According to Seattle Thais with whom I have spoken, Swimming Angel, also called Swimming Rama and Praram Long Song, for King Rama 5 who reined about 140 years ago, is a traditional Thai dish found more often here in the US than Thailand and is a favorite among Seattleites. The dish consists fresh, wilted, baby spinach, some type of protein (usually chicken, beef, pork, seafood or tofu) and a rich peanut sauce sitting atop a mound of perfectly cooked white rice.
Try this dish in its varieties at the following Seattle Thai restaurants:
Jai Thai Swimming Rama $7.95
3425 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
Thai Tom Swimming Rama $7.49
4543 University Way NE
(between 45th St & 47th St)
Seattle, WA 98105
Neighborhood: University District
Find the ingredients at a good price at 99 Ranch Market or HT Market.
- 1 lb protein (chicken, pork, beef or seafood (usually shrimp)), cut up into bite-size pieces
- 1 lb baby spinach
- 1 large carrot, julienned
- 1 Small onion, finely chopped
- 1 C Bean sprouts
- Roasted peanuts, chopped (to sprinkle over finished dish)
* 4 C rice to serve under Swimming Angel
- 1.5 C (13 oz can) coconut milk
- 1/2 Cup brown sugar (if using unsweetened peanut butter, otherwise omit)
- 8 oz Creamy peanut butter
- 1 T Garlic chili sauce (Rooster)
- 1 T Fish sauce
- 1 T garlic, grated
- 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
- Prepare vegetables.
- Cook protein to desired doneness and then chop or shred.
- In sauté pan over medium heat, sauté onion in canola oil until translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
- Add brown sugar (if applicable), peanut butter, brown sugar, garlic and fish sauce, mixing as you add.
- Pour in the coconut milk into mixture, stirring constantly. The consistency will be like pancake batter, more or less. If too loose, add peanut butter.
- Take pan off of heat and add the chili sauce, mixing well.
How to serve
- Put a mound of rice in the center of the plate, patting down to create slight dip in center.
- Place a small mound of spinach on top of rice, followed by some chicken, carrot, sprouts and then peanut sauce.
- Sprinkle with chopped peanuts.