While I’m not the most adventurous foodie out there (the list of foods I don’t eat is probably twice as long as the foods I do,) I’ve found that growing up in a partly Chinese household has made me open to trying other types of Asian foods. While there is no way I will ever, ever eat pig’s ear (which my mom declares with certainty is delicious and loaded with calcium) I will venture into other foods. One type of food I’ve found myself enjoying immensely is Thai food. There are a few great Thai restaurants in the area but I had yet to have the courage to try to cook my own Thai food until I received a collection of products from Thai Kitchen.
The Product – Thai Kitchen
We’re more than Pad Thai and curry. We’re as passionate about Thai food as you are. That’s why we offer an extensive menu of Thai dishes and ingredients that are second to none in flavor, freshness, authenticity, and variety.
- Coconut Milk
- Premium Fish Sauce
- Original Pad Thai Sauce
- Peanut Satay Sauce
- Roasted Red Chili Paste
- Green Curry Paste
- and many other Thai products
The challenge with pre-made sauces and pastes is authenticity. There are plenty of General Tso’s chicken sauces on the shelves – but did you know that General Tso’s chicken isn’t even an actual Chinese dish? The challenge for Thai Kitchen is to make sure that their products taste exactly how they would if I ate real Thai food. As a frequent eater at Bangkok Garden in Bethesda, I think I have some idea of what authentic Thai food tastes like, and that was the standard I held Thai Kitchen to when I prepared their Pad Thai and Green Curry Beef.
The two dishes I made used several of the Thai Kitchen products, including the Stir-Fry Rice Noodles, Coconut Milk, and Original Pad Thai Sauce.
The Original Pad Thai Sauce had a distinct sweet and sour taste and smell to it. I was worried that the flavor of the sauce would overwhelm the dish and make it too flavorful, but I didn’t have to worry. I followed the recipe (except for the peanuts, which I forgot to buy) and ended up with a very real looking plate of Pad Thai. If I hadn’t known that I’d just spent the previous 20 minutes preparing and cooking this dish, I think it could have passed for authentic Thai food. The flavors were spot on and the dish was surprisingly savory. The strong flavor of the pad thai sauce seemed to get soaked up and balanced out by the rice noodles and the bean sprouts.
I had a similarly positive experience when I prepared the Green Curry Beef – the initial smells and tastes of the ingredients make you think “Woah, am I going to like this?” and then after the dish is cooked and you take your first bite you think, “Wow, this tastes GOOD!” I was admittedly thrown off by the green color of the Green Curry Beef but was quickly won over by the first bite which was creamy and smooth (from the coconut milk) and encapsulated so many different flavors that it was just delicious.
Cooking with Thai Kitchen products and following the Thai Kitchen recipes really made me realize that Thai food was a lot easier to prepare than I had thought. It’s all about starting the dish with high quality, fresh ingredients, and authentic flavors – both of which Thai Kitchen provides.
About Thai Kitchen
We couldn’t seriously call ourselves Thai Kitchen if we weren’t committed to making nothing but the most authentic Thai food. There’s no faking it. We’re about providing the best Thai food experience available to anyone, anytime, without compromising quality for convenience. That’s why we use only fresh, natural ingredients selected at harvest for their quality and flavor. With Thai Kitchen, you can say goodbye to Thai food delivery and pricey restaurant meals.
Our broad line of more than 60 products is available in supermarkets nationwide and, coupled with our easy-to-follow recipes, makes preparing delicious, authentic Thai dishes a snap!
Thai Kitchen Online
The WiC Project – Thai Kitchen Giveaway
One winner will receive a Thai Kitchen Cooking kit filled with some of Thai Kitchen’s staple ingredients (which may include Coconut Milk, Premium Fish Sauce, Red Curry Paste, and Jasmine Rice) plus a Thai Kitchen cookbook.
- Visit www.thaikitchen.com and tell me in the comments below which Thai Kitchen product you would like to cook with the most or which recipe you want to prepare.
- For a bonus entry, subscribe to The WiC Project via reader or via email and leave a comment letting me know that you have.
Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST, September 30, 2010.
Visit our Giveaway Rules page for general giveaway rules that also apply to this giveaway.
Disclaimer: This post consists of my (and/or fellow tester) opinions only. No compensation was given for this review/giveaway. I did receive free samples of Thai Kitchen products from the manufacturer or representing PR agency to use and test for the purposes of this review. This did not affect the outcome of this review.