If you would like to really experience the best that Thai cuisine has to offer, look no further than curry: smooth and succulent in taste, fragrant and heart-warming, it is the signature Thai comfort food – and it is hard to find anyone who could resist a good Thai curry. But comfort food does not mean you cannot put a spin on it: instead of always going for the red or the green traditional options, what do you say we have a little fun and order something different next?
1. Yellow Curry
If red curry is too hot for you (it can include up to 20 chillies) and green is a tad too mild for your bold spirit, then you should definitely consider yellow curry. This less well-known type of Thai curry falls somewhere between the other two in terms of fiery hotness: it will not make you cry spicy tears of happiness, but it definitely packs a punch.
It owes its distinct golden colour to the turmeric added to the mix and in fact resembles Indian curry a lot – but remains uniquely Thai in terms of flavour. One of the best places to taste it in Dublin is probably Thai Orchid – try their Yellow Curry with Duck, smothered in mild curry sauce with coconut milk, potatoes, onion and chunks of pineapple to keep things interesting.
2. Massaman Curry
Massaman Curry is a version of yellow curry that includes even more inspiration by its Indian counterparts – and in general, it is the sweetest curry option and a relatively mild one, so the perfect place to start for Thai enthusiasts that are not too excited about spicy stuff. Thought to have originated from a Persian dish, it is traditionally made with chicken, but you can choose your favourite meat or even go vegan.
It is usually a favourite in southern Thailand and features a bed of spices that revolve around cardamon, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves, all blended nicely in a creamy coconut sauce with onion and potato chunks and is topped with roasted peanuts – the signature of the Massaman curry. Try it out at Red Torch Ginger, where their Massaman curry served with star anise, fried baby potatoes, bean sprouts and fried shallots remains a crowd-pleaser and popular choice among diners.
3. Penang Curry
Penang (also known as Phanaeng or Phanang curry) is a hearty curry that is very similar to red curry, but is usually less heavily seasoned to make for a milder taste. It packs a Malaysian influence and peanuts are added to the mix, which provide for a slightly sweeter, nuttier flavour.
The curry paste for Penang usually contains galangal, lemongrass, cumin and coriander root, making for an intense combination of fragrance and is infused into a thick, mouth-watering coconut sauce with very little other liquid added. The most prominent version of Penang curry is made with beef – you can try it traditional style at Sanuk Thai, served with fine beans and aromatic kaffir lime leaves.
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