Since it opened, Red Ginger has become one of the favorite restaurants on board Marina and Riviera. The fresh cuisines of Asia are a wonderful complement to the European menus we feature on board. While many of us are familiar with Asian cuisine, Red Ginger has given us a deeper appreciation for how much the cuisines of Thailand, China, Japan, Vietnam, and other Asian countries differ. The restaurant features innovative preparations of authentic recipes from these various traditions.
Some nights you just want something quick and easy – but don’t want to sacrifice flavor. This recipe, inspired by our entrée at Red Ginger, is great comfort food.
SERVES 2 TO 3
3 (13½-ounce) cans unsweetened coconut milk, unshaken (preferably Aroy-D or Mae Ploy)
3 to 4 tablespoons red curry paste
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in 1-inch cubes
1 red bell pepper, julienned
1 serrano or other medium-heat pepper, julienned
4 lime leaves
1 to 2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
5 basil leaves
Open the cans of coconut milk and spoon the thicker layer of milk off the top. Place this thicker milk into a bowl and set aside. You should have approximately 4 cups of thin milk remaining in the cans and 1 cup of thick milk in the bowl.
Heat a wok over medium-high heat and add ½ cup of the thick milk. When the milk begins to bubble, add the red curry paste, adjusting the amount to your personal taste. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the remaining ½ cup of thick milk and cook, stirring constantly, for about 5 more minutes, until the coconut oil starts to separate.
Add the chicken pieces. Increase the heat to high and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the peppers and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Add the thin coconut milk and lime leaves and bring to a boil. Decrease the heat to medium and simmer for 7 minutes.
Add 1 tablespoon of the fish sauce and taste. Adjust the seasoning accordingly.
Stack the basil leaves, roll them into a cigar, and slice into a chiffonade. Add the basil just before serving.
TIP: Curry is often served over jasmine rice. For a quick and easy meal, use Seeds of Change organic rice packets that take only 90 seconds to cook in the microwave.