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      18.01.2010 22:30
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      I probably wouldn't bother

      New Covent Garden Thai Chicken Fusion Soup

      Description: Manufacturer: New Covent Garden / Type: Soups


      http://www.newcoventgardenfood.com


      Like so many of us, I managed to eat and drink far too much over the festive season, and as a result, am trying be healthy in order to lose a few pounds and also feel less sluggish. Unfortunately, I work shifts which sometimes mean it is too easy to snack on junk food at odd hours of the day and night.

      One of the easiest ways for me to avoid snacking is to try and make sure that I am eating three sensible meals each day which are filling enough to prevent me grazing later. I prefer to make my own soups but sometimes just don't have time and so I frequently buy New Covent Garden soups from the chilled section of my local supermarket as a quick and convenient lunch.

      I really like the New Covent Garden soup range, though unfortunately, they are a little expensive at around £1.80 for a 600g carton. Supermarkets often have them on offer though and I managed to pick up a few recently for just £1 each. They usually have a decent shelf life (check carton for dates) and can usually be frozen so they are worth stocking up on while you can.

      The soups come in cardboard cartons which are designed so they can stand up in the fridge and can be heated on a hob or warmed in the microwave for around two minutes (stir halfway through heating)

      Unfortunately, this wasn't a flavour that I would buy again I expected it to be thicker than it was and was disappointed to find that it was quite thin. It was also less creamy than I would have liked and instead of having a combination of deliciously subtle flavours, it just seemed a little insipid. The lemongrass was hard to detect and there was no chilli and not enough ginger to give it that slight aftertaste of hotness that you expect from Thai soup. There was a decent amount of chicken in there, but unfortunately, it didn't taste exciting enough for me


      A serving (300g) of this soup contains the following;

      262 calories
      15.6g fat (11 of this is saturated)
      2.1g salt


      Ingredients are as follows (taken from the New Covent Garden website);

      Water, sweetcorn, onions, chicken (7%), coconut (6%), green peppers, spring onion, chicken stock, fish sauce, wheat flour, mint, jalapeno peppers (0.6%), garlic, ginger, lemon grass, lime leaves, lime juice (0.3%), salt, black pepper


      This wasn't one of the better flavours in the range in my opinion. It wasn't a delicate or subtle flavour, instead was just quite bland and tasted like it needed something extra. I won't be buying this one again, especially when there are so many in the range that I really like.

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        14.11.2009 13:37
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        Not one I will be buying again

        New Covent Garden Thai Chicken Fusion Soup

        Description: Manufacturer: New Covent Garden / Type: Soups


        http://www.newcoventgardenfood.com

        You have probably seen these soups in the chiller cabinet of your local supermarket. They are often to be found on offer (I paid just £1 for this one) and do last for a while (check the use by dates to see how long) so are great to buy and keep in the fridge for quick and tasty lunches.

        New Covent Garden call this variety their own version of the traditional Thai soup, Tom Kha Kai. I love this soup so was keen to try this one.

        It comes in a cardboard carton which is easy to pour. You simply pour into a saucepan or microwave dish and heat gently for a few minutes (stirring halfway through cooking). I popped it into the microwave for 2.5 minutes and served it with fresh, crusty bread.

        This soup has 262 calories per serving and 15.6g of fat so unfortunately isn't the healthiest in the range. Having said that, it is very nice. It has quite a creamy consistency with a good ratio of vegetables. My only complaint would be that it was very mildly spiced (imagine a thai curry but weaker) and I would have liked a little more kick to it.

        Ingredients are as follows;

        Water, sweetcorn, onions, chicken (7%), coconut (6%), green peppers, spring onion, chicken stock, fish sauce, wheat flour, mint, jalapeno peppers (0.6%), garlic, ginger, lemon grass, lime leaves, lime juice (0.3%), salt, black pepper.

        After I had eaten a whole bowl of this, it became slightly boring, so feel it would definitely be improved by adding some chilli. The ingredients show that there are no chillies included which is a bit of a shame. If you like the mild taste of coconut and lemongrass then this would be perfect for you, but if you are used to spicy thai soup with a kick, then you may be disappointed.

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        10.11.2009 20:41
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        A wonderful Thai chicken soup with wonderfully blended tastes and textures

        Why this soup
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        As I am not feeling well I decided I needed some chicken soup to help me get better. As I am feeling very washed out making it myself wasn't an option this time. So hubby was sent out to buy me some nice chicken soup and this is what he came back with.


        What is it?
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        This is a fresh soup from The New Covent Garden Food Company. It comes in their trade mark Tetra packs that look like old style milk cartons.

        It is described on the side of the packaging as their "version of the traditional Thai soup, Tom Kha Kai (Thai chicken coconut soup). We've fused authentic Asian inspired flavours of coconut, lemongrass, ginger, mint and lime leaves with succulent pieces of tender chicken. As we raise our bowls to our lips, we say "aroi mak" ("very delicious" in Thai).

        Well it had me sold on that as I thought that it shouldn't be too spicy for my poor tummy.

        Heating
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        You can heat this soup either in a pan on the stove top or as I did in the microwave. You open up the top of the carton being careful you don't spill any of the precious contents. You then blast it for 3 minutes on high then stir and heat for another 2 minutes.

        The eating
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        As I tipped this into my bowl the first thing that hit me was the smell it was a lovely hit of lemon and ginger. On closer wafting up to my nostrils I was able to detect a hint of chicken and garlic. It is a wonderful delicate blend of Thai herbs and spices that float up from the bowl to greet you.

        The other thing that I noticed straight away was the color some how I hadn't expected it to be green! You could see lurking in the green depths bits of chicken shredded up floating alongside some spring onions, green peppers and lemon grass.

        The soup has a lovely silky thick consistency to it this coupled with the bits floating in the soup made it have a real homemade look, which is what I have come to expect from this company. The texture is nice and dense and when you dip your spoon in it there is a nice coating left on the soup unlike some soups which are just too watery.

        The taste is wonderful it tastes in some ways like a green Thai curry blended up. One of the first things you notice when you slurp this soup up is that you have on occasions to chew parts of this soup such as when you come across some chicken or bits of vegetable. There isn't a kick to it which was great for my poorly tummy but if you are buying it hoping for a spicy soup you are probably better off looking else where. The lemon grass and ginger are the main taste notes that become apparent to you. As these are part of the classic Thai combination its not surprising that they are there. Once these die down you are left with a taste of chicken and coconut in your mouth that lingers long after the bowl of soup has finished. The soup though it has a silky texture isn't greasy and doesn't leave a greasy film across you mouth or teeth.

        The carton tells you this will serve two. In our household my husband generally has a full carton to himself but for most people who don't eat like a ravaging polar bear the carton will do two for lunch alongside some nice bread.



        Ingredients:
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        Water, sweetcorn, onions, chicken (7%), coconut (6%), green peppers, spring onion, chicken stock, fish sauce, wheat flour, mint, jalapeno peppers (0.6%), garlic, ginger, lemon grass, lime leaves, lime juice (0.3%), salt, black pepper.

        Where from
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        This one was brought from Sainsbury's they currently are having an offer on New Convent Garden Soup of two cartons of any soup for £3 till the 17th of November which I think is a great offer for a soup of this high a quality


        Overall
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        A great fresh soup that has lots of Thai aroma and taste. There are lots of lovely bits of shredded up chicken adding a wonderfully homey touch. I would recommend this soup for a warming treat on these cold winter days.

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          04.06.2009 12:40
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          A tasty soup. Try it!

          I used to work in a sandwich bar and every day we would have a different soup. By far the most popular was the 'Thai Green Chicken' soup and I remember how good it smelled every time I poured one out for the customer. I asked the lady who made the soup her recipe, and she showed me her New Covent Garden Food Co cookbook. Coincedently, we recently went round to my cousin's for dinner and he made the most delicious Tomato soup I had ever tasted. I wanted this recipe too, and again he pulled out the same New Covent Garden book. I have to get myself one of those books! So, I'd tasted the results of the recipes made by people I know so how does it taste being made by the people themselves? Feeling a bit under the weather, I popped down to Waitrose to get some soup. There was only one brand to get really wasn't there?... but which to choose?

          I was overwhelmed by how many soup flavours these was to choose from. Tomato, French Onion or Chicken Noodle is usually as adventurous as I get. Never really considered myself much of a soup lover, but all these flavours looked so tempting. Remembering the smell of the soup from the sandwich shop and knowing that Chicken Soup is supposed to be good for the poorly I opted for 'Thai Chicken Fusion.'

          The soups are packaged as what I can only describe as an old style milk carton. They look good but means they are a pain to open, be very careful if you do not want to be wearing your soup. The carton features a sketch of chicken lime and coconut, with the NCG logo and a little banner claiming it's a 'New Premium Recipe.' I don't know what's premium about it but this one was 10p more than many of the other flavours, priced in Waitrose at £2.29 and a lot of the others were £2.19 I noticed. I have not looked around other supermarkets and shops to see if this is typical of the price of these products. I feel it's a little steep for soup, however Waitrose were selling it's own less appealing flavours (admittedly in bigger tubs) for £2.49.

          The blurb on the packet is as follows -
          "Here's our version of the traditional Thai soup, Tom Kha Kai (Thai chicken coconut soup). We've fused authentic Asian inspired flavours of coconut, lemongrass, ginger, mint and lime leaves with succulent pieces of tender chicken. As we raise our bowls to our lips, we say "aroi mak" ("very delicious" in Thai)".

          Most of the time with these 'lets make it sound better than it is' boasts on the side of packets you think 'yeah yeah.' I have to say though, they are spot on. this soup is delicious. You can really taste all the flavours individually and aroma is beautiful. The soup is just the right consistency. I hate soup that are grainy and basically just 'pulps' this is silky smooth. The colour is a not over pleasant greeny grey, with flecks of darker greens from the mint and little pieces of lemon grass. I thought being 'Thai' this may be very hot but it isn't. yes it leaves a gentle warmth on the toungue but is by no means spicy. Creamy from the coconut milk but refreshing at the same time, there's also a little bit of acidity from the lime which is a gorgeous little kick.

          The carton is deceptive in how much is there. It claims that there's two portions in there and I didn't quite belive it but yes, I got two good sized filling bowls out of it and for the quality as well I think the price has been justified. It will be interesting to try making it myself, I would imagine it would work out a lot more expensive.

          Cooking the soup is so easy. the carton can be microwaved, so just open the carton (carefully, remember!), and pop it in the microwave for three minutes give it a stir then pop it back in again for two. Pour out into your bowl and the rest of the carton is fine to be reheated when you want it. I just put a bulldog clip on the top of the carton and popped in back in the fridge and the second half put in the microwave on half the time. I have to say though, I'm pleased I finished the lot before reviewing it. On just the first half of the carton I would have complained there was not much chicken in it. Of course it had all fallen to the bottom and I had loads in the next helping. Give it a good stir before you serve up!

          A note on the carton states that the soup is one of your five a day, which is good and the nutritional information isn't bad news either. A bowl of this soup contains 262 calories, 15.6g fat (though 11 of this is saturated) and 2.1g salt. The NCG Food co have a traffic light system on their packets and the fact and salt content is labelled in orange (medium). Fair Enough. However so is the saturated fat, personally I think 11g is quite high and that should be given the red light.

          Overall, a delicious soup and I cannot wait to try the other flavours.

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