Up for review is an assortment of food packages from Tasty Bite. I’ve seen them in the store before but haven’t ever tried them. I had thought they were some sort of spice mix or seasonings. I’ve never bothered to actually pick one up to examine it. If I had, I would have seen that the bottom of the package is clear so you can kinda see what’s inside.
Frankly, I was thinking how good can it be, it’s cooked food in a pouch. I was pleasantly surprised that the first two items I tried were indeed tasty.
Starving after going to the gym, I heated up the Thai Lime Rice (rice with lime, coconut and lemongrass) and the Punjap Eggplant (roasted eggplant slow simmered in a tomato and onion sauce) for a quick and easy meal. Both are very fragrant right out of the microwave. And it took only 60 – 90 seconds!
The rice is subtle in flavor, which went well with the more strongly flavored eggplant. I had no idea what I was missing. Simple ingredients that I can actually pronounce in a convenient, easy to heat package.
Coming off of the tastiness of the rice and eggplant, I had high hopes for the Pad Thai Asian Noodles (noodles topped with small pieces of vegetables and peanuts). When I think of Pad Thai, I think of rice noodles. These were wheat noodles, similar to chow mein noodles. I guessing the Pad Thai name refers to the flavor as it’s a bit spicy.
It was ok, not great but not too bad either. The included noodles, veggies and peanuts all came out kinda soft and uniformly brown looking. I pumped it up with a quick stir-fry of whatever fresh veggies I had in the fridge, which greatly improved the dish.
Not pictured is the Kung Pao Asian Noodles (which looked similar to the Pad Thai noodles), I prepared it the same way, adding fresh veggies to the spicy flavored noodles.
Lastly, is the Ginger Lentil Rice (ginger-flavored rice tossed with lentils and red peppers) and Channa Masala (chickpeas slow simmered with onions, tomatoes and spices), the Indian entrees are way better for food in a pouch. I would get either one of those again. And the rice over the noodles.
Since no refrigeration is required, they’re great for traveling or for stashing at the office for those days when you need something super quick.
Disclosure: I received the products free of charge from the company to review. The opinions and experience with the products expressed herein are my own. There was no pay to say.