This is the hubs’ favorite Thai curry. Yes, there is more to Thai curries than red or green – there is hung-lay curry! We first encountered this curry at the Thai grocer in Singapore. We had made a trip to the famous Golden Mile Complex on Beach Road in Singapore as we were passing through the area. We entered the Thai grocery store there and decided to buy a couple of spice and curry packs to bring back to the US. We came across Hung-Lay curry paste and both wondered what it was. We decided to buy a pack to try and there was no turning back after. We made the hung-lay curry in the US and it was so good!
I am always on the lookout for a good Pad Thai recipe and I think I’ve finally found “the one”. In general, I am not a fan of eating at Thai restaurants here in North America simply because I feel most of the Thai food isn’t “authentic” and the flavors too watered down or catered to the tastes of Westerners. Case in point, many Pad Thai versions I’ve seen/eaten here tend to be too soggy or saucy (eww). I’ve also had a version in Montreal where the sauce was red – yes, red. As such, I usually like to eat Thai food back home in Singapore. That being said, I’ve never been to Thailand so I can’t really tell if the Thai food in Singapore is authentic as well, but we are in South-East Asia so I think the authenticity is a lot closer than say, North America. I have had Thai people cook for me before and their food was delish. One of my favorites is a spicy chicken feet and dried flower noodle soup dish. I really need to find out the name of that dish.
I had originally planned to make this curry with chicken but then realised I needed more chicken for my garlic chicken. The hubs and I usually buy our fish frozen (because it is expensive fresh) and we love Target’s Swai fillets. They are firm, meaty and not bland. Personally, I prefer green curries but I only had red curry paste in the fridge so had no choice. We had this curry with leftover rice and some naan bread from Trader Joe’s (we usually keep a stash in our fridge for last minute emergency meals).