Last_weekend was a good one because I undertook two of my favourite activities - walking too far and eating! Last Saturday, I walked 12km from Centennial Park in Sydney to Coogee Beach and then back to Centennial Park! Alan played cricket whilst I walked and at the end of the day we were both too tired/lazy to cook something from scratch. For tea, we therefore decided to give Marion's Kitchen Malaysian Curry (which was sent to me to review) a whirl.
First, some photos from Coogee beach.
The_walk was not as tough as I thought it would be. If undertake this walk, please wear comfortable shoes that have been worn in. I decided to wear new shoes and was rewarded with blisters afterwards:( The blisters were the toughest part of the walk! It was such a nice warm and sunny WINTER day! Crazy weather, but I shall not complain;)
Once at home after our sporting activities, we started on the curry.
A bit of background - as you may know, Marion Grasby appeared on Master Chef a few years back. She has since started a food company, Marion's Kitchen, which is a collection of Asian meal kits based on traditional recipes. I tried the Malaysian curry, but other products in the range include pad thai, thai red and green curries and thai basil and chilli stir-fry.
The Malaysian curry kit featured in this post is available from supermarkets for $6.99.
The_curry is described as a 'step by step meal kit'. The kit contains curry paste, coconut milk and dried chili/spice. You will need to supply the chicken, potatoes and water.
We changed the recipe a little by adding some extra vegetables (cauliflower and capsicum) and as a result we used some extra coconut milk.
I_do not eat much packaged food as the ingredient lists always scare me away. I was happy to see the ingredients on Marion's Malaysian Curry were quite simple!
The_instructions are very easy to follow. Not only are they written on the box, but they are written on each package inside the box as well. Just in case you misplace the box!
So_following the step by step instructions, you should end up with something that looks like this...
...and then something like this...
Once you serve it with rice, it should look similar to the first photo in this post. As I cannot eat rice, I just had mine plain...looked bit sloppy, but still tasted GOOD. By GOOD, I mean REAL GOOD!
We_did not think the curry would taste as good as it did. It really surprised us! It was full of flavour, not greasy and was very filling. I can usually go back for seconds when I cook, but one serving of this curry was enough for me. The curry serves four, which meant we had leftovers for lunch the next day.
To_accompany the curry, we pulled this delicious pinot rose from Lerida Estate out of the linen closet turned wine cellar. A great match! If you would like to read my review on Lerida Estate, click here.
The good and the not so good
- Tastes so good! I think you could cook this for friends and tell them you made it from scratch. It doesn't taste like it is 'from a packet'.
- Reasonable price of $6.99.
- Not greasy!.
- Easy to follow instructions on the pack and on each package inside the pack.
The not so good
- Product of Thailand. Would have been good if it was made in Australia.
- Potatoes are the only vegetables listed on the 'simply add' list. But remember, you can add extra vegetables. Just add more coconut milk and water if you do.
Biggest test of them all - Would I buy this with my own money?
Yes, I would! I really enjoyed it. I would also be interested in trying the other meal kits in the range, especially the thai green curry.
Thank you to Marion's Kitchen for this opportunity!
Disclaimer - I received the Malaysian curry meal kit for free.