Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >
Aug 13, 2009 07:17 AM

Help with Indonesian/Thai ingredients

First and foremost, I would like to clarify that I am not after a thoroughly authentic dish as I haven't got all of the necessary ingredients for a proper Indonesian or Thai curry. What I do have is tamarind paste, ketjap manis, lemongrass, ginger, chillies, coconut milk and rice noodles (plus onions, garlic, scallions, peppers, carrots, leeks and courgettes).

Any ideas will be much appreciated!



  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. paula, what are you looking for? ideas about what?

    1. I've never made a tamarind-based curry sauce before and I was wondering if anyone had a recipe for it. I've been surfing the net but I seem to be lacking a couple of ingredients from every recipe I come across!

      1. Paula, you've got everything you need right there. Just make a flavorful sauce, by taste. Then add some shrimp or some pork meatballs if you want it non-vegetarian

        1. Were it me, I would make a tamarind soup like sinigang. Without fish sauce, the flavors a tom yum or tom kha ghai would fall a bit flat, but in sinigang, you would get plenty of freshness from the vegetables and aromatics with a pleasant tart tamarind flavor.

          1. Thanks.

            In the end I took some inspiration from several Pad Thai recipes and Thai curry recipes and it turned out beautiful. I made a paste on the mortar with the garlic, chilli, ginger and lemongrass, added to the fried onions and scallions and then mixed in some tamarind paste, ketjap manis, coconut milk, stock, cashew nuts and grated carrots and zucchinis. I added the rice noodles at the end and served. Easy and very flavoursome.

            1 Reply