The pros: Trader Joe's Japanese Style Fried Rice is vegan, super flavorful as long as you are willing to embrace the distinct seaweed flavor here in addition to the other Asian ingredients.
The cons: Not a lot of tofu in this so you might want to supplement it with your own.
The verdict: Trader Joe's offers the most number of rice dishes that I've ever seen at a grocery store. You can buy Jasmine Rice, Brown Rice, Chimichurri Rice, Chicken Fried Rice, Vegetable Fried Rice, Thai Shrimp Fried Rice, and this Japanese style fried rice (in addition to a few I might have forgotten about). While each of their frozen rice varieties are pretty distinct from one another, this one does stand out.
While the pictures on the bag is pretty close to what you can expect if you go to the store, there is one thing that stood out as missing: the tofu. While it might seem like it will have a lot in it, I assure you, that there wasn't much tofu in any bag I've ever bought. So if you are vegan and need some protein, be sure to add your own. The fried tofu blended into the rice and was virtually indistinguishable from everything else. The three and half servings is actually pretty accurate in terms of the number of meals being served from this one bag. Preparing this couldn't be easier. Cut a bit off of a corner and put it in the microwave. Makes for an easy dinner or a series of lunches.
In terms of flavor, this is rice that is mixed with soy sauce. There are no shortage of edamame in this. Carrots are cut evenly so they heat up evenly and add a nice sweetness to this dish. The seaweed adds a familar umami (as does the soy sauce). Overall, this is one of my favorite frozen rice dishes. Priced at $2.99 this is a perennial favorite in my home. I enjoy it as a dish on its own or with some grilled chicken as a meal.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
After being cooked you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes, I've purchased Trader Joe's Japanese Style Fried Rice several times and enjoy it even though there is a serious lack of tofu in it.
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