Easy Vegan: Annie Chun’s Garlic Scallion and Korean Sweet Chili Noodle Bowls

November 5th, 2009 - filed under: Furthermore » Reviews

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Easy Vegan‘ is all about practicality. Sure, in an ideal world we’d prepare each meal at home, from organic fresh-from-the-field produce. But what about when you’re held up at work and get home *starving*, with no motivation to cook? And what about when you’re visiting Uncle Bob, in nowhere-ville, and there’s nothing fresh to eat? Or what about when you’ve got that ‘fast/greasy/naughty food’ itch that just really needs to be scratched? What then?

For times like those it’s good to know what’s worth grabbing – and what’s better left on the shelf. Hence, the ‘Easy Vegan‘ guide.

Annie Chun’s Noodle Bowl: Garlic Scallion

On the Box: “Fresh cooked Hokkien noodles with bok choy, carrot, and sesame toppings. 100% all natural. No preservatives. No MSG.

garlic-scallionLeft: the picture on the box. Right: the slightly less exciting reality.

Our Thoughts: This bowl was not particularly grand, and not too terribly terrible. It was pretty average, and by that I sort of mean bland. I didn’t get much sense of veggies and I didn’t taste a whole lot of garlic or scallions. To be fair, I like my flavors very very bold, so maybe me and this bowl were just a bad match.

Damian says, “Tangy!” and “It gets better the more you eat it.” *chomp chomp chomp*

The sauce was a bit thin for both of our liking, and we would have liked more (and bigger pieces of) veggies. Overall, we didn’t think that this was Ms. Chun’s best work.

Annie Chun’s Noodle Bowl: Korean Sweet Chili

On the Box: “Fresh cooked Hokkien noodles in a uniquely sweet and spicy red chili sauce. 100% all natural. No preservatives. No MSG.

sweet_chiliLeft: the box. Right: what came out of the box.

Our Thoughts: I must admit, I had some reservations about this bowl. You see, I love sweet chili dishes, but since this is a prepackaged meal, I feared sickly-sweetness and very little spicy. How wrong I was! The sauce was delightfully sweet but not overly so, and the spice level was quite good. I have a pretty high tolerance for heat, and I really enjoyed that element here. So yay!

This bowl was a definite win. I still wish for more veggies and a thicker sauce, but as far as flavor this one definitely hit the spot. Would try again!


*** In the interest of full-disclosure, I did not pay for these products. For more information plese see my review policy here, under ‘Give Me Stuff’.***

  • http://hollowstar.com J

    That Korean Sweet Chili one looks pretty delicious. Are the containers recyclable? Your plastic challenge really got me thinking, and the number one place I see lots of (non-recyclable) plastic in my life is take-out containers and microwave meal containers.

  • http://twitter.com/erosan EroSan

    Oh, I just loved this review, Sayward… It did remind me of one page I like a lot… http://www.foodirl.com

    They too do side by side photo comparisons of package photo and real life food. Only they don’t do it specifically for vegan food.


  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com Sayward

    @ J – They are recyclable! It’s one of the things I really like about this brand. It’s a cardboard case with a thick plastic interior container. None of the flimsy crinkly plastic. =)

    @ EroSan – Thanks, I’m glad you liked it! It’s obviously a new feature and I really liked the idea of it, but we’ll see how it goes.