Curries have established themselves as a staple Asian dish, with many diverse flavours coming from various countries across the world. Different regions all have their unique curry, so a curry’s flavour and cooking technique is heavily dependent on where it’s from!
The word curry actually derives from Western culture to refer to a variety of dishes originating in South Asian countries. The name is adopted from the Tamil word “kari” meaning “relish for rice.” Curries contain a versatile mix of spices, fresh herbs and chillies, and the proportions of these ingredients vary depending on national, regional, religious or family traditions.
A curry blend usually comprises of turmeric, coriander, cumin and hot chili peppers, but it can also include a variety of other spices including cinnamon, ginger, garlic, cardamom, tamarind and fenugreek.
The yellow-orange powder that you might find in stores here is commercially prepared with a mix of spices like coriander, turmeric, cumin, fenugreek and chili peppers. It gets its yellow colour from the turmeric. Many of these same ingredients closely reflect garam masala, a spice mix used in North India.
While Indian dishes tend to use more dry spices, Thai cuisine often uses curry paste and fresh herbs. Thai curries are cooked for shorter period of time and typically include vegetables and chicken. Thai curries deliver the heat upfront because of those fresh ingredients. Thai curry paste usually is made from fresh chilies, lemon grass, ginger, garlic, with spices such as cumin seeds, coriander seeds and turmeric.
Chopstix offers a variety of Oriental flavours, so there is something for everyone’s taste on our menu. All our dishes are prepared freshly on site by our talented chefs using authentic ingredients and spices. Can you handle the heat? Why not try a curry on your next visit!