Fresh baby corn, carrots and strips of cucumber for garnish all add a pleasantly crunchy texture to this curry.
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In a 3- to 4-quart saucepan or wok over medium heat, simmer 1/2 cup of the coconut milk, stirring occasionally, until reduced by about half, 3 to 5 minutes. It will get very thick and shiny and may or may not separate; either is fine.
Add the curry paste, whisk well, and cook, continuing to whisk, for 1 minute. Whisk in the broth, sugar, fish sauce, and remaining coconut milk. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
Add the pork, carrots, and ginger and continue to simmer, adjusting the heat as necessary. After 2 minutes, add the baby corn and shiitakes and continue to simmer until everything is tender and cooked through, about 3 more minutes.
Remove the curry from the heat. Season to taste with more sugar and fish sauce, and stir in the basil. Transfer to a serving bowl (or serve right out of the pot). Remove the ginger slices or tell your guests to eat around them. Garnish with the cucumber strips and cilantro leaves.
I used this recipe as a jumping off point. I added more veggies... broccoli, bell pepper, celery, etc. I also upped the spice factor with more chili sauce. I served it over brown rice with a wedge of lime. It was a big hit.
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