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buying fresh curry paste - Asian Markets?

emylou May 5, 2014 06:45 PM

I'm wondering if there is an Asian Market in the Boston area where I might be able to buy freshly made curry paste. Thanks!

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    Greenteajoaa RE: emylou May 5, 2014 08:10 PM

    I don't know about freshly made curry paste but I find some jarred ones in Trader Joe's and they are pretty good@

    1. opinionatedchef RE: emylou May 5, 2014 09:15 PM

      There are many different types of curry paste, for diff cuisines. Just some examples: Madras for Indian cuisine; or red, green or yellow for Thai food, plus many more. What are you wanting to make?

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        emylou RE: opinionatedchef May 6, 2014 01:42 AM

        I specifically want red curry paste to make Thai food. If there is a market that sells another kind of fresh curry though, I would definitely want to check it out!

      2. C. Hamster RE: emylou May 6, 2014 05:10 AM

        I use curry paste a lot but don't recall ever seeing it "fresh"

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          LilBrownBat RE: emylou May 6, 2014 07:08 AM

          It would be nice, but I doubt there's enough of a market for it. Have you tried making your own? I never have, but if I wanted to have it fresh, that's what I'd do.

          1. opinionatedchef RE: emylou May 8, 2014 10:45 PM

            emylou, i'm not sure 'fresh curry paste' can be found in this country. The form you may find instead- is what i was directed to buy, when i asked a chef friend, in Vancouver: a red curry paste in a thick clear plastic pouch pack. Soft and pliable. Would last you 2 lifetimes! You might call Joe at China Merchandise in Burlington MA. or Wilson at SunSun in Chinatown.

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              C. Hamster RE: opinionatedchef May 9, 2014 04:55 AM

              That's what's sold in any Asian market in the plastic tub. Inside is a thick plastic pouch of curry paste.

            2. Gio RE: emylou Jun 17, 2014 01:57 PM

              After a Google for "fresh curry paste":
              About 2,010,000 results (0.38 seconds)
              Here's one:

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                LilBrownBat RE: Gio Jun 17, 2014 07:01 PM

                Those look great, but are all Indian. Here's a Thai red curry paste recipe rated as "easy" -- it looks it, in the sense that you just bassomatic everything, but it is a lot of ingredients. And of course in the Boston area you've got sucky options for Southeast Asian groceries. I think you can probably get all that stuff a C Mart in Chinatown (but insist on galangal, it is not interchangeable with ginger).

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                  Allstonian RE: LilBrownBat Jun 18, 2014 06:19 AM

                  Did you intend to include a link to a recipe?

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                    LilBrownBat RE: Allstonian Jun 19, 2014 10:38 AM


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                hargau RE: emylou Jun 18, 2014 05:50 AM

                Not fresh but this stuff is fantastic and i am convinced a lot of restaurants are using it. I use this all the time and its spot on. It comes in red/green/yellow/panaang/masaman, etc.. masaman is my favorite

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                  devilham RE: hargau Jun 18, 2014 07:05 AM

                  That's the same stuff I use Hargau, and I used to cook with a fellow from Thailand (Uncle Derm,if your out there...it's Uncle Joe!), and he's worked at several Thai places, and can confirm that that is the brand they use as well

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                    bear RE: hargau Jun 18, 2014 07:07 AM

                    Thanks for the tip.

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                      LilBrownBat RE: hargau Jun 19, 2014 10:39 AM

                      Available at C Mart.

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                      geoffpm RE: emylou Jun 18, 2014 08:52 AM

                      Whole foods carries tubs of Thai curry pastes and palm sugar . They are very good and last a long time in the fridge

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                        cambridgedoctpr RE: emylou Jun 20, 2014 07:13 PM

                        Jean-George Von Gerichten has a great recipe for curry with mussels; you can find it in his book, Jean-George by Mark Bittman and J-G. All of the ingredients can be found at Whole Foods/Alewife.

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