The key to mastering any Thai curry lies in the curry paste—an essential element in Thai cuisine. In today's fast-paced lifestyle, making curry paste from scratch is a daunting task for many. Crafting these pastes is intricate, with each type boasting a distinct taste and aroma despite sharing common ingredients. Precise portioning of each element during paste creation is crucial. While homemade pastes by amateur cooks are undoubtedly edible, there exists a solution to simplify your cooking endeavors and ensure the delectability of your curries, and that secret lies below.

My culinary secret, a consistent game-changer, revolves around using Thai curry paste procured from a professional local store. Despite the plethora of Thai curry paste products saturating the market, finding the right one—with the perfect taste, aroma, texture, and consistency—remains challenging, even in Thailand.

In this review, I present Nittaya Thai Curry, a curry paste store ingrained in Thai culture for six decades, situated in Bang Lum Pu, Bangkok. This establishment, not only a local favorite but also widely acclaimed nationally and internationally, has stood the test of time, attesting to the excellence of its products. Their curry pastes, not confined to fresh markets, grace supermarket shelves across the country.

The allure of Nittaya Thai Curry's pastes lies in the quality of their ingredients. Authenticity, deliciousness, and ease of preparation characterize these pastes, concocted from local Thai herbs without any chemical additives or preservatives.

Founded in 1964 by Mrs. Nittaya Laksaawisit and her family, the establishment emerged from the necessity to preserve traditional Thai cuisine. Historically, Thai cooks were experts in crafting pastes, but the absence of formal recipes or schools hindered the transfer of knowledge to younger generations. Mrs. Nittaya, having mastered these intricate recipes, began producing and selling the pastes. She emphasizes the importance of traditional Thai values and aims to pass them down to the youth through her curry pastes. The pastes, crafted from herbs, align with local ancestral knowledge, constituting medicinal properties beneficial to health. This traditional medication, in Mrs. Nittaya's view, is invaluable and should be transmitted to younger Thais.

At present, Nittaya Thai Curry boasts a repertoire of over 40 pastes catering to every Thai curry dish imaginable, with many available in vegetarian options. If you're a curry enthusiast, a visit to the store and a chat with Mrs. Nittaya are highly recommended. A warm and engaging elderly lady, Mrs. Nittaya loves sharing her stories, enriching your culinary experience.

Thitipon Liumthong

 Thursday, February 29, 2024 4:57 PM