Magic Curry Kart guy (above) had a Burning Man fundraiser at the Bryant Street Sports Basement today. I went and had a tofu red curry (below). Five bucks for a take-out container of curry on rice. The vegetables tasted fresh and the price was right. I like the extra touch of cutting the carrots into star shapes.
I noticed that Magic Curry Kart man used Mae Ploy red curry paste, a common mass-produced Thai curry paste. The curry itself was made by frying the curry paste in some coconut milk, and then adding the tofu and vegetables, and seasoning with sugar and fish sauce. Chicken curry was also available. Maybe it was vegetarian fish sauce for the tofu curry, because I noticed a second bottle of liquid on the cart. There is shrimp paste in Mae Ploy curry paste anyway, so it’s definitely no vegan if you are strict about that sort of thing.
Another thing I noticed was that the curry was very thick. I don’t think water was added to dilute the curry, which is commonly done. It was a bit on the thick side for my taste, and the rice was a bit mushy in places and hard in others. But all in all, you can’t beat the price, and the concept is great. And you can’t go wrong supporting a local micro-business. Follow Magic Curry Kart on Twitter to find out where he will show up next.