Beef, Onion, Napa Cabbage, Noodle (Mung Bean Flour and Starch, Water), Dried Shiitake Mushroom, Gobo (Burdock), Carrot, Spring Onion,
Mirin (Water, Dextrose, Rice, Corn Syrup, Salt), Lite Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt, Alcohol, Vinegar, Lactic Acid), Sake Rice Wine, Sugar.
Contains Soy and Wheat.
Place both sukiyaki pouches and sauce packet in the refrigerator to defrost for 2 hours.
Preheat skillet over medium heat; add sauce packet and contents of both pouches to skillet and stir for 7 to 8 minutes or until fully cooked. Serve right away.
2 hours of defrost time is a lot to ask – it kind of negates the benefit of a frozen meal.
We found that placing the pouches in warm water for 20-30 minutes defrosted them enough to speed up the process considerable.
We love Japanese food. The careful preparation and simple, yet flavorful sauces always please our palate, and the meal is always a fun experience.
So when we saw this Japanese-style frozen dish from TJ’s, we had to give it a try. Unfortunately, we ran into a few critical issues.
First off, the instructions call for defrosting the ingredients for 2 hours. No typo – 2 hours. Seems a bit flawed from the start – if we had time and foresight to prepare 2 hours ahead, we probably wouldn’t be eating a frozen dinner.
Next up, we noted that the dish looked pretty unappetizing when cooking. Something about the fatty, stringy meat gave a hint that we might not like the final result.
As for the portion size, we’re not sure how this dish is classified as 4 servings. Perhaps if it’s a hint of an appetizer, it could work for 4 people, but we barely portioned out 2 servings (and, truthfully, only one of us ended up eating it – after the other didn’t want to finish – and it still wasn’t enough food).
Further, the vegetables were oddly chewy, and the meat was overly fatty and at the same time too thin to be enjoyable. As noted above, it was a little stringy too.
On the plus side, the sauce was sweet tasting and pleasant, and the noodles were surprisingly tasty. Sadly, that wasn’t enough to save this dish, and we’re going to steer clear on our future shopping trips.
Have you tried this Trader Joe’s Sukiyaki dish? If so, what did you think?