Red Chilli Kitchen Ltd

Red Chilli Kitchen Ltd

PRODUCER: Red Chilli Kitchen Ltd, Suffolk
PRODUCT: Vietnamese Curry Paste
REGION: Eastern England
CATEGORY: From the Earth (Artisan)


The inspiration for the Red Chilli Kitchen came from founder Thao Ball’s early childhood in Vietnam, where her family grew herbs and vegetables and kept chickens and pigs. 

Thao left Vietnam for Denmark aged 12 and is now based in Suffolk, where she makes a range of products based on recipes from her mother’s restaurant in Phuoc Long, often using produce from her own garden such as Vietnamese mint. Thao’s Vietnamese Curry Paste is a fusion of ginger, garlic, chilli and lemongrass, created to accompany meat, seafood and tofu. 

With its focus on herbs and vegetables, Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest diets worldwide, appreciated for its aromatic character. Thao describes it as “fresh, fragrant and full of natural flavours which come from the subtle blend of herbs and spices and the use of the stronger chilli and garlic”, and is proud to produce items such as her curry paste that allow people to re-create authentic Vietnamese dishes with ease.


The Eastern England panel commended Red Chilli Kitchen’s evocative presentation and clear statement on what the company want to achieve, which made all the judges look forward to trying the product.


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