What is it? ChefButler How Much? $35/month for a box every month or $17.50/month for boxes every other month What’s in it? Unique recipes, and high-quality dry ingredients and sauces needed to create a full meal.
The April ChefButler box features Szechuan cuisine, from the Szechuan province in China.
Cuisine from the Szechuan province is known for its bold flavours – especially for the use of garlic, chili peppers, and Szechuan peppercorns. We have featured the Szechuan peppercorn in our main this month. While the name (and appearance) may lead you to believe it’s related to black pepper, this is not the case. The Szechuan peppercorn is actually part of the citrus family, and tastes nothing like the pepper you are used to. Szechuan peppercorns have a very unique, lemony flavour, and may even a bit of a numbing sensation in your mouth.
As soon as I opened the box I knew it was an Asian theme. I could smell the soy sauce right through the pouches!
Along with all the dry goods and pantry ingredients required to cook the meal, each ChefButler box includes a welcome note, a "Game Plan" or cooking timeline, a Shoppling List for fresh ingredients, and three recipes. April's box included recipes for an appetizer, a main, and a side dish.There was also a little bonus dessert item in the box.
Appetizer: Hot & Sour Soup
The soup combines several different flavours into one dish, giving it its unique taste. The “hot” comes from the hot pepper flakes, and the “sour” from the vinegar. We love the richness of flavour in this dish, and can’t get enough of it.Side Dish: Hot Szechuan-Style Green Beans
The sauce adds great flavour to a traditional side of green beans. They can be served either hot or cold, but we like ours hot.Spicy green beans is one of my absolute favourite Chinese dishes. It usually includes minced beef or pork so I might doctor the recipe a bit and add some minced pork to the dish.
Main Dish: Bon Bon Chicken
Our main is a Szechuan peppercorn inspired main, served on a bed of cucumber. The cucumber gives a refreshing balance to both the chicken and the sauce.Dessert:
As a bonus, ChefButler included four little coconut jellies to end the meal.
I'm looking forward to cooking this meal. I eat Chinese food often, and I cook Asian stir fries often, but I've never cooked any of these dishes. As I said above, I love spicy green beans so I am most looking forward to the side dish. I have two friends coming over for dinner tomorrow night and I will be cooking them a Szechuan feast. I will post the results, with cost breakdown, next week.
If you are interested in the April ChefButler box, featuring Szechuan cuisine, contact email@example.com to order a one-time box for $35, including shipping.