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Tesco Green Thai Curry Paste
Member Name: clara29
Tesco Green Thai Curry Paste
Date: 16/09/10, updated on 16/09/10 (92 review reads)
Advantages: Nice if you like sea water?
Disadvantages: Just way to salty for me
Several years ago, swept along by the Thai Curry hype, I ate my first and until now, only green curry in a restaurant , but found it really bland and left me wondering what all the fuss was about. Wondering if I had just had a badly executed version, I tried again with a red curry more recently and although that fared marginally better, it still left me underwhelmed if I'm being honest.
My other half however really likes them so, being a keen cook, I gave it a try one weeknight, figuring it was at least something different to do with chicken breasts to my usual Indian curry or a stir fry.
I was out of my comfort zone and didn't know where to start, so I looked up a few recipes online, and went to Tesco's for the ingredients. I chose their own brand Thai green curry paste, which cost £1.17 for a 220g jar. I also bought a can of coconut milk, some fresh limes and fresh coriander.
The paste is suitable for vegetarians and the label displays 2 chillies indicating it is of medium heat.
Nutritionally per 100g it contains 115 kcals, 7.9g fat and 8.7g carbs which isn't too bad (but don't forget the diet busting coconut milk - yes even the reduced fat version!)
As per my online recipes and the instructions on the side of the jar, I started by cubing the chicken breasts and browning in a little oil. When I opened the jar I was struck by a strong whiff of garlic which is never a good thing in my book, but that's just down to personal taste.
The colour was a dark green / yellow colour which looked appetising enough - being used to seeing pale green curries, this surprised me but I thought the intensity of the colour would reduce upon adding the coconut milk.
Adding a couple of tablespoons of paste to the chicken, I mixed it in and then stirred in my coconut milk and the zest of a fresh lime (this replaced the lemongrass as I couldn't find any but was assured it was a suitable replacement).
The mixture bubbling away still looked totally different to other green curries I have seen in the past, as I mentioned before they are usually quite pale in colour almost a mint green. My version was still really dark! Ho hum....
I served it with jasmine rice and some fresh chopped coriander to garnish.
Soooo salty!! I didn't add any seasoning at all whilst prepping this but it was so salty I found it hard to eat. And I am someone who adds a lot of salt to my food usually so I think that's an indication of how salty it was that even I struggled!
I checked the label and it contained 2.2g sodium which was equivalent to 5.4g salt per 100g of paste. Now I know my cals / fat quite well but have no clue about salt - is that a lot???
Aside from the salt, it was okay but tasted a bit like a korma to me and a very garlicky one at that. I'm not sure if it's just the Tesco paste that's not great and other brands do it better but either way, it hasn't changed my mind about green curries - I don't think I'm a convert.
I would be interested to hear comments from green curry connoisseurs who have tried this to see what they think in comparison to other brands - feel free to leave your comments!!
Thanks for reading
(also posted on ciao as ciaomiaow)
Summary: Did I mention the salt :) Not one I would buy again