Is it good to you…

My niece, the one working in Singapore, gave us this…

Prima Taste nyonya curry paste

…sometime ago and the other day, I decided to give it a try.

So far, I loved the mee siam from this company – the one in boxes, now selling for over RM20.00 here but I was not that impressed with the mee siam goreng paste in packets. The laksa, also in boxes, was good too – we had it with bihun and I also used it before to cook a very nice sayur lodeh or what we call sayur masak lemak.

It said MILD on the packet…

Mild

…so I thought it could do with a bit more chili…

Added ingredients 1

…and since I had to pound that, I threw in a bit of kunyit (turmeric) and lengkuas (galangal) as well.

I did hear that they add tomato puree in Indian curry and since I had this…

Tomatoes

…I decided to add a few.

So these were the added ingredients I prepared…

Added ingredients 2

…together with our usual chopped Bombay onion, serai (lemon grass) and curry leaves.

I marinated the thin slices of beef with the paste…

Beef

…and I also boiled some potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks…

Potatoes

…to add to the dish.

It looked all right…

Beef curry 1

…and tasted fine but no, it was not quite like the curry that I imagined it to be. I don’t know if I had gone a bit overboard in throwing in all the extras…

Beef curry 2

…but in comparison, I would say that our Malaysian own A1 Mountain Globe curry pastes for meat or for seafood would win hands down.

Ah well! As they say, you’ll never know unless you try…and to me, this isn’t that good…or to me, at least.