I guess I haven't cooked Thai curry since I have moved to NoVa, but I have volunteered to bring a giant pot of it for something and when I went to get my standard curry paste I tried Lottes-Ashburn, Harris Teeter, Giant, Shoppers, and Global Mart and all I could find was the dreadful and flavorless Thai Kitchen! This was all in Ashburn-Sterling areas.
I am so sad. I make Thai curry really well and now I fear I will end up with flat tasting Thai Kitchen curry.
Have you seen Mae Ploy or Nittaya brands around near to you? So shocked that the two international markets I went to had very well stocked Thai sections and fresh Thai ingredients but NO good brands of curry paste.
For now I bought some Indonesian curry paste (labeled for Opor Ayam) that has similar ingredients to the Thai stuff and will mix it with the Thai Kitchen red curry. I am hoping this will suffice. Plus, I will add some fresh aromatics like galangal and lemon grass as I would have even with the good brands. Thai curry is super easy to make well with the *good* pastes and I hate that my curry may need major doctoring :(
Nittaya can be hard to find, but no Mae Ploy? I am so surprised.