Trader Joe’s Yea/Nay/Meh 2018


#81

I do like the crispbreads, but they’re so much heavier than the woven crackers. I can’t eat too many, especially in the evening.


(Andrea) #82

See, I’d always buy the low fat woven wheats with the theory that I could then pile more cheese on top!


(erica) #83

TJ’s 12-grain crackers are a staple for me. Rather like a less salty, healthier Ritz. I’ll be loaded for bear if these ever disappear!


#84

Hmm. I buy those.


#85

NAY!! Soy sauce-
SO
BAD.

I am sure i do not appreciate the variety and nuances of soy sauce but i do make an effort to buy it in chinatown or at H-Mart.
And I don’t know WTF this stuff is but it’s definitely not anything like actual soy sauce. Just kind of salty brown-ness. Zero umami.
Will be one of the rare returns


#86

If you go to h-mart, get one of those made with whole soy beans. Almost all soy sauce on the market is made by soy byproducts.

One of these days I may start a discussion about whole bean soy sauces.


#87

I’d be interested in learning about that. I had no idea!


(ChristinaM) #88

Was that the reduced-sodium one with the green lid?


#89

Ugh. Yes. At first I thought maybe just because it was reduced sodium since i never buy that but, no, the only real flavor was salt.

I think that’s the only option for soy sauce at TJs now that i think about it…


#90

Hmm… gotta say i have a very random and unscientific way to choosing what soy sauce to buy. I stopped into whole foods today (organic strawberries sale!) and bought this which seemed to be the only soy sauce option that wasn’t tamari.
Ingredients say: water, organic soybeans, organic wheat, salt, alcohol
Tastes pretty good to me.
Would love to know tips on what to look for when i do get to chinatown or h mart


#91

Please do! I, too, had no idea!


(erica) #92

YEA for the Marsala Style Cooking Sauce. It has a lot of flavor. Note that it contains both balsamic and molasses, so there’s a sweet/sour element. Not everyone will go for that but I do. I think the cooking time on the label should be longer.


(ChristinaM) #93

I have a bottle but hadn’t noticed. Usually I go for something at the Asian market. Most often it is used with other condiments, not sure I’ve tried TJ’s straight.


(Dan) #94

We enjoyed the frozen scallion pancakes. Once pan cooked til crisp in a touch of grapeseed oil, we topped with a sunnyside egg and fried onion bits.

Def a YAY.


(erica) #95

Along similar lines, you might like the Pa Jeong, also a frozen pancake.


(Dan) #96

Actually thats the product I was referring to. Very tasty.


#97

We cheat a little and zap them in the microwave for a minute or so and then
toss into a hot pan. Nice and crispy in no time, a side of TJ vegetable fried rice tossed with soy sauce and its a quick lunch or dinner.


#98

Have you tried the japanese fried rice? That’s a longtime huge YAY, although you have to like seaweed (tastes like the nori from sushi rolls). I like to add in more edamame or some cubed baked tofu for a quicky meal


(Dan) #99

Sounds good. We used the same pan to make the eggs so it worked nicely.


#100

We have not but will look for it. Don’t mind seaweed. It has shown up here and there in our meals. Thanks for the recommendation.