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Kai Pad Med Mamuang Himaphan (Cashew Chicken)

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Category: Thai

 Ingredients List

  • 1 lb Chicken, cut into thin
  • -slices, and into bite sized
  • -pieces.
  • 1 tb Kratiem (garlic), thinly
  • -sliced
  • 1 tb Prik ki nu daeng (red
  • -bird's-eye chilies), thinly
  • -sliced
  • 1 tb Nam pla (fish sauce)
  • 1 tb Si-ew wan (sweet soy), or
  • -Maggi's Seasoning Sauce
  • 2 tb Oyster sauce
  • 1 tb Honey
  • 1 tb Nam prik pao (chili paste)
  • 1 ts Prikthai (black pepper),
  • -freshly cracked
  • 3 tb Nam sup (stock)
  • 2 tb Rice wine
  • 1/2 c Cashew nuts


2 tb Mango, shredded
3 tb Ton hom (spring onions/green
3 tb Prik yuet (sweet Thai
-chilies), or green bell
-pepper, julienned

Description: There is a little confusion in the name of the dish: mamuang
is mango, but in the full formal Thai language mamuang himaphan is a cashew
nut; the logic is as follows: himaphan refers to the Brahministic
equivalent of the Garden of Eden, and the bean in which the cashew nut
grows is similar to a small mango, hence the cashew is the "mango of
paradise". However this leads to one of those delightful double recipes,
which is a sort of culinary pun, which the Thais seem to be particularly
fond of. To add an element of piquancy to the dish you can include a small
amount of shredded mango - it is however quite optional if you prefer to
leave it out.

The sauce includes honey as a sweetener, again the connotation is of the
land of the dawn paradise - but if you prefer you could use sugar
(preferably palm sugar), though the sauce won't have quite the same flavor.
Further the sauce is flavored with "sweet soy", which is freely available
in Thailand, and is effectively a dark soy to which a little sweetness has
been added. However you can easily substitute Maggi's Seasoning Sauce if
you cannot find Thai sweet soy.

Finally there is the matter of the cashews themselves. You have a variety
of strategies available for cooking these: you could simply buy roasted
cashew nuts (unsalted of course), or you could prepare your own. Their is
no doubt in my mind that the flavor of freshly prepared cashews is far
better than any pre-cooked nuts bought in the supermarket.

If you choose to cook them yourself you may simply 'dry fry' them in a wok
or skillet over medium heat. This however tends to lead to localized
burning and uneven cooking unless you keep them constantly on the move. You
could deep fry them (and some people choose to add a few dried red chilies
to the oil for flavor), but this in my opinion makes them a little too oily
for the balance of the dish. Better then to cook them as indicated below.

Method: First roast the cashews: this is best done in a turbo-oven (a glass
or steel container with a hot air heater/fan in the lid that produces very
hot dry cooking conditions), at 300 C until golden brown.

In a wok, over medium heat, saute the garlic and prik ki nu, until the
garlic is golden and the whole is aromatic, then remove and reserve the
chilies and garlic.

Add the chicken and all the ingredients except the cashews, stock and wine
to the pan and stir fry until the chicken just begins to cook. Add the
stock and continue over low heat until the chicken is cooked, then using a
slotted spoon remove the chicken from the sauce and set aside.

Add the rice wine, and reduce the sauce until a slight glaze appears (if
necessary add 1 teaspoon of arrowroot powder, dissolved in a little tepid

Return the chicken, chilies and garlic to the sauce, and add the cashews.
Make sure they are heated through.

Serving & Storage: Serve with steamed white rice.

Tease 2 tablespoons of mango into shreds with the tines of a fork (or
julienne finely), cut the whites from 4/5 spring onions, and thinly slice
about 3 tablespoons of the green tops. julienne the sweet chilies or bell
peppers, and garnish the dish with the mango, onions bulbs and sliced tops,
and the chilies.

Serves 4

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