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REVIEW: Glorious! Fragrant Thai Carrot Soup

Have you ever eaten something and been instantly transported to a specific place in your memory? Of course you have! I have too and when I tasted the first spoonful of this soup I really was transported back in time.

I know what you’re thinking… Must be a holiday in Thailand, right? Nope! I wish it was but I’ve never been; instead, it took me back to my favourite Thai restaurant here in Norwich. You see, I didn’t eat Thai food for the first 20 or so years of my life. My parents never cooked or ordered it and it just didn’t occur to me that it would be something I like. How very wrong I was!

Now that I’m 27 (shh! don’t tell too many people) I’ve had many years of both good and bad Thai food. When it’s good it’s been very very good but when it’s bad I’ve wanted to never eat it again! So when I bought this soup, I was really hoping it would be good Thai; and I needn’t have worried, it was delicious.

The moment I tasted the soup I was transported back to the spicy coconut soup I usually have as a starter in a Thai restaurant. Creamy and delicious but also spiked with spice and aromatics. The garlic, ginger, lemongrass and lime leaves all remind me of so many stir fried dishes there too. These flavours really are the essence of Thai food for me and are so important for a chef to get right; Glorious! have definitely got it right with this soup.

The only minor criticism I’d make about the soup is that it needs a little more heat for my taste. However, a few shakes of some good hot sauce and that problem is easily solved. Now, I’m no Beyoncé and I don’t keep hot sauce in my bag but I am pretty addicted to the stuff; I just love spicy food.

You’ll see I’ve served the soup in a little bread ‘bowl’. This isn’t nearly as fancy as it looks… I simply took a shop-bought loaf (a pumpkin seed boule, in this case), cut off the top and hollowed out the insides to make space for the soup. The bits you’ve removed can be used for dipping and as you eat the soup, you can eat bits of the bowl too! Yum! Give it a go and all of your friends will think you’re fancy too.

Have you tried this soup? Do you love Thai food? Why not leave me a little comment below to let me know?

Disclaimer: Glorious! sent me some of their soups to try and compensated me for my time in writing this review. As always, I wasn’t expected to write a positive review and all views expressed are my own personal opinions.

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