Thai Masaman Curry Recipe

I love Thai food, especially the curries. You will find lots of different curries on the market but one of my all-time favorite is the Maesri brand. This was recommended by my Thai friend, whom I trust. She knows Thai food & I know she won’t steer me wrong.

If you didn’t know by now, I follow instructions loosely. I improvise a great deal by using the ingredients I have on hand, so this recipe is also one of my random concoctions that turned out absolutely delicious, plus it’s healthy too, which is a thumbs up in my book.

It may be a bit spicy, but it’s also a little sweet. You shouldn’t buy this brand if you don’t like spice. Just a warning. 🙂

Thai Masaman Curry by ilovemunkie

Ingredients:
1 can Maesri Masaman curry – 4 oz x 2 cans1 can (14oz) Aroy-D Coconut Milk 1/2 large onion (sliced)
1/2 Napa Cabbage (wash & roughly chopped)
1 can Chickpeas (rinsed & drained)
1 cup baby Carrots (sliced)
1/2 lb Sugar Snap Peas (peel off ends)
8 pieces Chicken Thighs (wash & dry, remove skin & fat)
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Heat up a large frying pan with coconut oil. Season chicken with a little salt & pepper. Add chicken to pan. Brown each side for 5 minutes in low-medium heat until almost cooked through. Remove from pan. Drain oil into a glass bowl.
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In a separate large frying pan, add a little of the chicken oil into pan, then cook your onions until translucent. Add the carrots next & cook until nearly soft. Add sugar snap peas.
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In the pan you used for the chicken, in medium heat, add the Masaman curry paste & coconut milk. Mix until there are no lumps. Pour all the contents of the other pan into curry. Add cabbage & chick peas.
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Add the chicken & cover them with curry so it absorbs the flavors. Cook for another 10 minutes on low-medium heat with the lid on.
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Serve by itself or over rice. Better yet, serve on top of cauliflower rice.

Enjoy!

Adventures in Canadia – Desserts

Let’s talk about Desserts. Yes, I’m talking about those yummy delicious bites of goodness after having a nice, filling meal. Or for some, they’ll eat it as their meal. 🙂

LES CHATEAUX BAKERY
8360 Kennedy Rd
Markham, ON L3R 9W4
(905) 940-1303
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I can’t tell you how many times we’ve come here for their fresh out-of-the-oven, piping hot, delectable egg tarts. Oh, if there was something I can eat every day, it would be these egg tarts. I ate 2 while on my last trip to Canada last week, and I’ve eaten one per day since I came back. Ummm…you caught me, I brought 2 dozen back. *burp*

They offer egg tarts with 2 different crusts. One is a more crumbly cookie crust, while the other is my personal preference, the tender, flakey, buttery, layered, puff pastry type of crust. See, even the description of that sounds so much better. 😀

The egg custard is best when it first comes out of the oven. It is smooth, creamy, tender, warm custardy goodness. Oh, words cannot describe how it tastes, but pictures can try to convey this to you. You can always re-heat them in the toaster oven, but they’ll never taste as good as when they first come out of the oven.

CAFFE DEMETRE
(they have multiple locations)

Let’s talk about crepes. The hubby’s cousin brought us here over the winter. She was just there the night before, but she was more than willing to go again. Yes, she loves food just as much as we do. Hubby’s entire family loves food, so I guess I fit right in.

This is a place for the young kids to hang out late at night. It was completely packed & there was a line streaming out the door. While waiting on line, we watched the people behind the counter prepare large plates of crepes with extra portions of whipped cream, cut huge pieces of cake & top with more whipped cream & make waffles with fruit, ice cream & drizzled with a generous amount of fudge. I was getting a little nervous by the huge portions & the amount of sugar I was about to ingest.
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We ordered the Moo La La. It’s a crepe filled with a huge serving of Nutella ice cream, bananas, almond slivers & drizzled with fudge.
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The other item we ordered was a waffle with chocolate ice cream, strawberries & whipped cream.

Both were huge but the 3 of us devoured it & only left remnants of fudge on the place. The highlight was the homemade Nutella ice cream.

YAU WOO SOYA BEAN SPECIALTY FOODS
4390 Steeles Ave. E
Markham, Ontario
(inside Market Village which is the older part of Pacific Mall)
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Hubby’s cousin recommended this place to us. We were a bit skeptical about eating here because it looked like a complete hole in the wall. But, we were proven wrong. They specialize in soy beans (obviously) & we were blown away by their sweet tofu desserts. The creaminess of the tofu was unbelievable without any graininess whatsoever. They have most definitely perfected this recipe. Each bite was better than the last. We ate here twice last week. Oh, the gluttony.

The hot tofu with ginger syrup (top right) was perfect for a cold day (we had this one earlier in the year). The slight spiciness from the ginger just warms your tummy. The cold tofu with coconut milk & tapioca (middle left) was so delicious that we went back the next day to order more. It’s only good if you are a coconut milk fan. We loved it. The hubby’s mom ordered the hot tofu with sesame (lower right). I wasn’t a fan of this one because the sesame soup was really thick, plus we ate it on a hot & humid day. I prefer the cold tofu on a hot day.

TUNG TUNG DAN QUEN KING LTD
2 Locations – Pacific Mall & Market Village (one in the old side of Pacific Mall)
Pacific Mall – 4300 Steeles Ave E, Unit N-6/N-8 Pacific Mall, Markham, ON L3R
Market Village – 4350 Steeles Avenue E, Unit 106, PO Box 85, Markham, ON L3R 9V4
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These are world famous Egg Rolls. No, not the ones you get at fast food restaurants. These are crunchy, thin cookies rolled up. They start out using batter that resembles pancake batter. Then they put it on a machine that cooks the batter, almost like a crepe. Then these little ladies takes what looks like a curling iron & carefully folds them & roll them to the egg roll shape. A package contains 16 of these addicting egg rolls. We always end up bringing home at least a box or 2 (10 in a box). They also offer a flat version filled with dried coconut shred which is also good, but not as popular.

Here comes the fun part. When I went home, I stuffed them with coffee ice cream & let it re-freeze again. You should eat these as soon as possible because the egg rolls eventually get a little soggy. Of course, these usually don’t last more than a day because they’re so yummy. This is my version of a cannoli! 🙂
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This place is also famous for their eggettes or eggies or egg cakes. Whatever you want to call it, I’d call it delicious. These are made fresh & piping hot. You pull off one or two & pop them into your mouth. They have a slight crunchiness on the outside & a warm, soft center. Heavenly little pillows of goodness.

I look like a crazed person, but I’m just crazy for the eggies!!!

MAXIM BAKERY & RESTAURANT
9665 Bayview Ave, Unit 1-4
Richmond Hill, ON L4C 9V4
(905) 883-1465
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We only go here to pick up their scrumptious meringue cakes. The cake is made out of meringue & almond pieces. They offer 2 fillings: strawberry or mango. Both are equally delicious, but we’ve been ordering mango more lately (it’s also my 1st choice). The filling is made up of unsweetened whipped cream & diced fruit. The meringue is sweet enough. Sometimes tooth achingly sweet where I would cough from all the sugar, but it goes so well with the whipped cream & fruit that I’d still continue eating my piece.
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They offer 6″, 8″, 10″, 12″ & 14″ for $20, $28, $38, $59 & $60 respectively. They pre-cut the slices for you because if you cut it yourself, everything would crumble & get smushed. Not a pretty sight but I’d still eat it if that happened! The large feeds 12 people, which is great for a large party, or 6 sugar addicts. It is on the pricey side, but it is another splurge we are willing to make.

Oh, Canadia, why does everything taste so much better in Canadia?!?