Thai Curry Paste
I'm planning on making a Thai curry for a potluck tomorrow night, and I no experience cooking Thai food. I found what seems like a good recipe on the net, so I am going to go with that.
Because the curry paste contains so many ingredients (some of which I doubt you can even get here in the T.C.), I wondering if any of you could recommend a pre-made paste (red) and where to buy it?
I've had pretty good luck with the Thai Kitchen brand of pastes. I don't remember whether or not I've used their curry paste specifically, though.
I can't say it's the most authentic or best since my experience with pre-made pastes is pretty limited. But it has the advantage of being distributed fairly well in Minneapolis. I've seen Thai Kitchen at Whole Foods, Lunds, and some co-ops. If I were in a rush and didn't want to go looking all over town, I'd choose this option.
There are a number of Asian grocers that will have everything you need for the recipe. If they don't, they'll have plenty of pre-made options.
For your first time pre made is the want to go. My daughter who is Thai likes to use Maesri from Uniteed Noodle. I think all of them are good.
I like the pastes that comes either in a can (Maesri) or a tub (Mae Ploy) from any one of the many Asian markets in town. I think these both have better flavor than the Thai Kitchen paste which is more like a compressed powder. In a pinch, the Thai Kitchen is okay, but having used both back to back recently I would suggest that the trip to an Asian market is worth it.