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Box of frozen Korean Style Bibimbap Beef from Costco
Inside box of frozen Korean Style Bibimbap Beef from Costco
Frozen Korean Style Bibimbap Beef from Costco (before heating)
Heated Korean Style Bibimbap Beef from Costco

When I saw this package of Korean (Style) Bibimbap Beef bowls at Costco, of course, I just had to try it. The box comes with four bowls and packets of Gochujang sauce (a spicy and sometimes sweet chili paste sauce). I tried a bowl just following the microwave instructions on the back of the box: peel back a corner and microwave for 3 minutes! Thaw the Gochujang sauce under warm water, add the sauce to the bowl to taste (after the microwaving), and mix. Super easy!

I used a little more than half the Gochujang sauce when I mixed it into the bowl. The sauce had an overall good spiciness to it, and I initially thought it was too tangy for my liking, but it actually tasted fine after that. It did have the savory sweet Korean BBQ flavors, and the beef was good - just wish there had been more (a common theme with frozen food). A couple of the beef pieces were also slightly chewy, but they were still good. The vegetables went well with the beef, but the majority of the bowl did seem to be the rice. I suppose that at least made it more filling. Also, one of my favorite parts of bibimbap is the addition of egg, which this, unfortunately, did not have. However, I really liked the overall taste and would still get it again.

I enjoyed this bibimbap bowl over the one from Trader Joe's as I preferred this bowl's Gochujang sauce taste, it had larger pieces of beef, and I liked the texture of the beef better. I did like that the one from Trader Joe's had some bits of egg, though. However, eating the Trader Joe's Bibimbap Bowl also resulted in an upset stomach, and this one, thankfully, did not have that effect.

Overall Rating:
Good
Food: Frozen Bibigo Korean Style Bibimbap Beef
Source: Costco, Scottsdale, AZ
Rating: Good

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Box of Boudin Clam Chowder from Costco
Bowl of Boudin Clam Chowder from Costco

I received a request to review this clam chowder from Costco which worked out because I just got some the week before. By the way, if you thought it might come in a bread bowl since that's the picture on the box - it does not - the box just states that it's great with Boudin bread bowls. The clam chowder comes in two large plastic containers. I heated one of the containers of clam chowder in a pot on the stovetop per the directions on the box, however, you could also just microwave it following the directions, as well.

The consistency of the soup was fine - it wasn't too watery or goopy, and it had the typical potatoes and clams (with more potatoes than clams). The taste was OK - it had a creamy, savory clam chowder taste that was maybe slightly better than your typical clam chowder out of a can, but not by much. The main flavor of the soup was its saltiness, and it was too overwhelming for me... I couldn't taste much more than a salty cream taste. I noticed the ingredients also listed bacon, but I don't think I really tasted a bacon flavor (unless that was the saltiness I was tasting).

I've had clam chowder in San Francisco in a sourdough bread bowl, and it was much better. Even Sweet Tomatoes/Soup Plantation has clam chowder that is much better. I know there's a difference between being made fresh vs. preserved, but I still expected a better taste.

Overall, it was better than your average preserved clam chowder, but it was too salty for me. I wasn't able to eat more than one small bowl of it. Maybe it would have tasted better if I had eaten it from a bread bowl...

Overall Rating:
OK
Food: Boudin Sourdough Clam Chowder
Source: Costco, Tucson, AZ
Rating: OK

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Bag of Silk Road Foods Kimchi & Pork Dumplings from Costco
Inside of Silk Road Foods Kimchi & Pork Dumplings bag from Costco
Cooked kimchi & pork dumplings from Costco on a plate
Silk Road Kimchi & Pork Dumplings from Costco

My boyfriend and I noticed Costco started carrying these frozen kimchi & pork dumplings from Silk Road Foods. We've had other frozen Korean dumplings from Costco, so we decided to try these, too. The directions on the bag say they can be steamed, fried, or microwaved, so we prepared it the easiest way: three dumplings in the microwave for three minutes, covered with a damp paper towel. The bag also states these are "large" dumplings, but they aren't huge or anything: maybe about 2 inches x 2 inches (or maybe slightly larger).

The kimchi & pork dumplings were a little spicy, but I didn't really taste much of a kimchi flavor. It tasted more just like a spicy pork dumpling than a kimchi-pork dumpling. It sort of has a mix of savory Korean flavors, but it mostly just tasted salty to me. They were OK overall, but they weren't great and I wouldn't get these again.

Overall Rating:
OK
Food: Silk Road Foods: Kimchi & Pork Dumplings (Frozen)
Source: Costco, Tucson, AZ
Rating: OK

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