Steaming is essential for gently heating the egg base of these Thai-inspired savory custards, which are laced with lemongrass and ginger. Serve them as first courses or light main courses with sliced toasted baguette.
Thai curry paste, not to be confused with curry powder, is a blend of chile peppers, garlic, black pepper, coriander, and other ingredients. It comes in green and red varieties, which you'll find in the international aisle -- for this recipe, choose green.
To stir-fry successfully, prepare everything before you begin; then cook in batches. Forget the wok and use a skillet large enough to hold a single layer of tofu, which will ensure that your tofu browns and becomes crisp. For a spicier version, you can double the curry paste to 2 teaspoons. Serve with rice noodles or jasmine rice.