Ladies and gentlemen, this is a long-awaited moment for me. You see, there are many Trader Joe's items that I just won't ever eat, and another bunch that I would probably be happy to have, but just have not yet gotten around to trying yet. Nina has experience with many products in both categories. So ever since I started this blog, I have gently suggested that she could write reviews of these items all by herself, and I would open the blog to her.
It has finally happened--twice. Save for this introduction, today's post and tomorrow's are both entirely "Nina's View."
How I wanted to like these! I really, really wanted to.
But I cannot, for alas they are DREADFUL.
All together I bought three packets of these noodles. Each packet contains two hermetically sealed pouches with what look like desiccant packets in them (which is counterintuitive, since the noodles are moistish, but whatever).
I bought one packet, opened it and cooked the first pouch and obtained a slimy, gummy, glutinous mess.
My bad, I thought, I overcooked them! Thank goodness, there are two pouches per packet. I shall do better with the second one.
I followed instructions precisely this time.
OMG slimy, gummy, glutinous mess.
Perhaps this batch was no good, I rationalize.
I bought two more packets. I shall master this product, because I love fresh rice noodles! They have a great texture and they take sauces beautifully and there are many lovely Asian dishes that I wish to make!
Perhaps you are detecting a pattern, yes?
Packet 2, pouch 1: gloppy, tasteless, unpalatable heap of whiteness.
Packet 2, pouch 2: Ditto.
I am nothing if not stubborn. I vowed that I would apply SCIENCE! I would cook swiftly and apply cold water rinse immediate to stop cooking at the precise moment!
Packet 3, Pouch 1. *ahem* AWFUL.
Packet 3, Pouch 2…
Are you kidding me?
NO. I AM NOT THAT SLOW A LEARNER. THERE WAS NO POUCH 2. I TOOK IT BACK FOR A REFUND.
Along with another product, about which more in another post. And I used the proceeds to buy more of a new favorite, about which also more in another post.
My recommendation: Do Not Buy. Run. Run far away.