Jun 8, 2013

Review: Tasty Bite - Kung Pao and Pad Thai Noodles

Tasty Bite's Kung Pao and Pad Thai flavors are part of their Asian Noodle line of all natural Asian noodle dishes. The Kung Pao is described as "fresh cooked noodles and vegetables tossed with peanuts in a zesty sauce" and the Pad Thai is described as "fresh cooked noodles topped with vegetables and crunchy peanuts." Both meals are vegan and kosher.

The 8.8-ounce microwavable pouches carry a suggested price of $3.29, but I received these courtesy of Tasty Bite.

As a little note, the noodles used are standard chow mein wheat noodles even though Kung Pao is usually a chicken dish (Kung Pao chicken) rather than a noodle dish, and Pad Thai tends to be made with flat rice noodles.

The Kung Pao's flavor was surprising in that it actually contained the numbing sensation from Sichaun peppercorns that's the hallmark of the dish. The rest of the flavor came with a decent seasoned tang and fair bit of spiciness. Where the dish falters was from the decided lack of fresh textures. Everything was just soft and soggy like it had been braised together, whereas Kung Pao chicken is more of a stir-fry dish, where the crispness of the vegetables and nuts remain relatively intact. Stir-fry dishes never seem to fare well in the microwave.

The Pad Thai pretty much repeats the same: I could taste the trademark tamarind, but the lack of texture, especially from the overcooked vegetables and soft peanuts, made eating it an okay but weird experience. It's also got a bit of a kick to it.

Overall, the flavors in Tasty Bites' Kung Pao and Pad Thai noodle offerings were identifiable, but a little bit off. The taste is actually not bad, but the general softness of everything is probably best enjoyed by those who don't like to (or can't) use their teeth. On the plus side, they don't require refrigeration and are really easy to heat.

Nutritional Info - Tasty Bite Kung Pao
Serving Size - 1/2 pack (4.4 -oz/125g)
Calories - 220 (from Fat - 45)
Fat - 5g (Saturated Fat - 1g)
Sodium - 460mg
Carbs - 37g (Sugar - 13g)
Protein - 7g

Nutritional Info - Tasty Bite Pad Thai
Serving Size - 1/2 pack (4.4 -oz/125g)
Calories - 250 (from Fat - 70)
Fat - 8g (Saturated Fat - 1g)
Sodium - 460mg
Carbs - 38g (Sugar - 12g)
Protein - 8g

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