Post # 1
Ok, let me start by saying I know this is 100% my fault.
I decided I’d make a thai beef curry tonight because we’ve been eating a lot of very English meals lately.
So I found a recipe and went to the store for ingredients, once of which was red curry paste.
I’ve cooked with curry paste a lot in the states (both red and green) so i just picked up the store brand.
I get home, get the beef all marinated in the curry paste and then look at the curry paste jar to see if it needs to be refrigerated after opening.
I don’t see anything on that, but I happen to catch sight of one of the ingredients… dried shrip flakes.
UGH… I’m allergic to shellfish, it basically gives me food poisoning if I eat it.
I guess Darling Husband will have a nice beef curry dinner, and I’ll have… salad?
I checked the old curry paste (thai kitchen) that I used to see if it had it as well and it’s just such a low concentration that it didn’t bother me. But no such luck, the old curry paste I used in the US was vegan.
Just so annoyed… but glad I happened to see it before eating it since I have an interview tomorrow.
Post # 3
Bummer, but wow, crisis averted!
Post # 4
Oh no! You poor thing, trying to make a nice meal for you and your husband! I’m sorry this happened, but I’m glad that you didn’t find out about the shrimp flakes the hard way! That would have been so much worse. Good luck on your interview!
Post # 5
I am glad you caught it in time. Sorry to hear about that though!
Post # 6
@KatyElle: @Gemstone: I am so glad I found out before eating it, but now I also have a whole jar of curry paste I can’t use.
Thanks for the luck on the interview.
I guess I really have to read ALL labels here since they are putting shrimp flakes in random things.
Hopefully Darling Husband likes the curry because he’ll have to eat a fair bit of it.
This also makes me worry though because I love thai food and we go out to eat thai from time to time and now I’m worried that I’ll get sick next time I get thai curry at a restaurant if British curry pastes have shellfish in them.
Post # 7
@KatNYC2011: Perhaps ask them when you do go out. Always better to be safe than sorry! =)
Post # 8
@Rouquine: Yeah, I just don’t always trust the answer. We’ve asked before, been told no shellfish and then I’ve gotten sick because they don’t know what’s in their curry pastes or fish sauces.
We even told a sushi place no shrimp, crab, etc and they brought us a tempura shrimp roll and a real crab (not crab-stick) roll. This was after the waiter very much said “oh yes, that’s fine, we can accommodate that no problem. Thanks for letting us know.” When we pointed it out to the waiter he didn’t really care and then very grudgingly offered to get us a different roll.
Post # 9
Oh hun, I hope you can look back on this and laugh. And thankfully you checked the ingredients before you ended up in the hospital! Good luck on your interview tomorrow. =)
Post # 10
Oh my! I’m sorry you didn’t get to eat your meal. However, you just may have saved me- I have to buy a curry powder or paste today for a soup I’m making for my party. It’s supposed to be vegan for two of my guests- I never would have checked if not for this post, so thanks!
I hope your interview goes well!
Post # 11
Look for Thai Kitchen, they make vegan curry pastes. That’s what I used when I lived in NYC.
Post # 12
I’m allergic to shrimp, and it’s commonly used in curry pastes. It’s not just a British vs. American thing. A chef at a thai restaurant told me that here, and said that many restaurants getted it shipped in and they aren’t 100% sure what’s in it. Between my fish and shrimp allergy there wasn’t much on the menu I could eat, but luckily the waiter sent the chef out so he could alter some dishes for me.
Check out Indian curries, they are usually safe because so many Indians are vegetarian.
Post # 13
@AB Bride: That’s really interesting. I’ve eaten a lot of thai curries (although I think I usually eat green curries and not red curries) and I’ve never had a problem.
Maybe there’s so little shrimp in the curry that it doesn’t affect me.
I love indian curries as well, those are so good.
Darling Husband did really like the curry though. I may make curry again, when I don’t have anything to do the next day and try it since my reaction is directly proportional to how much shellfish I eat at worst I may feel a bit nauseous all night.
Post # 14
Ugh – I hate when my great dinner plans get thwarted for some unforeseeable reason!
Have you tried making your own curry paste? I’ve done it a ton of times (homemade green curry and noodles was the first dish I ever cooked for Darling Husband when we were dating!)and it’s pretty easy and you can ensure that all the ingredients are safe for you to eat. I like making it in large quantities so that I can freeze the leftover paste in icecube trays and only have to go through the steps to make the paste every few times I make a Thai curry.