In our two recent riffs on Thai curries, Coconut-Poached Tofu with Lemongrass and Red Curry and Thai Shrimp Soup with Coconut, Lemongrass & Red Curry, we use a quick presentation technique that will make your stewy supper look as good as it will taste.
Meet the rice dome.
Instead of scooping rice into the bottom of your bowl, then pouring the curry on top, we do exactly the opposite. On top of our steaming, lemongrass-scented bowl of tofu or shrimp curry, we scoop out a perfect dome of rice.
To make the dome, pull a small, shallow bowl from your cabinet. Something you might normally use for cereal would work great. Pack about half of the rice into your bowl, pressing in with your spoon. Turn the bowl upside down and nudge the packed rice out of it, on top of your bowl.
Garnish with chopped scallions and a few cilantro leaves.