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River prawns and calamari in red curry sauce, or Kung maenam

This dish is called after the main ingredient : "kung maenam", meaning river prawns. Popular dish in Bangkok, it's not much known here, in Koh Samui. Give it a try, it's delicious!

Serves 2

Curry paste

5 dry spur chilies

1 teaspoon coriander seeds 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon white peppercorn 3 garlic cloves 1 lemongrass stalk, chopped 10 grams galangal, chopped 3 shallots 1 teaspoon kaffir lime zest, chopped 1 teaspoon shrimp paste

Rehydrate chilies in hot water for about 5-10 minutes. Then drain and chop roughly. Add little by little chilies and other ingredients into a stone mortar (it's easier to pound if you add the ingredients little by little). Pound until smooth.

Curry sauce

2 river prawns, big size

1 tablespoon shrimp oil (or vegetable oil)

100 g calamari, small diced

125 g coconut cream

2 tablespoons fish sauce

1 teaspoon sugar

To garnish : kaffir lime leaf, very thinly sliced

Prepare the prawns : make a longitudinal incision on the back of the prawns and remove the flesh from the shells. Chop the flesh and mix with 1 tablespoon shrimp oil. Place the flesh back in the shells. Steam the prawns for about 8 minutes or until the flesh is cooked.

In a sauce pan, on medium heat, dissolve the curry paste in 2 tablespoons of coconut cream. Then add calamari, the rest of the cream, stock and seasoning. Cook for 5 minutes.

Transfer the prawns on a serving plate. Pour the sauce over the prawns. Garnish with sliced kaffir lime leaf.

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