Asian American Frozen Foods: Trader Joe’s ‘Bulgogi Beef Fried Rice With Kimchi’

I was at Trader Joe’s a week or so ago and saw  this new frozen meal available -‘Bulgogi Beef Fried Rice With Kimchi’:

“Translated directly from Korean, bulgogi is a compound word that simply means “fire-meat.” Literal translations aside, bulgogi has an even greater significance as a beloved staple of Korean cuisine. Typically made by marinating thinly sliced beef in a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, and spices, then grilling it over an open flame, bulgogi is tender, filling, and above all, phenomenally flavorful.

Trader Joe’s Bulgogi Beef Fried Rice with Kimchi pays tribute to this bastion of barbecue by pairing it with chopped veggies and tangy kimchi, all together in a deliciously seasoned fried rice. With minimal prep (just a combined five minutes in the microwave or a few minutes in a hot skillet will do the trick), our Korean-inspired Bulgogi Beef Fried Rice becomes a delightfully savory side dish or basis for a wide variety of rice bowls—we like it with scrambled egg and a drizzle of TJ’s Chili Onion Crunch, ourselves.

And since this is Trader Joe’s, that can only mean one thing: it’s a tremendous value. We’re selling 16-ounce bags of Bulgogi Beef Fried Rice with Kimchi for the unbeatable price of $4.99, every day. Look for it in our freezers.”

The meal was easy to prepare – basically just place the ingredients in a frying pan and cook for about 5 minutes or so.

Taste-wise, not bad.  I don’t think it is as good as Trader Joe’s ‘Spicy Thai Shrimp Fried Rice’ – which I’ve reviewed as well here.

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About John

I'm a Taiwanese-American and was born & raised in Western Massachusetts, went to college in upstate New York, worked in Connecticut, went to grad school in North Carolina and then moved out to the Bay Area in 1999 and have been living here ever since - love the weather and almost everything about the area (except the high cost of housing...)
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