This is billed as “The Ultimate Chilli Experience – A Condiment that bites back!” and I think it is a first for us to be reviewing a Gurkha product. The Gurkha people are from Nepal and North-East India, the name coming from a Hindu warrior-saint Guru Gorakhnath.
In the UK the Gurkha’s are best know from the British Army’s Brigade of Gurkhas whose bravery and strength are legendary. It is very sad that we have been mistreating these loyal solders and their families for so long, please visit and support “The Gurkha Welfare Trust” at http://www.gwt.org.uk/
Ingredients: Sunflower Oil, Dried Chillies (23%), Malt Vinegar, Soy Sauce, Garlic, Ginger, Salt.
The product I am reviewing this morning is called HillBoy, it comes in a small 90g jar, with a very dark red concoction inside, and there are lots of seeds and chilli flesh in the mix. On opening the smell comes from from the Soy Sauce and Garlic.
The dried chillies are well packed into this little jar, the taste from this will come over best when used in cooking, but straight from the jar there is a good smack of heat and a follow up from the garlic and ginger.
The sunflower oil acts as a good clean medium for the chillies, and it manages to spread around the mouth quickly, as soon the heat hit it is gone, and I am ready for another spoon.
The texture in the mouth is interesting, as they have used dried chillies they have not rehydrated in the oil mixture and they are a little course in the mouth, they would soon soften up when added to dishes, and what is left in the jar will be added to some dishes here at the ChileFoundry HQ in the next few weeks. I can see this being added to boiled rice and stir-fry’s.
I think I am now ready to visit my local Gurkha restaurant in Weymouth and give them a try
You can order online at Gurkha Fine Foods web site www.gurkhafinefoods.co.uk