Product Type: New Covent Garden Sauces / Soups
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New Covent Garden Thai Chicken Fusion Soup
Member Name: magenta23
New Covent Garden Thai Chicken Fusion Soup
Disadvantages: Quite a lot of sat fat
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.
Summary: A tasty soup. Try it!
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