Monday, May 26, 2014

My Love Affair with Asian Home Gourmet Ready-made Spice Pastes

I've always loved trying out new dishes in the kitchen, and while I like having cookbooks around, I've discovered a "new" product that has become a staple in the pantry: Asian Home Gourmet ready-made spice pastes.

Pasta is our go-to meal, and I make sure we never run out of the ingredients needed even for the most basic of pasta dishes. But I at some point in the week, I'll find myself craving Thai or Indian food. It's just the way it is. The stupid thing is, I never seem to be able to make a really good curry from scratch.

Enter Asian Home Gourmet, which has made everything so simple AND quick.
Asian Home Gourmet Spice Packs
From Indian curry to Thai curry (red and green) to Nasi Goreng to Hainanese Rice to Tom Yum Soup - they've got it all!

No, this is not a blogomercial for the brand. It's just that I am so in love with this product line that I think everyone who likes to cook but likes it easy as well should have Asian Home Gourmet spice pastes in their grocery list every week (or however often you do your grocery shopping).

As you can see in the picture above, we've got quite a handful of packs in stock - just in case, but one of our favorites is the Tom Yum Soup paste, which is perfect for a rainy evening. Or hot summer night. Whenever, really.

Tom Yum Soup Spice Paste

While I don't always have all the suggested ingredients - they're listed in the back of the pack, together with the instructions - like kaffir lime leaves, the resulting dish is still burpilicious. And it's quite spicy, too!

My Tom Yum Soup with shrimp, squid, and oyster mushroom

Another favorite is the Red Thai Curry paste, which can actually hold its own against takeout food.

My Red Thai Curry with chicken, button mushroom, eggplant, and fresh basil leaves
As I said, Asian Home Gourmet spice pastes make it so easy to whip up dishes - you just need to stir fry the paste in some oil and then add meat and veggies. You don't even have to chop up onions and garlic!

Additionally, I like how you can vary the ingredients to your liking. For example, for curry, you can use chicken, beef, pork, seafood, or plain veggies, depending on what you feel like eating - or what you have in the fridge.

Believe it or not, in 30 minutes or less, you can have a more than decent meal ready.

You can buy these packs from SM Supermarket, Rustan's, and Shopwise - as far as I know. Oh, and Amazon!

Whoever thought of making these spice pastes and got them to market, you're awesome!




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