Food Review: Saffron Road Bibimbap With Beef microwave meal
Some time ago after finding my review of Saffron Road’s Korean Tacos, the company sent me an email offering to send samples of line of Korean microwave meals. The package of four microwave meals came packed in a cushioned Styrofoam box with dry ice to keep the frozen microwave meals frozen. The meals are certified halal and gluten-free.
The dish I’m reviewing here is the Bibimbap With Beef meal. The dish was made with strips of grilled sirloin and six vegetables — red and yellow peppers, mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, bok choy and onions. The traditional egg atop 비빔밥 bibimbap was absent, but if you can easily fry one up yourself. Beside, adding egg to microwave bibimbap is tricky — ask Trader Joe’s.
I appreciated the variety of vegetables in a dish that caters to meat-eaters. In many Korean homes and restaurants, bibimbap will include at least six vegetables. And it’s not uncommon to see as many as eight vegetables placed around the sides of the bowl with the meat, 고추장 gochujang (spicy red pepper sauce) and fried egg –– in Korea, it’s often a raw egg for 돌솥비빔밥 dolsot bibimbap (in a rock bowl) –– smack dab in the middle.
The sauce in this dish seemed to a blend of gochujang and teriyaki (probably because the beef was marinated in a more soy sauce/sesame oil marinade first) but it was pleasant. It didn’t have as much heat as the Gochujang Chicken dish so it’s “mild” labeling is accurate.
There was a fair amount of meat in the dish, so it likely will fill you for lunch. The beef was not overcooked. It was fire-grilled and tender. If I still worked in an office environment, I’d certainly take it to work for my lunch break.
The suggested retail price is $5.99, and it can be found at Whole Foods Market stores across the U.S.