Home by Nico “Cooking Bangkok Thai Street Food” : Review⠀

GIFTED


The guys at Home by Nico asked if I would like to receive their Bangkok box to try, and do a wee review I gladly accepted and looked forward to the delivery.

With Home by Nico’s cooking at home experience, the menu changes monthly so that you are always exploring new cuisines from around the world. If you are vegetarian don’t worry, as they have a vegetarian experience to.

Within the box there is an easy instruction book, which I found super simple to follow so if I can manage so can anyone. ⠀

With the Home by Nico experience, there is full UK wide delivery, so where ever you stay you can enjoy a great meal at home and experience food from around the world. The best part is once your order has been delivery it can be stored in the fridge for 48 hours before you eat it, so you can always save it for some weekend cooking 🙂

£60 inc delivery (4 course menu and a bottle of wine for two)⠀

The delivery

As you can see its a massive box, and extremely well laid out, great presentation and probably the best home delivery you will ever see as I can’t fault anything about it.

What I got in the box : ⠀

  • Menu⠀
  • Cooking “Bangkok” cooking instructions booklet⠀
  • Your starter, main, sides and dessert⠀

Obviously, depending on the month the style of food will be different but this month was Bangkok.⠀

Starter

Tom Yum Soup

I have never had Tom Yum Soup before, so I was looking forward to try this.⠀

I opened my cooking guide book and followed the instructions, as this was heating up the smell was amazing and my mouth started to water.

After the given time, and a few tastes to see if it was warm enough I poured it into a bowl and sat down to enjoy my soup.⠀

This was sooo good and I am not just saying that the flavour was really nice and it had a small kick. I could have easily had more of this, and could easily have this on a regular basis and that’s saying something as I am not really a soup fan but this was soo good.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Main course

Panang Chicken Curry

To start with for this one, I had to remove the chicken from the container and place in the oven. Once that was nearly ready, to start preparing the sauce and vegetables….and sides (next Instagram post for the sides)

The smell from the chicken cooking and then the sauce was really good, my mouth was watering and I was wishing the timer would hurry up and finish.

The pressure was on, as I wanted to plate this up and make it look as good as I could as it was really quality food, mega tasty and I wanted to make sure I did it justice.

Plated up, photos taken….time to dig in.⠀

The sauce with the vegetables, chicken or combination of both wow!!! I was very impressed with this, and finished everything again just like the starter I could have easily had seconds!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Sides

Steamed Jasmine Rice 

This was super easy to cook, a quick 2 to 3 minutes in the microwave and done.

I tried this on its own to start with and it was very soft and had a great flavour, and mixed with the main course sauce or chicken etc all the flavours worked extremely well.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Crispy Pork Pad Thai

The guide book said “it’s intended to be enjoyed cold” so U plated it up as nice as I could and put it aside till everything else was ready.

This was very nice, for me it needed the pork to add a little more flavour…but that’s a personal preference. Mixed with everything else, again very nice.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Desert :

Coconut & Cardamon Rice Pudding
with optional Salted bean curd caramel and exotic fruit compote⠀

I was starting to feel very full, but I had one more dish to prepare and taste.

This sounded very nice, with and without the optional ingredients. For me, I knew once the rice pudding was about ready I would add the caramel into the rice and mix, as I have a sweet tooth and this would make it extra nice for my personal taste.

WOW! perfection! bursting with flavour and very nice! I then added a little of the fruit compote and took a bite…again this worked very well with the way I had prepared this.

I finished it all.⠀

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The wine and cheese

The Cheese: Landana 500 : pineapple & nigella chutney with water crackers⠀

The Wine: Le Sentier Blanc 2018 (Gascony, France)⠀

Now, who doesn’t love some cheese and wine? we all do….I actually didn’t have this when my Home By Nice arrived I saved it for the next night as I was so full from my amazing 3-course meal.⠀

This was a nice little extra and added to the meal, the wine was very nice….very light and worked really well with the cheese and crackers.

Keep watching my posts for my pics for every part of my Home by Nice experience.⠀

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall :

Note : Just because this was gifted, that has not influenced my thoughts in any way. The above is a 100% honest review of the delivery and food.

Firstly a big thanks to Home by Nico for letting me have a restaurant dinning experience in my own home.

Secondly this was really professional, from the delivery, the layout of the box to how easy it was to make all the food.

I highly recommend this!!! and I cant fault any part of it. Service was top, presentation was top and the food was very high quality and mega tasty.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Have You Ever Tried Authentic Cantonese Food


Cantonese food is enjoyed all over the world. However, there are some restaurants that don’t offer an authentic Cantonese experience. They take short cuts when it comes to ingredients or follow recipes that have been modernized over the years. Because of this, it can be difficult to know what Cantonese food really is.

This style of food, which is also known as Yue cuisine, is the culinary style of the Guangdong Province. Dishes are characterized by their tender texture and slightly sweet flavor, with sauces playing a crucial role. Cantonese dim sum is an exciting experience – with so many dishes and tastes to try. But, how do you know whether you have actually visited a real Cantonese restaurant? Read on to discover some signs that you have missed out on authentic Cantonese food. 

  • You’ve Never Experienced Nose-To-Tail Cooking – This is a concept that involves eating the entire animal and it is widely used in Cantonese cooking. You will find everything from ox tongue, to goose intestines, to chicken feet on the menu at authentic establishments. If this is a new concept to you, then you definitely haven’t had the real Cantonese experience.
  • You’ve Never Heard Of Cantonese Barbecue – Known as Siu Mei, Cantonese barbecue is delicious, from crispy BBQ pork to five-spice flavored goose, there are plenty of tasty options. Whilst it is known as barbecued food, the meat is technically roasted in a vertical cylindrical oven.
  • You’ve Missed Out On The Craze Of Curried Fish Balls On A Stick – If You take a trip to New York the comfort street food everyone is aware of is hot dogs. Curried fish balls are the equivalent. Did you know that more than 37 million curried fish balls are consumed in Hong Kong alone on a daily basis?
  • You Don’t Appreciate Congee – Congee is a creamy bowl of heaven, which melts in your mouth. It serves all purposes – you can enjoy it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can team it sweetness or with the delicious Sriracha Blackout sauce. We view it in the same way as the Brits view chicken soup. But, there are those that think it’s merely an overcooked rice pudding. If you fall into that category, you haven’t had authentic congee and you haven’t experienced true Cantonese cuisine.
  • You Think Sweet & Sour Is Too Common – You will find sweet and sour on the menu of any Cantonese restaurant or takeaway all over the world. Because of this, many people now turn their noses up at it. But this is probably because they have experienced the westernized version, which is nothing like the real deal. Try authentic sweet and sour before you dismiss this dish all together.

If you want to experience traditional and authentic Cantonese food, you need to do your research before choosing a restaurant. Choose somewhere that prides themselves on following recipes that have been passed down over generations, whilst using modern and high-quality ingredients to bring the dishes to life. 


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Thai Siam (West End, Glasgow) : Review

V: 31st January 2020


Tonight I couldnt be bothered making something I had in the flat, so I went walking and didnt really know what style of food I wanted for dinner.

I have passed here many times and never went in, so tonight I did that.

Looking Around

We were welcomes and shown to the tables, the staff were very friendly and inside was very nice.

It has a very cosy and relaxing atmosphere, and the music is at a perfect level.

The Food

I don’t have Thai food very often so I didn’t know what to select, so I randomly picked something.

Main Course

Creamy Chicken Curry (Gang Panang) £10.90

I did have coconut rice with this, but I forgot to take a photo and also take note of the cost (sorry I was hungry).

I asked the waitress how spicy this was, and told her I like just a little kick and she said she would let the chef know.

This smelled so good, so I started trying the rice on its own and it was really good. If you haven’t had coconut rice before I recommend you try it where ever you go.

I tried the chicken and the sauce on its own, and it was really nice…flavours all worked really good together.

If I was being fussy, the chicken could have been a little more tender….

  • Presentation : 5
  • Flavour : 4
  • Value For Money : 4
  • Overall : 4

Visit Overall :

Overall my experience tonight was good, the meal was good and really nice flavours. The chicken was my little issue, if it was more tender that would have been perfect.

Portion sizes were OK to, but maybe just £1 or £2 more costly than they should….well that’s my opinion.

I will take another visit here again, and try something else.

Review Scores –

  • Atmosphere : 4
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 4
  • Value for Money: 4
  • Overall : 4

Additional Details

  • Payment : Cash & Card

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