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I was recently sent* two flavours of EatFirst’s Taste of Asia range; a range created by chef Benn Hodges, once awarded Chef of the Year in 2010 by the Australian Hotel Association.
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Let’s talk about the food. I tried the Honey Soy Chicken and the Vegetable Udon Noodles dishes from the new Taste of Asia range. Although I prefer home cooking in any instance, when I’m eating at home, it was refreshing to know I didn’t actually mind what I was consuming here. Whilst these ready meals were created by a well known chef, I didn’t feel like they were restaurant worthy, they were simply OK.
I’m not actually sure how many people each dish is supposed to serve, as I’m seeing mixed messages online – it may depend on where you actually buy your meal from. Anyway, I ate it all, and I’ll think about the calories later, or contact the lovely lady who ordered these to my door to find out, before I start pranging.
I guess my gluttonous eyes are too big for smaller servings, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.
In terms of flavour, these dishes had some. It’s a little harder to impress a lady of ethnicity, but these dishes were adequate enough to consume for sure.
Honey Soy Chicken
The slices of chicken thigh were edible, and glazed nicely with a traditional yakitor sauce – a sauce made with honey and tamari. EatFirst’s tamari has 30% more protein and less salt than a regular soy sauce. It’s also 100% gluten free.
Served with grilled tenderstem broccoli, fresh edamame, seasoned sushi rice, bunching leeks, takuan and pickled young red onion for an extra je ne sais quois.
My rating: 1.75/5
Vegetable Udon Noodles
The vegetarian dish was actually a lot more complementing than the former meal. What more could you ask for than spicy shichimi, edamame and pickles? Probably the thick kamameshi sauce, which was delicious.
It was great to find out the dish’s root vegetable, Mooli (aka white radish) is full of antioxidants, too. And I’m a girl that likes very little, or no, radish. This was totally fine!
My rating: 3/5
My final verdict
As you can probably see, out of the two I tried (and although I hardly have ready meals), I’d eat the Vegetable Udon Noodles again. It was low fat, and tasty enough for it’s low fat advocacies, meaning less mental-torture and low enough calories (if I’m correct in thinking that was one portion, help if not) to log into MyFitnessPal without thinking what I can’t eat for dinner later.
Benn’s range includes vegan and gluten-free options too: Grilled Miso Chicken, Asian BBQ Ribs, Miso Glazed Salmon, Honey Soy Chicken, Teriyaki Tofu and Vegetable Udon Noodles. Available online at Ocado or EatFirst.