Salat Khaek (Southern Thai Salad)

Course : Curry
Serves: 2
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2 medium dried chiles -- seeds removed and soaked in water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup thinly sliced shallot
1 teaspoon Thai curry powder
2 large hard-boiled eggs
1/2 cup ground roasted peanuts
2 cups coconut milk
3 tablespoons fish sauce
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup tamarind juice

Preparation / Directions:

Ingredients for dressing: Preparation: Pound the chiles, salt, shallots, and curry powder well in a mortar and then mix in the peanuts. Remove the yolks from the two eggs and mix the yolks into the chile paste. Heat 1 cup of the coconut milk. When some oil has surfaced, add the chile paste, stir to disperse, and cook until fragrant; then, add the remaining coconut milk, fish sauce, sugar and tamarind juice. Ingredients for salad: 1 potato 3 hard-boiled eggs cuts into slices 1 cake firm white bean curd 1 head romaine lettuce 1 cup scalded bean sprouts 5 cucumbers [Or one large Western one. S.C.] 1 onion 2 tomatoes 2 cups cooking oil Preparation: Cut the potato into very thin slices, soak in water, drain well, and then fry in the hot oil until crisp and golden brown. Cut the bean curd into thin slices and fry until crisp. Peel the cucumbers and onion and cut them and the tomatoes into thin slices Arrange the lettuce on a platter, add the cucumbers, bean sprouts, onion, tomatoes, eggs, bean curd, and potato, spoon on the salad dressing and serve right away. Serves two. From "The Elegant Taste of Thailand, Cha Am Cuisine" by Sisamon Kongpan and Pinyo Srisawat.

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