Beef Panang Curry

April 22, 2010
Growing up in the Northern part of Malaysia which has  common border with Thailand... coupled with my paternal grandfather ~  of Thai descend, its no surprise that we developed the penchant for Thai food...especially Mr H Jr!!

Panang Curry has always been on top of  Mr H Jr's list whenever we feel like having Thai food... it is tasty, creamy and nutty. His favourite ingredients..all in one pot: beef, red curry paste, coconut milk and peanut butter...  hmmm.. not too encouraging for our well being ... bad for our ticky-ticker... the Heart... .. 

On the hindsight... it's easy to cook... not too hot for my little missy Miss E. Therefore, 'indulging' once in a blue moon and in moderation ... should be OK..  ;) ...
Recipe from Somi Anuntra ~ Thai Cooking Class.

  • Mince beef - roll into a ball
  • corn flour
  • oil for frying
Shape the beef into small round balls of 2.5cm in diameter. Roll balls in flour and shake off the excess. Shallow fry the meatballs until slightly golden brown. Remove and set aside on kitchen paper.

Panang Curry
  • 3 tablespoon of red curry paste (available from supermarkets or Asian grocer)
  • 2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 250 ml coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoon crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar (or more if desired)
  • salt to taste
Saute the red curry paste until fragrant. Add in coconut milk, fish sauce peanut butter and sugar... stir on low fire. Add in the meatball and leave it to simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with steam rice.


  1. I just love the way you capture your food, so magazine material!

    I have never tasted this type of curry. Will you make it when I self invite myself to your house nanti? heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

  2. Wiz,
    You are always welcome for dinner ...
    and for dessert... jeng..jeng.
    your beautiful little mermaid cake pls.. pwetty pls... with Ariel on the top :)

  3. Hi Lisa,

    I just made your curry - it's soooo good! We had it with eggplant and beef, not meatballs, but I bet it would work well with almost anything! Such rich flavor.. My boyfriend gave it 9.5 out of 10 (10 is reserved for his one and only favorite dish, so 9.5 is the highest praise anything else can get :-) )
    Thanks so much for the lovely recipe - it made our day :-)

  4. Cooking Rookie
    thank you for the high rating.... 9.5.. Wow.
    You definitely make my weekend :)