Imagine waking up in Bangkok with 24 hours to explore the city. Chef Jet Tila, your guide, takes you through the floating market on a boat. He selects 8 items for you and explains how to use them. Then, you stop by a street vendor and drink Thai iced tea before heading home to make dinner. It`s these new sights, sounds and flavors that make Thailand such an incredible destination. Check out this yummy box and delicious imaginary journey as we try a bit of Thailand!
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I was lucky to try yet another AMAZING box from Try the World! This time I got the Thailand Box. This box came with a total of 8 full sized products! All of which I`ve never tried before and all were from brands I have never tried before that. I particularly love that each box has a card to tell you all about each product and a culture guide with music, movies, recipes and more. This helps you to understand the products and how to use them. Here are the details of the box I received:
TOM YUM SOUP SET | Lumium A perfect balance of sour and spicy, Tom Yum Soup is known for its medicinal properties. The spices included in this set are harvested from a small village in northern Thailand and make it easy to cook your own at home.
USE IT: Thai Dinner - Make a Curry - Season a Merinade
COCONUT FLOWER SYRUP | Chiwadi A common sweetener, this hand-harvested syrup is made by collecting the nectar that flows from coconut blossoms when they are cut. The producer provides fair wages and funds projects in western Thailand.
USE IT: Thai Tea - Substitute for honey - Spread onto breakfast toast
CURRY PASTE | Nittaya Thai Curry Long ago, Thai cooks took inspiration from Indian curry to create a distinct variation with fresh herbs. Based on their traditional family recipe, Nittaya is known for its quality and as a staple ingredient in Thai home kitchens.
USE IT: Thai Dinner - Mix into Soups - Season Meat as a dry rub
TARO CHIPS | Minemadame A starchy root vegetable, taro tastes like a potato, but is richer and milky in flavor. In Thai markets, it`s generally sold fresh, cooked, or fried. True to tradition, these chips are both sweet and salty and deliciously snack worthy.
USE IT: Thai Tea - Crumble as a topping - Serve an afternoon snack
COCONUT CRISPY ROLLS | Virgin Coco In Thai, these crumbly cookies are called thong muan. Thong means gold, so giving these cookies to someone as a gift is interpreted as a wish for wealth. They`re particularly delicious alongside traditional Thai tea.
USE IT: Thai Tea - Enjoy a treat at work - Indulge in dessert
DRIED FRUIT | Eros The families generally buy fruit and vegetables from trucks in the street that announce their daily selection. This produce forms an important part of the diet. Locals eat the fresh or dried variety as a snack during the day.
USE IT: Thai Tea - Eat as a morning snack - Mix with nuts for granola
JASBERRY RICE | Jasberry This new strain of rice is packed with antioxidants and fiber, making it one of the most healthful varieties. It`s also fair trade: Jasberry employs only small-scale producers and shares profits with farmers and cooperatives.
USE IT: Thai Dinner - Serve as a side - Fry with leftover vegetables
THAI ICED TEA | Wangderm The milky and grassy flavors of Thai iced tea make it one of Thailand`s best loved beverages. This kit is made by a company that was built on the site of Bangkok`s old royal palace and strives to preserve Thai culture.
USE IT: Thai Tea - Brew hot tea - Infuse into simply syrup
This months box was a unique one, but definitely had some good stuff in there this time. There are so many great tasting product and things I would have never tried on my own. I love how everything arrives fresh and completely sealed. Some things look horrible, but turn out delicious. I find it`s always a surprise in every box. With this one I fell in love with the dried fruit instantly! Mine turned out to be soft dried Jackfruit. I never had jackfruit before so it was a really unique, but yummy experience for me. I love the product card that comes with it to guide you as to what the product is and sometimes it tells you how to use it. The booklet is more in depth though and includes recipes which is a HUGE help when it comes to cooking everything.
I love this box because it gave me the opportunity to try products I probably would not have otherwise tried, The box costs $39. The 6-month plan is $35/per box or the yearly subscription is $33/per box. Each box is unique and interesting. While I`m not sure if I think the price is too high or reasonably priced (prices aren`t shown on the information card), I can say I really enjoy the box. I love what it offers and I love trying new things. Also, another thing I love about this company that I discovered after trying my Japan box, is that they DO have a store so I can purchase items I tried in my box. So if you find something you enjoy, you can get more!
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works with artisanal producers from around the world, and therefore each box may be a little bit different. All boxes have a curated assortment of delicious and authentic gourmet products of similar value. When opening your Try The World box, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover different local flavors than the ones I have received! The card included in your box will guide you through your culinary adventure.