Yes, you can have your fine wines and great vintages that have a cheeky bouquet with more than a few notes of jasmine and peach aromas. But when you're about to weigh into that curry you've been looking forward to all day there's nothing quite like a good honest beer to compliment it perfectly.
And it's not just curries that beer is the perfect partner for. We, for one, can't really imagine any other drink to go with a big, meaty burger either.
But we're talking curries here and whether you're going for an Indian, Thai or Chinese version of the dish in Newcastle, we suggest you make sure that you order a long, cool lager on the side. Here are four suggestions of the sort of perfect partnerships that you can enjoy when you pair a spicy curry with a cold beer.
1. RC21 with a King Cobra - Shahe
Order from Shahe Restaurant if you want to sample the enigmatically named RC21 with a beer to match. This curry is, in fact, one of the chef's specials. It's a bhuna-style dish that features chicken tikka with garlic, coriander and just a hint of chilli too. If you fancy something a little more exotic, go for the RC22 which uses duck tikka instead. The King Cobra, as you might expect from the name, has quite a bite to it at 7.5%, and pairs perfectly with both.
2. Gang Panang with a Singha - Zaap Thai Street Food
If Thai's a little more to your taste then make sure that you check out Zaap Street Food's classic Gang Panaeng. It's a delicious green curry alive with the flavours of Thai cuisine including lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal and ginger, all in a warming coconut milk sauce. There's also the choice of chicken, beef, pork or prawn. Singha also needs no introduction, being the classic Thai beer that features on so many restaurants' drinks menus.
3. Massaman Lamb Curry with a Chang - Chaopraya
From what is probably Newcastle's most famous Thai restaurant, Chaopraya, might we suggest the rich and creamy Massaman Lamb Curry served with a Chang? The Massaman curry is said to have been a favourite of the Thai royal family for generations and once you taste its blend of star anise, cardamom and turmeric potatoes topped with cashews it's easy to see why. The light and bright lager we've chosen, Chang, makes the perfect accompaniment and may well be a Thai beer you've never come across before.
4. Chicken and Vegetables in Satay Sauce with a Tiger Beer - I Noodle
The last port of call on our whistlestop curry and beer tour of the Toon is I Noodle where you can enjoy a milder choice for the more sensitive palate. Their chicken and vegetables in a peanut satay sauce served with rice will mean that there'll be no fires that need to be put out by the accompanying Tiger beer - but the flavour profile of the lager still complement this delicious dish perfectly.
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