“ Brand: Asda / Type: Rice „
When it comes to ready meals I'm not the worlds biggest fan of them really but having said that I lead a busy life and have far better things usually to do with my time than stand grafting for one person over a stove half the day so will occasionally purchase a ready meal for quickness.
Doing most of my weekly shopping in my local Asda store I am very much aware that they often have an offer on their frozen ready meals and that they sell either any 5 of their meals for £4.00 or £1 each. This was one of my options.
Red coloured box and the front and back of the box appear the same. There is a photograph of the curry on there and we are told that it is Asda 'Chosen By You' Prawn Curry With Rice,' Prawns in a mildly spiced curry sauce, with white rice', cook from frozen, that there are no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat in it and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. Other information on the sides of the box includes ingredients and allergy advice, there is a full nutritional chart shown, we are told how to heat it through and contact details for Asda are listed. Inside the box the meal comes in a rather large black plastic container with a plastic film over the top. Nice enough packaging from Asda and of course it is informative enough.
The Meal itself:
Well you need to cook this from frozen and you can either cook it in the oven or in the microwave in for about 8 minutes. Me being me, I microwaved mine, found it to be cook through and hot within that time too.
I was impressed that the curry looked nice and the rice didn't look stodgy or wet and that in the container there was dead on half curry and half was rice.
Starting with the rice it was white rice. Cooked to al dente, not one bit soggy but not seasoned however it was ok and nothing couldn't be sorted in that respect....I simply added a bit of my own salt.
The curry was an orangy colour with plenty of sauce though the sauce wasn't one bit runny and I could see plenty of small, well formed pink prawns, and tiny cubes of red pepper within it...apart from that nothing else at all so it all appeared rather plain really.
The curry sauce was really, really mild. I couldn't detect any of the apple, coconut, chilli, garlic or ginger flavours it is said to have within it in the ingredient list at all and for me it completely lacked flavour and seasoning. The prawns though tasted plump and juicy and like prawns should do really and I was impressed anyway that at least they weren't tough through being cooked.
All in all this is a rather bland meal that looks ok and is edible but I struggled to find any flavour within it apart from the prawns!
Nutritional Information Per Meal (400g):
Sat fat: 6.8g
Right then, this is my first review of 'meal' type products so be gentle with me.
The product -
A frozen 'meal' of prawn curry in rice. It comes in a plastic celephane wrapped dish like container that has been heat sealed. The outer packaging is a cardboard box that is quick attractivley designed to show quite a generous portion of prawns within the curry & rice.
It can be microwaved or cooked in a conventional oven with ease although lets face it the microwave is so much easier. Just make several holes in the lid and pop it in for around 8 minutes.
The packaging states the food facts on the front of the container quite clearly. I'll save the really boring bits but it states that it has Medium Calories, Low Sugar, Low Fat, High Saturated Fats and Medium Salt. It contains gluten, wheat, shellfish & barley and may contain traces of nuts & seeds. So not an option for many people due to the contents!
My experience -
I bought 5 frozen meals for £4 as hubby had found a new job that involved working nights and I simply couldn't be bothered with cooking a meal for me once i'd got home from work and put our son to bed.
I found the meal really quick and easy to prepare. I poked holes in the lid and then popped it in the microwave for the recommended time, let it stand to cool and then it was ready. Simply really.
Visually the meal looked ok for a frozen meal for one. The rice was seperate to the curry so it stayed lovely and white. Really plump grains of white rice and an average serving I thought. The curry looked quite watery and a typical browny orangy curry colour. The curry had what I can describe as a toddlers handful of anorexic prawns. There were no more than 6 or 7 and they were so small and not meaty at all. It has teeny bits of red pepper within the curry but that was the only vegetable content visable.
Taste - the rice was nice enough for a frozen meal. The curry had quite a spicy taste to it and I can't relate it to other spices that i've tasted. It wasn't awful but it wasn't enjoyable at all. I ate the rice and a bit of the curry but left the rest and went for toast instead! The bit that I did eat left quite an aftertaste aswell. It wasn't enjoyable the fist time around let alone having to taste it for hours afterwards also. Even drinking lots of water and eating mints didn't seem to shift the taste.
I was disappointed generally with the quality and quantity of the meal. I never ate the second prawn curry that i'd bought in the deal, I couldn't face it. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't terrible but I certainly didn't enjoy it and I wont be buying it again. After writing this review and actually looking at the nutritional values of it also it has made me much more aware of the quality of frozen dinners and now, I would only buy them in sheer desperation!