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Exploring the Essence of Northern Thai Cuisine: A Deep Dive into Northern Curry Paste

Northern Thailand's culinary landscape is rich with unique and flavorful dishes that have captivated food lovers far and wide. Dishes like Khao Soi, Nam Ngeaw, Hang Lay Curry, Pork Larb, Sai Ua, and Nam Prik Ong stand out for their distinct flavors, largely attributed to the key ingredient: Northern curry paste (Prik Kaeng). This paste, renowned for its fragrant and appetizing qualities, plays a pivotal role in defining the essence of each Northern Thai dish. Let's explore the varieties of Northern curry paste, their uses, ingredients, and even how you can make them at home.

Curry Paste: The Heart of Northern Thai Cuisine

Curry paste is fundamental in Thai cooking, determining the taste, color, and aroma of dishes. Made from a blend of spices and herbs like dried chilies, onions, garlic, galangal, lemongrass, and Kaffir lime skin, it's the cornerstone of flavor. Northern curry paste stands out because most Northern dishes eschew coconut milk and embrace robust spices. While some Northern curry pastes resemble those from other regions, they differ in names and cooking methods.

Ingredients for making Northern curry paste
Ingredients for making Northern curry paste

Discover the Varieties of Northern Curry Paste

Northern curry pastes are diverse, each designed for specific dishes:

Muang Curry Paste/Orange Curry Paste:

  • With dried chili, garlic, shallots, lemongrass, shrimp paste, and salt, it's perfect for vegetable curries and stir-fries.
  • Vegetable Curry Recipe https://bit.ly/3ibCEJq 

Kaeng Om Curry Paste:

  • Ideal for Om pork, beef, or chicken curry, and for making Kaeng Khae, a dish with local vegetables.
  • Kaeng Khae Recipe https://bit.ly/3AI1Ldq 

Hang Lay Curry Paste:

  • Used in pork, chicken, and beef Hang Lay curry, known for its aromatic spice blend.
  • Hang Lay Curry Recipe https://bit.ly/3F8l4zn 

 

Nam Prik Ong Curry Paste:

  • A mix of shallots, garlic, shrimp paste, and dried chili, perfect for tomato-based dishes.
  • Nam Prik Ong Recipe https://bit.ly/3OH2HX1 

Nam Ngiao Curry Paste:

  • Ideal for Nam Ngiao with Khanom Jeen or noodles, and can substitute Nam Prik Ong paste.
  • Khanom Jeen Nam Ngiao Recipe https://bit.ly/3OwMkdI 

Khao Soi Curry Paste:

  • Comprising dried chilies, shallots, garlic, galangal, lemongrass, turmeric, and curry powder, it's essential for Khao Soi with various meats or tofu.
  • Khao Soi Kai Recipe https://bit.ly/3GH0iHY

Where to Buy Authentic Northern Curry Paste?

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    Northern curry paste products Vanusnun Shop, Chiang Mai

    For those who crave authentic Northern flavors but find making curry paste from scratch challenging, modern food technology offers a convenient solution. Vanusnun Chiang Mai Shop provides traditional Northern curry pastes, sterilized and packaged for longevity without the need for freezing or refrigeration. These pastes are perfect for anyone, anywhere, longing for the taste of Northern Thailand. You can easily order online, ensuring that you don’t miss out on these authentic flavors, no matter your location.

    To order Northern curry paste or explore other products from Vanusnun Chiang Mai Shop, visit here. https://bit.ly/3ufHCrH

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