It’s undeniable that Thai cuisine is among the best in the world. If there’s one delicacy that you should try, it will be the famous curry. As far as curries are concerned, know that they come in different forms. They can be best sorted into three main types based on the color of the curry paste: green, red, and yellow. All these curries are made with the same ingredients except for one – the chilies. The color of these chilies spruced by other ingredients gives each curry its distinct hue, certain spiciness level, and unique flavor.
That said, here are the common Thai curries that you must try. Keep on reading to find out more!
When it comes to Thai curries, the green curry tops the list. It has become the most popular and vibrant option over the course of many years. Today, the green curry is added with fresh coriander (cilantro), kaffir lime leaf and peel, and basil. It also comes with several other ingredients, such as lemongrass, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, and shallots. You may want to try its common recipes – Thai green curry with chicken or beef and fish dumplings. This dish will make you go for seconds!
Red Thai curry paste has remained as is with its red color and spiciness over the years. Modern chefs, however, have reduced the number of chilies in favor of other chili powder and sometimes tomato sauce. As a result, this has led to the enhancement of the red hue and deeper taste. You may want to try a variety of dishes, from Thai red curry with chicken to baked salmon in Thai red curry sauce. With these options, you will be able to enjoy a hearty meal all you want!
Yellow curry is similar to traditional Indian curry. It’s a unique curry that includes turmeric as one of its primary ingredients, and that gives the typical golden-yellow hue! In terms of taste and flavor, it has a mild, sweet taste with a little bit of spice. Apart from the basic ingredient that is turmeric, yellow curry powder is also combined with coriander seeds, cumin, lemongrass, galangal or ginger, garlic, and yellow or red chili. Go for Thai yellow curry chicken with its paste combined with coconut milk and used in fish stews. What a gastronomical treat it will be for you!
Curries are indeed a vital part of Thai cuisine. They are best categorized by the curry paste used to make the dish, be it green, red, or yellow. For the difference, the red curry consists of several red chilies for a fiery hot dish, while the green curry is made with green chilies and yellow curry with yellow chilies. Over the years, however, other ingredients have been added to the curry pastes, augmenting each recipe and turning them far more distinct from one another.
Other curries you may want to try will include Massaman curry (unique Thai curries with Persian influence), Thai Penang red curry (richer and sweeter yet drier than the other curries), and Sour curry paste (made of just five ingredients). Whether you want curry dishes or red curry chicken confit, green curry chicken, vegetarian or duck, seafood in red curry foam, we’ll get it served right on your plate!
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