Trader Joe’s Vegetable Bird’s Nests Review

Trader Joe's Vegetable Bird's Nests

We’ve been meaning to try Trader Joe’s Vegetable Bird’s Nests ever since we read the rave review at What’s Good at Trader Joe’s. They described the dish as both “extraordinarily unique” and “taste-tacular,” and we were eager to see what all the fuss was about. Now that we’ve dug into these bird’s nests, we can confirm that they’re worthy of the praise they’ve received.

Each box contains eight pieces of this veggie-based snack. It also comes with two packages of a savory soy-based dipping sauce. We really appreciate the two separate packages. They’re ideal if you want to save half of the box for later.

Trader Joe's Vegetable Bird's Nests

Cooking the bird’s nests in the oven took about 20 minutes, but they were definitely worth the wait. The moment we opened our oven, a strong onion scent wafted through the air. These snacks smell exactly like freshly-cooked onion rings. Even though the smell is tempting, we recommend waiting a few minutes to dig in. After all that baking, these babies need some time to cool.

Onion is the dominant flavor in these snacks, and that’s not a bad thing; we love the fried onion flavor. However, the carrots and kale give the bird’s nest a more unique flavor profile. The slight bitterness of the kale is a nice contrast with the greasy tempura batter. Since the veggies are shredded, even picky eaters should be able to tolerate them.

Trader Joe's Vegetable Bird's Nests

However, the thing that really made us fall in love with these treats was the soy dipping sauce. The sauce is extremely simple — according to the label, it’s just soy sauce with a few extra ingredients, like sugar and tapioca starch. Even though the sauce doesn’t sound like anything special, it tastes amazing. It has a strong flavor that doesn’t overpower the bird’s nests. It’s slightly sweet, slightly spicy, and extremely savory. If Trader Joe’s sold this sauce in a bottle, we’d eat it all the time.

These aren’t huge, but we found them to be fairly filling. With that said, we don’t necessarily recommend serving these snacks at a party. We think they’d make a great complement to Trader Joe’s Japanese Style Fried Rice or a bowl of soba noodles. They’re the perfect side dish for an Asian-inspired meal.

We’re glad we finally got around to trying Trader Joe’s Vegetable Bird’s Nests. Now that we’ve seen how delicious they are, we’ll definitely be snacking on these nests again. They’re a greasy-yet-scrumptious treat that we’d gladly dine on every day of the week.

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Trader Joe's Vegetable Bird's Nests

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Maureen Cooney
Maureen Cooney
3 months ago

Got these for Easter brunch….perfect. Used an air fryer, worked well.
will purchase again.

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