When it comes to curry, it can get a little confusing about what the differences are in colours. Especially as it is found in so many fusion cuisine restaurants, including Chinese menus. Green or red curry: which is spicier, do they taste the same and are the ingredients similar? Here to help, is everything you need to know about red and green curry.
The red colouring of red curry is derived from its red curry paste, which is a ground down paste commonly made from dry red chili peppers, garlic, shallots, galangal, shrimp paste, salt, kaffir lime peel, coriander root, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, peppercorns and lemongrass. The curry sauce is made by cooking this paste in coconut milk. Of the curries, red is traditionally the spiciest. Some choose to use chilli powder rather than red chillies in order to create a more enhanced colour and a deeper flavour.
Like the red curry, green curry is derived from its green curry paste, which is a ground down paste commonly made from dry green chilli peppers, shallots, garlic, galangal, lemongrass, kaffir lime peel, cilantro roots (coriander), cumin seeds, white peppercorns, shrimp paste and salt. The curry sauce is made by cooking this paste in coconut milk. Of the curries, green curry is traditionally the ‘sweetest’. Although the spiciness can vary with green curry, it is usually less spicy than other types of curries. The thickness and consistency of this curry (as with others) can vary depending upon the amount of coconut milk that is added.
If you are looking for some delicious and creative fusion cuisine, Exotic Wok and Grill on the Gold Coast has a mouth-watering menu filled with red and green curry dishes. Options such as: Grilled Lamb Cutlets served with Fresh Salad in Thai Red Curry Sauce, Grilled Chicken Breast Fillets bedded with Salad in Creamy Curry Sauce, Sizzling Thai Chicken or Beef in Green Curry Sauce and more are all available on our ‘Chef’s Creations’ menu. Book in to try one of our delicious fusion cuisine dishes. Or view our Chinese takeaway options online to enjoy our delicious flavours from the comfort of your own home.