Hor Mok Pla - a Thai fish mousse/custard, steamed in a banana leaf bowl

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  1. azfoodie

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  2. phatch

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    Nice!

    Tell us more about how you do it. 
     
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  3. azfoodie

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    This is one of the places that was the inspiration

    http://shesimmers.com/2010/11/hor-mok-thai-curried-fish-custard-and.html

    To summarize:

    Make the bowls using banana leaves and toothpicks

    Place half a handful of roughly chopped Thai basil leaves at the bottom.  Can also use finely chopped cabbage.

    Fill to about a third with bite-size pieces of raw fish.  I used salmon and cod fillets.

    To make the mousse - process about a pound of fish fillet (I used cod), 2 eggs, 4 tbs of red curry paste, six kaffir lime leaves, 4 tbs of fish sauce and 1 tbs of palm sugar (I used light brown sugar).  When it becomes a smooth paste, add about 3 cups of coconut milk gradually with the motor still running.  Taste (yeah - I taste the raw fish and egg mousse - I'm pretty brave that way!) and adjust fish sauce or sugar.  Fill the bowls with the mousse.

    For the white topping - mix about a cup of coconut cream with a tsp of rice flour and cook gently till it starts to thicken.  Add a tbs-full to top each bowl.

    Garnish with finely juliened lime leave and red Thai chillies.

    Steam till cooked.  I used a roaster with water and steamed for about 25 minutes.  Loosely cover with banana leaf to prevent condensing moisture from falling into the bowls.

    ENJOY!
     
  4. pollopicu

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    That's one of the regrets I have about living in the northeast, is not having accessibility to banana leaves. Where do you live?
     
  5. michaelga

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    I've found them in the freezer case at the local Asian market... once thawed out they worked just fine.   

    Just make sure they are not freezer burnt.
     
  6. french fries

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    Mexican supermarkets also carry banana leaves. I'm just not sure how many Mexican supermarket you can find in the North East... probably not as many as down here in SoCal. 
     
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    Nice AZ,
    I made some during a cooking course in Thailand. Haven't made them since, and that while I have an abundance of banana leaves :)
    @phatch: you can use a ramekin as well. Maybe greaseproof paper would work?
     
  8. azfoodie

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    Phoenix.  I can find frozen banana leaves in the Asian grocery store.  Also seen some in the really-hardcore Mexican grocery stores.
     
  9. genemachine

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    Banana leaves are just another way to do it en papillote, anyway. So paper would work as well, I guess. Less decorative, though.
     
  10. azfoodie

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    Mass production of hor mok.....