Trader Joe’s Vegetable Pad Thai Review

Trader Joe's Vegetable Pad Thai

According to the package of Trader Joe’s Vegetable Pad Thai, “You don’t need to travel to Thailand to indulge in authentic Vegetable Pad Thai.” That’s quite a display of confidence in this frozen meal, so we thought we’d put that claim to the test.

Cooking this meal is pretty simple; just stick it in the microwave and heat it for four to six minutes. We actually found five to be just about perfect. We did have a little trouble removing the plastic film from the top of the tray because there was way too much glue applied to it when it was being sealed. It’s not the biggest flaw in the world, but we thought we’d point it out anyway.

Now, if you’re hoping for a frozen alternative to your favorite takeout dish, this meal is probably going to disappoint you. It’s missing some essential ingredients, like peanuts and egg. That said, both the vegetables and noodles here are pretty tasty. We really enjoy the bean sprouts and radishes, and the chilis bring some heat to the meal. The chunks of cashew helped to make up for the missing peanuts.

Trader Joe's Vegetable Pad Thai

The tofu, on the other hand, leaves something to be desired. It’s not bad, but it is extremely bland. The chili and tomato sauce doesn’t really do anything to liven it up; it’s basically flavorless. It’s not a winner in the texture department either — it’s slightly rubbery and doesn’t blend well with the noodles and all. While this dish might have been low on protein without the tofu, it probably would have been tastier too.

This is not a low-calorie meal by any means. At 520 calories (190 from fat), dieters are going to want to avoid this. It’s also got a whopping 830 mg of sodium. Yikes!

Trader Joe’s Vegetable Pad Thai is a perfectly enjoyable meal, but it doesn’t have enough flavor to justify its high calorie content. If you want to indulge in vegan Pad Thai, and a trip to Thailand is out of the question, we recommend Amy’s Pad Thai instead.

To learn more about the nutrition content or ingredients in this frozen food, check out our package scan below.

Trader Joe's Vegetable Pad Thai