This fish from the Cephalopod family which includes squid, octopus and cuttlefish, resembles squid in form but is generally much larger and less tender, needing longer slow cooking. Stewing it in a coconut sauce spiced with ginger, garlic and chilli is a simple and flavoursome way to prepare it.
The same sauce can be used to cook more tender fish, but will need to be simmered for 30 minutes for the flavours in it to develop before adding the fish.
For 2 portions
1 stick lemongrass
1 large clove of garlic
a thumb sized piece of ginger – or galangal if you can get it
1 large green chilli
bunch of fresh coriander leaves or green coriander seeds
250 ml coconut milk
500 grams Poton
1 tablespoon Nam Pla fish sauce
salt & freshly ground black pepper
Slice the tender part of the lemongrass into very fine rounds
Finely chop the garlic, chilli, ginger, and coriander leaves – save a few of these for garnishing
Put the chopped ingredients above in a pan with the coconut milk and bring to simmer.
After five minutes add the Poton and simmer gently for 30 – 40 minutes until the Poton is tender.
If you are using a more tender fish, or selection of fish, then simmer the sauce for 30 minutes for the flavours in it to develop before adding the fish and then cooking the 5 or ten minutes that the fish needs.
Season the curry with fish sauce, freshly ground black pepper and salt if needed.
Serve with plain rice or rice noodles, and stir fried vegetables. A great garnish are thinly sliced radish that have been steeped in sweetened rice vinegar.