Hamptons Lane Taste of Thai March 2016 Subscription Box Review & $10 Coupon

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IMG_2322Hamptons Lane is a luxury monthly subscription box catering to cooking enthusiasts. Each month Hamptons Lane sends out themed recipes along with 4-7 curated artisanal ingredients and a kitchen tool that you can use to make delicious food at home. Once you sign up, each month you’ll receive an email describing that month’s new box. You can choose to skip that month without any penalty (no later than the fifth of the month), substitute another box for the current offering or, if need be, you can cancel at any time. For those interested only in online content including recipes and tips, HLDish is worth perusing.

IMG_2323Each plain box arrives with well packed goodies and a beautiful book that includes both notes about the items in the box and recipes you can use to create delicious food at home using your new food and tools.

IMG_2324This month’s theme was A Taste of Thailand. The box included a wok, organic pad thai noodles, fish sauce, curry sauce, peanut sauce and a gorgeous recipe book.

The recipe book included five recipes along with directions on how to care for your wok and notes about each of the four food items contained in the box. I especially appreciated the curator’s notes at the beginning of the book which described cultural attitudes in Thailand toward food:

lesson #1: To eat alone is bad luck.

lesson #2: The most important cooking tool is a steel wok. Treasure it.

lesson #3: Throwing away food will anger the “god of rice.”

lesson #4: “Hello” in Thai literally means, “have you eaten rice yet?”

Since people in Thailand serve meals family-style, the curator encourages her subscribers to use their new woks, recipes and supplies to throw a Thai dinner party, a communal celebration!

IMG_2325King Soba Organic Pad Thai Noodles ($3.69) are wheat and gluten free and are produced with fair trade organic brown rice by a family-run business in California. Their silken texture will add exquisite body to any dish, including both the Sichuan beef stir fry and the Shrimp Pad Thai, whose recipes are in the enclosed recipe book.

IMG_2333Red Boat Fish Sauce (2 for $11.95) is an award-winning fish sauce produced in Vietnam according to a 200 year old family recipe that involves salting black anchovies within minutes of leaving the ocean and aging them for over a year in wooden barrels. This results in a delicious “savory, sweet and umami-laden sauce” that is preferred by top chefs and food experts worldwide. It is widely available–they even carry it at my local Whole Foods!

Thai Fusions All-Natural Green Curry ($16.95) is a tangy blend of organic coconut milk, green chili peppers, Thai basil, cilantro, Kaffir lime leaves and more! This family recipe is handmade in small batches to ensure quality. It is available for purchase from Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table.

Jade Sichuan Peanut Sauce ($12.95) is an award winning peanut sauce that originated in the Sichuan province in China that combines “the traditional Thai taste combination of sweet, spicy and tart.” It is produced by a small family company and contains no preservatives. It is available for purchase at Williams-Sonoma.

This carbon steel wok was made especially for Hampton Lane. Each wok was hammered into shape by hand. Together with their bases, woks are designed to ensure quick and even heat distribution. Woks are the most widely used tool in Thai cuisine and require special care, just like cast iron skillets. Before a wok’s first use, it must be seasoned. After its use, it must only be “washed” with hot water. To remove excess water, the wok then must be heated until the remaining water droplets evaporate.

IMG_2377 (2)After preparing my wok, I chose to cook the Sichuan Beef Stir Fry.

IMG_2378Although I had to substitute basil for Thai basil, the dish was still exquisite. It was easy to prepare using both the Red Boat Fish Sauce and the Jade Sichuan Peanut Sauce and absolutely delicious. Everyone in my family enjoyed it. My husband, who usually doesn’t like stir fries, loved it, and my kids couldn’t get enough of it. This is definitely going into our weekly rotation. The recipe made enough for four servings, and it tasted delicious as left overs the following day. Once I procure more of the King Soba noodles, I’m going to try the Shrimp Pad Thai recipe. If this recipe’s success is any indication, the Pad Thai will be fabulous.

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