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Bag of Bibigo Chicken & Cilantro Mini Wontons
Bibigo Chicken & Cilantro Mini Wontons, microwaved

My boyfriend and I tried some of these frozen Bibigo mini wontons from Costco. We tried cooking a few the easiest way first -- using the microwave. Of course, you can also pan fry, boil, or add it to a soup! We microwaved 6 of them wrapped in a wet paper towel for about a minute (The instructions state to microwave 12 for 1-2 minutes). They came out alright with the exception of a few spots that were a little dry.

The wontons weren't tiny, but they were mini (maybe about 2 in x 1 in). They taste just like wontons with a more dominant green onion taste. They also taste similar to the taste of Korean Mandu (dumpling). The texture was good -- although it can be a little dry microwaved, if your wet paper towel doesn't fully cover them.

We also tried some of the wontons with a spicy noodle soup. The noodle soup was microwaved, and when there was ~two minutes left, we added 6 wontons to it. It turned out very nice!

Bibigo Mini Wontons in a spicy noodle soup
Bibigo Mini Wontons in a noodle soup

My boyfriend preferred the wontons in the soup rather than microwaved on their own, while I enjoyed them both ways. We both liked the taste, and it was a pretty good snack!

Overall Rating:
Good
Food: Fully Cooked Bibigo Mini Wontons, Chicken & Cilantro (Frozen)
Source: Costco, Tucson, AZ
Rating: Good

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Box of Ajinomoto frozen Tokyo Style Chicken Shoyu Ramen
Cooked Ajinomoto Tokyo Style Chicken Shoyu Ramen

We tried some of Ajinomoto's frozen Chicken Shoyu (soy sauce) Ramen from Costco.

The box of ramen contained four frozen noodle bowls, individually packaged… which is nice because it means one less thing to be washed in the dishwasher. :P

Following the instructions, a frozen ramen bowl was super easy to prepare… just fill water up to the fill line in the bowl and microwave it for 5-6 minutes. The only thing of note is to spread out the water a little bit when pouring it over the noodles or the noodles might end up getting clumped.

The ramen broth tasted pretty good; it had a light soy sauce and chicken broth flavor. The corn was also sweet, and the noodles were a little bit al dente.

The picture of the bowl on the box was actually somewhat accurate (in terms of the count of each item) -- the ramen soup came with exactly one piece of broccoli, five-ish pieces of chicken, two red peppers, and a little bit of corn and carrot, along with the noodles.

Even though it all tasted good, there wasn't enough for a whole meal for me; I was still hungry afterward. The soup could have used more of everything -- chicken, vegetables, and noodles.

And it probably isn't a good idea to drink all the broth, either. Even though the broth tasted good and didn't taste too salty to me, one bowl of it contains 96% of your USRDA of sodium.

Overall Rating:
Good
Food: Ajinomoto Tokyo Style Chicken Shoyu Ramen
Source: Costco, Tucson, AZ
Rating: Good

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Bag of Trader Joe's Frozen Low Fat Chicken Chow Mein
Trader Joe's Frozen Chicken Chow Mein packets
Bowl of cooked Trader Joe's Frozen Chicken Chow Mein packets

We tried Trader Joe's Chicken Chow Mein as a side to Trader Joe's Spicy Beef & Broccoli. For cooking the chicken chow mein, we followed the microwave instructions on the back of the bag. The instructions state that it's optional to add 1-2 tablespoons of water for moister chow mein so we added 1 tablespoon of water to it. We also used only half of the chicken chow mein sauce.

The diced chicken was OK, but it was a little dry on the inside. The noodles were a little on the chewy side, but both the chicken and noodles went well with the sauce. The sauce tasted like a sweet garlic-y soy sauce, and as usual, I think it would have been too sweet (and garlic-y) if we had used the entire sauce packet. The vegetables were pretty good and had a nice crunch, given that they were frozen and microwaved. Overall, it was a pretty decent frozen chow mein.

Overall Rating:
Good
Food: Trader Joe's Frozen Low Fat Chicken Chow Mein
Source: Trader Joe's, Tucson, AZ
Rating: Good
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