As the heat slowly dissipates into balmy nights, the streets of Thailand burst into flurries of activity. Scooters dance between coloured taxis and people oblivious to the changing streetscape.
The light breeze guides those intent on finding cheap eats and sensational bargains, and beckons with enticing aromas and cheeky street banter. Where better to discover the taste of a Thai Red Curry recklessly splashed into giant bowls of hot rice. Where else, you may ask.
While we can't deliver the bustle of a busy Thai street, we offer the next best thing. Our Thai Red Curry is just waiting for you to add your own bit of exotic, to splash it joyously into your own giant bowls of steaming hot rice.
Up to now, I have never been a particular fan of red curry. I always thought green curry was much more interesting because the red version lacked flavour, relying too heavily on the addition of chilli. But my experience with this variety has completely reversed my opinion. Street Kitchen - Red Thai Curry is probably the best I have ever tried, and a product to look out for when I am next shopping. As are all kits in this range, it is easy to prepare and the finished dish can be served up within 20 minutes.
The red chilli component is surprisingly mild so you can really taste the kaffir lime and fish sauce, both of which add a nice tang to the effect. I chose to prepare this curry with beef rather than chicken; I am pleased I did because the extra meaty flavour blended in so well with the various spices. It enhanced them to the point of being irresistible. Four of us were on hand to try this dish, and if I had hoped for leftovers I was out of luck. There was not a scrap left after everybody went back for seconds. One of them even scraped the cooking pot! Next time I will make it with cubed lamb as I think this meat would also be a good match.
I served it with individual sides of coconut yoghurt and lime pickle which, although pleasant enough, were strictly speaking not needed. There was a slight sweetness to the curry coupled with a hint of acidity, resulting in a mix of flavours so well matched that they were totally delicious. Every mouthful delivered a slightly different effect.
I would probably have preferred a little more chilli, but the other three all said it was perfect just as it was. The promise of heat was certainly there, but it did not take over to the point of being overwhelming like some of the other red curries I have tried in the past. And because the overall result was so delicious, I concluded that it really did not matter if it was milder than we had expected.
My son and daughter-in-law, who were our dinner guests and who had offered to give us their feedback, were fully in favour and said they too would certainly purchase this product by preference if they saw it in their local supermarket. They are both keen and very competent cooks, but often don't have time for elaborate recipes, so this would be ideal for them. They also travel a lot and have eaten a great deal of Asian cuisine in various countries overseas, so they know what an authentic red curry should taste like. This ticked all the boxes for them!
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