Mushroom Thai curry     

Curry TypeVegetable
DifficultyModerate (Chuck Narad)
Time to prepare40 mins
Time to cookUnspecified
No. of servings
Ingredients2 chunks fresh wheat gluten, drained and cut into 1/2" cubes
1 can water chestnuts, sliced
1 can bamboo shoots (or a chunk of fresh), sliced
1 can straw mushrooms, drained, rinsed, and sliced
1 can golden button mushrooms, drained and rinsed
1 small handful Dried Black Fungus
1 cup fresh oyster mushrooms (or 1 can), sliced
1 can yellow Thai Curry Paste
1 bunch fresh basil
1 can coconut milk
1 stalk lemon grass, cut into 1" sections (optional)
peanut or olive oil
Thai sweet chili sauce (optional)
1 clove of garlic, minced (optional)
cooking sake
and your choice among:
zucchini cut into stir-fry size pieces.
InstructionsSoak the black fungus in a bowl of warm water for about 20 minutes while prepping the vegetables. Marinate the gluten in thai sweet chili sauce (available in oriental markets as a chicken marinade), just enough to get all of the chunks wet; stir occasionally. Open, drain, and slice all of the canned ingredients; slice the fresh ones to stir-fry size.

Remove most of the stems from the basil, and chop the remainder of the basil medium-sized.
Heat 1/4 cup of oil in a small pot; add the curry paste, and stir-fry it for a few minutes. Add the basil; stir until it wilts, then stir in the coconut milk and reduce the heat to low. Stir this occasionally while stir-frying.

Drain and rinse the black fungus, and cut to strips if neccessary. Heat the wok, then add 1-2 Tbs oil; add the garlic (if desired), then stir-fry the gluten for a few minutes. Next, add each of the other ingredients, from heaviest to lightest, stiring each for a minute or two before adding the next. Every 2-3 ingredients, add a splash of sake to the wok for sweet steam. When the vegetables are almost ready,
pour the curry sauce over them, and stir for a few minutes.
Serve over basmati or calrose rice.

Prep time: about 40 minutes, unless the rice takes longer.
If you like hotter curries (3 or 4 star, as they say in thai
restaurants) add a small amount of vietnamese tuong ot
(garlic-chili paste) to the sauce before adding it to the wok.

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