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Where is the BEST Thai Coconut Curry dish??

I love everything Thai coconut curry flavored, especially soups. Can anyone tell me where to find the best version of this wonderful flavor combination??

I will take your advice so your effort will not be in vain.

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  1. Being a curry lover and a naif, I posed a question about the different types of curries and got a lot of help from fellow CHers that you might appreciate as well. Simple answer, they all mix well with coconut flavor:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/762108

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    1. re: junescook

      james,

      The best advice I can give you for your curry quest especially Thai curries is to watch Youtube of the street food. I particularly like a fellow ex-pat Mark Wiens on Migrationology and EatingThaiFood.com. Both of those have YouTube channels and feature Thai street food and explains the difference between the various styles as well.

      I would also recommend purchasing his eating guides for later trip to Thailand but also as study material and request guides for Thai restuarants.

      It is good to get to know the restaurant owners and tell them you are unwavering in your love of all things Thai food. I have had many off menu meals locally just from getting to know and understand the culture and food from their native Thailand.

      It is a long discussion of how some ingredients landed in Thailand to truly understand what the differences between Red, Green, Massaman, Penang, Yellow, Jungle and Prik King. All of them different and unique in their flavor combonations and culture behind the mixtures.

      1. re: LewisvilleHounder

        Some of these places they don't speak english how would i get to know them? Get rosetta stone and get my learn on?

        1. re: neilmcginnis

          Nope I hardly know any Thai and what I do know is all food related.

          As you will see especially in ethnic cuisines you will really get to know the people and a great deal about their culture through their food. If they own a restaurant it means they are passionate about food. If you study the dishes, know their history and talk about what variences that you have seen (be it on Youtube street food videos, food blogs or in other restaurants) they will be glad to sit and talk.

          As it goes in this country and others throughout the world the more effort you put forth in trying to learn about a specific part of one culture (language, food, customs) the more the residents will accept you and be willing to share their knowledge.

    2. This is a rather broad category....coconut curries particular hil from the south of Thailand, particularly because it is more tropical and closer to the equator.

      Are you wanting soup (Tom Kha) or the actual curry? Do you want the curry dry fried with the same flavors? Which curry is your favorite, red, yellow, Massaman, Penang? Khao Soi woul also be another dish that contains curry and coconut milk.

      Do you want it more Americanized (overly sweet and not spicy) or more traditional on the flavors (more savory and spicy)?

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      1. re: LewisvilleHounder

        Damnit.. clearly I am dealing with a professional here. lol
        I am a novice.. I am only thinking of flavors described as coconut curries in soups like @ Fearing's and other places I have been in Dallas restaurants, I can't remember at the moment. I don't know what I wan't.. I love spicy but I do like some of the sweet and sour flavors I am used to. The ones I have had were very light, not thick (not sure if that matters) but the flavors were strong; sweet, sour, spicy... i've never had any I didn't like but i'm sure it's out there.
        You tell me what I want. The ones i have had were usually somewhat yellow in color from what i can remember. never had any other curry really so i'm almost clueless as you are revealing. I have never even been to an Indian restaurant. I definitely want the soup version although i am also curious about all the curries i have not tried. But I like the lightness of the soup

        1. re: neilmcginnis

          I never had a curry at Fearings so I am clueless what kind they are using. Just from what little information I got from you and not knowing what protein they put this curry on I would assume you are referencing either the Yellow or Massaman curry.

          I will try to get you a list of really good restaurants with curries and try to limit them closer to the south side of the metroplex.

          As it looks like you are very excitied about trying new restaurants and items, you might give it a few days for us to respond. Many of us have to cull through all the meals we have had and tailor those lists to meet the posters needs. This is truly the hardest part of crafting a response, at least for me.

          I could rattle off at least 20 Thai restaurants off the top of my head (yes I have a very good visual memory almost to a fault) but are all of them good, all of them serve awesome curries, all of them close to the south side of town.....you can catch my drift.

          1. re: LewisvilleHounder

            Thank you.. yes take your time I am just thinking about for this Saturday

        2. re: LewisvilleHounder

          Damnit.. clearly I am dealing with a professional here. lol
          I am a novice.. I am only thinking of flavors described as coconut curries in soups like @ Fearing's and other places I have been in Dallas restaurants, I can't remember at the moment. I don't know what I wan't.. I love spicy but I do like some of the sweet and sour flavors I am used to

          1. re: LewisvilleHounder

            Generally speaking I do prefer savory and spicy over sweet foods although I am hesitant to say I don't appreciate the element of sweetness I found in the soups i have had, presumably from the coconut milk or whatever was used. And generally speaking no food has been too spicy for me although I do not eat hot peppers by themselves or anything like that just because it doesn't taste good by itself to me. At Royal Sichuan I had a plate piled full of dried red chilis that was enveloping pieces of fried pig intestines and the flavor it imparted into the food was the most amazing flavor. It was extremely spicy but it was absolute perfect level for me so if that gives any indication of my tolerance level which is high but i'm not interested in something so hot you can barely breathe. I had a few hiccups from the heat but I loved every second of it. lol

            1. re: LewisvilleHounder

              Generally speaking I do prefer savory and spicy over sweet foods although I am hesitant to say I don't appreciate the element of sweetness I found in the soups i have had, presumably from the coconut milk or whatever was used. And generally speaking no food has been too spicy for me although I do not eat hot peppers by themselves or anything like that just because it doesn't taste good by itself to me. At Royal Sichuan I had a plate piled full of dried red chilis that was enveloping pieces of fried pig intestines and the flavor it imparted into the food was the most amazing flavor. It was extremely spicy but it was absolute perfect level for me so if that gives any indication of my tolerance level which is high but i'm not interested in something so hot you can barely breathe.

            2. I really like the Khao Soi noodle soup at Thai Star in Addison.

              http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/thai-s...

              I've only had it at TS, but it seems other places also serve it: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/728210

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              1. re: Webra1

                i went to the top link and it looked very tasty although a little thick. I will make note of that place

                1. re: neilmcginnis

                  Thai Star is probably the best Thai restaurant in Addison, but there are probably other places as good or better that are closer to you. I'm sure LH will know which ones. ;)

              2. Thai Noodle & Rice on Fitzhugh is good & inexpensive. Cash only though.