Every week I am going to have AT LEAST 2 meals that are microwavable that I have purchased from the supermarket. Then I am going to tell you all about it. Want to know why? Click here.
So here we begin this journey, and what a way to start than with Sticky Asian Pork Belly, which sounds way more like what my stripper name would be than a delicious meal.
This lil gem was created by a company called Tomorrow’s Meals. I haven’t had any of their ready to eat meals before, but I have had some of their microwavable puddings. They do a really good microwavable chocolate fudge pudding as well as a pretty good sticky date pudding too. They’re kind of gross but I kind of dig them and buy them quite a bit. You can see the full range of their products here.
The packaging is quite nice and really sold the product to me. Especially the sesame seed touch, BEAUTIFUL. This looked absolutely delicious on the cover which was the main reason I decided to purchase it.
I can’t remember how much this was and I can’t find the price listing for it online. I bought it at New World and they don’t have an online shop so I couldn’t look up the price. I tried to find it on Countdown’s website, but they didn’t have it listed either. This is the first post I’ve done and I’ve already caked it. Countdown does however list some of the other products in the range on their site, but they are part of the roast range by the same company. The roast meals are $10.89 on the site but I know for sure that I paid way less for this one, so the roasts must be more expensive. I think it’s safe to say that this meal was under $10 and my guess was that it was around the $8 mark.
It looked horrific when I took it out of the packet. I didn’t take a photo because no one needs to see that. All you do to make this is rip one corner open and put it in the microwave. The packet says to cook it for about 7-8 minutes in a 1000w microwave, so I did 9 minutes in my 800w one. It says you can cook it in the oven too, but I don’t believe them.
There were lots of interesting smells in the kitchen while it was heating up. It ranged from smelling very delicious to smelling like feet to smelling like steamed cabbage.
When I took it out of the microwave, it looked slightly better. I can never succumb to eating these things straight from the packaging though, so I transferred it to a bowl where it looked much nicer.
It looks nothing like the picture on the box (this is me pretending to be shocked). I have many issues with the presentation and taste.
- Look at that pork. It has no where near as much sauce as it does on the packaging. Also, where my sesame seeds at!? I’m devastated.
- Those. Vegetables. Are. Not. STIR. FRIED. At least they do not taste like they are, and I am a stir-fry leftover connoisseur.
- They also went out of their way to put the word ‘Asian’ into every crevice of this packaging that they could which made me lol a bit.
Taste wise, this was actually okay. It’s not the worst meal I’ve ever had. It started off real good and I genuinely enjoyed it, but I noticed you had to eat it real quick because it cools down fast, and when it cools down it tastes like bugs*. The bits of pork that didn’t have enough sauce on them kind of tasted like sausages, but the rice had soaked up the sauce and it was delicious, the best part of this whole experience. I’m still dark on those veges though because I am convinced that they are not stir-fried. They just tasted like regular basic steamed veges and I think they might’ve drizzled sesame oil on them or something.
*To be fair though, I was trying to write a blog post at the same time so if I just ate the damn thing I think it would’ve been okay.
Did I eat it all? Not quite. It got cold because I was trying to write this and then it started to taste weird. I did eat almost all of it though, it’s a generous meal size and is quite filling.
Would I recommend it? Probably not. I do rate their dessert range though and I’m going to push through and try some of their other meals because I really do think they have potential.
Overrall rating: 6/10, and to be honest, I think I’ve peaked early.