I remember when I started this blog back in 2016. The number of vegan options at Trader Joe's was far fewer and more hit and miss. I think the most fantastic vegan items I ever found were the vegan tikka masala and the soy chorizo. I'm actually happy to say that Trader Joe's Korean Beefless Bulgogi actually right up there with him.
I do owe my friend Diane a quick shoutout for pushing this further up the reviews. She asked me if I had tried this, and yes it was purchased but was pushed back. She told me how good it was and she wasn't lying.
While this product out of the bag is no beauty queen, it does look like actual strips of meat. Maybe a bit closer to gyro in terms of visuals. And the box does make this appear like there will be some additional sauce floating around (there wasn't). So if you can temper your expectations on that front, you might be pleasantly surprised at the real deliciousness in this box.
First, yes. It is absolutely passable as meat, especially beef. It had a good mouthfeel and a nice chew to it. Visually it passes as well.
Next, there is the obvious question of taste. Each bite is mildly sweet and it is predominately soy flavored with hints of ginger and green onion. There is the added sweetness from pear and apple puree along with some added sugar. Since most of this product is soy and soy sauce this is a bit high in sodium, but that is to be expected. But despite all the fruit and sugar, there wasn't much in the way of a sauce that you could spoon over rice with this. There wasn't even enough to photograph
But if you like beef, but know you might need to cut back, then this is a solid option. Heck, you can pass this off to a real meat-lover to see if they would even notice. If you are vegan or dairy-free then this is also a solid buy.
I actually look forward to adding this to my regular rotation of items I buy weekly.
And of course, the package mentions that this is 3 servings, but in reality, this package might only serve two. So plan accordingly.
The product is sold in a box with the beefless bulgogi sold in a vacuum-sealed bag.
Other Korean-inspired options
If you are at Trader Joe's, please don't think this is the only Korean-inspired option available. Here is a list of other options:
Where to buy
Since this item is frozen, you can only buy this at Trader Joe's stores.
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's Korean Beefless Bulgogi again. It was really a solid buy.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
Trader Joe's Korean Beefless Bulgogi box:
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Trader Joe's Korean Beefless Bulgogi
Product Name: Trader Joe's Korean Beefless Bulgogi
Product Description: Trader Joe's Korean Beefless Bulgogi is new and found in the freezer aisle.
Trader Joe's Korean Beefless Bulgogi is new, vegan, and tastes just like beef.
- Very flavorful
- Ready quickly even in the microwave
- Passable as actual meat
- High in sodium
- More like 2 actual servings in each box