Green curry chicken

Thai green curry with chicken. (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times / October 17, 2011)

Dear SOS: Recently my best childhood friend treated me to a creekside birthday dinner at beautiful Novo Restaurant in San Luis Obispo. We both had the Thai green chicken curry, and it was absolutely incredible. I tried an online recipe that was good but just didn't reach the level of excellence that Novo's creation did. I would love to have the privilege of getting that recipe if possible!

Julie Simonsgaard

Thousand Oaks

Dear Julie: Novo was happy to share its recipe for this wonderfully rich and flavorful soup-like curry, which it serves with rice and chapatis on the side. Enjoy!

Novo's Thai green chicken curry

Total time: 2 hours

Servings: 6 to 8

Note: Adapted from Novo Restaurant in San Luis Obispo. Laos powder, which is dried, ground galangal root, is available at Thai markets.

Thai green curry paste

2 serrano chiles, seeded

1/2 onion

1/4 bunch cilantro

Rind of ¼ lemon

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

3/4 teaspoon salt

Scant 2 teaspoons ground coriander

Heaping 1 teaspoon ground cumin

Heaping 1 teaspoon Laos powder