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Thai Yellow Curry

Post by Zero » Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:17 pm

For me Thai Yellow Curry is the one I go for. Forget your Massaman's, Panang's and boring old Green - the Yellow Curry is the holy grail of Thai curries and by far the best in my opinion. In fact, i'm a bit obsessed with the Yellow.

However, it's a rare beast and since Black & White closed, or changed owners, I have been struggling to find a place that serves the mighty Yellow. So if any of you good folks can point me in the right direction, or just check the menu next time you're out and about, then post on here, you will make me a very happy bunny.

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Re: Thai Yellow Curry

Post by Henry 14th » Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:04 pm

Is yellow the southern type thai curry with a slight Indian taste to it?


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Re: Thai Yellow Curry

Post by Zero » Wed Oct 15, 2014 4:01 am

Yes, I think that describes the "Gang Garee Gai" very well Henry.

It usually contains a few cubes of potato, topped with caramelised onions and is generally cooked with chicken or shrimp. I first tried it years ago in the UK on the old floating restaurant in Shrewsbury and then became more hooked in my early trips to Bangkok.

In fact I was so hopelessly addicted to the stuff that when I got back to the UK I managed to track down the fresh yellow curry paste (not the stuff in a jar) and started making it at home, and I got pretty good at it, even if I say so myself. It's really simple once you learn how to use the coconut milk correctly and understand how to get the spices to sing.

But as it bubbles away in the wok it produces the most incredible yellow and deep orange coloured patterns. It's a really beautiful thing to watch - and a good one is perhaps my favourite dish of all time and a real crowd pleaser.

You can get a reasonable, not quite authentic Thai Yellow Curry at Coco51 (Soi 51 on the beach), but it's very expensive and too rich tasting - a bit too "Cheffy" if you get me. I'm looking for your working class Thai Yellow Curry as a takeaway, that doesn't blow the food budget, but really delivers in the taste department.

I just don't have the kitchen at home here in HH to do anything much beyond toast, or else i'd be DIYing. Keep your eyes peeled for me folks.

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Re: Thai Yellow Curry

Post by Henry 14th » Wed Oct 15, 2014 8:55 am

Yes u do like this although have only found the really good ones down south in places like Krabi etc. Works really well with seafood, specifically crab.


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Re: Thai Yellow Curry

Post by hhfarang » Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:17 pm

Zero wrote:Yes, I think that describes the "Gang Garee Gai" very well Henry.

It usually contains a few cubes of potato, topped with caramelised onions and is generally cooked with chicken or shrimp. I first tried it years ago in the UK on the old floating restaurant in Shrewsbury and then became more hooked in my early trips to Bangkok.

In fact I was so hopelessly addicted to the stuff that when I got back to the UK I managed to track down the fresh yellow curry paste (not the stuff in a jar) and started making it at home, and I got pretty good at it, even if I say so myself. It's really simple once you learn how to use the coconut milk correctly and understand how to get the spices to sing.

But as it bubbles away in the wok it produces the most incredible yellow and deep orange coloured patterns. It's a really beautiful thing to watch - and a good one is perhaps my favourite dish of all time and a real crowd pleaser.

You can get a reasonable, not quite authentic Thai Yellow Curry at Coco51 (Soi 51 on the beach), but it's very expensive and too rich tasting - a bit too "Cheffy" if you get me. I'm looking for your working class Thai Yellow Curry as a takeaway, that doesn't blow the food budget, but really delivers in the taste department.

I just don't have the kitchen at home here in HH to do anything much beyond toast, or else i'd be DIYing. Keep your eyes peeled for me folks.

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That sounds more like Penang Curry. There used to be a place on Phetkasem just before Takiab that had the best yellow curry crab or shrimp that I've ever had, but he closed long ago. If you're really talking about Penang curry, Yellow House does an excellent shrimp in Penang sauce.
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Re: Thai Yellow Curry

Post by Zero » Thu Oct 16, 2014 1:37 am

No, its not Penang, although some places will pass a Penang off for a Yellow - they are two different things - slightly similar in colour with Penang being more reddish-orange, so I can understand where you are coming from. However i'll give the Penang you recommend a try for sure. Where is Yellow House?

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OK, got it. Thanks. Also Zab Wer on Soi 112 do a reasonable yellow (if they have the spice paste in), but it's a real jog out for us. However, the missus thinks it has top notch Isaan and a surprisingly familiar "English" line-up (like Toad in the Hole!) if there is such a thing.

It's a bit isolated at 4km along Soi 112, but it's a relaxing place with decent wooden furniture and a nice cool breeze. The owner is Thai, speaks excellent English and worked in the UK for years in a Moat House kitchen, so he understands the British palette.

Great if there's a few of you who can't decide on what they want to eat. I always think of Zab Wer as the Swiss Army knife of Hua Hin dining.

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Re: Thai Yellow Curry

Post by Pleng » Sat Oct 18, 2014 2:36 pm

There's a Malaysian restaurant on the road that goes parallel with the railroad, between the Chomisn roundabout/railroad crossing and the nightmarket road . On your left hand side as your travelling from Chomsin, not very far down, you'll see (if you're lucky!) a restaurant with a green sign (in Thai, not English) and a stocky guy cooking Roti. Sunday - Friday they do khaop muk gai (chicken on yellow rice) and a few other stir-fried dishes. On Saturday afternoons (after around 2pm), however, they offer Geng Galee with Chicken for ridiculously low prices, which goes down just fantastic with a Roti or 3. No alcohol allowed.

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Re: Thai Yellow Curry

Post by Zero » Sat Oct 18, 2014 2:52 pm

Pleng wrote:There's a Malaysian restaurant on the road that goes parallel with the railroad, between the Chomisn roundabout/railroad crossing and the nightmarket road . On your left hand side as your travelling from Chomsin, not very far down, you'll see (if you're lucky!) a restaurant with a green sign (in Thai, not English) and a stocky guy cooking Roti. Sunday - Friday they do khaop muk gai (chicken on yellow rice) and a few other stir-fried dishes. On Saturday afternoons (after around 2pm), however, they offer Geng Galee with Chicken for ridiculously low prices, which goes down just fantastic with a Roti or 3. No alcohol allowed.
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Re: Thai Yellow Curry

Post by MLS » Sat Oct 18, 2014 3:28 pm

I'm probably showing my ignorance here but I've always thought it was the high ratio of turmeric in the base paste that distinguishes a yellow curry from others, giving it that particular flavour as well as colour.

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Re: Thai Yellow Curry

Post by Zero » Sat Oct 18, 2014 3:49 pm

MLS wrote:I'm probably showing my ignorance here but I've always thought it was the high ratio of turmeric in the base paste that distinguishes a yellow curry from others, giving it that particular flavour as well as colour.
Yes, fresh turmeric is a totally different animal than the red sawdust in those awful "Schwarz Spice Racks" that all our parents in the UK seemed to have in the seventies.
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Re: Thai Yellow Curry

Post by STEVE G » Sat Oct 18, 2014 3:59 pm

The best yellow curried crab I've ever had was in one of those seafood restaurants in Cha Am in the complex next to the fishing harbour, second on the left but it was a couple of years ago and I haven't been recently, although now this thread has reminded me of the place, I'll be back when I get the chance.

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Re: Thai Yellow Curry

Post by pharvey » Sat Oct 18, 2014 4:06 pm

A snippet from Wiki.......

"Yellow curry (Thai: แกงกะหรี่, RTGS: kaeng kari, [kɛːŋ karìː]; Chinese: 黃咖喱) is one of three major kinds of Thai curry that are commonly found in Thai restaurants in the West.[1] There are other curry types in Thai cuisine, several of which are yellow. Pre-packaged curry powder of Indian origin is sometimes also referred to as yellow curry in Western countries but is a different blend of spices from Thai yellow curry.

Thai Yellow curry, outside Thailand, usually refers to the Thai-Muslim dish kaeng kari.[2] This curry is richer and creamier than other Thai curries, since coconut cream is used in addition to coconut milk. This richer curry tends to tone down the overall spiciness of the dish, hence its popularity on menus outside of Thailand. The primary spices in kaeng kari are cumin, coriander, turmeric, fenugreek, garlic, salt, bay leaf, lemongrass, cayenne pepper, ginger, mace and cinnamon. Sometimes a touch of palm sugar or a similar sweetener will be added, depending on the sweetness of the coconut milk.

Thai yellow curry can be made with duck, chicken, shrimp, fish or vegetables and is eaten with steamed rice[3] or round rice noodles known as khanom chin.

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There is also kaeng lueang (Thai: แกงเหลือง), which directly translated means "yellow curry" in Thai.[4] This dish is originally known by many people in Southern Thailand as kaeng som, i.e., "sour curry".[5] It is a sour curry that is lighter in color than kaeng kari (which has almost a peanut butter color) but spicier and sharper in taste."


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Re: Thai Yellow Curry

Post by Michaelaway » Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:39 pm

Pleng wrote:There's a Malaysian restaurant on the road that goes parallel with the railroad, between the Chomisn roundabout/railroad crossing and the nightmarket road . On your left hand side as your travelling from Chomsin, not very far down, you'll see (if you're lucky!) a restaurant with a green sign (in Thai, not English) and a stocky guy cooking Roti. Sunday - Friday they do khaop muk gai (chicken on yellow rice) and a few other stir-fried dishes. On Saturday afternoons (after around 2pm), however, they offer Geng Galee with Chicken for ridiculously low prices, which goes down just fantastic with a Roti or 3. No alcohol allowed.
Hope nobody minds that I'm resurrecting Khun Pleng's quote, but I had to...
Went there today right at 2:00, and ordered 2 Gang Galee Gai's & 4 rotis; my bin was 120 baht. Came home, opened the first bag up, and began to eat. You know that feeling you get when you're eating something that's creamy, savory, sweet & spicy, all at the same time? My taste buds were dancing & waiting for more and I started to sweat a bit... I loved it! Whoa, this is a great yellow curry! Gonna order mataba next time. Railway road, Muslim resto (star & moon logo)- highly recommended. 8)

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Re: Thai Yellow Curry

Post by Pleng » Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:12 pm

Glad you enjoyed it and thank you for reminding me that it's Saturday. Just went for my lunch there following your post :)

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Re: Thai Yellow Curry

Post by crazy88 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 1:10 pm

Eimyim does a very good yellow curry. Had it 3 times last week. Will post directions on a separate thread.

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