Basic Red Curry Paste or Prig Gang Kua is the curry paste from which nearly all the other curry pastes must have evolved; red curry paste, panang curry paste, namya curry paste, choo chee curry paste, green curry paste and prig king curry paste are all riffs on or add additional ingredients to Prig Gang Kua. The ingredients in the basic curry paste are common in kitchens throughout Thailand. The paste is bright orange with prominent aroma of lemongrass and kaffir lime zest.
Basic Red Curry Paste makes 'gang kua' or curries which is often has added grilled fish, dried smoked fish or dried shrimp. Some gang kua add sour agents like kaffir lime juice or tamarind. Another characteristic of gang kua is that it can have a hint of sweetness from sugar. The southern gang kua has added fresh turmeric and not as watery as other regions.