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Each Sachie's Kitchen meal kit serves four. They include all the base ingredients you need, including pastes, sauces, herbs and spices and noodles or rice, with only a couple of additional perishable ingredients required. The pastes have been prepared locally by myself, and I have sourced some of the more exotic authentic herbs and spices directly from Asia - meaning the kits provide the best of both worlds! Traditional, authentic ingredients along with New Zealand's fresh produce. Yum!
For every Asian country that I visit, I have a favourite noodle variety - and of course for Thailand that could only be Pad Thai. I learnt how to cook this years ago in Bangkok, and I was surprised how a dish could be so delicious and so simple once you knew the right tricks and balance of flavours. I've taken the guesswork out for you and in 30 mins with my Feed 4 Meal Kit you could be enjoying authentic Pad Thai!
What's Included in the Kit
• Chilli Flakes
• Roasted Peanuts
• Rice Stick Noodles
• Sachie Sauce
What you'll Need
• 600g Chicken Breast
• 3-4 Cloves of Garlic
• 100g Mung Bean Sprouts
• 2 Eggs
• 40g Flat Chives (Small bundle)
• Cooking Oil
Sauce [Sugar, Tamarind Concentrate (tamarind, water, salt, preservative (211)), Fish Sauce (fish, salt, sugar), Pickled Cabbage], Tapioca Rice Sticks [rice starch, tapioca starch, salt], Dry Roasted Peanuts, Fried Shallot, Chilli Flakes.
• Contains: Peanuts, Fish
• May Contain: Sesame, Soy, Sulphites, Crustacea
I have eaten Pad Thai many times - both as a takeaway meal and as part of a restaurant selection - so I will admit to being skeptical about just how well a packet product might measure up. I chose to cook it for four other family members in order to have plenty of feedback, so they were all banished from their own kitchen and I took over for the half hour that the packet assured me would be needed for preparation.
The first test was passed without any complications. It took me exactly 30 minutes from opening the packet to serving up, and as I followed the directions exactly, I was glad to note this as it is useful to be able to estimate preparation times. I was also pleased to see that the chilli was packed separately and was an optional extra to add at the end - a good point when two of the diners are children!
The process was very clearly set out in the instructions - easy to follow, and the smaller ingredients were packaged separately. There were two packets of the main sauce but no indication as to whether they were packaged like that in case the cook wanted to prepare half the packet in one go rather than the whole lot. I tasted both as I opened them and could not tell the difference, so I am assuming this was the reason. That would be a bonus if you were cooking for just one or two people.
All of us really liked the flavour. My daughter, who counts Pad Thai as one of her favourite foods, said it was as authentic as meals she has had from various Thai restaurants and takeaway shops. In fact, she went so far as to say it was one of the best she had tasted! The finished product matched the picture on the packet, so this had not been touched up to entice the shoppers! The fish sauce flavour came through but did not overwhelm, and since we could add the chilli to our own taste, that really added to the experience by drawing out the flavour.
In terms of quantity, we had enough for three adults and two young children, and did not feel we had been deprived. Some packet meals advertise that they feed four and then there is barely enough for two. This was absolutely not the case with this product; there was plenty for everyone. The children enjoyed it, even Mr Seven who is quite fussy about what he eats, and they commented especially on the garnish of peanuts and shallots. Mr Seven said he would like a few more peanuts, but that was the only complaint.
There were several ingredients that could cause a problem for people with allergies (notably peanuts) but the contents were clearly listed on the pack and there is even an "allergen warning" which is a great idea; I wish more firms did this! The bought ingredients could be varied of course. I got chicken breast because that was what was specified, but some of us thought we might try it with prawns next time. And it would also be nice with more nuts for vegetarians and no meat at all. I am going to try it that way too.
Finally, the price. We did some quick sums to include both the RRP for the packet and the cost of the extra items, and it came to approximately $22 altogether. For a family of three adults and two littlies, or four adults, or simply three very hungry adults (!) that is a lot cheaper than the cost of the same item as a takeaway or at a restaurant. And it has the added bonus of being cooked and eaten immediately. This is a product we will certainly be looking out for on our next visit to a supermarket.
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