Red thai curry with crispy duck and litchi al fresco

Crispy skin duck with litchis in red thai curry

Yes it’s MasterChef Australia to the rescue on yet another lunch al fresco. A flavorful mix of asian tastes and textures, this dish by Mindy Woods (season 4) had me wishing that I could hop on the next plane to visit my step-mom in Thailand. My knowledge of curries is limited to cookbooks so this version with litchi was a novel surprise. Even if I had to settle for canned litchi, the sweet fruit contrasted deliciously with the spicy curry. The use of duck was also new as I’ve feasted on red thai curry only with large shrimp or salmon.

Coconut rice with fish floss

The curry is accompanied with coconut rice topped with fish floss – something unheard of in all my years dabbling in the kitchen – and a list of garnishes that had to be substituted with their italian counterparts. If anyone knows where to buy vietnamese mint, kaffir lime leaves, and Thai or Holy basil in this country (seeds or plants), please point me in the right direction!

The recipe does involve a long list of ingredients to make the red curry paste so maybe it was a blessing that I couldn’t source the majority of them. Ready-made pastes are easier to find and instead of using the amount listed, I adjusted the quantity to suit our level of heat tolerance. Also, fish sauce is extremely salty, so whenever I make thai curries, I always add the dark pungent liquid and the palm sugar TO TASTE. Mindy’s recipe can be found here: Crispy Skin Duck with Fragrant Red Curry and Lychees, Thai Coconut and Fish Floss Rice

Fish floss prep

Fish floss. It’ll take some time before I lose the image of dental string, but this dried, then fried topping was delicious on the coconut rice.

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6 thoughts on “Red thai curry with crispy duck and litchi al fresco

  1. Jess

    Crispy duck in a red curry sauce with grapes and canned pineapple and basil is a dish that I almost always get when I go to my local Thai place. So good! It’s a great balance of sweet/hot/ savory.

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    1. Rowena Post author

      If you just stick with the basic part (curry only and no garnishes), thai curry is easy peasy. With the ready-made pastes it’s similiar to making japanese curry! The fussy part was the duck because it had to be steamed, then coated in rice flour, then fried, and the next time I am just gonna do the coconut rice ahead of time and zap it in the micro.

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