Laotian Pork Curry

I bought a bulk pack of pork chops and was not sure what to do with them. As it was cold outside, I thought a curry would be a good idea. Not wanting anything too spicy, and something fragrant I decided to make a Laotian Pork Curry. I have no idea if this is authentic. But I can tell you that it tasted fantastic.

Laotian Pork Curry
Laotian Pork Curry
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When we first moved to Gordons Bay many places did not take credit cards. In the first month I wrote out so many cheques that I needed a new cheque book. This was not as easy as it sounds as I had to get my bank account ‘moved’ from Johannesburg to Helderberg. The first year saw my cheque writing increase so much that the bank suggested I order 2 books at once. Of course, I was charged for this. Slowly but surely the ability to use my credit card became easier. And the cheque books languished in my desk drawer, unused. South Africa eventually did away with cheques and they are no longer legal tender. But still, I kept my personal and business cheque books just in case. The in case was really if someone needed a cancelled cheque for me to verify my bank details.

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But this is now done with a simple click on the banking App. A stamped confirmation letter can be emailed within minutes to anyone. And so, I decided to destroy my cheque books. It gave me no pleasure as it was basically tearing up money. Each cheque had a cost associated with it. But as they are unnecessary there really was no point in me hanging on to them. Do you live in a country where cheques are legal tender? And if so, do you have a cheque book?

Laotian Pork Curry


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Laotian Pork Curry

This is an extremely fragrant curry
Recipe Category: Asian, Pork
Makes enough for: 2 people
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 90 mls canola oil, divided
  • 30 mls Laotian curry paste *
  • 100 g eggplant, diced
  • 2 potatoes cut into a large dice
  • 500 g bone out pork shoulder chops cut into thick chunks
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 400 mls coconut cream
  • 15 g coriander, roughly chopped


  • Place 60mls of the canola oil into a heavy bottomed pan and heat over a medium temperature
  • Add the curry paste and cook for 5 minutes, stirring to make sure it does not catch
  • Add the eggplant and potatoes, cook for 1 minute while stirring then remove from the pan and set aside
  • Heat the remaining oil and brown the pork
  • Season generously, add the vegetables and coconut cream and bring to a boil
  • Lower the temperature and simmer for 30 minutes
  • Adjust the seasoning, add the coriander and serve


* If you don't feel like making your own curry paste then use any mild store bought curry paste

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12 thoughts on “Laotian Pork Curry

  1. I’m not sure if we can use cheques anymore but i think maybe not 🙂 I certainly haven’t had a cheque book in many years. Interestingly, as hubby is taking over as president of our local historical society, he read the constitution and it says that all payments must be by cheque!

  2. Absolutely fantastic! I so loved getting my hands on your recipe for the Laotian curry paste – had not tried it yet but now have your total curry recipe > honestly cannot wait to make this > when some friends come thru’ at the end of the month. Thank you!!!

    Don’t laugh – just as I still use a landline phone both in my library and bedroom, I also still very much use a cheque book for many bigger expenses! I also still have a big red accounts book – ‘Cheques may not be common any more but will be TOTALLY LEGAL in Australia until 2029 as far as we have been told. I can also handle an abacus with speed!! My Mom was the financial controller of Estonia’s biggest printing company for 9 years before her marriage in the 1920s – damn well earned better than all the guys! I had my own abacus at age 5 as we ‘checked the marketing after a big shop 🙂 ! I’m a very modern gal but in some things . . .

      1. Tandy – I would be as slow as a snail now – but at the time the speed of Mom’s fingers and the ruddy noise of working the beasties absolutely fascinated me – mine was about the size of a paperback book tho’ 🙂 ! And Mom’s ‘computer’ was a set of shelves about 6-7 stories high with two ladders in front moving from side to side! IT WORKED – well, she had about four juniors climbing up and down!!!

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