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Oct 22, 2021

Review: Trader Joe's - Beef Bulgogi Fried Rice with Kimchi

Trader Joe's Beef Bulgogi Fried Rice with Kimchi features fried rice with vegetables, grilled beef, and kimchi (spicy fermented cabbage).

A 16-oz bag cost me $4.99.

The fried rice doesn't take very long or much effort to prepare. You can either heat it in the microwave for about 5 minutes or heat it in a pan for about 7 minutes. I went with the pan route as microwave fried rice never feels fried to me.

The Beef Bulgogi Fried Rice was good for a mildly balanced mix of savory, sweet, and tangy flavors with just a touch of heat. The aroma offered a mix of beef, kimchi, and soy sauce touched with some sesame oil.

The rice itself was soft but not mushy with a coating of flavor around each grain. The vegetables were mostly just green beans and kimchi, with the kimchi having a better crunch and more flavor versus the green beans. You might want to add your own frozen veggies for a bit more variety.

The bulgogi beef (bulgogi is a type of marinated beef and a staple of Korean BBQ restaurants) came in bite-sized, tender strips that offered an enjoyable sweet and savory flavor. They weren't plentiful but there was enough.

Overall, Trade Joe's Beef Bulgogi Fried Rice with Kimchi turned out pretty well with a nice mix of flavors and textures. Usually when I get kimchi fried rice, it's quite aggressive in terms of the spicy, tangy notes of the kimchi. Here, it's a fair ratio between kimchi notes and bulgogi flavors. That being said, it's mild enough to be a side dish or a base for more bolder aspirations. I like adding eggs and/or more meat to make it more hearty and some gochujang and soy sauce for stronger flavors.

Nutritional Info - Trader Joe's Beef Bulgogi Fried Rice with Kimchi (454g)
Calories - 680 (from Fat - 110)
Fat - 10g (Saturated Fat - 1.5g)
Sodium - 1960mg
Carbs - 103g (Sugar - 11g)
Protein - 19g