Monday, January 3, 2011

Coconut Milk Corned Beef and Cabbage - Irish-American/Thai Fusion is Going to be Huge in 2011!

Whenever I travel in Thailand, I always make it point to seek out each city's Irish-American neighborhoods so I can enjoy a steaming bowl of coconut milk corned beef and cabbage.

Okay, so I've never been Thailand, but if there are any Irish-American neighborhoods, and if they do have corned beef available, they may possibly make something vaguely similar to this. If not, that's fine, since I wasn't really trying to make a Thai dish anyway.

I was craving corned beef and cabbage recently, but the thought of doing the same old New England "boiled dinner" had me yawning. I tried to think of some new, interesting braising liquid, and that's when I remembered I've never had something stewed in coconut milk that I didn't like.

Since I had no previous experience to go on, I was pretty conservative with the ingredients in general, and the red curry in particular. That said, I was really happy with the results. The coconut milk gave the broth a subtle sweetness and richness not present in the classic brew.

It's my hope that those of you trying this will be sharing any additions the rest of us may find interesting. I think a little cilantro or basil would have worked, as would the addition of small eggplants, or bell peppers.

Now, how does a Vietnamese banh mi sandwich made with the leftovers sound? Enjoy!



4 pound corned beef brisket (do not add the spice packet to the recipe!)
1 (15-oz) can coconut milk
1-2 teaspoon red curry paste (I used a Taste of Thai brand red curry paste, and their products are found at most large grocery stores that stock an ethnic foods aisle.)
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 tablespoon tomato paste
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 quart water
1 onion
2 rib celery
2 carrots
1 pound potatoes
1/2 small green cabbage

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16 comments:

gilbert ratchet said...

Looks nice!
...actually Chef John, it's Bad Religion not RATM :D

Anonymous said...

looks great, nice idea!

Rita said...

that is wacky! ahahaha! but sure looks good! how about some green thai curry? wouldn't it be lovely, as well?

Jessie said...

hey john, i've got a question about coconut milk. i hear it's supposed to be like "mother nature's laxative." is that true? does this change if you cook it? and have you tried the refrigerated coconut milk that turtle mountain is selling over by the regular and soy and almond milk?

i want to try this recipe but i have always heard negative things about coconut milk. any thoughts?

Chef John said...

Never heard that, and I've only used the canned variety. As far as health, I've never heard anything bad about it. It is high calories and high fat, but the fat is considered one of the best from what I hear.

K.D said...

you're awesome man!
i love the way you cook.. i love how you play with your flavors there..

i've been watching your videos for like 3 days now..
i gotta say im a fan!

Anonymous said...

This looks very good. Would you call the result more Thai or Irish?

Coconut milk and coconut oil are two of the healthiest things around.

Jim

grumbleghoul said...

Hi Chef John, Just wondering if you have recipes that not only, "didn't turn out like i wanted or thought" but were epic failures. Everything i have tried thus far from this site has been nothing short of awesome! I once overdid the sweetness of a bbq flavored beef patty. most disgusting thing ever. (misread the amt. of molasses) just wondering if you are human is all. but as for all of the recipes here, you are The Chef!

Chef John said...

Once in a while we have a flop, but at this late age I kind of know what things are going to taste like before I start. Thanks!!

Chef John said...

not sure if more Thai or Irish, neither really, I don't usually worry about such labels. they only cause problems.

Amy said...

I like the recipe! Not too many ingredients that were out of the ordinary. I must try this sometime.

KrisD said...

you could call it Thairish?

(I know, you'll do the jokes around here)

Jessie said...

we are making this today and i am suing you if it fails. a corned beef brisket was almost sixteen freaking dollars! will post pictures and results later, or you'll hear from my lawyer.

lots of love

Erin said...

I'm making this for the second time today! I made it for my husband's birthday a couple of weeks back. He is from Ireland and his favorite dish is bacon and cabbage (Irish people typically have no idea that corned beef and cabbage is supposed to be Irish lol!). The flavor was just wonderful. Not really coconutty or spicy, just rich and well balanced and certainly something different. I think it may just become a staple in our house! Thanks for such an interesting recipe.

5318008 said...

Hey CJ, how come you say "ground coriander" but then refer to the fresh version as cilantro?

Why not ground cilantro & cilantro or ground coriander & coriander?

Isn't one derived from the other anyway?

Chang Kyoung Ha said...

Thanks for the amazing recipes all the time.
Since you like the Thai curry so much,
Try to make prawn and monk fish risotto using green curry or seafood Paella using Red Curry with mix of coconut milk and regular stocks.