Kaeng Kanun (Jackfruit Curry) + Forbidden Rice

Difficulty: MEDIUM

Special Menu: Tour of Asia

Forbidden Rice
Soak rice overnight
1 cup Thai black rice
2 cups water

place all in pot and bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to medium, simmer until rice is cooked.

Kaeng Kanun
1 T vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 1/2 T red curry paste
1 c coconut cream (thick part)
2 kaffir lime leaves chopped
2 cans jackfruit, drained and rinsed
1 can bamboo shoots, drained
½ c golden raisins
1 red Thai chili, julienned
8-10 long beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 T ponzu
1/2 t sugar
2 T holy basil, finely chopped
1 1/2 cup water

Heat oil and sauté the garlic, remove it, and reserve.
Sauté the red curry paste until the aroma is brought out, then add the coconut cream and stir
Add lime leaves, bamboo, raisins, chili, long beans, ponzu, sugar, basil and water, simmer for 5 minutes, then add jackfruit.
continue to simmer until jackfruit is broken down a bit and long beans are cooked through.
stir in a bit more basil.
Garnish with black rice, crushed peanuts, bean sprouts, lime, and a big handful of cilantro.

Jackfruit Carnitas + Corn Fritters + Mexican Broccoli Slaw


Special Menu: SUPER BUDGET

Mexican Broccoli Slaw
2 large broccoli stems, peeled and julienned
1/2 c matchstick carrots
1/2 t minced garlic
1 T chopped red onion
juice of 1/2 lime
1/4 t cumin
1 T agave
2 T chopped cilantro
salt and pepper

Corn Fritters
1 T olive oil
1 small onion, peeled and diced
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
cut kernels from 3 ears fresh corn
1/2 cup non-dairy milk
1 flax egg
2 T chopped green onion
2 T shakey cheeze
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 375
heat oil in pan and saute onion and garlic, add corn and saute for a minute, remove from heat
In a bowl whisk together the milk, flax egg, green onion and shakey cheeze
add corn mixture, cornmeal, flour, and salt and pepper and stir well
line a cookie sheet with foil and spray well with cooking spray
use a spoon to scoop batter onto cookie sheet in piles, then spray tops with cooking spray
Bake 15 minutes, flip, then bake for 15 additional minutes

Jackfruit Carnitas
1 T olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and pith removed, finely chopped
2 14 oz cans jackfruit in brine, well drained and rinsed, seeds removed
1 T red wine vinegar
1/2 T tamari
1 t liquid smoke
1 T fresh lime juice
½ t nutritional yeast
½ t smoked paprika (or regular paprika)
½ t dried oregano
1/4 t ground coriander
1/4 t ground cumin
several grinds freshly ground black pepper

heat oil in pan and saute onion, garlic and jalapenos until softened
add jackfruit and saute until it dries out a little bit
add liquid seasonings and spices and heat, stirring often until jackfruit has taken in all the liquid and resembles carnitas

pile up carnitas, slaw, and corn fritters and serve with cholula and fresh cilantro. Olé.