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California roll & dragon roll from Dao Restaurant, Mason, OH
Tempura Udon from Dao Restaurant, Mason, OH

My mom and went out to eat at Dao Modern Asian Cuisine in Mason, OH. It was a Friday night, and while there were a few sets of customers, it didn't seem very busy. My mom and I shared a California roll and dragon roll as appetizers, and I had tempura udon soup as my meal.

The California roll was just fine, but it was a little bit warm, perhaps because it was next to the dragon roll. The dragon roll had tempura shrimp on the inside, and the shrimp was pretty good, and nice & crunchy. The shrimp went well with the sweet eel sauce. However, I did find there were bits of shrimp shell still on the shrimp :(

Shrimp shell in the dragon roll

I also noticed that some of the dishes they used for our food were broken. The corner of the shrimp and vegetable tempura plate was broken as well as bowl for the tempura sauce.

Broken bowl of tempura sauce

The udon noodle soup had a nice, tasty broth. It had a very slight hint of sweetness, and it wasn't overly salted. I liked the slightly sweet taste, and as the amount of soup decreased, the sweeter the soup became. The udon noodles in the soup were also good and had a good noodle texture.

The tempura that came with the soup included shrimp tempura and different vegetable tempura like zucchini, sweet potato, and broccoli. The zucchini tempura didn't have much taste. I didn't really care much for the broccoli tempura or the shrimp tempura, either. The shrimp in the shrimp tempura was kind of dry. I liked the taste of the slightly sweet tempura sauce, however, it was a little watery and when I used it with the tempura, the taste didn't last long so it didn't help much. However, I really enjoyed the sweet potato tempura; the taste of the sweet potato went really well with the fried batter.

Overall Rating:
Food: California Roll, Dragon Roll, Tempura Udon Soup
Source: Dao Modern Asian Cuisine Restaurant, Mason, OH
Rating (California Roll): OK
Rating (Dragon Roll): OK (would be good without the shrimp shell bits)
Rating (Udon Noodle Soup): Good
Rating (Shrimp, Zucchini, Broccoli Tempura, Tempura Sauce): OK
Rating (Sweet Potato Tempura): Delicious

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Container of Kirkland Signature Chicken Tortilla Soup Especial
Pot of Kirkland Signature Chicken Tortilla Soup Especial

I tried some of Costco's Chicken Tortilla Soup Especial. My dad and stepmom love this soup and have bought it from Costco several times. They like to freeze the soup (instead of refrigerating it) and cook it on the stovetop, although it can also be cooked using the microwave instructions.

Spoon of Kirkland Signature Chicken Tortilla Soup Especial

The first thing I noticed about this soup was that it smelled like the inside of an enchilada. The soup was a tiny bit spicy and had a tomato-y and salty taste, which was OK. One thing I really didn't like was the fibrous texture of the finely shredded chicken in the soup.

Like other soups, it started out tasting fine but got a little tiring after a few bites. The saltiness overstays its welcome pretty quickly.

My dad and stepmom like to add shredded cheese to their soup. I didn't add any cheese to mine since I think that would just make the soup taste saltier.

Although it wasn't that great, it still tasted better than a canned soup.

Overall Rating:
Food: Kirkland Signature Stock Pot: Chicken Tortilla Soup Especial
Source: Costco, Tucson, AZ
Rating: OK

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Can of Progresso Light Vegetable Soup
Progresso Light Vegetable Soup

I tried some of this light vegetable soup because I was sick with a cold.

Just like with their chicken noodle soup, the noodles (spiral pasta) were OK, but all the vegetables seemed to just dissolve in my mouth. The soup had a strong, sour tomato taste that got worse as I ate more so I didn't really care much for it.

Overall Rating:
Food: Progresso Light Vegetable (with Noodle) Soup
Source: Walmart Supercenter, Cave Creek, AZ
Rating: Blegh

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