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Nov 17, 2008 04:06 PM

Trying to find Masaman Curry Thai dish in NoVA

Hounds, I'm a very recent relo from Boston. I've been to many Thai restaurants in my short 3 months here and I can't find Masaman Curry. It's a yellow curry dish that is ubiquitous in New England Thai restaurants.

Here's a description: curry and coconut milk with potatoes, butternut squash, roasted peanuts, onions, carrots, green peppers and red peppers.

My craving is growing daily! Can anyone help? TIA!

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  1. Huh. I thought everyone knew about how tasty the dish was at Sakul Thai, although it doesn't seem to match your description:

    33. Mussamun Beef * Classic peanut-curry dish slow-cooked with tender beef and potatoes

    Maybe it isn't the same thing but it is certainly delicious!!

      1. Thai Square, corner of Glebe and Columbia Pike in Arlington.

        1. I had the same problem when I moved here. Neisha Thai in Tysons Corner/McLean has a wonderful shrimp mussumun curry. The menu description is "shrimps cooked in tasty mussamun curry, potatoes, onions, roasted peanuts and coconut milk".

          1. In Burke, there's a new Thai place that's become our favorite Thai restaurant and they have a very good masaman curry. It's called Panisa Thai, off 123 and Burke Center Parkway. They were written up in the Washington Post magazine a few weeks ago which is how I found it. But, reading your description, their masaman curry might not fit the bill. No butternut squash.

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              1. re: chowser

                And as luck would have it... I live in Burke! Thanks so much!

                I'm trying Panisa Thai this week and Bangkok 54 next week.

                1. re: Trixie Too

                  I just had the Massamun curry at B54 and I'm not sure its worth leaving Burke for. The taste of the dish is very similar to that of Beef Rendang, the slow-cooked Malaysian dish. Its essentially a pot roast style beef with potatoes swimming in thick curry gravy that has odd hints of clove/cinnamon. Its an ok dish but is certainly nothing to swoon over and wouldnt order it again.