These little microwave and go meals are super convenient for their $3.49 price, you eat it out of the bx once you microwave the pouches, plus there’s a plastic SPORK in the box for you! Perfect for my day a week at the school when I don’t know what time I’ll get to eat and whether there will be forks. I can keep these in the car for “in case”. Was stoked to pick these two up on my “big shop” last fortnight.
The Chicken Massamum was nicer than the chow mein (the sauce and meat of the chow mein was good but I didn’t like the noodles….)
There’s also chicken stay with rice, red chicken curry and Thai green curry. The chicken pieces are quite generous and have good texture :)
I was just going in to get some more miso soup sachets when I saw these meal kits on special at 2 for $8 (usual price $5.99 each) and I thought I’d give them a go. Inside each is the bare basics – the Pad Thai one only had the noodles and the Pad Thai sauce, so at $6 would not have been worth it as a kit (you think they could have stumped up the crushed peanuts, right?), while the Mussamum was better – rice, marinade, paste and coconut milk… though again, a small sachet of nuts would have been a nice addition rather than having to buy a full bag, and the coconut milk wasn’t enough for my tastes (both heat and creaminess wise) so I added about a third of a tin extra when I cooked it.
The Pad Thai was rather tasty, though again, there are better value kits out there, or you you just buy the noodles and sauce for cheaper individually at the supermarket or Asian grocer.
Tasty, and did inspire me to try different things this week, but next time I Mussamum, it’ll be in a slow cooker with tamarind paste and loads of coconut cream with the curry paste. I did like that I used potato along with sweet potato. A moment of inspiration from the potato drawer!
There’s a new Indian restaurant in the next suburb, and my boyfriend decided to spoil me with a meal there last night – The Grand Pavilion, known for their authentic and delicious Indian and Indo-chinese meals on the Central Coast, has just opened a location in Warners Bay.
I suppose I start from the start!
It took us forever to order – because there are so many options on the menu…. Old favourites and new (to us) twists and variations. All sounding delicious. We didn’t order it, but the $35.90 per head banquet for 2 or more is AMAZING value for entrees, mains (which are all Gluten free btw), sides and desserts. Next time, Gadget, next time.
So we settled on our order, and were presented with complementary poppadoms, along with a mild and spicy mint sauce (raita would be what I called the milk youghurt one) while Bruce went back to the car for our bottle of $7 Aldi Shiraz (amazingly smooth btw) because they are BYO only ($3/head). There is the usual Coke brand and Lassi selection for drinks.
And then it was onto the entree – The Veg Grilled Platter for 2 – $18.50
This impressive creation came out on a sizzling plate, with veges adorning and enhancing it (it you have room – eat the sizzled up capsicum and other veges. Wow!)
First we had the Onion Bhaji and Tandoori Mushroom, which both had a little kick as far as I was concerned! Great texture on the Bhaji, and the mushroom was a different twist for me, with sooo many flavours!
Next, because they were under the other two, were the Vegetarian Seekh Kebab (the vege sausage thingy) and the Paneer Tikka. Wow, I loved the two of them – the paneer had a nice marinade and was cooked to perfection, and the Kebab was so full or herbs and flavours I nearly fainted with joy.
(and then, we rested, while our mains were prepared)
We chose two meals from the Chef’s special mains, and we were blown away. Both we “mild” heat wise, but the combination of spices and cooking style was enough to have me eating way more than I should.
The Lamb Shank Masala is, according to the menu – “Lamb shanks cooked int Indian style with special spices until the meat in tender and falling off the bone”. Wow. These were amazing. The meat inside was purple and so soft and melty! I half-heard the owner/chef explain to the table beside me the process they go through cooking these, and yes, worth every cent! – $23.90
(not the classiest way, but omg they were delicious!!!)
The other dish we selected was the “Mughlai Chicken” – Tr traditional cashew nut, almond based sauce flavoured with cardamom, cloves and bay leaf with a touch of fresh cream. This was also melt in the mouth stuff… My unsophisticated palate likened it to butter chicken but without the tomato and all the damn sugar. but, for sure, this was a milk chicken curry that was actually full of flavour.
Oh and there was a hardboiled egg in it!
We also had rice and naan (but of course!) but given my level of stuffed-ness from the entrees I had a little bit of both, not much.
The meal and service were amazing – and the British girl next to us proclaimed it to be the only real Indian food she’s had since moving to Australia. We will have to go there many times again!