On this week’s Midnight Snack, we’re taking a look at eating bird’s nests.
You read that right.
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
Bird’s Nests that Trader Joe’s ran around Canada grabbing. Not really.
Nutrition Facts: Average
Ingredients: Above 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 spade – it 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