Convenient, vegetarian pad thai!
Please note that this review was not paid for or sponsored by any third party. However, I was given a free sample of this product to review. The opinions in this review are strictly my own. I am not affiliated with Costco or any of its suppliers. I am just a fan of the company. I write these reviews to help my fellow shoppers.
Authentic Asia was kind enough to send me a free sample of the Authentic Asian Vegetable Pad Thai that’s currently available in the San Diego region and hopefully will one day make its way to the rest of the United States and Canada. If you read the blog, you know I have lots of love for convenient, freezer items from Costco so I was absolutely thrilled to try this.
This isn’t bad for a microwaveable pad thai! Definitely not as good as freshly made Thai restaurant pad thai but overall enjoyable! There’s rice noodles, scrambled egg, carrots, edamame, bean sprouts, sesame, garlic, green onions shallots and water chestnuts in the pad thai. There’s also fish sauce which definitely gives off a pretty strong fishy aroma when you microwave this. The flavor is definitely pretty sweet and slightly tangy, you can taste the garlic and there’s a slightly fishy flavor. There’s a bit of heat too that you don’t notice initially and lingers a little after swallowing your bite, not overly hot or spicy though. The noodles after microwaving are delicious and their texture is perfect, not too soggy and not hard or chewy. I liked the little bits of scrambled egg throughout the pad thai.
There are six pad thai bowls in the box and the cost is $11.99 USD.
The best before date is about a year from the date we received the box of pad thai. These are the epitome of convenience! All you do is pull the plastic film off a bit and microwave the pad thai bowl. If you’re a meat eater you can add a little pork, chicken, beef or shrimp to the pad thai. These make a quick and convenient dinner or an easy to bring to work lunch.
One bowl is 400 calories, 10 grams of fat, 920 mg of sodium, 70 grams of carbohydrates, four grams of fibre, 23 grams of sugar and 10 grams of protein. There’s a lot of sugar and carbohydrates in this but most noodle dishes have tons of carbohydrates so that’s to be expected. If you’re diabetic or really watching your sugar intake you may want to eat less or skip this dish.
Overall I enjoyed how convenient this pad thai is but wish it were slightly less sweet, I found the sweetness a little overpowering. I like meat so I added a little meat to mine but if you’re vegetarian this is right up your alley!
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