This dish shows up on many Thai menus under different names, although the word “jungle” is often included. The reference is to the quantity and variety of vegetables used. It may well be everything in the house: broccoli, carrots, peas, string beans, onions, bell peppers, as well as Thai herbs like basil and galangal. It’s a Thai curry, about which two things must be said. First, the flavor is not like that of Indian curry, although it has a few spices in common. Second, it is very juicy, even brothy–something they emphasize at the Equator more than in other restaurants. Best made spicy, it’s a marvelous summer dish.
Cafe Equator. Metairie: 2920 Severn Ave. 504-888-4772
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