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Maysan Foods was established in the North East of England in the 1960s. Over the years they have built up their range of foods to include a number of different products including curry powder, curry sauce paste and gravy paste.
Although the product I am reviewing is the Original flavour curry sauce paste, it is worth noting it comes in several other flavors too - Extra Hot, Mild and Malaysian.
The packaging of this product is very distinctive, yellow with red writing. The other flavours have the same yellow box but different coloured writing. Underneath the cardboard sleeve is a plastic tub with lid which the curry is in. This is very handy as it both keeps the unused curry fresh and it can be reused after the curry is gone.
To make the sauce is very easy. Put some of the block of paste into a jug (I put about an inch in, the more you add the thicker the sauce will be). Chop the paste into small pieces or if you prefer, use a grater, add a small amount of boiling water and stir until the pieces have dissolved and you are left with a paste. Add more boiling water until you have the thickness you desire. If you're so inclined, add onions, mushrooms etc and voila! Lovely curry sauce.
I prefer this sauce to any other curry sauce I've tried. It has more flavour than 'chip shop' curry but doesn't have the bite that I find lots of 'chinese' curries have. It's really versatile and will go with just about anything.
It's quite hard to find a stockist, none of my local supermarkets carry it and so far the only places I've seen it in is a local independent shop and a butchers. They do have a website www.maysanfoods.co.uk that gives the names of stockists although it seems a bit out of date as it doesn't show either of the places I know that stock it.
It's normally priced at around £1.19 which I feel is good value, as one pack will make about 4-5 family meals. It can also be frozen if you have any left over.