Made this soup tonight, Americanized tom kha gai. The fish sauce, indeed, added extra depth. I used my own fresh coconut milk and some vegetable stock, though I thought initially maybe too much, but the amount turned out to be fine. I don’t have galangal, so I used some Thai Kitchen green curry paste. Maybe I’ll bring some galangal in on my next US trip and grow it here, along with lemongrass. For chilies, I used the super hot red powder that Louis sent me from a Korean market in Oakland.
How do I get the chicken to be more tender? Soak it in saltwater beforehand? I always feel like my chicken made in this soup is not soft enough.
On Friday and Sunday nights Patrick and I stayed up solving trivia puzzles for KVSC It was a big hit with Knee Deep in Theses. I was taken back to my last Mystery Hunt, January 2009, where I ordered a ton of Thai food for April and I. The Thai iced tea I had wired me up so much that I was still jittering after I woke up the next morning. There’s no Thai food in Arecibo, so it felt like our puzzling evenings were incomplete. The closest Thai place is in Aguadilla; they probably don’t deliver to Arecibo. Maybe that’s why I settled on this recipe. When leaving the office, I asked Patrick if he wanted to come by for dinner, since we were observing in two hours. He accepted the invitation!
Bob, Julia, and Patrick (!) who joined me on the porch for pre-observing dinner. I’d give this about an 85%: it needs a little more something to be on a real Thai food level. Not sure what, but I want to do more Thai recipes now. Julia brought over chocolate-covered apricots, walnuts, and candied ginger. I am now hyper as all get out as I cable the planetary downcoverter racks in the control room. Mike laughed as I narrated the entire process.
It’s good to be back in the control room, even if we’re unsure if the transmitter will transmit at 19˚.5; it usually cuts out at angles greater than 18˚.5. I was put on this planet to look at asteroids. It’s a deep affection. It’s radar love.