“Cooking feeds the soul, both the cook and the people who are eating. For me, cooking is an act of love, a gift, and a way of sharing. It puts a smile in my heart when I put a lot of thought and care into preparing a dish. At home, cooking symbolizes love and family.” — Azrina Hidup
Hello everyone! My name is Azrina Hidup and I am half Filipina and half Bruneian. I would like to thank my beautiful friend, Allison, for the opportunity to be featured on her blog along with other amazing foodies and chefs.
I am always the happiest girl when I get to put my apron on. It was my dream to enter ‘Le Cordon Bleu’ Culinary School, but somehow I ended up doing Political Science. My passion for cooking though, doesn’t stop. Every weekend I will be on my #apronmodeon doing recipe testing and feeding my family with my cooking.
I love creating different dishes. I love travelling for food and what I usually love doing when I travel is to explore and try the local cuisine. I will always try to remember the taste and look of the food so I can recreate them back home for my loved ones to try.
Most of all, I strongly believe that cooking is more than just an act to fill the empty stomach. Cooking for me is an act of love, a gift, and a way of sharing. It puts a smile in my heart when I put a lot of thought and care into preparing a dish. I grew up with home cooked food, and growing up with my mom’s cooking inspires me a lot to develop my passion for cooking. For me, cooking and home cooked meals symbolize family and love.
For Allison’s Auguest series, I will be sharing my favourite Thai dish which is green curry. Tonight I have made Thai Green Curry Mussels with Homemade Green Curry Paste. Thai green curry is absolutely delicious when served with steamed rice. Nyums!
PREP TIME 30 MINS | COOKING TIME 20-25 MINS | SERVES 4-5
For the green curry paste
- 15-20 Thai basil leaves
- 6 Thai green chillies (remove the seeds if you prefer it to be less spicy)
- 3-4 cloves of garlic
- 3 long green chillies
- 2 stalks lemongrass, bottom part only, thinly sliced
- 1-2 shallots
- 1 & 1/2 inch size piece of galangal
- 1 & 1/2 inch size piece of ginger
- 1 lime
- 1 tbsp of coconut milk
- 1-2 tsp of kaffir lime zest
- 1-2 tsp of shrimp paste (belacan)
- 1/2 tsp white peppercorns
- Cilantro leaves and roots
- Coriander seeds
- Cumin powder
- Salt, to taste
For the Green Curry Mussels
- 1 cup fresh coconut water
- 1 cup seafood stock*
- 1 can (approx. 440g) coconut milk
- 3 pieces kaffir lime leaves (torn to smaller pieces)
- Basil leaves (5-6)
- Fish sauce, to taste
- Palm sugar, to taste
- Squeeze 1-2 fresh limes
- Thai eggplants
- Cilantro and basil leaves for garnish (cut/torn to smaller pieces)
* For this recipe, I used homemade prawn stock. You may use any kind of stock as a substitute.
- Thai Green Curry Paste: Toast coriander seeds simply by heating them in a skillet over medium-high heat. Then, finely grind using a mortar and pestle.
- In the same skillet, toast the shrimp paste/belacan and set aside.
- Slowly add the rest of the ingredients for the green curry paste to the mortar and pound until fine, adding liquid so that the mixture will become paste-like in texture. For this recipe, I used coconut milk as the liquid.
- Taste the curry paste and add season with salt to your preference and add a squeeze of lime juice.
Tip: You may also use an electric blender to speed up the process (and really make your life a little easier), if you prefer. For the coriander seeds, grind them first into a powder with the mortar and pestle. Then use the electric blender to grind all the remaining ingredients together. Similarly, add liquid to get the blender going. Since this will be used for a green curry dish, I highly suggest to use coconut milk as your liquid base.
- Thai Green Curry Mussels: Over medium heat, reduce half the can of the coconut milk in a heavy-bottomed pot until it becomes thick.
- Add the homemade green curry paste and sauté. Make sure to stir constantly for 2-3 minutes until fragrant/aromatic.
- Add the seafood stock, remaining half can of the coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves, and basil leaves. Leave to simmer gently for about 5-10 minutes, keeping the heat on medium.
Tip: You may also blend the basil leaves and some coconut milk into an electric blender to get nice green color soup.
- Add palm sugar and fish sauce to taste.
- Add coconut water and eggplants. Cover the pot until the eggplants are cooked through, about 3-4 minutes.
- Add in the mussels and cover until mussels are cooked, about 5 minutes.
- Garnish with chopped basil and cilantro. Add lime juice just before serving. Best to enjoy with steamed rice!
Photo Courtesy & Recipe Copyright © 2020 | Azrina Hidup (@azrinoh501)
– Azrina Hidup