Simply Square-tacular: The Soup Spoon Ginger Scallion Chicken with Red Rice
Just the other weekend, I was lazing in bed after coming back from yoga. I was propped up on my elbows and scrolling through Instagram, looking for new ways to flatlay my life when I realized that the giddy sensation I was feeling were not tingles of inspiration but rather low blood sugar. I snooped around the fridge and realized that I had a ready meal stocked up, just sitting there, waiting to be my hero in my hour of need.
There it was, The Soup Spoon’s Ginger Scallion Chicken with Red Rice. The packaging is really simple, that square plate with a colourful medley of food perfectly arranged and held in place with a vacuum sealed layer of plastic on top, and cleverly informing me on the nutritional information and heating instructions with the sticker label across. I must say that the presentation was pretty instaworthy– look at the colours!
Green edamame, orange carrots and red rice – it is pretty rare to find a ready meal that bravely puts its ingredients on display and have it look that good.
The label says the food is made with natural ingredients and preservative free. #EATCLEAN. Plus points because it’s low in sugar and high in protein. That label by the way, ripped off in one clean swipe. Pretty food, nice packaging, and a satisfying sticker peeling experience. So far, #winning! And we haven’t even added heat yet.
After 2 minutes on high in the microwave, what was plastic vacuum sealed to food and plate, became a round, inflated dome! And that, as it turns out, is patented Sealedair technology at work, it preserves freshness with a vacuum and utilizes steam to heat foot evenly.
Okay fam, gather round, I have a confession to make. I, Ms Cherlynne, have been saying, on this blog, that ready meals are a wonderful way to make life more convenient but they’re really not a really a replacement for freshly cooked food. But then I tasted the Ginger Scallion Chicken with Red Rice from The Soup Spoon, and I stand corrected. It is possible. Anything is possible.
When I ripped off the plastic, I was greeted with inviting aromas, the warming embrace of ginger scallion sauce, and the nutty earthiness of red rice. This wasn’t just appetizing, it looked and smelled like real, whole food. A whole sliced boneless chicken thigh, a pile of edamame and baby carrots, and a warm bed of red rice – naturally beautiful and nourishing.
The chicken is tender, juicy and subtly flavoured with ginger and scallions. The baby carrots may have been a little bit over cooked, but the edamame tasted fresh and crisp, and the red rice was full of nutty flavour.
The portion isn’t very large, but the food is hearty. Out of all the meals I’ve tried so far, this is the one I would recommend to my gym buffs out there who are all about that fitspo life – this would be #justnice if you’ve done a late-night cardio session, everything is closed, and you need a healthy protein-carb fix!
ONE MS. CHERLYNNE STAR
It tastes like real healthy food. The carrots could have better texture, but that’s a minor quibble, they don’t make up that much of the plate anyway.
It’s a pretty plate of food, and the plate is designed to be easy to hold after heating without burning your fingers too. The packaging is minimal, while still being attractive. If I had to nitpick though – the food doesn’t quite match the photo on the label. My plate had edamame on it, the photo featured French beans. And the ginger scallion sauce wasn’t the squiggle in the photo, it’s not even visible, although I could definitely taste it on the chicken and the rice under it.
It’s easy to heat up, but that’s most ready meals. More importantly you can purchase this at your local supermarket (I found mine at NTUC!) so you don’t need to hunt down a Soup Spoon outlet to find it. Easy to stock up when you do you regular grocery shopping.
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Ginger Scallion Chicken with Red Rice - The Soup Spoon