Remember I told you that I hardly ever make my curry from scratch because there are many good curry pastes readily available in Malaysia? Go to any markets or stores one can find various selection of curry pastes–they usually come packaged in small plastic bags. All you have to do is adding your meat or seafood to the curry paste and you will have a pot of sinfully good–and authentic–Malaysian Indian-style curries.
That being said, this seafood curry was prepared just that–from a seafood curry paste that I brought back from home. The curry paste was very good; there are mustard seeds, cardamons, cloves, and curry leaves in the paste–which are some of the secret spices/ingredients for a very good pot of Indian-style curries…
For my US readers, you might be more familiar with Thai or Indian curries offered here at Thai or Indian restaurants. Malaysian curries are quite different. Unlike Thai curries, Malaysian curries are not sweet because coconut milk is used sparingly to complement the spices but not overshadow their tastes. Also, no sugar and fish sauce are added so you get the natural flavors of the ingredients–be it meat, chicken, fish, or other seafood. Malaysian curries are also heavier in spices and thus hotter. Compared to the Indian curries, Malaysian curries are also different because yoghurt isn’t used. The cooking style originated from the southern part of India, but had since been localized to a Malaysian taste.
Anyway, everytime I go home to Penang, I am sure to bring back loads of these curry pastes. They keep well in the fridge and last a few months. If you would like to find out more about what brands I like, drop me a comment or email.
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