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Old 01-16-2014, 02:54 PM   #11
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That's assuming you can good-quality ingredients - that's not a given for everyone. It wouldn't hurt you to think about other people's circumstances now and then.
If you are buying canned paste at an Asian market, then you can find the fresh ingredients there as well. Don't know what your problem is with me, but I could care less. Everyone is entitled to an opinion.
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If you are buying canned paste at an Asian market, then you can find the fresh ingredients there as well. Don't know what your problem is with me, but I could care less. Everyone is entitled to an opinion.
I can probably find yellow curry paste at the supermarket in the ethnic section. I definitely won't find lemon grass there.
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Old 01-16-2014, 03:11 PM   #13
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I've even seen lemon grass in the large grocery store. It's by the herbs.

What's the big deal with the paste? Why wouldn't powdered curry work? Or can you make a paste using the powder?
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I can probably find yellow curry paste at the supermarket in the ethnic section. I definitely won't find lemon grass there.
I never said supermarket. Jennyema said you can get good quality, canned paste at an Asian market.
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I never said supermarket. Jennyema said you can get good quality, canned paste at an Asian market.
Nope, you didn't. But, it is a good reason to use the paste. I prefer to make my own paste too. But, sometimes I don't have the energy or all the ingredients, and then a good quality paste is very handy.
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If you are buying canned paste at an Asian market, then you can find the fresh ingredients there as well. Don't know what your problem is with me, but I could care less. Everyone is entitled to an opinion.
I see jarred red, yellow and green Thai curry paste in all the regular grocery stores I visit, for just a few dollars, whereas an Asian market is a 40-minute drive away and the ingredients would cost more than the jar.

Of course everyone is entitled to an opinion. You like to state your opinion and then restate it more strongly when someone offers something different. Your implication that your way is the only good or best solution ignores the fact that not everyone has access to the same stores or has the same financial resources.
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I've even seen lemon grass in the large grocery store. It's by the herbs.

What's the big deal with the paste? Why wouldn't powdered curry work? Or can you make a paste using the powder?
Traditional powdered curry powder doesn't use Thai ingredients; it's basednon Indian flavors. Lemongrass is one of several ingredients that give Thai curry its flavors. Thai chiles and kaffir lime leaves can be difficult to find, and kaffir lime leaves have a unique flavor.

My International Recipe Book by Cooks Illustrated even suggests using A Taste of Thai because it's easier and more economical.
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Traditional powdered curry powder doesn't use Thai ingredients; it's basednon Indian flavors. Lemongrass is one of several ingredients that give Thai curry its flavors. Thai chiles and kaffir lime leaves can be difficult to find, and kaffir lime leaves have a unique flavor.

My International Recipe Book by Cooks Illustrated even suggests using A Taste of Thai because it's easier and more economical.
Thanks for tackling my question. I know that sometimes I ask hard ones.

So powder form curries are always East Indian?
Is that one way to differentiate between the two, powder=Indian, paste=Thai?
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Thanks for tackling my question. I know that sometimes I ask hard ones.

So powder form curries are always East Indian?
Is that one way to differentiate between the two, powder=Indian, paste=Thai?
I don't know if the powder form is always East Indian. I think it's mostly a western approximation of East Indian.

I have several East Indian curry pastes in jars in my fridge. I find that the spices keep their flavours better in a paste than in powder form. It also keeps them from oxidizing and changing flavour (well, at least they don't oxidize as much).
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:02 PM   #20
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Thanks, Tax. I'll have to look into this.
As far as the OP was concerned I was thinking the paste added a thickness to the soup, but it looks like it's more a flavor thing or preference.
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