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Favourite Thai Curry Paste Available Locally?

Sam Salmon Jan 13, 2013 07:26 PM

Anyone have a favourite tasty Thai Curry paste available locally that they'd like to share?

Just had a Red Curry from Mae Ploy and I'm sure the meal exceeded my monthly salt intake-this has to change.


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    Jzone RE: Sam Salmon Jan 14, 2013 12:53 AM

    Are you ok with making your own? You pick the salt levels and can adjust the flavors in any direction you want. Pretty easy, just put everything in a blender or food processor and have at er. I've tried quite a few bought ones and haven't found one with salt levels I can use (high BP sigh), so I have to make it from scratch. I go a little light on the nam pla and soy as well.

    Here's mine.
    4 lemongrass stalks (hearts sliced finely)
    6 green chilies (medium heat)
    5 cloves garlic
    5cm piece of ginger (or galangal)
    2 shallots (chopped)
    4 tbsp cilantro (fresh, chopped)
    1 tbsp fish sauce (nam pla)
    1 tbsp soy sauce
    1 tbsp sesame oil
    1 tsp cumin powder
    1 tsp coriander powder
    1 tsp lime zest
    1 tbsp lime juice
    1/2 tsp ground black pepper

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      jcolvin RE: Sam Salmon Jan 14, 2013 01:12 AM

      They are all pretty damn salty unless home-made. I find the biggest hurdle in making home-made paste is finding coriander-root. These days it's all imported and they cut off the roots before they hit the border.

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        peter.v RE: jcolvin Jan 14, 2013 02:58 AM

        I get my coriander root on Kingsway at Dong Thanh. I think a package was $1. It really does make a difference in the flavor.

      2. grayelf RE: Sam Salmon Jan 14, 2013 07:26 PM

        I quite like Namjai, though it may still be too salty (salt is the third ingredient). Not crazy hot and has a lot of flavour, including a solid hit of lemongrass. I get it at New Apple in the small packets.

        1. Sam Salmon RE: Sam Salmon Feb 18, 2013 09:03 PM

          Well research and shoe leather have triumphed found J-Lek @ that place on Broadway & Bayswater in Kits.

          Manufactured by KRS Spicy Food Ltd Thailand for Olympic Distributors in deepest darkest Burnaby.

          Lemongrass, Palm Oil, Shallot, Garlic and Yes Salt as well as Galangal, Dried Red Chili & the usual suspects.

          Good bite, tang of Salt but not overpowering and Not Cheap!

          They have other pastes as well-worth checking out.

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            Philx RE: Sam Salmon Feb 20, 2013 02:18 AM

            Hey Sam: do you have the name of the store or will it be obvious if I just go to Broadway & Bayswater?


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              LotusRapper RE: Philx Feb 20, 2013 09:55 AM


              That green grocer (beside Finn's) long closed.

              The salsa place ? The Persian store ?

              Sam ......

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                Sam Salmon RE: LotusRapper Feb 20, 2013 10:19 AM

                It's now called Kitsilano Natural Foods.


                Hardly the best run operation in the hood but a decent selection.

                As to the paste in question it was spotted @ Sunrise Produce so local distributors are doing their job-I'd expect to see it in places like Asia Market on Hasting St and 88 Supermarket up on Victoria Drive as well.

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                  Philx RE: Sam Salmon Feb 20, 2013 03:05 PM

                  Thanks for the info Sam

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                    LotusRapper RE: Sam Salmon Feb 20, 2013 10:02 PM

                    Thanks Sam :-)

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                      grayelf RE: LotusRapper Feb 20, 2013 10:21 PM

                      I never would have thought of checking that place out for curry paste, good tip. I was also confused re location -- it's at Stephens which is one block east of MacDonald on Broadway. Used to be a big ol' Dan-D-Pak.

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                        LotusRapper RE: grayelf Feb 21, 2013 12:17 AM

                        Dan-D-Pack moved ???

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                          Sam Salmon RE: grayelf Feb 21, 2013 07:10 AM

                          Oops Sorry Yes Stephens St.

                          The Dan d Pak name is gone ownership changes and all that but the store remains the same.

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