Takeout Kit Meal Subscription Box Review – July 2017
Takeout Kit is a meal subscription box aimed at helping you explore international food at home.
Each month, Takeout Kit will send along the ingredients to a globally inspired dish that ups the ante on your favorite takeout cuisine. According to Takeout Kit, all of their ingredients have a two-month shelf life, so you can cook your meal right away or wait until you have a free night to indulge.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Takeout Kit Around the World Subscription
The Cost: $25.00 for 1 kit per month, or $48.00 for 2 kits per month. Shipping is free!
The Products: The ingredients you need to make takeout-inspired meals from around the globe.
Ships to: U.S.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Takeout Kit‘s menu assortment is quite extensive. Currently, you can choose from 10 offerings.
The meal this month is Burmese curry noodle soup, also known as khao soi in Northern Thailand and Laos. It’s a soup-like dish made from both deep-fried crispy egg noodles and boiled egg noodles, pickled mustard greens, shallots, lime, ground chillies fried in oil, and a curry-like sauce containing coconut milk. You’ll find more facts on each dish’s handy info card. This version is vegetarian, but you can also easily customize your dishes and opt for meat here.
On the flip side of your info card, you’ll find the recipe along with a graphic guide to what supplies you’ll need (pots, pans, etc.).
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Wonton Strips – Estimated Value $1.00
These are included as a topper for each steaming hot bowl of curry noodle soup. I was glad that there would be a bit of crunchy element to look forward to!
deSIAM Thai Yellow Curry Paste, 2.4 oz. – Value $3.45 (buy a pack of 6 for $20.69)
After reading the Amazon reviews, this really is the best curry paste available. Seemed to be very authentic and difficult to find in grocery stores, so I was excited to give it a go.
Aroy-d 100% Coconut Milk, 16.9 oz. – Value $9.83
This box of coconut milk is what gives the curry sauce its creamy consistency. Just snip open the top with some scissors.
Pigeon Brand Fermented Hot and Sour Pickled Mustard Greens, 5 oz. – Value $3.99
I’ve never cooked with pickled mustard greens. These act as sort of a heavy garnish and give the dish a bit of its signature sour flavor.
Egg Noodles – Estimated Value $1.00
Some may take the noodles to be the main ingredient of this dish, but I’d argue that it’s the curry sauce. Regardless, these little nests are pretty important.
This takeout box was filled with spices and tiny flavor packets like an onion, shallot, garlic blend, ground kaffir lime leaves, coconut sugar, vegetable stock concentrate, and Thai chili flakes.
Shirakiku Fried Bean Curd – 10.01 oz. – Value $7.98
The only time I’ve had fried bean curd has been with inari (deep fried tofu sushi pockets). It’s slightly sweet and spongy, and you get plenty of it in this box.
Now onto the dish itself! The first step was to dunk the egg noodle nests in boiling water until tender.
While your noodles are cooking, you can work on your curry sauce. It’s so nice that everything is already ready-to-go, so you don’t have to think about measuring or chopping.
In go the coconut milk, curry paste, veggie broth concentrate, water, coconut sugar, and onion, shallot, garlic mixture to simmer away. I added the fried bean curd once the sauce took on the correct level of thickness in its consistency.
Drain the egg noodles and keep them running under cold water to stop the cooking process.
Last step in the curry sauce: ground kaffir lime leaves.
Your noodles will go in the bottom of each bowl (this meal serves 3-4, but I started off with 2 and saved the rest for leftovers).
Top with the curry soup/sauce (I’ve been using both terms because it’s somewhere in between the two). Then, add your pickled mustard greens, wontons, and Thai chili flakes (optional — add more for lots of kick!).
There ya have it! I often order khao soi at Thai restaurants and use both a fork and spoon (and sometimes chopsticks if I’m feeling daring), so I served this dish with both utensils. Slight spicy, a little sweet, and super satisfying.
Verdict: I’m really happy with my first Takeout Kit experience. I would have never had the guts to attempt khao soi on my own, and I love that Takeout Kit offers such unique options. Now I have a new recipe in my arsenal should I choose to recreate this on my own! These authentic specialty ingredients have a value of roughly $27.00 though. That makes this $25.00 kit a good value. It would be terrific for someone with a busy lifestyle and adventurous palate and would even make a lovely gift. Bonus points for the leftovers tasting even better, too!
What do you think of this Takeout Kit dish?