1. Boil 2 cups water, wine, and 1 tsp. salt in a medium frying pan. Simmer fish just until opaque. Drain, cool, skin, and flake.
2. Pour oil into pan over medium heat. Cook shallots, garlic, and ginger until softened. Stir in curry paste; cook 1 minute. Whirl mixture in a food processor with coconut milk, cream cheese, sugar, and 1 tsp. salt until smooth. Pulse in salmon, then lime juice. Serve chilled, topped with chives.
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