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Jan 10, 2011 12:28 PM

Panang Curry Paste??? Where to buy/order?

Hi -

Im in love with Panang Curry and short of making it myself, I'd love to know where I might be able to find paste for this curry in New York? Certainly there's gotta be a better source for authentic thai curry pastes than the ubiquitous stuff in the little jar at Associated, right?

I appreciate it!

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  1. I like this brand; I have a tub of the red curry paste, and recently used my last of the panang. You can use their store locator or buy online:

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    1. re: mcf

      I used to like A Taste of Thai (it's easy to find in regular grocery stores) until I tried Mae Sri brand.

    2. The Thai store on Mosco Street in Chinatown carries Nittaya curry pastes in the freezer section. It's the best purchased curry paste I've ever had. You should call them in advance if you're specifically looking for the penang paste as their inventory of the curry can be spotty. It's made in Bangkok and shipped to NYC every few weeks.

      1. Kalustyan's has four entries on their web catalogue for Panang Curry Paste.

        They may very well have some or all in the store also.

        123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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        1. re: CatoUWS

          They indeed have a few varieties in store but not a huge selection. It's in the "new" part of the store, enter and go towards the back, and down a few steps to the left to the spices section. All the Thai curry pastes are on one of the wire shelves.

        2. Go to the Thai store on Mosco Street in Chinatown

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          1. re: AubWah

            Absolutely, head to Bangkok Grocery, best Thai market in NYC, by far. They have everything, all is fresh, prices are good, staff are helpful.

            They import a number of well known Thai curry pastes from BKK. They store them in the fridge. One brand, the name escapes - it is in my fridge now - is the best sold in the States. They get shipments about every month or so, and sell out quickly. Even restaurants come in and buy it, then use it as their own pastes. Professionally packaged. Lately, they also are selling those pastes in smaller packets, that contain a couple of TBS of paste, as compared to much larger ones. They have penang, red, green and massmam. All are excellent

            Indeed, a couple of nights ago we used one to make penang curry meatballs. Excellent, easy and all were devoured quickly. If you can't get that brand then go with Mae Ploy. That is sold at Kalustyans. Good luck.

            The Thai grocery story sells kaffir lime leaves, along with everything else, as noted. And, I am always surprised at how long they last in the refrigerator.

            123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

            1. re: comiendosiempre

              Nittaya curry paste is the curry paste in the fridge section. Miss Needle mentioned it above. It's located right by the kaffir lime leaves and Thai eggplants in the fridge section.

              Bangkok Center Grocery also stocks canned paste if they are out of the Nittaya curry paste. I think they have both Mae Sri and Mae Ploy. You don't need to go to Kalustyan's if they're out of Nittaya.

              Pick up some Thai basil, fish sauce, and coconut milk while you're there! They also have both fresh kaffir lime leaves and frozen.

              123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

              Bangkok Center Grocery
              104 Mosco St, New York, NY 10013

              1. re: kathryn

                Yes, indeed, it is Nittaya. After trying a number of curry pastes, and googling around for "best tasting" pastes (yes, there are such surveys), we think Nittaya is the best. It is made by a well known and long standing company in BKK. The market also sells gresh galangal, which adds good flavor. Sautee a bit of garlic and ginger or galangal in some oil first, add the curry paste, fry for a mintue or two, then the coconut milk, cook a bit, then the palm sugar, fish sauce, herbs and such, then whatever else you are adding,

                1. re: kathryn

                  Thank you so much! I cant believe how specific and helpful these responses were. I could eat panang curry every night but feel silly ordering it when I know it could make it at home. Now I will. Thanks again.

                  1. re: slough

                    They also sell Thai chili peppers in the fridge section, forgot to mention that. It's quite a well stocked store and the employees are very helpful.

                    1. re: slough

                      Well, since I started with half the recipe for the penang meatballs, here is the other half:

                      We use this recipe for southeast asian burgers, from epicurious, and then adapt it. We usually use pork rather than turkey, and use regular plain bread crumbs. We also add about a TBS of fish sauce to the meat. Form into chestnut size meatballs, more or less, and bake for about 30 mins. Then add to the penang curry sauce, as per above. Finish with some chopped cilantro. Serve with rice. Bon appetito.