Honestly, I was half-expecting the instant dinner to be, well, like the usual instant food stuff — tummy fillers that are short on flavor. So it came as a pleasant surprise to find Almost Gourmet tasty, hot off the microwave oven. Not a bad idea for home dinners especially for households that are short on cooking prep and time (what household still enjoy that luxury, anyway).
Lagal[og] says: From the stash, I got apportioned the microwaveable stuff — the Shrimp and Mushroom Carbonara Lasagna and the Chinese Chicken Tim on Yang Chow Rice. The Shrimp and Mushroom Lasagna was pleasantly firm to the bite, with a rich and creamy sauce. It came with a small sliver of garlic bread that, because of being packed with the noodles and sauce, was a bit soggy.
I’m big on chicken so I was excited about tasting the Chinese Chicken Tim, a take-off from the usual Pata Tim (Pork knuckle stewed in soy sauce, vinegar and spices). The chicken tasted like it was marinated for quite awhile. I would’ve loved the Yang Chow rice to be packed separately from the Chicken Tim as the sauce somehow drenches the grains. But I sure appreciate that the instant meal packs come in microwaveable containers which make them easy to heat and less messy to enjoy.
Ironwulf says: I got to try the aged and seasoned prime rib Australian Steak. While I’m not really a cook, I just had it grilled well-done on both sides. I had it a bit too well-done but it was still good especially when paired with the gravy that came with it. I think if I hadn’t overcooked the steak, I would appreciate its flavor more.
The Herbed Parmesan Chicken Sticks were my favorite. You can have it baked or fried. I chose the latter. I had it deep-fried until golden brown. I really like the flavorful spices on the crisp surface of the chicken sticks. The honey mustard sauce lends an added flavor to the sticks.
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