1 (Thu) April 2010
Kaeng Phet with Chicken Fried Rice
-Oksu (Joongang Heights Apts), Seongdong, Seoul, Korea-
Asian Home Gourmet, a food brand specializing in packaged sauces that ambitiously attempts to cover a range of cuisines representing pretty much the entire continent, from Indonesia to India, has apparently cornered the market in Seoul among the stores specializing in imported andfood products. The website shows that the brand also offers Korean sauces, though they’re not available here. I can’t recall ever seeing the brand in the States, whether in the mainstream supermarkets or in Asian specialty shops. Their products aren’t entirely “instant,” but consist of sauce bases to which oil and vegetables and meats and other ingredients must be added and cooked. I’ve had at least a dozen varieties throughout the years, and they’ve all been pretty good, though I can’t vouch for authenticity.
The Thai curries are probably among the better ones. Maybe it’s because Thai curries are easier to package than other sauces. Or maybe it’s because the Thai curries require adding a whole can of coconut milk, which seems to make anything taste good.
Kaeng phet = red curry.
The fried rice was from scratch.