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I am a fan of Sharwood's sauces & this one is no exception. I have tried both the red and the green thai curry sauces, both are fab but this one is my favourite. It is now for some reeason a 'new recipe' but to be honest it tastes the same to me as before! the recipe on the side of the jar is for pork thai red curry (suggesting you also add red peppers), but I always use chicken as I prefer it. It is really easy to use, just dice & cook your meat, pour this on and simmer for 5 minutes or more, depending on how thin / thick you like the sauce to end up. I always put a splash of water in the jar and swill it round just so none is wasted as it is quite thick & hard to pour all of it out otherwise. Red thai, for anyone who has never tried it is quite spicy and is made with coconut milk, lime, lemongrass & red chilli. This calls itself medium and it is just about as hot as it needs to be for this type of sauce. It is a gorgeous flavour and manages not to do overdo it on the lemongrass like some shop bought thai products. A 415g jar cost me £1.69 from Morrisons (it is sold in most places however) and how many this will serve very much depends on personal preference. The jar seems to suggest it serves 3 (as it gives calorie information for 1/3 of a jar) but I like quite a lot of sauce & usually share a jar between just the two of us.
I really am a big fan of Thai Red Curry and ever since visiting Thailand back in 2005, I have been looking for the perfect Thai curry on British soil, be it from a jar or at a Thai restaraunt. Sharwoods Thai Red Curry is a Medium Hot fragrant cooking sauce enriched with aromatic lemongrass, chilli & lime leaf. Includes a recipe for Thai Red Duck Curry on the side of the jar. I find that the consistency of the curry can sometimes be a little thick in the jar, this however can be rectified once cooked and a little bit of water has been added. The sauce is slightly thinner than an indian curry would be from a jar and thats the way I like it, the sharwoods jar is 415g in weight and you can add additional ingredients to the sauce such as spices and certain vegatables and meats if needs be, the sauce can serve between 2 - 4 persons the upper range only being if you add extra to the sauce. You can usually pick up a jar from your local store for about a pound but prices do tend to fluctuate quite a lot between supermarkets and your local smaller shops. The sauce does produce a very nice rich taste with various flavours that can be identified such as a hint of lemongrass. It is a mild/medium fragrance and is most definately not on the hot side. You can view the exact ingredients below and you will find the sauce has lots of ingredients to produce the fine taste. Ingredients Water, Coconut Milk (22%), Soy Sauce (Water, Salt, Soy Beans, Wheat Flour), Single Cream, Coconut Cream, Vegetable Oil, Onions, Sugar, Lemon Grass (2%), Coconut Flour, Modified Starch, Ginger Puree, Chilli Puree (1%), Garlic Puree, Lime Leaf (0.9%), Flavouring, Lactic Acid, Kibbled Chilli (0.3%), Salt, Galangal, Colour (Paprika Extract), Kaffir Lime, Vinegar. A jar yields over 500 calories so is quite high in that respect but once the sauce is spread amongst more than one person this soon drops. My verdict is that this is most definately one of the best Thai Red Curry Sauce on sale and is well worth purchasing at least once. I am still however searching for the perfect Thai meal!