I am a huge curry fan and really enjoyed watching Marion on Masterchef (and was devo when she was eliminated way too early!). Her recipe book is quite an interesting read of her different culinary influences and life. When I first saw these little boxes at the supermarket, I was very excited to try one. Since then, I have regularly cooked with a few of them and in particular, Marion’s Thai Green Curry pack.
There are a few different reasons why I love this product. It’s mainly because of the simplicity that it offers you. All you need to do is make sure you have a box of Marion’s curry of your choice, some meat or seafood in the fridge at home and a cup of veggies. I’ve made these curries with fresh veggies and frozen veggies – both taste great. I’ve made it with prawns and chicken and would recommend either. Marion doesn’t lie either – her curries only take 20 minutes, max.
The second reason why I love this product is the natural ingredients Marion has chosen to include. Even though this meal comes in a box, you can definitely notice the quality in the ingredients provided. The dried spices included (kaffir lime leaves, basil leaves and chilli) still have enough flavour within them to create the aromatic flavours within your curry. The curry paste is strong on the senses and the bamboo shoots included are still pretty tasty, even if they are preserved. It really doesn’t seem like you are making or eating a packet curry and for the price and simplicity of it – I am a huge fan.
I made a pot last week and served it with steamed rice. A loved it, as always, and there wasn’t too much left over.
There is a perfect amount of dried herbs included and it really does make this recipe packet a better option than the rest. You can’t get that flavour out of a tin and it really is a clever idea. Plus, sometimes going to Asian grocers can be hard to arrange around full-time work etc so this little packet comes in handy.
|The 5 Packets included in Box|
I do have a few suggestions for you if you are considering making this curry however.
- Make sure you read the instructions on the back before you cook-off. Step 2 and 3 should be done at the same time. It gets a bit confusing when you finish step 2, turn around to read the next step, and then realise step 3 needs to be underway as well.
- Marion says that this curry will serve 4. I am going to say that she would be right if you are all small eaters. I would say that it is better suited to serve 3 comfortably and four if you were having entrées beforehand.
- The curry ends up quite mild in taste. If you prefer your curry a bit spicier, Marion suggests that you cut up one of the dried chilli’s before you put it in. I would suggest for you to do it this way, as eating a whole dried chilli ends up frying all your tastebuds. I’ve done it once and wouldn’t recommend it unless you are an extreme chilli fan (and I thought I was right up there!)
The Thai Red Curry version is also really good. I’ve tried this one a few times and I am looking forward to giving it a go with duck. Duck Thai Red Curry may have to be one of my favourite combination in curries and I love that these little boxes allow you the flexibility of trying them with different ingredients.
My product testing has led to me fully endorsing this product. There are no real negatives to this little box of goodies and it tastes amazing.
Other options available from Marion’s Kitchen are –
San Choy Bow
Thai Red Curry
Thai Fish Cakes
Thai Basil & Chilli Stir Fry
Thai Satay Sticks
These boxes are available at Woolworths, Coles, IGA and little gourmet stores around Perth and Australia.
P.S. PFJ is not getting any kick backs from Marion’s Kitchen in regards to this product review.