Two might buy, but three would not.

While nothing will beat the taste of homemade or traditionally prepared dishes, if you’ve ever been a broke college student or struggling twenty-something with no Asian markets nearby, these Trader Joe’s frozen Asian dishes were always there to comfort our tummies. I could not help myself and read the ingredient list. Her first book, The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food, a collaboration with James Beard Award-winning chef Charles Phan, was published in 2014. Trader Joe’s Pork Belly. Trader Joe's (The store that has everything you have always wanted but don't need) has a convenient product of pulled pork. To look up past Taster's Choice columns, search online at sfgate.com/food/tasters/archive. With endless aisles of already-prepared, frozen goods, if there’s a Trader Joe’s nearby you really only need a microwave or hot plate to survive. "It's not terribly priced, but you can find it for a lot cheaper other places," Greutman says.

Asian Lifestyle "Very sweet, with mushy" "tasteless" pork, this sauce tasted more like "a slightly peppery soy sauce" than a barbecue sauce. Asian Food So while the store does sell organic milk, it's often more expensive than what's sold by competitors. Luxury Beauty Products. Janny Hu is The San Francisco Chronicle's assistant sports editor, directing coverage of the Warriors/NBA and Major League Baseball.

I was expecting a lot of chemicals, by products, liquid smoke and gosh knows what.

Great quality at great prices.

Second place went to Kirkland ($10.99 for 32 ounces at Costco).

The smoke presence was slight. Three would buy and two might.

All Rights Reserved. This product was not terrible and I am sticking to that.

NextShark is a leading source covering Asian American News and Asian News including business, culture, entertainment, politics, tech and lifestyle. Prices listed are the lowest found, but products may be available at other stores. There was a lot of pulled thin pieces of meat with a few larger chunks. Meanwhile, pricey Niman Ranch ($11.99 for 16 ounces at Andronico's) might be the choice for the all-natural, no-nitrate crowd, but our tasters found the meat "stringy" and "very dry," and the sauce "meekly flavored." While a few tasters liked the "nicely spiced, smoky" flavor, others found the pork "strongly dominated by molasses" and "burnt tasting."

Fun and unusual ways of preparing Meat with a few Vegetables now and then. Hopefully it will stop raining. Sauce is optional and is only meant to compliment and enhance. And of course, TJ’s has its own line of frozen Asian dishes.

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Taster's Choice found six versions in the refrigerated section of local markets. Trader Joe's does sell some big-name brands, but why would you pick up a $5 box of cereal when you can get a Joe's brand for $2 less? Start typing to see results or hit ESC to close, How China’s ‘Fried Pancake’ Vendors are Making More Than $180,000 a Year, Meet EASTERN PEOPLE, a New Clothing Collective for Asian Cultures. Panelists liked the "fresh tomato" flavor of the "juicy," "tender" pork, even if one taster thought it was "a bit dry."

Two would buy and three might. Trader Joe's offers other offerings of brisket & chicken. I have often wondered whether they roast, steam or boil the meat. It comes in a sixteen ounce microwavable serving container. Asian Entertainment News Asian-American News Fourth-place Jack Daniel's ($8.99 for 16 ounces at Safeway) didn't impress, either. Trader Joe’s Pork Belly Brown to Crisp and Serve and it’s Fully Cooked!

Amazing food and drinks from around the world at unbeatable prices. Just heat and serve with your choice of breads and condiments. This product is uber convenient to prepare. In my opinion, this was overly sauced with a too sweet bbq sauce masking pork flavor.

Melt in your mouth goodness. It claims to serve three and boasts it will satisfy all kinds of bbq aficionados. This product is too heavy handed on the sauce for my liking. That's what we call value. While adding "the right sauce is important," the "very smoky" meat was generally satisfying.

The price is very reasonable. This belly is braised for 12 hours before being vacuum sealed, and all you need to do before serving is crisp it up. The rest of the pulled pork options were mostly a flop. All but one brand came slathered in a sweet or smoky sauce. The meat was overdone to my liking. None would buy. Better sound is a $129 Vizio Wireless Bluetooth Soundbar... Apple's Black Friday iPhone deals stink – but we found good... Get this VIZIO 70 inch TV for under $500 for Black Friday, Walmart slashed AirPods Pro to $169 for Black Friday, This Nintendo Switch bundle comes with a free copy Mario Kart 8. Big Dude, You are right that to many eaters it is all about the sauce. And of course, TJ’s has its own line of frozen Asian dishes. Trader Joe’s is bringing this food craze into homes across the U.S. with its Vegan Chicken-less Seasoning Salt, made with sea salt, onion and garlic powder, turmeric, and a few other spices. While one might buy, the other four would not.

Not necessarily but I like to taste the pork.

China, co-owned by celebrity chef Martin Yan, closes. A Journey in search of Meat Products. Trader Joe's ($4.99 for 16 ounces), with its "sweet, smoky and spicy" "shredded" pork. This prepared product set us back six dollars.

Is this a bad thing? Trader Joe’s is undeniably America’s favorite grocery store chain and a snack lover’s paradise.