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Hor Mok (Steamed red curry cake in banana leaf)

Hor Mok (Steamed red curry cake in banana leaf)


Today I tried a Hor Mok (Steamed red curry cake with salmon in banana leaf) recipe from my mom. This is a family recipe, that we got from our relatives, that has been used for generations in Chon Buri province. Thai people like to use white fishes such as snapper, snakehead fish (ปลาช่อน), tilapia (ปลานิล), grouper, red snapper.

Since we live in South Florida, there are always plenty of good seafood choices. I like to get fresh seafood from a local seafood market, but today we got fresh salmon from Costco.

Hor Mok ingredients

I choose Salmon to make my Hor Mok today, and it came out great. I would like to try with mixed seafood next time. I’m sure it’ll be just as great, but benefit from more variety.

I tried to make this as close as I could to what they make in Thailand so I started by making bowls from banana leaves to serve the Hor Mok . If you don’t have banana leaf, you can use a ramekin also. Then put fresh Thai sweet basil and sliced cabbage on the bottom.
I think I will add this to my Thai cooking classes in the future. Aroi maak maak!

Sawasdee ka ^O^

Thai chili

Spicy Thai chilies ready to eat

Spicy Thai chilies ready to eat

I’m so glad that the Thai chili seeds I planted early this year grew so well. Now some of them have turned red and green, and are ready to use cooking my Thai dishes.

 

There are many types of Thai chili used in Thai cooking.

  • Bird’s eye chili (Prik Kee Noo) – 1 inch, the hottest one in Chili family
  • Chilli Spur Pepper (Prik Chee Fah) – 3-5 inches, it’s not hot, but used its for coloring and for decoration
  • Sweet Pepper (Prik Yuak)
  • Green Pepper Chili (Prik Noom)
  • Dried Chili
Thai chilies growing in my garden

Thai chilies growing in my garden

Thai chili is also know as พริกขี้หนู (Prik Kee Noo) or Bird’s eye chili. It’s commonly found in South East Asian countries such as Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore.

 

These Thai chilis look small but they pack lots of heat inside the seeds. Please be careful if you’re not use to with the fresh chili heat. It’s more spicy than Mexico’s Habanero chili.

Thai gourmets commonly use fresh chili to cook many dishes such as yum (Thai spicy salad), namprik (น้ำพริก), som tam (green papaya salad), pad thai, spicy & sour soup (Tom Yam), pad thai, tom kha gai, green curry, red curry, chicken basil, etc.

Actually Thai chili is rich in vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and has numerous other health benefits. For example:

  • Helps stimulate the appetite of the stomach. If eating in a small volume reduces the occurrence of ulcers in the stomach.
  • Thai red and green hot chilies

    Thai hot chilies

  • Prevents from cancer, heart disease and stroke.
  • Helps relieve pain from muscles, shoulders, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Help burn fat and lose weights
  • Help clear mucus and reduce sinusities
  • Resolve pain, vomiting, tired
  • Help fight inflammation
  • Help Soothe Intestinal Diseases

We should all eat more Thai chili! If you don’t have a strong tolerance for the heat, avoid using the seeds in your food. Thai chili will give your food a kick, and make your life more spicy 🙂

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