Chinthe Burmese Curry Review

by Martin 'Scooby' Arnold on December 13, 2011 · 4 comments

in Product Reviews

Chinthe Burmese Curry

Chinthe Burmese Curry

Winter warming Burmese curry paste goes down a treat.

Hands up who wants to try some Burmese curry paste? I DO!!!! Luckily for me I have a jar from the guys at Chinthe based in London. Saying that, I swiftly changed my mind when I saw what was inside the jar. It looked like my son had tipped in a load of red glitter into the jar. It glistened intensely and I could not believe that this is actually for consumption. Bright fiery red that would shimmer and shine all day long. It was only when I took the lid of to have a smell that I realised that this is actually the proper curry paste, if this tastes as good as it looks then rock on! The look was just so deceptive you have to see it to believe.

The label on the jar has a very oriental style and feel to it. Large yellow label with bold black lettering on. Not the most of eye catching labels but when you have a sauce that shines brighter than floodlights at the world cup, who cares.

Smelling the paste I don’t get a great deal, mainly Paprika and onion. The smell is extremely mild. On closer inspection its clear to see that a lot of fresh spices have gone into this and not just a load of powdered ingredients like you can find down the supermarket. Very oily in texture on the surface, but when you dig in with a spoon it’s fairly solid and takes a bit of digging to get it out.

Ingredients: Vegetable Oil, Paprika, Chilli, Onion, Ginger, Fish Sauce (Fish Extract, Water), Garlic, Spices.

Jar kindly provided by

Nothing over the top in this list of ingredients, so on with the cooking. 2 Table spoons per 500g of meat or vegetables, cover with water, and cook. Simple.

Just finished in the kitchen at the smell of this sauce amplifies greatly when cooking. The onion and garlic and thrown into the air and sent soaring around the house making a glorious aroma. Time for the taste test.

Mass infusion straight away of the Chilli, onion and ginger swamping every part of my mouth. The spices are powerful and yet mild, all of which make an amazing taste. The heat is nice, not blistering but enjoyable. The real beauty is the longer you cook this the thicker it gets and the flavours amplify so you can play around and get the right taste and texture for you. The heat lingers for quite a long time and brings home a lovely warm feeling with a slight kick in its tail. The blend of spices compliments this heat in a beautiful way and as for the colour????? Well, I swear there is some glitter in it, it still glistens on the plate. Amazing.

This can be snapped up from and for a 270g jar (Good for about 3 curries, is a crazy £2.79. Go to the site and take a look, couldn’t believe it myself. So if you get snowed in this winter, be sure you have a jar of this ‘glitter’ with you.

Remember, if it burns going in, It will burn coming out!


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar Julian August 29, 2015 at 2:33 pm

I’m really sorry this product is no longer available. I would love to get my hands on some more.


avatar Belinda August 5, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Hi Amanda

Have you tried differing the amount of creamed coconut you put in? – if you put any in at all. It must have coconut in it and put it in at the last minute. Garnish with cucumber and onion and a big squeeze of lemon. It brings out the flavour and reduces the heat.



(By the way Chinthe do not sell the paste anymore..)


avatar Amanda August 7, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Haven’t tried that Belinda, no, but thanks. Will have to find another make now to try if they don’t do it any more, or maybe a recipe to make our own, if anyone knows one.


avatar Amanda February 24, 2014 at 8:31 pm

I have tried this Cinthe/Byan twice andreally love the flavour and intensity. However, I find it just too hot for me and have been trying to find a burmese curry paste, powder or sauce, with the same or similar flavour but a bit less chilli heat. I tried using less paste, but then the flavour isn’t as good. Can anyone help?


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