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Gung Gaeng Panang Kao Suey
Gung Gaeng Panang Kao Suey
michael_p


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Recipe (Food) II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 II/III USM
Location: Kithcen, Manchester, UK
Date: Jan 7, 2006
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/3
Galleries: Studio, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jan 8, 2006

Gung Gaeng Panang Kao Suey

Tiger Prawn Panang Curry with Steamed Jasmine Rice:

Prep Time: 30 Mins to 45 mins
Cooking Time: about 1 Hr 15 Mins

Serves 3-4

INGREDIENTS
Curry Sauce:
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 medium onion thinly sliced
8 garlic cloves finely chopped
2" piece of Ginger (grated for a finer texture)
2 tsp minced red chillies
1 tbsp tomato puree
8 dried curry leaves
1 tbsp ground cumin
25g Thai red curry paste
2tbsp Malaysian curry powder or Thai hot curry powder
300ml coconut milk
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
500ml cold water

Vegetables & Fish:
18-20 tail on tiger prawns
20 button mushrooms
1 garlic clove crushed
3 tomatoes cut into wedges
2 medium carrots but into batons
3 tbsp groundnut oil
125g broccoli florets
50g mangetout
1 red pepper seeded and cut into chunks
1 yellow pepper seeded and cut into chunks
1 green pepper seeded and cut into chunks
Handful of cilantro
2 spring onions
½ red pepper thinly sliced


METHOD:

1)Heat the oil in a large, heavy based pan and fry the onion gently for 8-10 minutes stirring occasionally until golden brown, stir in the garlic and ginger and then constantly stir for a further 10 minutes still on a low heat. Now add the minced chillies, tomato puree, curry leaves, ground cumin, curry paste and Malaysian or Thai curry powder and fry for a further 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Stir in the water, coconut milk and tomato ketchup, bring all this to the boil and simmer gently for 30 minutes (add more coconut milk to your tasting if you want this creamier). Taste and add a little salt and sugar to your preferences. Allow to cool slightly.
2)In another large, heavy based pan boil a full pan of water add the broccoli florets to the water for 30 seconds once boiled and then remove and instantly place the broccoli into freezing cold water with ice cubes to stop the cooking process, drain after a minute or so and dry with kitchen paper.
3)Heat the groundnut oil in a heavy based frying pan or wok and once the oil starts to smoke add the blanched broccoli, carrots, peppers and garlic constantly sting for 2 minutes, add the curry sauce and tiger prawns then bring to a gentle simmer for 5-6 minutes. Stir in the mangetout and tomato wedges.
4)Serve with a bowl or freshly steamed jasmine rice and garnish the curry with spring onion, red peppers and cilantro


Picture Amends:

Used a 75-300mm lens to try and get a little more shallow depth than with my short range lens yet still trying to show that it was rice in the bowl and not just a heap of white something...

RAW to JPEG conversion
Auto Levels
Auto Colour
Auto Contrast
Colour balance to get greens and oranges more vivid
Crop
Resized to 640 height
Sharpened
Saved for Web

All Basic rules adhered to yet I wish I could have spot edited just two small area’s…

Happy cooking and I hope some of you enjoy trying to make this; it takes time but is well worth the effort.

Statistics
Place: 11 out of 110
Avg (all users): 6.5143
Avg (commenters): 7.4722
Avg (participants): 6.1791
Avg (non-participants): 6.5936
Views since voting: 2089
Views during voting: 505
Votes: 350
Comments: 36
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/17/2006 09:39:32 PM
Nice composition, combination of elements, and base colors. The colors look yellow, maybe different white balance or whiter lighting and more saturation would help?
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01/17/2006 08:31:46 PM
Looks yummy. :-)

A few critical suggestions on the image: (1) I find the cropping to be distracting -- I'd like to see all of the rice, and all of the dish... Having the chopsticks go off the edge _might_ be OK, and having the mat go off _is_ OK... I just wish to see all of the actual food, in this image. (2) it might also be nice if the depth of field were slightly deeper. Finally, (3) it seems that the colors look more muted than I imagine they would actually be -- it would be nice if they would really pop, particularly the reds of the peppers and the orange of the (beautifully done) carrot-flower.

Still, it looks tasty. I hope you enjoyed eating it. :-)
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01/17/2006 05:45:47 PM
Nice picture, good focus and appears to be a tasty meal at that.
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01/17/2006 03:50:05 PM
great shot...would like to see the chop sticks in focus...found ti distracting...but other than that...good enough to publish...7
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01/17/2006 01:13:34 PM
Good arrangement and background. DOF is fine in this composition. The matching of the chopsticks with the mat works very well.
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01/15/2006 08:11:56 PM
Excellent presentation. I like the use of the mat on this photo, and the play of color use. Great detail on the food, as well.
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01/15/2006 04:16:32 PM
Food looks great. Place mat a bit distracting,
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01/15/2006 04:14:36 PM
This one is too cropped to have part of the dishes out. But I like the work on the picture that is inside the frame.
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01/15/2006 03:50:27 PM
The color looks a little flat. Maybe just too much yellow? Good Luck!
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01/15/2006 10:30:47 AM
that is so nice... I am voting with my taste buds... yum
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01/15/2006 07:11:33 AM
Delicious! I just hate shadows in food pictures.
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01/15/2006 12:52:26 AM
Very nice lighting and layout, but the greens look a little washed out on my computer. 9
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01/14/2006 11:27:25 PM
Gorgeous! Yummy! Love the veggie origami. Maybe increase the sat a teeny bit.
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01/14/2006 10:49:55 PM
This is not only well photographed, but also very well presented.....
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01/14/2006 07:55:03 PM
nice composition and very sharp.
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01/14/2006 07:25:40 PM
I normally dock people for a distracting background, but in this case, it matches the chopsticks and makes for a visually appetizing treat. well themed and well executed.
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01/14/2006 01:52:14 PM
It seems that the coloring could have been punched up a bit; seems a tad dull.6
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01/14/2006 11:13:10 AM
One of the most difficult things in food photography is to make the food look appetizing. I think you have accoplished that here. However, the composition is a little jarring and the lighting is harsh. A good start with a difficult subject. 6 - good luck in the challenge!
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01/14/2006 10:26:14 AM
Looks deliscious. Beautiful composition. I wish the lighting had been directed from the camera position, to avoid the shadows. 8
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01/13/2006 08:38:00 PM
Good detail on the main course but a little more DOF maybe to the bottom of the plate would have worked better. Otherwise a great composition and presentation 9
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01/13/2006 03:58:16 PM
I like the lower half of this image a lot. the upper...i find it unbalanced - move the rise to the left and lower so as not to crop off so much. also, the placemat ends and the strings dangle, drawing my eye away from the food on the plate. maybe could use a tad more contrast or perhaps sharpening to add some zing.
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01/13/2006 03:20:53 PM
Rice is a little blown-out, but the photo just works really well. Great job.
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01/13/2006 01:01:35 PM
I would have centered it a bit more, but I like the image.
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01/13/2006 12:30:32 AM
Beautiful presentation and composition!! I might suggest bumping up the saturation just a tad to enhance teh colors in the food. LOVE the flower on the main dish...just incredible!
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01/12/2006 06:20:55 PM
Very nicely composed. I might like the mat to extend all the way out of the frame, because it tends to draw my eye to the top of the image, away from the beautiful food, but other than that, it's quite lovely. 8
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01/12/2006 12:02:06 PM
good choice of colors, suptile setup, good focus, lower left corner(could've been cropped out...)
good luck
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01/12/2006 10:32:36 AM
I would have appreciated the bowl of rice not on the border ...Looks really tasty 6
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01/12/2006 01:58:10 AM
Excellent one and crispy image quality. Regards,
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01/11/2006 05:51:56 PM
Bright and beutiful.
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01/11/2006 05:05:14 PM
The out of focus fringes at the back of the placement seem distracting to me
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01/11/2006 01:24:00 PM
Good composition and presentation, food looks delicious, one of the best in the challenge.
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01/11/2006 09:15:15 AM
Beautiful presentation!
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01/11/2006 08:25:24 AM
Bumping for sheer design. Great presentation, color and composition. Bumping.
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01/11/2006 06:12:49 AM
Sometimes it feels like every food featuring chopsticks is overly decorative. I like the appeal but dont know if thats meant for eating.
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01/11/2006 05:58:05 AM
i like this photo, vertical compo and "fresh" colors
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01/11/2006 12:21:48 AM
Thai food. The food looks great and so is the presentation. Thai food is known for it's freshness, well at least in my family. I think the presentation is innovative in the sense that is has a fusion Chinese set up to it. Usually these dishes are not eaten with chopsticks, but with a fork and spoon. I won't judge on that. I think your focal point was the panang, but it somehow went out of focus around the huge broccoli.
The colour is very faded as well. Shaped carrots are very pale and look unappetising, so I'll throw a 7 your way for this. None the less the composition works very well.
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