“ Type: Frozen Food „
This is a review of something I would never buy and the review will spell out exactly why I would never buy it, the only reason I came to try this is because I was babysitting for my grandkids at my daughters house. The product in question is a frozen chips and curry sauce ready meal from Asda, it is of course found in the freezer section of Asdas and my daughter tells me that she paid £1 for it and it can also be bought as part of their five for £4 deal. The product can be cooked by either popping it in the microwave or oven cooking it, I chose the oven option as I am not a lover of cooking with a microwave but to be honest I doubt it would matter how you cooked this it would still be the very same poor result. The chips are hard at bits and soggy at others and the sauce was a very peppery tasting sauce with a hint of curry powder, it tasted little or nothing like the curry sauces you will be used to from your Chinese takeaways. The snack is also very bad for you as most pre-packed processed meals like this are, the portion had 540 calories and 24.8g of fat and there isn't exactly a lot to it, I would estimate this to be about half of what you would get from a takeaway portion of chips and curry sauce. There is much more sauce than is needed for the amount of chips you get and I have to say I was even more disappointed with this snack than I had first thought I would be. I certainly would not recommend this in fact I would go as far as to say I would urge people not to buy it.
This is not the kind of thing I would usually eat myself, as obviously a tray of chips and curry sauce from the chip shop is far preferable to a frozen product which is simply going to be microwaved. However, I made the mistake of allowing my ten year old granddaughter to accompany me to Asda last week and she practically begged me to buy her one of their Chips and Curry Sauce to try. For just £1 I thought it was worth trying as it would make for a quick snack when she visited from school almost faint with hunger. I jest, she simply 'feels' as though she's going to faint due to not eating for the past two and a half hours! These are a microwave meal and take roughly 7 minutes to cook, obviously this will depend on the power of your microwave so do check the chips are cooked properly before tucking in. It's a very small meal, actually I would say it's snack sized as there are certainly not as many chips as the photograph on the box would have you believe. They appear to be very similar to those awful Micro Chips that were so popular a number of years ago, once I'd doused them in salt and vinegar however the smell of them did begin to resemble 'proper' chips somewhat. I ended up eating the majority of this meal as my granddaughter didn't like it as much as she thought she would, in fact she had one mouthful of curry sauce and declared immediately that she wouldn't be eating any more. I'm not actually sure why she had this reaction as the curry sauce is rather nondescript and there isn't really enough depth of flavour to really take offence at. The flavour of the curry sauce is of a watered down chip shop curry sauce, you can tell that is what it's supposed to resemble but it's more fruity and is far less spicy. I wouldn't say it's an appalling attempt at a curry sauce, in fact I've used jars of curry sauce that have been less flavoursome, but the overall experience of eating this box of chips and curry sauce is too little like eating it from the chip shop for it to taste authentic. Was I really expecting authenticity though? Well, no. I had expected the meal to be rather larger based on both the size of the box and also the photograph, but with regards to the actual taste of this meal I'd say it's more pleasant than you're probably imagining it to be. The chips have the standard 'oven chip' flavour, as they've been microwaved they obviously haven't crisped up as a McCain chip would but they're not bad at all. As I mentioned, a liberal sprinkling of salt and vinegar will bring the chips to life and also adds another dimension to the flavour of the curry sauce. I said at the beginning of my review that the chips appeared to be similar to Micro Chips, this doesn't carry over to the taste however and I'm happy to report that they're not the synthetic tasting chips I had been expecting. This is a product that I wouldn't buy regularly, however I see no reason at all why I shouldn't keep a box in the freezer for when I fancy something quick and easy. Of course, if chips and curry sauce are what I want I will usually go to the chip shop but I do think this is a viable alternative for those times when I simply do not want to go out.
I so like Chips and Curry Sauce. Getting them from the local Takeaway is always the best option, but what happens when they are shut? I know, they should be open all the time (pretty much!). I tend to grab some of these every now and again in Asda. They are £1 each or part of the Asda 5 meals for £4 range. You can mix and match through a good range of proper meals as well as snack things like these, spring Rolls and Chips and Gravy - Nice, but it got to be the Curry Sauce. This is found in the freezer section and is 400g. The Chips are in a black plastic tray that you just chuck in the Microwave. They are covered by a cellophane lid which you just rip off, and the whole thing is in a cardboard box. The packaging is ok. It has the Asda branding on the top and a nice picture of the Chips peeking out from a bit dollop of Curry Sauce. Although the Chips look skinny and Microchip kind, the Sauce looks of medium spice judging by the colour of it, and it also looks quite thick. We all know what pictures on packaging can be like though! This takes 8 minutes in the Microwave on an 85owatt Oven, which is what we have. Other cooking instructions are on the back for other wattages. When the pack is cooked then we can see what the product is really like. The Sauce is quite thick and sticks to the Chips quite well. The Chips are kind of thin and look like Micro Chips but just a little bit longer, and there is way too much Curry Sauce left over after you have ate the Chips even when they are saturated with Curry Sauce. I wouldn't mind paying that bit more for this product and getting more Chips with it. The Curry Sauce has a slight bit heat to it, but it isn't overly hot. A nice tangy taste that lets you know it is a Curry without needing loads of Water. There is 540 calories and 24.8g fat per pack, so not the healthiest snack out there and not the most filling either. Nice, but I could easily eat 2 packs of this!
I'm a fan of the Asda frozen meals range. I often have them for my tea, and they do have some more snack type frozen things, which Chips and Curry Sauce is 1 of the, This is found in the freezer section, is 400g and costs £1, or 5 items from the Asda range which cost £1, for £4. So a little saving to be had here. The packaging is alright. It is a cardboard box which has a large picture on the front of a Large pile of Chips with some Hot looking Curry Sauce on the top. The Chips and Curry Sauce is in a black plastic tray, and you cook it in the tray. Although you can oven cook this, it seems a bit fussy to have your oven on just for this. You just pop the tray in the microwave and cook for 8 minutes on a 850watt Microwave. On the back of the packaging it gives you cooking instructions for different Microwave wattages. Per pack this has 540 calories and 24.8g fat, so not great for you. Although this is 400g, I don't find this overly filling, and although I do tend to eat this more as a snack, I find I can still be a little peckish afterwards. So, now to the important part, the taste and look of it. There is quite a lot of curry sauce in here. It is pretty thick and sticks to the Chips well. The Curry has a bit spice to it, but is not overly Hot. I wouldn't describe it as Creamy either. I would say it is kind of like a Tikka, but not quite as tomato-y. The Chips in here are kind of thin and a bt soggy. They look a bit like MicroChips, and they are totally outnumbered in regards to the amount of curry. I always have some Curry left after the Chips have gone, and I'm not that keen just to eat spoonfuls of Curry Sauce. This is alright, but I think it would be improved by some more Chips and if they were thick cut Chips. A good snack item at a good price though.
As usual I am always on the lookout that will make my life marginally easier, whether it be a cleaning product that cleans all surfaces with one bottle through to ready meals that can be nucked and on the plate within 10 minutes. I know there are many of you that will turn your nose up at such offerings but in my experience they are godsends. Yes, of course a home cooked meal from scratch is preferable to microwave meals but as I have a job, a house, 2 kids, one husband and various after school clubs to contend with, I feel managing to actually get the meals into the microwave and pressing start some days is a struggle! This being the case I turned to an old and on the whole, trusted friend and allie....Asda! They have always got a large and varied selection of ready meals on offer, most of which, thankfully, my husband enjoys! And now, after the waffle, I finally get to the product in question, this meal combines two of my husbands favourite things..... The product I will now review is "Asda - chips and curry sauce". Ok, so its not cordon bleu cooking, but it delicious and cheap, so that in itself is a start! The packaging has the same colour and theme as all the other Asda own brand ready meals. The colour scheme is navy blue and there is a large picture of the chips and curry sauce piled on a plate. There is all the usual information on the box, brand name, product name, description, weight (400g) and finally nutritional information. This is a frozen meal so this comes in the obligatory plastic microwavable container with the clear plastic lid. The meal looks a very nice amber colour, before being cooked, with a few of the chips being visible through the frozen sauce. These meals can be either microwaved or oven cooked, I do prefer cooking them in the oven, don't now why, I feel that they taste better but my husband says there is no difference. The preparation is the same for both methods of cooking, simply remove meal from cardboard sleeve, make a few holes in the plastic lid to release the steam when cooking and cook in the preferred method, I will list each method accordingly. Microwave - place container onto a microwavable plate. Heat on full power for 9 minutes (650w), 8 ½ minutes (750w) or 8 minutes (850w). Leave to stand then stir. Ok, I truly have no idea what wattage my microwave is (excuse the pun!), so I start it at 8 minutes, shake then cook for a further minute, for luck! Oven - Place on a baking tray and place in the centre of a pre-heated oven at 200c/400f/ gas mark 6 for 35-40 minutes, remove film lid stir and serve. This does admittedly take longer, but as it is rare for me to serve just curry and chips for my husbands tea, the oven is usually on, cooking a pie or something similar to eat with it. Be careful when removing the container from the oven, unlike the microwave, the container looses its rigidity during cooking and very easily bends and spills its contents all over the floor or worse still your hands, and trust me this stuff will remove the skin from your hands! There is enough in one container for one person as a side dish, no way will it be enough as a meal on it's own, and this is generally how I serve it. The taste is really quite nice. The chips that are used are traditional oven chips and there are a good twenty in the sauce. The sauce is thick and clings nicely to the chips, I tend to find oven chips a little dry but with this sauce they are nice and more than edible. The sauce is described on the package as being "a chip shop style sauce" and though the sauce is delicious, it is nowhere near as nice as chip shop curry. The sauce would be suitable for all palates with it being flavourful and spicy, rather than being so hot that it takes the skin from your tongue. The nutritional information per pack is - 540 kcal 8.4g protein 70.8g carbohydrates 11.6g of which sugars 24.8g fat 12.8g of which saturates 9.6g fibre These are obviously not the healthiest option by far, and so these should be eaten occasionally and as part of a healthy and varied diet. There some warnings on this pack these are that this product contains wheat, barley, mustard and celery/celeriac. It is stated that it may also contain traces of nuts and/or seeds. As stated previously this is an Asda own brand meal. Singularly they can be purchased for around the 90p mark, but as part of an ongoing offer can be bought as a "buy 5 for £4.00". Other meals available are - Chips and gravy Spring rolls Lasagne Fish pie Chow mein I highly recommend these and this particular meal, delicious and cheap without skimping on quality or taste, perfect. For more information visit - www.asda.co.uk Thanks for reading x
Straight cut thick chips smothered in a curry sauce.