Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cambodian Na-taing

When we eat Cambodian food, we always order this dish.  I decided I wanted to make it myself and my family is very happy that I did.
But first, I have to tell you a sad story.  Yesterday I baked pies for some of the kids at the center.  They are between programs right now but a few kids show up every day to hang out.  Two of the kids were there last week when I sent a pie to the people that work there and when they tried it, they really loved it.  So, I promised them more for yesterday.  Two of the boys were walking to the center to get pie and were held up at gun point.

One of them was carrying his Xbox because they were heading to a friends to play it after eating pie.  The robber took the Xbox, their phones and the few bucks they had in their pockets.  I could just die.  I can't imagine how horrible it is to be held up in your own neighborhood let alone to lose the few possessions you have.  The police were called but they didn't believe the boys story which is a whole other problem.  However, the people that work at the center believed these kids and they are the ones that know them.  And they had no phones and had to borrow them all day. These are good kids that have never been in trouble.  It just makes me miserable.  But they got lots of pie.  However, if I hadn't baked them, then they wouldn't have been where they were and got robbed.  CRAP!

Back to the na-taing.  Brown 2 pounds of pork in some sesame oil along with 8 diced garlic cloves and 3 tablespoons of minced ginger.

Sprinkle in some salt and pepper.

Add the juice of one lime along with it's zest.

Add 2 tablespoons of paprika.
Add 2 tablespoons of fish sauce and 3 tablespoons of brown sugar.
Add a thinly sliced shallot.
Add 2 cans of coconut milk.

Looking good.

Add 3 tablespoons of green curry paste.

It sort of looks like this. Simmer for about 5 minutes and then stir in a bunch of minced cilantro.

Serve it scooped on rice crackers.  This might not look like much but it is a taste explosion in your mouth.  It is seriously good food.