My local Mega Tesco has what it calls a bargain isle, but really is a pound shop isle. Amidst the grey import products, there are some real treats for the intrepid shite food explorer. It largely seems to consist of products that food producers have failed to sell and have off loaded on the cheap. It kind of reminds me of the food isle in B&M Bargains and the myriad treats it holds. Among the canned Prince’s pies and hotdogs, this microwaveable marvel caught my eye. A chip shop style curry that is ready in 90 seconds? It had a to be reviewed.
I could not remember the last time I bought a curry sauce in a chip shop, so last night it took the chance to remind myself, to get a sense of what I should expect. It was devoid of any chili and had that star anise and taste you get in those odd Chinese Takeaway curries. Not unpleasant at all, but not what I think of as “curry”.
After removing the plastic top, it looks like a giant can, but made of plastic.
Removing the can top, the curry was completely solidified at room temperature… in August. After popping the top back on and a quick 45 second blast and a stir, it was starting to losen up, but still pretty solid. With the final 45 second blast, I was ready to eat.
I thought, what do you eat with a curry normally, a nan bread of course. Unfortunately a seeded flat bread would have to do. I know, I know, don’t judge me!
So what does it taste like? Not too bad at all is the answer. It wasn’t like the chip shop curry sauce I’d had the night before, with that Chinesey taste. However, I had tasted something like it before, then it came to me, Vesta Curry. If you are too young to remember them, they were the first “ready meal” curries to appear in the supermarkets in the 70’s and 80’s. I haven’t seen one for a while, but you can apparently still buy them online. The taste was of a very mild madras and quite tasty. The let down however was the texture. Everything, including the few and far between pea size bits of chicken are just mush. It kind of has to be expected in such a product with such a long ambient shelf life, that it is cooked until pasteurised. However, for a pound, you can’t go wrong.
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