Curry 101: Where To Find The Different Kinds Of Curry In Metro Manila


Before Steph Curry, there was curry… just curry.

Steph Curry

Nope. Not this Curry.

This spice-filled dish is a staple in many Asian cuisines and a favorite all around the globe. You see it everywhere, even in anime. You’ve probably eaten it before. You might’ve even tried to cook your own version.

But just how much do you know about curry?

Curry traces its origins in India

The west first encountered curry through the Portuguese and the English who traded with the Indians.

Curry Dish

The word ‘curry’ is actually derived from the Tamil word ‘kari,’ which means spiced sauce. This spiced sauce is used to cook a wide variety of ingredients, including different kinds of meat such a beef and even rabbit, as well as vegetables too!

It’s all about the spices

Spices are very, very important in curries. It’s what gives the dish the very strong flavor it’s known for. Without them, there’s no curry. Traditionally, the leaves of a curry tree is used to make curry. But for the sake of convenience, curry dishes these days usually make use of curry powder.

Curry Powder

Different spices

Curry powder is a spice mix usually made up of coriander, turmeric, cumin, and chili peppers. You can add more spices to that mix for a more flavorful curry, including cinnamon, clove, ginger, and fennel seed.

How many kinds of curry do you know?

Curry may be originally from India but many other countries all over Asia have their own versions. How many of these versions have you tried and do you know where to find them in Metro Manila?

Indian Curry

Curry is without a doubt the most popular Indian staple and many dishes in the Indian cuisine are curry-based. Preparation of curry in India actually varies depending on the region. Some areas in northern India use peanut powder, fried masala (a spice mix composed of dried spices, ginger, onion, garlic, and tomatoes), or chickpea flour.

Om Indian Kitchen, The Grove by Rockwell, Pasig

Photo from Katrina D.’s looloo review for Om Indian Kitchen

Southern India, on the other hand, has versions that make use of lamb and chicken with potatoes, shredded coconut paste, or coconut milk.

Where to find Indian curry in Metro Manila:

New Bombay is one of the most popular Indian restaurants in the metro. To find the branch nearest you, click here!

For those in Makati, there’s also the Royal Indian Curry House (General Luna Street corner Makati Avenue, Poblacion) and Swagat (Rada Street, Legazpi Village). If you want a place closer up north, Om Indian Kitchen over at The Grove is a surefire option!

Thai Curry

With the growing number of Thai restaurants in the country, Filipinos are most familiar with the cuisine’s take on the classic curry. Generally sweeter than Indian curries due to the use of coconut milk, we know Thai curries usually by their color.

Krung Thai, Marikina

Photo from Roxie R.’s looloo review for Krung Thai

Yellow curry makes use of coconut cream in addition to the coconut milk. Fresh green chillies give the Green curry its color while the Red curry makes use of a red curry paste made up of red chili peppers, garlic, shallots, galangal, and other ingredients.

Where to find Thai curry in Metro Manila:

Chances are, you’ll find curry in the menu of any Thai restaurant in the metro.

Simply Thai, Greenbelt 5, Makati

Photo from Unisse C.’s looloo review for Simply Thai

Makati peeps can get their curry fix in restaurants such as Simply Thai and People’s Palace while QC residents can head over to Muang Thai and Happy Thai. My Thai, Mango Tree, and Banana Leaf also have branches all over the metro!

Japanese Curry

Japanese curry might not be the most popular Japanese dish that has crossed every foodie’s radar but this version hits all the right notes especially for those looking for a less spicy alternative.

CoCo Ichibanya Manila

Photo from Sous V.’s looloo review for CoCo Ichibanya

Often served with rice and containing potatoes, onions, and carrots, Japanese curry actually came to be through the British, who introduced curry to the country. Japanese curry usually makes use of pork, beef, or chicken for its meat.

Where to find Japanese curry in Metro Manila:

CoCo Ichibanya, Eri Curry, and Izumi Curry are just some of the places where you can get your Japanese curry fix! Feel like pairing the good ol’ katsu with curry?

Ginza Bairin Curry

Photo from Matthew L.’s looloo review for Ginza Bairin

Then head over to restaurants such as Ginza Bairin and Yabu!

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Bella Javier

Bella is a lover of all things sweet, a multi-time winner of the timeless children’s party and icebreaker game, Name That Tune, and a self-proclaimed queen of wishful thinking. A wanderer whose hunger lasts 24/7 and a proud owner of an oldies playlist mixed with songs she can sing fluently but does not understand, she’ll choose neither Edward or Jacob when asked that same old question.