Skip the Takeout and Make Your Own Thai Red Curry

A flavor-packed pork and green bean dish with a thick, concentrated sauce that comes together lightning-fast

Red Curry with Pork Belly and Green Beans (Phat Phrik Khing Muu)

Red Curry with Pork Belly and Green Beans (Phat Phrik Khing Muu)

This dish belongs to a category of curries called phat phrik khing, or “dry curry.” It's caramelized in pork fat rather than cracked coconut cream, and there's no coconut milk for gravy, making the flavors of the paste—citrusy lemongrass, gingery krachai, briny shrimp—more pronounced.Penny De Los Santos

We know you love your Pad Thai takeout, but it's never too late to try something new. Drop the takeout menu and tackle this curry tonight, which belongs to the category of curries called phat phrik khing, or dry curries. This means it's caramelized in pork fat and is made without coconut milk for a more pronounced curry paste. The pork is boiled and browned, resulting in a crispy outside and soft inside while green beans keep their crispiness.

About that curry paste: you can certainly make this recipe with a canned red curry paste (Mae Ploy is our favorite), but this homemade one is something special. It's made with citrusy lemongrass, gingery krachai, and briny shrimp for a more potent, fresh, and flavorful spice paste than you're probably used to. Serve with a handful of Thai basil leaves and steamed jasmine rice. For more Thai curry inspiration, check out Andy Ricker's article The Star of Siam from our October 2013 issue.