massaman curry paste [London]
Hello - am going to have a try at cooking this for a friend. Not brave enough to make the sauce from scratch a la Rick Stein but following the rest of his recipe. Just wondering if anyone can reccomend a good paste - am in central London so close to the supermarkets in chinatown
I recommend Mae Ploy brand, you'll find these downstairs in the supermarket that's halfway down Gerrard St on the side nearest Shaftesbury Ave. At the front of the shop you'll find a little room that sells lots of fresh thai ingredients including a little pack of lemongrass / shallots and galangal. This shop also sells small tins of Thai curry pastes but I've not tried them. Mae Ploy comes in a big tub and keeps for a good long time in the fridge.
If you're making a beef mussaman the bigger supermarket opposite sells flank which is a good cut for this dish.