Here at The Taste we know our stuff about eggs, and believe that they truly do it best at Otaika Valley. It seems the internet agreed on this too: a couple years ago a video taken of the morning routine at Otaika Valley went viral, now with over 5.3 million views. Far from the cramped battery cages and scrawny shedding chooks we have come to expect, the video depicts thousands of healthy, happy hens being let out of their barn to start up their day in the lush green fields of Otaika Valley. It really is a heartwarming sight, watching fluffy chickens galavanting and dust-bathing. No wonder the internet loved it. One Youtube commenter summed it up perfectly: “Poultry in motion”.
The Taste is proud of our partnership with Otaika Valley Free Range Eggs, who provide eggs to leading restaurants and supermarkets across the country. Otaika Valley was founded on levels of quality we truly admire - did you know their packaging is made from 100% recycled and biodegradable paper sources? Otaika Valley egg carton labels are even printed with vegetable inks. They also plant trees to help reduce their carbon footprint, a feat (pun intentional) we definitely appreciate.
Not only do we support Otaika Valley for being environmentally-friendly and ethical (their newer farm in Rotorua has 130 hectares of pecking room), but we also believe happy hens lay tastier eggs. In an interview with Countdown Supermarkets, owner William Sandle attributes this to their wholesome organic diet and additive-free lifestyle, “It makes for a delicious egg with a rich, yellow yolk. You can’t beat it for taste.” Why not try it for yourself in our most popular dish? Our Pad Thai is served with a lightly scrambled Otaika Valley egg on top of rice noodles cooked in a zingy tamarind sauce. Or you could always have your fresh egg on some Thai Fried Rice, made with only the finest grade AAAAA-quality Thai jasmine rice and locally sourced seasonal veggies. We reckon everyone should give these dishes a go - that is, unless you’re a chicken.
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Available for free at our takeaway and with all Uber Eats orders 'till the end of this week! Are you brave enough to try it?
When you sit down for a Thai meal you will be faced with a menu offering exotic dishes cooked with green or red curry. As a Westerner, you may be confused and a little worried! Which one is going to make you sweat and which one is mild?
Curry has a long history. The first traces were found in India dating back to 2500 BC. Indian curry was made using garlic, ginger and turmeric. As trade expanded and spice routes were established, the famous curry recipes of India were transported to Japan, China, Thailand and as far as Portugal.
The Thai people enhanced the recipes by adding a thickening agent in the form of kapi, or shrimp paste. This paste was made from dried shrimps and could be preserved for months, ideal for use before the invention of the refrigerator. Chillies were then added to the basic recipe, giving a colour and hence the name Kaeng khiao wan, sweet green curry or Phrik kaeng phet, red curry paste. Chillies were discovered by Christopher Columbus in the Caribbean and brought back to Western Europe. The Portuguese traders took them to their colonies in the East and although their presence in Thailand was brief, the chillies remained and the recipes were passed down the generations.
Thai curries contain a combination of base ingredients consisting of
shrimp paste, coconut milk, garlic, shallots, coriander , lemongrass, peppercorns, kaffir lime peel, galangal and cumin seeds and are them differentiated by the chillies and their colour. Green curry contains green chilli peppers and red curry contains dried red chilli peppers. Green curry is usually stronger and red curry milder, which is the opposite of what one would expect!
Pop into The Taste to experience our authentic, freshly prepared red and green curry dishes. For a special occasion we recommend our Duck Red Curry. This dish elegant and rich dish offers succulent duck with red curry paste blended with coconut milk, pineapple, tomatoes and then topped with a selection of fresh seasonal vegetables. Variations exist, but we prefer the classic duck and pineapple!
For seafood lovers. let us offer you Prawn Green Curry. This dish is made with creamy green curry paste, coconut milk, seasonal vegetables and succulent prawns.
Once you have sorted out red from green, we also offer yellow curry and Massaman curry, but we will talk about these later!
In the western world, spring rolls have become a key part of Thai and Asian cuisine. Sitting down for a meal with friends and family, the order starts with spring rolls even before the menus are opened!
When these delicious little crunchy rolls arrive piping hot with a choice of dipping sauces, the scene is set for a fabulous meal.
The origin of spring rolls dates way back to the Eastern Jin dynasty which lasted from 265 AD to 420 AD. At the time, it was customary to celebrate the coming of spring with small cakes filled with fresh produce. This was a welcome change from the dried products eaten during the cold winter months. Hence the name Spring Dish. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, the little cakes gradually became rolls and the name changed to Spring Rolls.
Spring rolls are light and fresh, made with a thin pastry, rolled into a small parcel and filled with a choice of exciting fillings. Vegetables, seafood, chicken, pork and beef are some of the popular options. The rolls are deep fried and served with dipping sauces like sweet chilli sauce, peanut sauce, exotic spicy sauces or classic soy sauce. Take your choice!
At The Taste, we hand make our spring rolls with love and care. Each one is freshly prepared using only the best quality ingredients. Unlike some Thai restaurants and Thai takeaways, we do not ever buy frozen spring rolls and defrost them when needed. Ready-made frozen spring rolls found in your local supermarket are not the best quality and do not offer the same flavour and crispness as freshly made rolls.
Visit us at The Taste and try our authentic Vegetarian Thai Spring Roll dish. It consists of four pieces, deep fried in 100% rice bran oil until golden brown and served with a Thai sweet chilli sauce. Delicious!
At The Taste, we love our planet, the people, and the vibe. Most of all, we want to do our bit to preserve the beautiful countryside and protect the environment.
When we opened The Taste, we had a clear vision of serving fresh and healthy Thai takeaway food, made using only the best ingredients. Added to that, was the thought that not any standard packaging would do. We wanted containers that reflected our brand, looked classy and most important, were eco-friendly.
As we all know, foam containers take years to degrade, and when they finally do, they release toxic chemicals into the environment. They are also not good for your health, containing styrene which is a chemical that leaches out in small amounts into the contents of the food or beverage. Extended intake of styrene is known to cause a variety of problems including respiratory problems, headaches, fatigue, and weakness.
There had to be a smarter and better choice! After much research, we found a line of takeaway containers that are manufactured using sustainable natural products. Made from an innovative combination of sugarcane, bamboo, oil palm fruit branches and PLA, a natural binding ingredient, we have a range of biodegradable containers that delight both our clients and us.
When processed, sugarcane and bamboo produce paper-like by-products that prevent the cutting down of thousands of trees. They are fast growing plants and require no fertilisers or pesticides. The containers manufactured from these alternative sources are light and strong, ideal to get your meal home, hot and ready to eat. When you are done, toss them, knowing that they will degrade into natural elements and will not release harmful chemicals into the atmosphere.
We also offer classic paper bags for you to carry your meals in. Recycle and use them again next time you visit us. You will get a real feel-good vibe knowing that you are doing your bit to save our planet.
So pop into The Taste and have a look at our fabulous range of environmentally friendly containers. If you want us to fill them with some delicious Thai food, we will be super happy to do that too!
Any lover of authentic Thai takeaway food will smile when you mention Pad Thai. It embodies the exotic aromas, tastes and the crazy hustle and bustle of a busy Thailand street where vendors serve up freshly made food out of huge, frying pans.
The base of the dish is dried rice noodles which are stir-fried. Added to that is the lightly scrambled egg, bean sprouts and crushed peanuts, all topped with a sweet tamarind sauce. Other variations include crab or shrimp, chicken, garlic, chili and a hint of lime. When you are ready to eat it, feel free to add fish sauce, a drop of vinegar or even a sprinkling of sugar to suit your taste.
Historians will tell you that the ancient Thai culture dates back to the 11th century, but foodies will be more interested to know that the classic Pad Thai dish is a mere 70 years old. Pad Thai is probably one of the few dishes in the world that can claim to have been created by a Prime Minister as part of a strategy to change a country!
Plaek Phibunsongkhram or Phibun, as he was known, renamed Siam to Thailand in 1939 and set out to modernise and westernise the new country. Local dialects were banned, a new image was instilled and Pad Thai became the National Dish. At the time it was cheap, filling and bursting with nutrition, a great way to grow a nation!
Today, Pad Thai can be ordered at eating establishments ranging from your local Thai takeaway to the best fine dining restaurants around the globe.
Pop into our little shop, the Taste, and let us cook you an authentic Pad Thai. We use only the freshest, premium ingredients sourced right here in New Zealand, with the addition of exotic spices imported from Thailand. A perfect combination!