Absolutely delicious. I am not even joking. Burmese food may not be everyone’s favourite but this bad boy will send you off to sleep just after a few spoonfuls, it’s that good. The best thing about it is it’s not that terribly difficult to cook, it just has to be done the right way.
Six duck eggs
125ml Peanut oil
2 shallots, peeled and sliced into thin rings
2 onions, pealed and chopped nicely
2-3 chillies, or no chillies if you’re not a fan – but what is Burmese food with no chili?
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
4-6 cloves of garlic, very finely chopped
1/2 a thumb of ginger, finely chopped, skin off
1.5 tbps of tomato puree, Tesco’s will do
1 tbsp of curry powder
a quarter of a kilo of okra, trimmed and cut into thirds
3 tomatoes chopped into large pieces
and 1/2 tsp of shrimp paste known as ngapi in the Burmese language
A long list, I am sure you would agree. But do not be scared, the cooking is simple. All you need to do is boil the eggs, peal them and let them be for a bit.
Then fry up the shallots, garlic, onion, ginger, turmeric and chilis in peanut oil.
Take the mixture out. Then fry the eggs in the peanut oil so they get the onion flavor.
Then put the tomatoes, okra and shrimp paste in with the eggs, add the onions & co. and there you have it.
Burmese Duck Egg Curry
ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS – READY TO BE DEVOURED.
Let me know how it goes.
Also, in case you prefer – there is a very good example of how to cook it on the Guardian’s website found here.