Favourite Thai Curry Paste Available Locally?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.