Sorry for the time off. I think it is fair to say that, I was glued to the news like so many of you. And for the last few weeks like seems less and less normal by the day. So on my most recent shopping trip, I picked up a few essentials (after waiting in line but walked into a fully stocked store) and brought home enough groceries to last a bit. I'd rather not be part of the problem. So, I usually go shopping at Trader Joe's twice a week to do small shops. Now, I'm probably going to do one larger shop every other week.
In an effort to continue some semblance of normalcy, I'm back. And reviews will continue. I might be digging through some pantry items in between, but a bit of normal is good for everyone who feels cooped up inside for the time being.
So I picked up a whole bunch of freezer food for easy meals. Being in the house still means that my job expects me to show up. But it also means I don't want to cook as often either.
Knowing that I had a back of meal of leftovers in the refrigerator as a backup plan, I made this little box of mochi balls.
And even though I don't love mochi, this was actually pretty good.
Now, be warned, this seemed far more of a medium heat than other items. And the filling didn't quite look like it did on the box either. It was paler in color but the ratio of filling to mochi outside here worked.
There is a strong taste of green onions in this too. So if you aren't a fan, that's just a quick heads up. And if you aren't a fan of the taste of ground chicken or at least really finely chopped chicken, this might not be for you.
There is a lot going on here in terms of flavor: there is a good punch of ginger and garlic along with bites of water chestnuts for texture. It isn't too saucy or too dry either.
I found each bite to be relatively pleasant. The mochi was both crisp and sort of chewy. And while I made these in the toaster oven and air fryer would work just as well.
And realistically, this box is about 2 servings. But the heat totally slowed me down on these. They reheated fine the next day if you don't have someone to share this with.
For $3.99 these won't break the bank. So if you are stuck in the house or practicing some social distancing, these are a good try.
Would I buy these again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's Kung Pao Chicken Mochi Balls again. It was a pleasant surprise to see how well mochi goes with a savory filling.
To all my readers who are first responders, in the medical community, or essential workers: a very special thank you to all of you for risking it all for the rest of us.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
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Trader Joe's Kung Pao Chicken Mochi Balls
Product Name: Trader Joe's Kung Pao Chicken Mochi Balls
Product Description: Trader Joe's Kung Pao Chicken Mochi Balls are a new and spicy addition to the freezer aisle
Trader Joe's Kung Pao Chicken Mochi Balls are a new Asian inspired appetizer in the freezer section
- A flavorful and unusual combination of tastes and textures that seem to work well together
- Wasn't greasy
- Directions were on point
- Medium heat, so if you are sensitive, just be aware.
- Mine seemed to have quite a bit of green onion.