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Easy Green Curry With Pork - (Gkaeng Kiow Wahn Moo)

2 cups coconut milk - (or 14-oz can)
2 tablespoons green curry paste - (to 3 tbspns)
1 pound pork -- cut against grain of the muscle into bite-size strips abt 2" by 1" by 1/4"
1/2 pound small Thai eggplants (ma-keua bprawh) -- halved or quartered (or substitute with 2 long Asian eggplants, cut into bite-size chunks)
1/2 cup small pea eggplants (ma-keua puang) (or substitute with shelled fresh peas)
2 kaffir lime leaves (bai ma-gkrood)
Fish sauce (nahm bplah) -- to taste
2 teaspoons palm sugar -- or to taste
1/2 cup fresh Thai sweet basil leaves and flowers -- (bai horapa) to 1 cup
Slivered chillies -- to desired hotness

Do not shake the can of coconut milk before opening, so that the cream remains on top. Spoon about 2/3 cup of this thick cream into a medium-size saucepan and heat over medium to high heat. Reduce until smooth and bubbly and until oil begins to separate from the cream. Add the curry paste and fry in the cream for a few minutes to release the aromas. Then pour in the remaining milk.

Bring to a boil and add the pork. Return to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 to 10 minutes uncovered before adding the Thai eggplants and pea eggplants. Simmer a few minutes more, then stir in the peas (if using instead of pea eggplants) and kaffir lime leaves. Season to taste with fish sauce (may not be needed if the curry paste is already salted). Add palm sugar to balance and enhance the spice and herb flavors to your liking. Continue to simmer until eggplants and peas are tender. Stir in the basil and chillies (as desired for added hotness) and cook another minute. Serve hot over plain steamed rice.

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