Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Food Review: Tai Pei brand Chicken
I bough Tai Pei's General Tso's Chicken on sale for $2.50.
The nutrition information looked good.
140 calories for the whole big tub.
3 grams of fat for the whole tub.
No Saturated Fat. No Trans Fat. Very low Cholesterol.
Somewhat low in protein for something claiming to be a chicken dish. Only 6 grams or about 11% DR. More on that later...
With no rice this item is pretty low carb. Only 10 Grams about 3% of your DR.
Only the sodium was high around 580 grams about 24% of your daily recommended intake.
Has corn syrup in it but NOT HFCS. Uses Sucralose sweetener instead.
Note that this ACTUALLY had vitamins in it. 180% of Vitamin A, 90% vitamin C 8% calcium and 8% iron. (It's pretty much all vegetables.)
When I opened the container after microwaving it I was disappointed that it wasn't even half full of stuff. When frozen this item seems to be a solid quart of food. It is NOT.
There is a laughably small amount of chicken in there. Literally a few shreds. The very low fat content on the label should have clued me in.
The vegetables were very nice (this is made in California and you can tell from the good quality of the snap peas) and the sauce was good and spicy.
The sauce is nice and I suppose you could just add your own chicken to it for a quick meal. I was left with a half inch of sauce on the bottom of the box. Adding extra chicken so the box is actually more than a quarter full might be a great idea.
I suppose you could justify this purchase for a convience meal. It is quality stuff.
I however, cannot justify the price point for this item. Unless it's on sale or you get a really good coupon you would be better off buying your own vegetables and chicken cooking them into something.
A- (Great quality of vegetables and sauce do not quite make up for lack of chicken and high price)