PF Chang’s Home Menu Signature Rice Review

PF Chang's Home Menu Signature Rice

We’re big fans of fried rice here at Freezer Meal Frenzy, and we’ve tried quite a bit of the fried rice that can be found in the freezer aisle of the grocery store (or Trader Joe’s). However, we have not yet tried the PF Chang’s Home Menu Signature Rice. Today, we’re going to rectify that.

Now, we should point out that this isn’t technically a fried rice — the rice here is simply “cooked,” which gives it a softer consistency and a subtler flavor. We do find ourselves to be tempted to compare this against various types of fried rice we’ve tried, though, so we’re going to continue to do so for the duration of this review.

Like many of the other types of rice we’ve tried, this comes packed inside a microwave-safe bag. There are two bags in a box of Chang’s Signature Rice, and we think the rice packets here are kind of adorable.

PF Chang's Home Menu Signature Rice

You can heat this on the stovetop or in a microwave, and we opted for the microwave, as it’s the faster, easier option — it takes about two and a half minutes, which is hardly any time at all!

This comes out of the microwave smelling absolutely incredible. There were definitely some growling stomachs (and some envious staffers) in the Freezer Meal Frenzy office when we pulled this out. This has a very strong soy sauce scent to it, which really gets our mouths watering.

PF Chang's Home Menu Signature Rice

That soy sauce dominance carries over into the flavor profile as well — it’s the primary thing you will taste here. It’s not a bad thing at all. In fact, we really love it when our rice tastes strongly of soy sauce, though we know there are people who would disagree with us on that. Those people might want to avoid this, because it’s truly a soy sauce spectacular.

The consistency of the jasmine rice is very nice. This is an especially soft rice, which makes it really great for pairing with other items.

You’ll find some of the expected mix-ins here, including carrots, green onions, and peas. There are two very noticeable omissions to this list: edamame and eggs. While edamame might not be a staple of fried rice, we always appreciate its presence. It’s the egg content here that we really miss. We absolutely love when egg is scrambled into a batch of fried rice, so the lack of egg here is a little disappointing.

According to the box, there are two servings inside. We think that’s pretty fair, since each serving is individually packaged and contains a fair amount of rice. Each serving has 290 calories and 1,050 mg of sodium, which is kind of a lot considering you’ll probably eat this as a side rather than as a full meal.

The PF Chang’s Home Menu Signature Rice is a very good yet very simple batch of rice. If you’re looking for simplicity, you’ll want to check this out. However, if you like your rice with a whole bunch of mix-ins (particularly edamame and scrambled eggs), you’ll either need to add them yourself or choose one of the other options in the freezer aisle.

To learn more about the nutrition content, ingredients, or cooking instructions for this frozen fried rice, check out our package scans below.

PF Chang's Home Menu Signature Rice
PF Chang's Home Menu Signature Rice