Travel Through Food series is back this week and today’s feature is an Asian curries list. That’s right: A deliciously spicy photo essay, showcasing the different types of Asian curries that I love, descriptions included! Hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed eating many of them last week 😉
Asian curries list: Vietnamese
Vietnamese curry is considered a “Southern dish” and it is the more soup-like of all types of curry I’ve tried. I love thick curries (specially Indian!), not going to lie. However, there is something about a vibrant orange cà ri gà made with big chunks of taro roots, sweet potato, carrots, rice vermicelli, coconut milk and big amounts of crispy fried onions and cilantro garnish that make me melt!
The Vietnamese also serve goat curry, but its strong taste must be acquired in order to really enjoy it.
Another interesting fact? The only reason Vietnamese have any type of curry in their cuisine is because of contact with the Siam from India back in the 17th century.
Aha! It all makes sense now 🙂
Asian curries list: Malaysian
Malaysian curries can also be attributed to Indian immigrants. Thanks to them, curries have become a staple in Malaysian cuisine as well. Common ingredients in Malaysian curry mixes are turmeric, chili peppers, garlic, coconut milk, shallots, ginger, and belacan (shrimp paste).
I had this type of curry for the first time during my first visit to London. I was Couchsurfing with many travelers from all over the world, including a sweet Asian girl named Hyejin.
On our last afternoon in town, I expressed how I was dying to have a new type of Asian curry. So, she excitedly took me to a popular Malaysian joint where we ordered “mild curry” or else I would die.
How does this story end? Well, I died anyway.
My new Asian friend and cute waiter could not understand how “a curry so mild!” could have left me with this face:
Asian curries list: Chinese
Chinese curries tend to be much milder in comparison to other Asian types. Also, Chinese curry sauce is typically yellow and the dish consists of onions, potatoes, green peppers and either chicken, lamb, fish, or beef.
I had Chinese yellow curry chicken for the first time in Dahab, Egypt (from all places!) at the only Chinese restaurant in the area. Unlike how it is typically described (watery), the Chinese curry I had was a thicker sauce with chicken that seemed to have been marinated with a dry rub beforehand.
It was delicious, but I wonder if it was the real thing?! All my servers, and the chef, looked Chinese…in Egypt…so maybe?
The mystery remains.
Asian curries list: Indian
This is, by far, the longest Asian curry affair I’ve had! Indian curries are the first type of Asian curries list I ever tasted.
I’m not sure why I never tried any other types of Asian curries for a while...
I guess I was unsure whether Eastern spices could live up to the Indian spices I had fallen in love with?
I know, newbie mistake.
Anyway! Below are my favorite types of Indian curries.
Asian curries list: Thai
Yet another long list of my favorite Asian curries comes from Thailand. From Panang to Massaman curry, to the red, yellow, and green-colored sauces…from khao soi to kaeng som!
Oh, I could just write about them all day as well…!
But instead, I’ll sign off with some delicious photos:
I love Asian food and especially curry. I like the strong flavors and the spiciness! the photos in this post makes me hungry, looks delicious!(=
I know! Been a while since I had Indian curry, hoping I can have some soon…!
These look mouthwatering. My favourite will always have to be Thai and Indian curry though, I just can’t get enough of it!
there are SO many Thai and Indian curry varieties though, Lily! which are your favorites? I must agree though, you can’t go wrong with any Indian or Thai 😀
Yum, I am craving a red hot curry now after reading your post! xxx Ailsa
totally having curry for dinner now
lucky you! I’m seriously considering going to India to kidnap a chef… So I can bring him back to Puerto Rico to cook me curry anytime I want! They are quite hard to come by around here… 🙁
I am not a big fan of spicy food, but I just came back from Sri Lanka and I must admit the spiciest curry is served there. I nearly burnt my mouth. I think my favourite one would be… hmmmm…. I would go for Lamb pasanda curry as it’s is mild and made with coconut milk, cream, and almonds- my favourite ingredients.
spicy food really kicks my butt (particularly MY EARS)! but I’m training hard in order to get used to it, as I love curries sooooo much and would love to eat the most authentic ones once I finally make it to Asia.
That lamb pasanda curry sounds glorious, by the way. I’ll have to look up a recipe and try it at home
You should taste the yoghurt based kadhi, the coriander based undhiyu(mixed veggies in a coriander-fresh garlic-coconut) sauce.
The simple curries had in Indian homes are also noteworthy,they use lesser amounts of spices-unlike the ones on the list.
Then one has to taste sambhar- a lentil based curry prepared with tamarind and “sambhar powder”.
Mm! Never heard of any of the ones you listed. Can’t wait to finally make it to India and try them all!
MMMMM! I love Indian curries! 😀 I think I was kind of spoiled working for an Indian chef – now I know what’s good!
whaaa?! You worked for an INDIAN chef?! I’m so jealous! Where was that? Anyway, curries are addictive to pretty much anyone who loves food (I think)!
I love curries so much! As I backpack through Asia I’ve tried quite a few of these. Khao soi is probably the one I’m most fond of, though, besides a proper Indian one. It’s so cheap and delicious!
I keep hearing about Khao soi — I must get a decent one soon!
Yum! But I’m a wimp about spicy. Some is ok but I don’t do well with anything hotter than about medium. I like that you broke it down into all the types. Interesting!
Like you, I can only stand medium spicy t the moment (working on my tolerance!). I figured breaking the types down would help me remember most of my favorite curries–there are so many, I had to! Thanks for commenting
I LOVE curries, particularly Indian and Thai. Incidentally, we got our curries from India — we have a large Indian population that came over to work in sugarcane — but it’s been so watered down now. When I discovered the real Indian curries, I couldn’t go back to what we call curry. Also love making it from scratch — the spices are so flavorful. Yuuum!
I would love to learn how to make curry from scratch!! Mmmm
Looks good enough to eat!
Try indian.. varieties, Gobi Manchuiran (cauliflower fry, marinated with spicy masala)
Panner , butter masala, bhindhi fry (okra fry),
I have! You can see a list of Indian curries in the post above. Due to lack of space though, I couldn’t include paneer and butter masala, which happen to be some of my favorites as well!
WOW! Now, I’m starving for curry; any kind of curry!
I love Thai curries, and I also have a favorite curry restaurant in Chiang Mai. I always order the vindaloo curry with beef or pork and it is HOT!
Give me spicy and can you add a little spice to my spicy 🙂
Haha, WOW to you!! You’re just like my gringo: He says he likes to “be raped in the mouth” when he eats curry XD lol! I’m the Latina and can’t stand that much spice/heat! Haha. I need for my tongue *not* to be numb in order to be able to taste the dish 😀
I love curry of any kind, spicy or not! In fact, just had some Thai curry Tuesday night . . . yum.
it’s around dinnertime here in Puerto Rico and there’s nothing I want more than a hot Asian curry… Too bad the only decent curry you can get is from a so-so (and quite pricey!) restaurant in the capital… 🙁
Ok, drooling now, thanks a lot! 🙂 LOVE curries of all kinds, and the hotter the better. I make some type of Indian curry almost every day (husband is Indian), and Thai curries are also favorites, especially the gang dang and masaman varieties. I’ll have to give Malaysian curry a try!
Gang dang?! Never heard of those curries before, please enlighten me!
Wow – I am so hungry after looking at the photos in your post! I love curry but I am a bit of a wimp about spiciness – maybe I just need to start training my taste buds too!
definitely start training! 😉 it is well worth it
My mouth is seriously watering after reading this post and looking at the photos. I love a good Thai green curry – and spicy is fine but my husband is getting wimpy about the heat. Makes me think about making one this weekend.
I’m a little wimpy too… But I somehow still suck it up. LOL! I love the spices in curries way too much, can’t pass them up
Heaven in one blog post. It’s currently quarter to eight in the morning here in Belize, my last morning here before I have to fly home. Thankfully home is London, where I will be able to top up my curry fix pronto! That selection got me super-salivating. I’m not averse to having curry for breakfast either, could do with some now…
ha ha, I could have curry for breakfast too, no problem!
I ended up with a chicken curry on my BA flight. It made me sad. Time to find a proper one.
Love the great photo’s and would love to try them all.
My favorite curry is beef rendang,spicy and delicious.
I’ve actually never had beef rendang curry before! I’ll have to try it soon! 😉
Nom nom nom. I absolutely love Asian curries. I’ve been trying my very best to recreate them since I left Asia but it’s never the same! These have seriously put me in the mood for a thai red curry!
I know that a REAL authentic curry, with every ingredient made from scratch, is very labor-intensive. Using a pestle for hours to simply prepare the ingredients for the BASE of the sauce…!
Still, I’m hoping that, when I finally visit Thailand, I take a cooking class and learn how to cook curry the proper way — even if it takes half a day!
These look soooo good. I have to second your love of Massaman curry. It’s just so hard to find in Canada…
is it really? don’t know why I find that hard to believe. I would think it would be easy to find curries in Canada. I currently live in Florida and has Thai, Vietnamese, and other Asian restaurants everywhere. I don’t know why I would think Canada would be a bit more multicultural as well? But hey, I’ve never been to Canada either 😉
The spicier, the better! 🙂 Thai and Indian curries are fighting for the first place on my list. I have been to Thailand, but not to India yet (the most authentic Indian curries so far were in Kuala Lumpur). Perhaps after the Indian trip, I’ll have more clarity 🙂
haha, my spicy tolerance is somewhat limited, but I am working on it 😉
All of these curries look finger licking delicious! I can’t wait to travel to Asia because I too loooove curries and am excited to be able to eat them everyday!
Train those taste buds for spicy tolerance! 😉 I could eat curries eeeveryday, too 😀
I am a complete wimp when it comes to spicy curries or anything else spicy for that matter. So, I have to always ask them to make it between mild and medium :(. But, I do love when they use coconut milk!
I use to “be a wimp” but slowly worked on my “tolerance” as I plan to travel throughout Asia indefinitely in the near future. I really want to be able to enjoy their cuisine as much as I can, so I gotta train! 😉
As far as coconut milk, oh yes, those are the best curries (IMO)! 😀 thanks for commenting