one another and, with a pair of scissors, cut a series of 5 1/2" circles.

Take a pinch-fold in four or five places and secure with short bamboo picks or toothpicks to form a round cup two layers thick, with 1" sides.

Add toothpicks as necessary to maintain shape.

Recipe Summary

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Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
60 Minutes
I remember the first time we ate this amazing dish in a restaurant in Thailand called Once Upon a Time which specialized in the old Royal Thai dishes. This dish makes a lovely course in a Thai meal, but also as a eat out of hand pass around dish.

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Seafood Curry In Banana Leaf (Hor Mok Talay) Recipe