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.
This Countdown Select branded chicken Pad Thai in a box was recommended to me by my friend Jaime who really vouched for it. I really respect her opinion on things but even so I was still a bit sceptical.
First of all, ready in 90 seconds? That’s insanity. It also has a 3.5 star health rating but tbh no one knows what the hell that actually means. It was also only $5, so regardless of if it was going to be bad or not, still a decent sized meal for a steal!
Let’s start with the packaging. It’s Countdown’s own brand Select which makes me believe no Asian hands came into contact with it during production. It was probably just some white frat boy intern behind a Mac desktop trying to make things look ‘oriental’. I must admit I was honestly ready for this to be terrible.
As soon as you open the box you’re confronted by two white packets with very questionable looking contents. There was just no way that I thought this was going to work out well. I get really nervous when food comes in unlabelled packets, yet here I am, about to rain praise all over it.
It didn’t take 90 seconds to cook but that’s because I’m not privileged enough to own a 1000w microwave. Even though it did take a little bit longer, the whole making and consumption process was done in like 6 minutes. I scoffed that thing down.
I was a bit worried when I took the packets out of the microwave because there was a weird smell, basically that I can only describe as ‘boxed food’ smell. I was worried about the noodle to sauce ratio because there didn’t seem to be much noodles in comparison to the half a litre of sauce.
I mixed it all together in a bowl and it started to look a bit more promising. The noodles soaked up all the sauce and the colouration made it look almost like proper Pad Thai.
The taste was actually pretty good and I thoroughly enjoyed eating this meal. I felt like I was just eating Thai takeaway leftovers from the night before. Being the resident Thai food consumer that I am, I think the sauce tasted more like chicken satay peanut sauce than it did Pad Thai sauce, but this is not at all a bad thing.
Did I eat it all? Did I EVER. I scoffed this baby down in seconds which I know is bad for you but fuq da police. It was really filling and really really tasty.
Would I recommend it? Absolutely. If you’re looking for a cheap, quick and easy meal that’s also tasty and filling, this should be something you always have kept at the back of your pantry. I’m definitely going to buy more for nights I don’t feel like making things or for when a microwaveable meal is so bad I can’t stomach it. It’s now the official go-to back up.
Overall rating: 9/10. I sadly don’t think microwave meals can get better than this.
~BONUS~ MICROWAVE DESSERT REVIEW
When I was doing my weekly shop and picking up all those frozen microwavable goods, I came across these in a supermarket aisle. They were on special for 2 for $5 (or $3.50) each so I just felt like I had to do it for this blog. The Aunt Betty’s pudding range is huge and they have approximately 7 of these things in different flavours. I went for the most basic of the group, just to give it a try.
There’s 2 in a pack, which is a great deal for $3.50. I pulled one out and they come in these weird foil topped plastic containers that kind of remind me of the chocolate mousses Pizza Hut used to sell (maybe they still sell them? I don’t know?).
The packet said to put it in the microwave for 30 seconds (again for the 1000w owners) so I put it in for 50 seconds. Then it says to turn it upside down and plonk it on a plate to serve it. I did just that, and was presented with an odd looking black ball. I couldn’t just leave it like that so added a scoop of ice cream on the side.
The taste? It tastes exactly like you’d expect it to, just basic chocolate cake that was obviously made in a microwave. In saying that, I did eat it all and quite enjoy it. For $3.50 for 2, it’s kind of extraordinary.
I’m definitely going to try some of the other flavours in the range, because if this was average, there’s probably one that’s better (or terribly terribly worse)
Overall rating: I give it a 5/10.