where to buy thai curry paste in NYC?
hey all -
I read the earlier thread on the various kinds of thai curry pastes and I'd love to try making my own curry that way. Where in the NYC metro area could I find a good Thai grocery store that sells these pastes? I'm sure there must be a ton of them, but I don't recall ever seeing curry paste in the Chinatown grocery stores I occasionally shop at. Thanks for your help!
It was probably there, in Chinatown - most of the grocery stores these days cater enough to Westerners that they've started carrying things like this, even if their regular/traditional customers have little use for them. I would avoid general grocery stores outside of Chinatown unless you have no choice. Prices will be higher (sometimes laughably so) and turnover invariably lower.
There are 2 specifically Thai groceries that I know of in Manhattan's Chinatown - one on Mosco St., the other on Bayard, both very near Elizabeth St. Preference in brands is mostly a matter of taste, but the paste in the plastic tubs is better than in cans, and the first store, on Mosco, also imports pastes that are kept refrigerated. They're a little more expensive and they sometimes run low until a new shipment comes in, but they're worth a little bother.
there is actually a small grocery section at chelsea thai (in the chelsea market). they carry penang curry paste, green curry paste and i think another one... as well as other basic thai ingredients.
i buy the one in small cans. the penang curry one is always a HUGE hit.