Thursday, April 9, 2009
Review #4: In Defense of Trader Joe's Mandarin Orange Chicken
Molly doesn't like this, but I am a recent and fervent convert. I study Chinese history at school and let's just say this now: this meal is NOT authentic in any way, shape, or form, but it is delicious. I cooked mine with some of that PERFECT Trader Joe's Edamame (OMG - I die!) and brown rice. My only major qualm with this scrumptious treat is the "Trader Ming's" label....really now? I thought Trader Joe's was a place of acceptance and love, not a place of racial stereotypes and prejudices. I shudder to think what TJ's calls their Caribbean influenced foods. "Welcome to the Islands, Mon"? But in the words of Sienna Miller as Edie Sedgwick in Factory Girl: I CAN'T HATE 'EM!!!!
The chicken was pretty smooth and it wasn't stringy at all. Although it takes a (comparatively) long time to cook, the chicken came out perfect and tasty. Granted, it has been a very long time since I have had "real" food that I made myself, so perhaps I am just easily impressed. I was also impressed with the sheer amount of chicken pieces I was given for what I paid. I cooked the whole meal but saved some for leftovers. Verdict: still pretty tasty the next day.