I spent a little over two weeks in Thailand in December and experienced a unique Thai-inspired pizza in Phuket that had me looking on every subsequent pizza menu for something similar. Almost everywhere I have traveled (according to my Facebook map, I have been to 27 countries), you can find pizza. Each country’s version is always slightly different…in Brazil and Taiwan, corn seems to be a very popular pizza topping. In Croatia, all you can really find is pizza and pasta…but almost every pizza I tried was amazing!
Anyway, after a day of sipping coconuts on the beach, my friends and I stopped at a beach bar that advertised 2 for 1 drinks. We didn’t have any intentions of eating, but when we saw the two Thai-flavored pizzas on the menu AND the brick oven, we asked the waitress if we could try both the Tom Yum and the Green Curry Shrimp pizzas. Amazing flavor combinations! I’ve had CPK’s version of Thai pizza before and have always liked it, but theirs is a peanut-based sauce–it never occurred to me to put curry on pizza. Since we make a lot of pizzas at home, I knew I’d have to try this myself.
We bought a pizza stone last year after tasting the miracle of home-baked pizza at my friend Tom’s. Since then, we’ve baked up all sorts of pizzas at home:
The first time we tried making pizza, we made our own dough and I fried the motor of our $10 hand blender. We still don’t have a KitchenAid mixer or a large enough food processor, so we’ve since shied away from making our own doughs in favor of the 99-cent bags of wheat dough from Trader Joe’s. Yes, I know making your own dough is easy…but buying it is even easier! One small bag usually makes 4-5 pizzas for us.
A few weeks ago, we had leftovers from Sticky Rice, which I learned today is a favorite of the Thai students in my class (there are a lot of them)! We had purposely ordered two curries (red duck and green shrimp) to ensure that we’d have enough leftover to make Thai pizzas the following day. It was super easy…just rolled out the dough, spread the coconut curry on as the base, sprinkled cheese on top, and then threw on the meat & veggies from the respective curries (supplemented with sauteed mushrooms). We will definitely be making this pizza again! I also make my own red curry from time-to-time and this will be a great use of leftovers.
First, the green curry shrimp pizza:
And then the red duck curry pizza: