This was the inspiration.
Danee sent me a picture of all the ingredients her mom uses to make pork curry and I was just taken by it. When her mom left Thailand, the one thing she decided to carry with her, was her mortar and pestle. She uses it to pound and grind and release all of the above into what I imagine to be, the most heavenly, aromatic, pungent, delicious combination of curry – ever. I regretted for days, that I couldn’t make it over to her house to have some. What on earth was that important? I don’t know. All I know is, I made, a mistake.
For dinner last night with Chin Chuan, Joe, and Danee I tried to make some semblance of Thai curry. I made the best of what I could find with store bought green curry paste, coconut milk, fish sauce, sugar, Thai chili, eggplants, sweet basil, mushrooms, bell peppers, and chicken. It was good but I imagine freshly made curry paste, from a well seasoned mortar and pestle would have been infinitely better.