Very nice! You even did the fried noodles which me and Austin left out.
My first intention was to leave them out as you both did. But I had never deep-fried noodles before and I had a little oil left, so why not take a couple of minutes to do it? Also, I realized that (as is usually the case) each element of the dish has its function and is important in the final taste and texture. That is the case of the deep-fried noodles, they do add a dimension to the khao soi, and, just like the pickled mustard and the shallots, they help make it complete (you eG jury out there, please take note!).
Good job Ptipois. But the questions is... how did it taste?
It tasted heavenly. We adored it. The two bowls were literally devoured and my son had seconds. The combination of tastes and textures is amazing: three different kinds of crunch (shallots, pickled mustard, fried noodles), two kinds of sweet (the coconut curry sauce and the sweet sulphurousness of the shallots), of tender (chicken, noodles), the acidity of lime meeting the sourness of pickled mustard, plus the aromas of shallot, coriander, and spices... That is one of the most complex (tastewise) dishes I've ever tried. And it's so easy to put together, as long as you've got the curry paste made. Also, I was lucky enough to find some imported Thai coriander with roots and leaves; that makes a difference. The taste is stronger, the leaves are firmer, and they may be eaten as a salad.
Now I don't know if I did win, but at least I believe I would be acceptable as a Thai daughter-in-law (don't brood Onigiri, I'm absolutely sure you'd be too, in spite of the ready-made curry paste!)
This was your first time trying it out right? Did you like? I've been eating mine for the past few days and find that the curry sauce gets better as it sits. In fact, I think it's time for a late dinner of khao soi.
Coconut curry sauces seem to reheat very well.
Austin, the bum, left for the southern part of Thailand on Monday and then he's off to Laos for a bit so dunno when he'll be back to see how you did. Personally I think we are all winners for making the dish!
Indeed, we all win. However I'm looking forward to hearing his opinion when he comes back. After all, hey, I fried the darn noodles!
Edited by Ptipois, 18 January 2006 - 11:19 PM.