Thursday, June 16, 2011
Tai Pei Orange Chicken
Tools Required: Microwave, Knife/Scissors
Meal Size (525 calories per package)
(complete information at official website)
For today's lunch, I am going to reach outside the instant-noodle category again and try another one of these Tai Pei frozen take-out-style entrees. I really liked the first one I tried, so I am looking forward to giving this one a go!
Like the other Tai Pei box, preparation is extremely simple, though one should always read the directions before unwrapping things! These are designed to be microwaved with the plastic wrap still on, so that it steams properly. The instructions say to microwave 3-4 minutes in a 1200W oven; my machine is a little less than that, so I give it 4-1/2 minutes, then let it stand for a few minutes as directed. I use my sharp object (a paring knife) to remove the film, give the contents a stir, and get ready to eat!
Some of the components seem better suited for the steaming process than others, of course; the vegetables are quite nice--crisp, flavorful, and fresh-looking. The chicken pieces don't fare so well... the meat is very soft, and the breading is soggy. Their flavor is okay, but the texture definitely isn't comparable to real take-out. The sauce is sweet, but no more so than I expected from an orange chicken sauce; it does have a good hearty flavor instead of just seeming like flavored corn syrup.
For a frozen convenience lunch, I didn't think this was bad at all. The portion size seemed generous, the flavors were nice, and the crisp vegetables prevented the overall texture from seeming too mushy. Not spectacular, mind you, but I'll probably end up buying it again. :|