Takeout Kit August 2016 Subscription Box Review

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Takeout Kit August 2016 box

Takeout Kit is a monthly meal kit subscription that brings you flavors from around the globe. The subscription costs $27 per month, and you’ll receive monthly all-inclusive meal kits that serve 4 with long shelf lives. Takeout Kit is perfect for those who have a busy schedule, yet still love to cook, since there’s no need to plan your meals in advance and do grocery shopping.  They also plan to donate 1% of their profits to global wildlife protection agencies.

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This month, Takeout Kit features a dish popular in Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos.

Takeout Kit August 2016 (1)The recipe card lists everything that is in the box, as well as ingredients you can use as a substitute to what you received.

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The back of the card shows a step-by-step instruction on how to make the dish.  The instructions are very detailed, even including direction to open the items prior to adding.  At the top of the page is a series of silhouettes representing the kitchen materials needed to make the dish.  They even suggest a beverage pairing!

Takeout Kit August 2016 review

The featured dish is the exotic Burmese Khao Soi (Chiang Mai Noodles).  It is a tangy coconut curry served over a heap of yummy noodles.

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Aroy-D Coconut Milk ($3.42):  Coconut milk is a staple in curries in the region.  This milk was nice and thick, and it didn’t separate like canned varieties tend to.

deSIAM Thai Yellow Curry Paste ($3.03):  This lovely, bright orange paste provides the mural of flavor and gorgeous color of the dish.

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Egg Noodles:  These skinny noodles were wound into little nests, making them easy to portion and add to the boiling water.  We used all six in our dish.  They cook very quickly and have a slightly springy texture.

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Thai Chili Flakes:  These are very spicy!  We were instructed to sprinkle these onto the dish at the end of preparation, adding a nice color accent (and allowing control of the heat level per serving).

Kaffir Lime:  A popular ingredient in Thai and other regional cuisine, kaffir lime is made from the leaves of the tree, not the fruit.  It has a less acidic and more musty flavor profile than the fruit.

Madhava Organic Coconut Sugar ($0.47):  Takeout Kit went very authentic, using coconut sugar for sweetener instead of cane.

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Little Soya Soy Sauce:  This pre-portioned pack is so adorable!  I think they are intended for takeout restaurant use, but I’ve only ever seen meal kits spring for them.

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Orchids Prepared Fried Bean-Curd ($3.98):  Super-handy for quickly preparing dishes with some protein!  The curd is fried in thin disks and then mounded together in the can.

Vegetable Broth Packet:  Concentrated liquid broth for added flavor.  These are very easy to use, as the broth flows out readily.

Green Onion, Shallot & Garlic Blend:  Dried aromatics to add some green bits to the sauce.  After cooking, I couldn’t distinguish them from fresh.

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Wonton Strips:  Crispy and tasty, these add a nice unctuous crunch to the dish.

Pigeon Brand Pickled Mustard Greens ($11):  Very similar to kimchi, but with a firmer texture and milder flavor.  These bits stayed nice and crisp through the pickling process and had a nice bit of heat to them, too.

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All the ingredients for our homemade takeout feast!

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Sliding the noodle nests into the water.
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The noodles only take a few minutes to cook.

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Then we drained and cooled by rinsing with cold water.

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Our noodles waiting for their tasty sauce.  Takeout Kit August 2016 (7)

Our toppings set aside for finishing the dish.

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The bean curd looked like a layered pastry when cut.  They held together exceptionally well in the sauce.

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Simmering all the initial ingredients together for a mere 10 minutes.

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Final flavor adjustment, adding a splash of soy sauce and a heap of kaffir lime powder.

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The assembled dish had everything we could want — the sauce was rich, creamy, and flavorful, the noodles were firm and slippery, and the pickled mustard and wontons added a great bit of crunch.  We loved the slightly exotic flavor of the dish.  We are big fans of Thai food, and this tasted like restaurant-prepared food.  We were very pleased with this dish! The serving sizes were nice and large too – plenty for four people!

You really have to nail this kind of idea – and we thought Takeout Kit totally did. It was restaurant quality taste and everything could be stored in our pantry until we were ready to make it – it was just the ticket for a quick meal late at night after running errands.

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The Subscription: Takeout Kit
The Description: Takeout Kits are global all-inclusive meal kits with long shelf lives. If you love the idea of cooking adventures but hesitate to waste food and time because of a busy schedule, Takeout Kits offer a great solution. They eliminate the need for advance planning and grocery shopping and can stay in your pantry until you’re ready to cook. Our 6-month Around-the-World ticket includes: Thai Crab Curry, Chickpea Tikka Masala, Sichuan Mapo Tofu, Burmese Khao Soi (Chiang Mai Noodles), Ethiopian Misr Wat & Injera, and Sundubu Jjigae (Korean Soft Tofu Stew). We plan to donate 1% of profits to global wildlife protection agencies.
The Price: $27.00 per month

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