Some time ago…ok a really long time ago when this meal kit service was new (2015 according to my records), I tried Hello Fresh. I thought the recipes were fine, but nothing great. I was alternating with Plated at the time and honestly, Plated was so good that nothing could hold a candle.But I gave up on Hello Fresh when I unpacked the box and there was raw chicken juice leaking all over my lettuce. I threw it out and canceled my subscription.
Flash forward to 2020 when I keep seeing posts from foodies I follow on Instagram showing their lovely looking dishes from Hello Fresh. I also learned last year, that Every Plate which I used for quite some time with some success is OWNED by Hello Fresh. So I thought, hmm, maybe I need to give it another shot.
Well a few weeks ago I got an email saying that if I comeback I could get a discount so I decided to try it again.
For my first box I got:
- Mushroom and Soy Ramen with Fried Onions
- Crispy Cajun Chicken Sandwiches with Crispy Potatoes & Secret Sauce
- Lemon Tortelloni Palermo
First up was the Ramen. If you know me, you know that there are not many things in life that I like more than Ramen. Instant or fresh. I love it all.
So I’m happy to report that this was very good. The noodles are not exactly what I would call “Ramen”. They were too straight, skinny, and white, and not chewy like fresh ramen should be. But they were super good anyway.
The broth is the hard part of ramen in my opinion. But this one does some cheating with pho concentrate, hoisin sauce, and miso concentrate. It’s not noodle-house-level broth, but it’s tasty anyway.
The mushrooms were really good even though I didn’t serve with all the soy sauce, as I was afraid it would be too salty (and I think it would have been).
I did serve this with my homemade chili oil, though it really didn’t need it, it’s just that I love that oil and I put it on everything.
I recommend this one for sure. I’m looking forward to the other two!