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Neil Perry: Red curry of duck and pineapple


You'll need

250 ml (1 cup) coconut cream 60 ml (¼ cup) vegetable oil 200 gm good-quality red curry paste (see note) 4 kaffir lime leaves 60 ml (¼ cup) fish sauce 2 tbsp grated palm sugar 500 ml (2 cups) coconut milk 1 Chinese roast duck, boned and cut into 2cm chunks 3 long red chillies, halved lengthways, seeds removed 160 gm chopped pineapple (¼ small peeled pineapple) Handful of Thai basil leaves 1 lime, to squeeze

Method

  • 01
  • In a frying pan over high heat, bring the coconut cream and vegetable oil to the boil, stirring continuously so that it doesn’t burn. When the coconut cream ‘splits’ (the oil separates from the solids), add the curry paste. Crush the lime leaves in your hand, add them to the pan and fry until all the aromas rise from the paste and it is sizzling fiercely. This will take 10-15 minutes (use your nose). Add the fish sauce and cook for 1 minute. Then add the palm sugar and the coconut milk and bring to the boil. Add the duck and chillies and simmer gently until the duck has heated through (about 4 minutes), then add the pineapple. Stir in the basil with a little squeeze of lime juice before serving.
Note Neil Perry makes his own red curry paste. You can find the recipe in his book. Alternatively, use a good-quality paste from Asian supermarkets.

There is something agreeable about the combination of red curry, duck and pineapple – I suppose that’s why it’s a classic. Add some heat by cooking the paste with a few squashed wild green chillies; or for a fresh finish, a squeeze of lime is great. You can buy roast duck at your local Chinatown or make your own.

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  • Serves 4 people
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