“ Type: Sauces „
I'm a really big fan generally of Blue Dragon products and have tried out the majority of the range over the years. However, it was relatively recently that I found the Blue Dragon Royal Thai Red Curry Sauce - and as Thai red curry is my most absolute favourite, I had to try it. Having done a cooking course in Thailand, I generally make my own Thai curry sauce and so I was keen to see how this matched up to the made-from-fresh alternative.
The Blue Dragon Royal Thai Red Curry Sauce comes in a 200g sachet which I would estimate is enough to feed two people who have healthy appetites. The sachet cost me 98p from my local Tescos.
I use this sauce by stir frying some chicken and vegetables and then once these are all cooked through, I add the sauce to the wok and cook it with the chicken and vegetables for about 5 minutes so that all the flavour seeps though into the ingredients. The sauce looks rich and creamy and the smell is reassuringly Thai, with that mixed smell of spiciness and sweetness which comes from the combined flavours of the coconut milk, chilli, lemongrass and garlic. I always find that the sauce mixes in well with the meat and vegetables and coats all the ingredients well.
The flavour is delicious! Like all Thai red curry, the curry flavour is tasty yet with a very spicy kick to it. However, I do not find that the chilli flavour is not overpowering, but rather it accentuates the flavour of the lemongrass, garlic and coconut and helps it to come through.
When comparing the flavours of this sauce to my home cooked sauce, I have to say that my home cooked sauce does come out on top (I would say that, right!!?)......but honestly, I think the sauce is missing some of the subtleness and richness that comes with freshly cooked thai curry. However, its also a lot quicker and convenient - and sometimes I am willing to compromise and use this sauce because it is still tasty.
From a health perspective, it only contains a trace of saturated fat and each 200g sachet contains 332 kcals and 18g of carbohydrate. Therefore, as far as rich and creamy sauces go, this one isn't too bad....but it is still rather a lot of calories for a sauce.
I recommend this sauce as something quick and convenient to keep in the cupboard.
I've been dabbling with Blue Dragon's range of sauces recently, testing them all out because they are "dooyoo priced" - (a profitable test!) in a shop nearby to me. The Royal Thai Red Curry Sauce that they have has an almighty kick to it, it is for the most part an undescribable spiciness that is largely devoid of flavour. Unless you don't like spicy food, I can't imagine anyone disliking the flavour of this sauce for the reason that for the most part it's just as if someone turns up the spiciness switch!
Vegetables, chicken and pork seem to soak it up quite nicely but I'd definitely recommend using the sauce only as a base and then adding some flavours of your choice to it, to make it more enjoyable and solely use the curry flavouring for the spiciness. Although the sauce serves 2, it's closer to 1.5 portions, which means that if you do use coconut sauce in the same meal, you will be in risk of equalising the flavour relatively quickly.
This is a mediocre product, Blue Dragon do far better and it definitely needs a bit of something adding to it, likewise there is plenty of competition in the Thai sauce market, so you won't be pushed for options, this however is one of the cheaper ones but by the time you add something else to the sauce, you may well be better off buying a more complete option.