The kit I received to review was themed as an Indonesian kit, each kit will be different and would be themed around a country and a cuisine. The idea is a culinary trip around the world.
In my kit came the following ingredients:-
Gado Gado Mix - a peanut base mix
Kecap Manis - a sweet and slightly thick soy sauce
Terasi - a fermented prawn paste
Combava leaves - a leaf with a citrus fruit aroma
Lemon Grass Powder - which has a very characteristic taste
Pandan aroma - a plant based substance with a vibrant green colour
Kemiri nuts - which look like hazelnuts but have a different taste
There is an hourglass in the kit you order as well but I didn't receive one. The idea of the food boxes is that it gives you the specialist ethnic ingredients to which you add fresh produce. Now I really like this idea. I live in a small town and I could never find these ingredients in the one small supermarket here. To receive ALL the specialist ingredients in one box really is a lifesaver, no hunting around for the one illusive ingredient you can never find.
The booklet that came with the ingredients was interesting to read. At the beginning was a section 'Welcome to Indonesia', with some fun facts about the country and also some local vocabulary. Did you know that badminton is one of the most popular sports in Indonesia? Then there is a section about the chef that concocted the recipes and a list of the specialist ingredients. You do have to buy fresh produce for the recipes so a shopping list in included. Then the rest of the booklet is the recipes - Gado-Gado, Mie Goreng, Ayam Areh, and Kue Dadar Gulung.
As you can see I guess you have to be a little adventurous to try these dishes, and I have never tried any of these before, but they were all either vegetarian, chicken based or had prawn paste in and were basically salad, stir-fry, a chicken dish in a coconut and garlic sauce and a coconut crepe. If you do not like coconut this isn't the box for you!
Some constructive criticism - the instructions could be clearer. For example the recipe I tried Mie Goreng had no mention of carrots in the ingredients but when you turned the next page, it said to add carrots.
Also the ingredients were in French and they didn't exactly match up - I had to Google what they were to be on the safe side. For example the lemon grass powder was called Citronelle powder. There are photos of the ingredients from the box at the beginning of the booklet with descriptions, I would suggest these are bigger so you can match the product to the ingredient as these would not be familiar products to some people.
All in all I think this food box would be an interesting box for those that are foodies, adventurous but still need some recipe inspiration. The convenience of having all these specialist ingredients delivered to your door is the major plus point. The recipe booklet has interesting information at the beginning about the country and cuisine and it is useful to have the recipes all in one place.
The company are just starting in the UK so if you sign up to their website, you will be one of the first to find out about their food boxes.
Tell me would you try Kitchen Trotter?