Wednesday 16 November 2011

World Foods Thai Turmeric Lemon Grass Marinade and Stir-Fry Sauce review

Even by my usual standards, this week is hectic. With two parent-teacher evenings that kick off straight after school and go on until about 9.30pm, by the time I get home, cooking isn't high on my list of priorities. I've therefore been checking out some of the cooking shortcuts that can help knock up tasty and healthy meals from scratch with minimum fuss in double quick time. World Foods to the rescue !

Earlier in the week, we tested their lovely exotic Thai Turmeric Lemon Grass Marinade and Stir-Fry Sauce. I love the fact that you can use it as both a marinade and a stir-fry sauce, first marinating the meat (we used chicken) in it to soak up the lovely flavours, then finishing off with an extra glug during the cooking process to really intensify the flavours.

As you can see, my cooking assistant Sophie thought it smelt lovely and couldn't wait to tuck in ! The label on the bottle suggests using approximately 4 tablespoons (60ml) for 100g of meat and to leave it marinating for a minimum of 30 minutes. For a big family pack of chicken (about 6 fillets), I used the whole bottle - 3/4 as a marinade and the last 1/4 in the wok for the stir-frying part. This is fabulous for busy mums because I got the meat marinating in the fridge then dashed off to give the kids their bath. 45 minutes later, I had three clean kids and a bowl of fragrant, deliciously infused chicken waiting to be stir-fried for a few minutes.

We made an incredibly simple chicken stir fry this time, using nothing but the marinated chicken fillets chopped into bite-sized pieces and caramelised onions. Very simple but incredibly delicious.

Big smiles all round from the kids - even Juliette, who often turns her nose up at anything that sounds exotic, loved it and asked for more !

The sauce is delicate and light, tasting of fresh, authentic, natural ingredients. You can tell that this is made with real lemongrass rather than the overpowering artificial lemony taste of some sauces. It's also very reassuring to see that the sauce is made in Thailand and produced for AAG Malaysia. It's not just World Foods in name - these really are authentic products using natural, exotic ingredients that really liven up the simplest of dishes. 100g of sauce provides 100 calories so - easy maths here ! - the whole bottle contains 300 calories. It's great to see that it's fat free too.

This worked really well as a simple stir fry but the World Foods website also has a whole host of recipes, suggesting that this product could be used to make Thai Chicken Wraps, Grilled Mixed Kebabs or Coconut Chilli Breaded Pork Rolls, which sound gorgeous. We will soon be trying out another World Foods product and I'll definitely try being more adventurous next time !

star rating : 4.5/5

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