Thai Curry Paste Episode II: Authentic Green Curry Paste (Kaeng Khiao Wan)

One of the best ways to get to know a culture is through it’s food. Culture, bey definition, is created by our collectiive reaction to our environments and other macroforces. Our environment also dictates our subsistence. From an anthropological perspective, I see the culinary tradition as one way we pay homage to the natural environment that provides us our food – by honoring it with craft and sharing the appreciation of that craft with others. We elevate food from subsistence to celebration when we create things that delight our senses in addition to filling our bellies.
For example, today we are having my wife’s family over for dinner and decided to go with a Cuban theme (for no reason, save that we wanted an excuse to make Mojitos). So, the first thing I did was find the perfect Sofrito recipe.
I just started following the blog that follows: The High Heel Gourmet. I thought my “food-thropologist” readers and freinds would appreciate some really deep instruction on the perfect Thai staple: a green curry paste.

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I think green curry is the best-known curry in Thai cuisine, although I personally think Massaman and Panang are quite famous on their own, to the point where I don’t even know which one is the close second. But rest assured,  if you haven’t reached the point where you’re ready to barf curry before the year end (because I will be giving you recipe after recipe of curries through out the year,) I will give you a medal, accept your “Thai-ness” and appoint you an official “adopted Thai peep.” How is that?

This is the second curry that I learned to make while I was growing up.  We made it ourselves because it contains fresh chilies and it doesn’t taste anywhere near as fresh if you buy the pre-made curry paste. My grandmother and my aunt always said I could buy some pre-made curry pastes if I wanted to, but…

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My wife and I are planning a vacation to Europe and tonight is one of the nights where we will sit down and decide all the things we want to do and try and loosely plan out our time. I knew we were compatible immediately when on our first vacation she trusted me to let … Continue reading How to Have An Anthropological Vacation

How you know you are in a Hipster Habitat

Urban sprawl all over America has given way to urban areas that are broken down into cellular pockets of neighborhoods with varying demographics. One more popular type of urban pocket is the Hipster Habitat. If you live in or near a major city center then you have likely been in one of these neighborhoods and … Continue reading How you know you are in a Hipster Habitat