|Exotic Curry Conch Chowder|
Yes! I found conch!! But wait - not only that, I discovered a whole new shopping galaxy known as HMart and nothing, I mean NOTHING could have prepared me for the...the...volume, variety and sensory-overloadness of this Asian market experience.
Picture, if you will, a BJ's-sized store packed full of every possible type of exotic produce, seafood, meat, noodles, rice, spices and virtually anything needed for Asian cooking, including a huge selection of dishes, cooking utensils and gadgets.
Located in Central America, Honduras is bordered by Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Honduras' cuisine is a fusion of African, Indigenous and Spanish flavors. Interestingly, this country uses more coconut in sweet and savory dishes than any other Central American country. Papaya, plums, pineapples, soups, seafood, roasted meats and rice & beans are all enjoyed by Hondurans.
Oh, wait - another HMart score - I made these for my son tonight - shazam - they were crazy good!
The Scallion Pancakes - not part of the meal, but they were too pretty not to include
Fantastic and beautiful to look at as well. I loved the combination of conch, curry, cream and tomatoes
Exotic Curry Conch Chowder ( Adapted from Caribbean Recipes from Roatan Honduras)
- 1 lb. conch
- 1 large onion
- 1/2 cup cream
- 1-2 cups conch broth
- 4 tomatoes, chopped
- 2 tsp. curry powder (or more to taste)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 pinch thyme
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 1 small can tomato paste
- 3-4 Tbsp. sherry
- Fresh chopped parsley for garnish
Grind the conch and boil in water until tender. Reverse cooking water. Fry onion in frying pan with butter until cooked (not browned). Add bay leaves and thyme.Add tomatoes, sugar, conch broth, conch and tomato paste. Simmer until tomatoes are soft. Add cream/curry and sherry and simmer (do not boil) until hot. Serve in bowls, with tortillas and garnished with parsley.
Final Assessment: This was a wonderful dish. I'd never had conch before. They're not that different from sea clams and the combination of tomatoes, curry and cream was sublime. A+