That's the fresh turmeric . Hands still stained.
You could short cut this right down to garlic,ginger,shallot,chilli,lime curry powder & shrimp paste, bit of palm or brown sugar,some veg or nut oil.
For meats just use a different curry powder,back of the lime,leave out the shrimp paste.
The first time I cut up a fresh turmeric I thought it was a rotten ginger root and threw it away!
I do something like your short cut version: ginger, garlic, shallot, lime juice, fish sauce (patis), lemongrass (the white part), kaffir leaves, sambal, sweet chili sauce, mint, basil, cilantro, sesame oil, and most of the time I mix that in with a basic teriyaki glaze. We use to run it as a special at my last job and it was so popular the chef put it on the menu. I still sometimes run it at my current job.
Edit: I found a pic of this on my phone from over a year ago:
I honestly don't remember what kind of fish this is but has the thai glaze, grilled pineapple relish, baby bok choi, black thai rice, shrimp, kaffir beurre blanc, scallions, white and black sesame seeds, and micro shiso leaves to finish...
If I didn't use the teri sauce I would do my own version of "evil jungle prince" and use the same ingredients above but use coconut milk instead.
I also save the green part of the lemongrass and cook that in with some jasmine rice to serve with this dish. Very tasty! I've also served it with pad thai noodles and one time I made "pad thai" risotto!
It looks like you are having a lot of fun and eating some good fish!
I'll be following this thread...
Edited by Welshrarebit - 9/26/14 at 12:11am