Pineapple Mussel Curry - Gang Kua Subparod แกงคั่วสับปะรดหอยแมลงภู่

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The sight of young girls lining up for a meal along the school corridor, the sound of them chit-chatting, the clinking sound of plates and silverware and the smell of Pineapple Mussel Curry...all are so clear in my mind, even so many years later. Pineapple Mussel Curry was served so often so that it etched in my memory. For me, the curry is synonymous with school. It’s a simple curry to make and it tastes sweet and sour, just what I crave for today.

Pineapple Mussel Curry tastes exotic and delicious. Neither the pineapple nor the curry paste burns your tongue; this is the curry for kids and people enjoying mild Thai food. And for the novice cook, you can’t go wrong with this curry. Give it a go and taste Thailand.

4 Servings, Prep Time: 20 Minutes, Total Time: 30 Minutes

Tips and Techniques

  • I use 2 tablespoons of my homemade basic red curry paste. If you’re using a store bought curry paste, it may be spicier and saltier. I’d recommend adding 1 tablespoon of the curry paste first. If you need to add more you can do it any time in the process. With this curry, we’re not aiming for lots of red oil floating. It should work out fine. You may not need tamarind and palm sugar.
  • Frozen pineapple works well, too.
  • Pineapple, like other natural products, varies in sweetness and sourness. For me, this batch of curry has a perfect balance of sweet and sour without additional tamarind or sugar. 
  • The Pineapple Mussel Curry is usually made with dried salted mussels but I found the frozen mussels in the frozen section of an Asian market. The mussels were shelled and cleaned, very convenient.
  • The curry gets tastier if you let it sit. You can cook the curry the night before and add the mussels right before serving, preventing the mussels from shrinking.
  • Like other Thai dishes, the amount of pineapple and mussels can vary to your liking. In this recipe, I use about 1 ½ cups of mussels (200 g or 7 oz).
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