Product review: The Authentic Curry Company

Based in Hirwaun, Aberdare, The Authentic Curry Company was founded in 1996 by Paul Trotman and his partner, David Smith. The pair met when Paul was staying in David’s motel, Roch Gate, in Pembrokeshire, and noticed that, not only did customers travel from miles away to taste David’s curries, but several local licencees also approached David with the view to selling his dishes on their menus.

Together, Paul and David began considering opening a curry sales company. In 1996, several of Roch Gate Motel’s rivals expressed a real interest in buying David’s curries for their own menus. The pair realised the true potential of their plan, and decided to put it into action. The Authentic Curry Company was born.

Originally specialising in curries made with fresh, local produce, the business still takes its food very seriously, using only the finest local ingredients and home-cooking techniques. This month, the brand merged with sister company, World Foods, to re-launch as Authentic Curries and World Foods, enabling the company to transform their corporate identity.

I’ve always liked the look of their traditional Welsh ready meals when I’ve seen them in the supermarket, so I decided to give them a go. I opted for Sws y Ddraig (The Dragon’s Kiss, or a mild chicken curry to you or me) whilst my boyfriend braved the hotter version, Tân y Ddraig (The Dragon’s Fire).  
 
Sws y Ddraig (The Dragon’s Kiss)

 

The description of my dish read, “A unique chicken curry with leeks, peppers and fresh coriander in a mild to medium spiced sauce created by our chefs for you to enjoy.” After giving it a taste test, I can tell you that it is exactly that. Whereas your average curry ready meal contains cubes of processed meat or poultry, this chicken is tender and of an excellent quality. The sauce is fairly mild, with spicy undertones that give it a good kick, and it contains fresh chunks of tomatoes, peppers and leeks. The combination of traditional Welsh produce with Indian cuisine makes for a tantalising result – unique, indeed!
 
Tan y Ddraig (The Dragon’s Fire)

My boyfriend’s curry didn’t fail to live up to its name, either. Packed with peppers, whole chillies, leeks and fresh coriander, the sauce was indeed fiery hot, the type of heat that seems to get stronger with every mouthful. This dish was David and Paul’s first unique creation, and remains just as popular today as it was when it first hit the shelves.

I’m glad I finally got round to giving these ready meals a try, and I’ll certainly be stocking up on more when I do my next food shop. From Lamb Cawl and Pork Faggots, to Chicken Cymru and Welsh Beef Curry, I’ll be spoilt for choice.

The Authentic Curry Company supplies most leading UK supermarkets. To visit their website, click here.

All photographs are copyrighted to The Authentic Curry Company.

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