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Haw Mukh (fish Custard)

1 lb White fish (cod); cut into small bite sized chunks
5 tb Finely chopped phak bung (swamp cabbage (or spinach))
6 tb Red curry paste
6 tb Finely chopped; freshly toasted peanuts

3 tb Finely chopped bai makrut (Kaffir lime leaf or lime zest)
2 Eggs
6 tb Thick coconut milk
2 tb Fish sauce
2 tb Corn starch
2 tb Prik ki nu daeng (red Birdseye chilis) julienned

Non Chili Sauce
2 c Coconut milk
4 Egg yolks
2 tb Fish sauce
2 tb Corn starch

In Thailand this is steamed in little cups made from banana leaves, pinned together with tooth picks, but you could just as well use ramekin bowls.

Mix all the ingredients but the peanuts, julienned chilis, phak bung and fish in a food processor.

Line the bowls with the phak bung, then put the fish in the bowls. Stir the peanuts and chilis into the sauce mixture and pour over the fish. Leave a little expansion space at the top of the dish.

Place the filled bowls in a steamer, and steam for 15 to 20 minutes (until the fish is cooked and the sauce has set into a custard like consistency).

To serve: Either serve the dishes 'as is' with the usual Thai table condiments, or for a more formal occasion, whip some thick coconut milk, and garnish each bowl with a couple of teaspoons of the whipped coconut milk and a slivered red chili.

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