Midnight Snack

Trader Joe’s Vegetable Bird’s Nests Review

On this week’s Midnight Snack, we’re taking a look at eating bird’s nests.

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Trader Joe’s offers these things called bird’s nests, which are really deep fried vegetables (no birds live in them, pretty sure). The vegetables are kale, carrot and onion, with tempura batter holding it all together. It comes with some soy sauce for dipping and getting most of your daily sodium intake.

The Nutrition Facts

Trader Joe's Vegetable Bird's Nests Nutrition Facts
Special appearance from Vitamin A.

The only really standout part in those nutrition facts is the sodium, maybe the fat from the tempura batter. Otherwise, the carrot and kale brought in that vitamin A.


Bird’s Nests that Trader Joe’s ran around Canada grabbing. Not really.

Trader Joe's Vegetable Bird's Nests Ingredients
Pretty simple, straight forward stuff in there.
Trader Joe's Vegetable Bird's Nests Cooking Instructions
Next time I remember my deep fryer I can cook them in that.
Trader Joe's Vegetable Bird's Nests

Here’s what tempura and julienned mean.

The Review

Packaging: Average

Nutrition Facts: Average

Ingredients: Above Average

Taste: Average

Preparation: Below Average

Getting this one out of the way before anything else: they tasted a lot like onion rings. To my uncultured palate, they were almost indistinguishable from the ones I could get at a local bar by my place. That’s not a bad thing, either. The good news, though, was that they were mostly vegetables and actually light on the batter. Prep was a bit of a grind since each side needs to be baked for 10 minutes, which involved a lil’ flip action midway through.

Outside of needing to flip each one, they were pretty simple to make and I would do it again. Some soy sauce condensation made the outside of the packets it came in sticky, but call a spade a spadeit just is what it is. These were pretty inexpensive, about 3.49 for something that could more than fill up one person and be a great snack for 2-3.

Midnight Snack Rating: 7.92/10

Recommend? Yes

Bob Buckley

Bob Buckley writes about food and business.