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Very Tasty with some nasty surprises in the label

  • Dec 22, 2009
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-3
I had low expectations for Trader Joe's Vegan Pad Thai. I thought that the flavors would be off and the noodles would be soggy or something. I'm not a huge fan of frozen mirowaveable entress, but I figured I might as well try it.

Initially it was pretty tasty. The noodles were pretty good, not too soft. The sauce was a little watery, and didn't taste exactly like traditional pad thai, but it wasn't bad either. It also had a nice spice to it.

There were lots of green onions, little pieces of penuts and good chucks of tofu to keep me satisfied as well. I was going to rate it a solid 3.

Then I looked at the label to update the wiki, and WOOMG. This serving of Pad Thai bowl has 600 calories in it. It was 11 oz of food, but it was small portion, and the packaging is made for a single serving.

600 calories is a heck of a lot for one serving of pad thai. I had assumed that since it was vegan it must be sort of OK for you and it never occered to me to check the label.

Also on the label, it says it may contain traces of shellfish, which defeats the whole vegan lable in the first place.

I'm sure traditional pad thai has the same ammount or more calories and fat content, but at least with that you have autheticity of real food.
Very Tasry with some nasty surprises in the lable

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December 31, 2009
Thanks for the review, I'll definitely avoid this one, though as a vegan, I would like to point out that just because something's vegan does mean that it isn't "real food" : )
January 02, 2010
hehe, i meant real food as opposed to packaged/frozen food. :)
January 04, 2010

Oh, okay. My apologies. I thought you meant that vegan food wasn't "real" food; I didn't realize that you meant frozen foods. Sorry!

 
December 22, 2009
...What???  I thought Trader Joe's would know better than to slap a "vegan" label onto something that may contain traces of shellfish!  For shame.  And yeah... always check the nutrition facts!  Just because something's vegan or vegetarian doesn't necessarily mean it's all that healthy ;)  Thanks for the heads up, Aria!
 
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I'm a graphic designer, originally from Hawaii and now I'm living it up in L.A.   I've been a vegetarian my entire life, but I am still obsessed with fast food, and I love eating … more
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Traditional Thai Style rice noodles in a peanut base sauce with tofu, scallions and carrots
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