Gang Ba (Curry With Mushrooms)

Course : Curry
Serves: 4
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10 ounces straw mushrooms
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 1/2 tablespoons gang ba curry paste -- see recipe
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar -- optional
1/2 cup oriental basil -- chopped
2 whole kaffir leaves
6 medium red chile peppers -- cut into 4 pieces (4 to 5)

Preparation / Directions:

If the mushrooms are very large, cut in half; however it is traditional not to cut them in Thai cooking. Heat the oil in a wok over medium heat. Add the curry paste and stir-fry until it releases its aroma. Add 3 c water, mushrooms, soy sauce and sugar. Bring to a boil, adjust the seasonings if necessary. Add the basil, kaffir and chile peppers. Mix gently and serve hot with rice. NOTE: I make variations of this adding a bunch assorted, cubed vegetables which I stir-fry for a few moments before adding the water. Using the vegetables gives a main dish rather than just a side dish. Good vegetables in this curry are: eggplant, zucchini, corn, cauliflower, bamboo shoots (I'm not sure how Thai this ingredient is though)

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