The most unusual part of this recipe is the rambutans, the semi-sweet Thai fruit we add to it to balance the spicy curry. Lychees can be substituted very successfully if you can't obtain rambutans. The duck though is essential, it has a soft meat that blends into the dish. If you can't get hold of duck, try one of the other pork or chicken red curry recipes on this site instead!
Ingredients for 2 People
100 gms Duck
200 ml Coconut Milk
Water for Boiling
3 Tablespoons Thai Red Curry Paste
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Oil
2 Red Chillies
5 Basil Leaves
4 Kaffir Citrus Leaves
5 Cherry Tomatoes
1 Teaspoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Fish Sauce
2 Cubed Raw Potatoes
4 Rambutans (From a tin is better than fresh for this recipe)
1. Boil the potatoes in water until they are cooked, drain off the water, leaving only approx. 100 mls remaining in the pan.
2. Clean the duck and slice the meat into strips.
3. Into a frying pan, fry the curry paste in the oil for few seconds - this will release the flavours - then add duck and stir fry in the hot oil. Again this only needs to be done for a few seconds.
4. Cut the chillies and kaffir leaves into smaller pieces and add to the frying pan with the duck.
5. Add the coconut milk, salt, sugar and fish sauce, and fry for 2 minutes.
6. Add the contents of the frying pan to the potato pan and bring the liquid back to the boil.
7. Add the rambutans, basil leaves, and cherry tomatoes and serve immediately.
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