As you know from a previous post I am a huge fan of meals from Marks and Spencer. I could spend weeks eating through their Italian and Summer of Flavours food including their grilled sardines, sweet potato chips and lamb pomegranate fire bread. So I was pretty please to be able to check out their latest additions to another of their ranges – the Taste Range.
The taste range is all about authentic food from Mexico, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand. The dishes are full of favour and a great way to introduce you to flavour combinations from around the world especially as the autumn settles in and you day dream about all the destinations you want to be visiting.
Our clear favourite was the Red Thai Duck curry which rivaled any I have had in good Thai restaurants. The balance of spices was perfect and allowed the flavours of the other ingredients to come out. Our second favourite was the chicken penang curry. I am talking fine succulent meat, crunchy vegetables and the right combination of spices.
The chicken noodle bun cha from Vietnam was loaded full with crunchy vegetables and a paired beautifully with the refreshing tart lime chilli dressing. Same with the wok friend shaking beef which OH wolfed down faster than I could blink. I had to fight him for a taste.
From Japan we really enjoyed the miso yaki chicken noodles which one of the M&S store managers swears by as his current lunch staples. And then there were the scrumptious prawn and mange-tout gyoza. Dipped in the accompanying soy, ginger and lime sauce elevates them to something special.
Final stop Mexico. The chicken fajitas were just the right size – two each filled us up but wasn’t too much. And the fajitas had just the right amount of filling, you got the authentic “how do I eat this without things falling out”, which is an integral part of the experience. They’ve got the vegetables just right too, they are perfectly cooked, have just the right amount of bite, and are full of flavour. The dip trio is gorgeous too. I must confess that I ate the entire pot of smoky chipotle mayonnaise by myself with a pack of radishes. OH ate the other 2 dips with some nachos and a glass of cool beer after work.
Marks and Spencer currently have 25% of their taste range so perfect time to head on in to their stores, stock up and eat your way round the world. And you definitely need to start with that duck curry. If you are interested then please check out their website which suggest some food and drink pairings to go with their taste range. You are in for a treat.
Thanks to Marks and Spencer for the food to review. All opinions are my own.