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Old 09-07-2018, 11:50 AM
 
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Because I'm cooking more Thai food now it's good to see posts like this one! I wanted to cook a Thai soup that called for "green curry paste" but all I had was the red curry paste (Thai Kitchen label) so I subsituted but found it to be too hot for me, even in the smaller amounts I use. Asked my Thai daughter-in-law about the difference between red and green curry paste. She said different flavor! And the green is normally used in soups.
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Old 09-07-2018, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Because I'm cooking more Thai food now it's good to see posts like this one! I wanted to cook a Thai soup that called for "green curry paste" but all I had was the red curry paste (Thai Kitchen label) so I subsituted but found it to be too hot for me, even in the smaller amounts I use. Asked my Thai daughter-in-law about the difference between red and green curry paste. She said different flavor! And the green is normally used in soups.
I'm pretty sure the main difference between red and green is the basil and other green herbs.

And any Thai restaurant offers both green and red curries as entrees, in addtion to yellow, jungle, etc.

https://www.thespruceeats.com/thai-c...-green-3217020
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Old 09-07-2018, 11:55 AM
 
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Simply stated, the color of the chilis used. Don't forget Massaman and jungle curry.
Dogboa, you mentioned that you grown your own galangal root. I'd love to try that but I live in arid NM. Do you grow it outdoors or indoors? Difficult to grow? I grew lemongrass from seed here this summer and it's doing fine but guess it will have to come indoors this winter as it gets cold at 7,000 ft.
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Old 09-07-2018, 02:17 PM
 
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Curry is just a mixture of multiple spices and there are many variations. Most curries aren't spicy but I prefer hot spicy ones.
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Old 09-07-2018, 04:49 PM
 
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Dogboa, you mentioned that you grown your own galangal root. I'd love to try that but I live in arid NM. Do you grow it outdoors or indoors? Difficult to grow? I grew lemongrass from seed here this summer and it's doing fine but guess it will have to come indoors this winter as it gets cold at 7,000 ft.
Living in the US, the only way I ever find galangal is either frozen roots or powder in a jar. I don't know why you can't get it minced like lemongrass, ginger, and garlic, in a jar.

I grow ginger in a large pot from ginger I buy at the store. Put it in a dark place in an open plastic bag (I live in a desert, you might want to pass on the plastic bag if you live where it is humid) until it sprouts - usually by accident because I forgot about it.

I put about 4" of potting medium in the bottom of a large pot and plant the ginger with the shoot sticking up. As it grows, I add potting medium. It will put out rhizomes all along the stem as it grows. Galangal is related to ginger and if you can get a live rhizome, it ought to grow the same way. That's how I would try it if I could find it.

I go to an Asian market and buy the large-bulb variety of lemongrass. This will not grow from seed, it is a clone. I cut off the dried off "green" part about 3" to 4" above the bulb and put it in a glass of water until it roots. It can take quite a long time. The first time I tried it I gave up on it and forgot about it and several weeks later - still water in the jar but not much - found it had rooted after all. I plant it outside when the weather is reliably above 50F (including at night). It grows a huge clump pretty quickly. I harvest when I need it and when winter hits I pull it all up, replant some in a pot to overwinter, and go again next spring.

OK so I actually went looking for galangal to plant and found this:

https://www.amazon.com/Thai-Fresh-ga.../dp/B000ET17VI

Seems kind of expensive but once you've got it started it ought to be fairly easy to keep going - outdoors when weather will permit and inside with plenty of light over winter. There may be other more affordable sources but its a place to start. Given the way Amazon is about customer complaints I'm guessing $15 for a rhizome with 3 or 4 stems probably covers all the people who have no idea how to actually grow it and thus kill the stuff off and then complain.
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Old 09-07-2018, 05:50 PM
 
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We get fresh galangal root at our ethnic farmers market in Atlanta. They pretty much always have it.
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Old 09-07-2018, 11:38 PM
 
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We get fresh galangal root at our ethnic farmers market in Atlanta. They pretty much always have it.
Ditto in Phoenix .... but it is expensive.
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Old 09-08-2018, 03:05 AM
 
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Dogboa, you mentioned that you grown your own galangal root. I'd love to try that but I live in arid NM. Do you grow it outdoors or indoors? Difficult to grow? I grew lemongrass from seed here this summer and it's doing fine but guess it will have to come indoors this winter as it gets cold at 7,000 ft.
I live in south Florida and it grows in a container outdoors. I'd be scared to plant it in the ground as it would probably spread and take over. Lemongrass is so cheap at any of the local Asian markets I don't bother growing it.
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Old 09-09-2018, 05:09 PM
 
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Ditto in Phoenix .... but it is expensive.
Lee Lee's Asian market on Dobson in Mesa = cheap fresh galangal, lemon grass, Thai basil, etc. they got it all.
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Old 09-09-2018, 06:37 PM
 
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Lee Lee's Asian market on Dobson in Mesa = cheap fresh galangal, lemon grass, Thai basil, etc. they got it all.

The problem with Lee Lee's in BOTH Tucson and Phoenix is that they prepackage ALL of their produce. I MIGHT need $0.50 worth of galangal, turmeric, etc. but I have to buy close to $4 worth at Lee Lee's. In addition, the prepackaging allows them to sell you produce of lesser quality.

I do much better at Mekong Supermarket, the AZ International Marketplace, or the newly opened Asiana Market (all in Mesa either on Dobson Rd. or adjacent to it.).
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