For this week’s Tasty Tuesday, I thought I’d share my personal experience with home cooking and making Thai-styled green curry at home. It’s a battle between curry brands Mae Ploy and Maesri! Which will make the most delicious green curry?
Scenario: Last Saturday I decided to cook up some green curry. Previously, we had used the Maseri brand, but even using 1/4th of the paste provided for 5 people was still way too spicy. Subsequently, adding more coconut milk was a problem because it made it too thin. Just think – burning innards or mediocre watery curry? I mean, neither option was preferable. As brown and spice loving as I am, there’s only so much fire my belly can handle (thx IBS).
I noticed that our local Chinese grocer, M.M. Oriental, had stocked Mae Ploy in addition to Maesri. I was really excited because I had heard they were really tasty. Reading the ingredients, I was pleased to see the paste consisted of 32% green chillies, vs the 35% green chillies content in Maesri. Looked legit! So we tried it.
Verdict: still spicy, but not ridiculously-burning-butthole-tomorrow spicy like Maesri.
Application: I used 1/2 of the paste with 2 cans of coconut milk, a teaspoon of Demerara sugar to balance out the extra sour lime flavour and spice, and 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter to thicken. I added baby corn, carrots, mangetout, bamboo shoots, sliced red bell pepper, and chicken pieces (bone-in) which I had slightly pan-fried in oil beforehand. Our meal was ready in about 20-30 minutes. Easy-peasy!
The result was delicious. Suraj said it definitely tasted restaurant quality. Perhaps it’s what we should’ve had that one time we ordered Thai in Colchester.
Conclusion: Mae Ploy is the winner of this battle and my new fav! Not as spicy, packed with flavour, easy to make a delicious meal out of. Definitely my new fav brand for Thai curry paste. I wonder if their tom yum soup paste is good too?
See you next week for a delicious post!