Trader Joe’s Garlic Sauce Thai Noodles Reviews

(55 customer reviews)

Ingredients: Water, Wheat Flour, Garlic, Chili Peppers, Onions, Rice Bran Oil, Wheat Gluten, Coconut Sugar, Modified Tapioca Starch, Scallions, Soy Sauce, Cornstarch, Sea Salt, Fish Sauce, Black Pepper, Yeast Extract, and Sugar.


55 reviews for Trader Joe’s Garlic Sauce Thai Noodles Reviews

  1. Sarah Moreno

    The fish sauce and anchovies are way too overpowering. I was expecting something completely different and I bought 3 of these! Definitely not my favorite.

  2. Mike Chambers

    This is terrible, I will never buy it again. I could barely get half way through it before dumping it out. Like Sarah, I was expecting something different than this. The noodles are good, but the sauce is pretty much disgusting.

  3. Anonymous

    This was the worst thing I have ever gotten from Trader Joes. Can’t even explain how terrible it was.

    Do not buy

  4. Mame

    Oh no, blech, blech, just horrible!

  5. Anonymous

    absolutely atrocious. would give 0 stars if i could

  6. Olivia

    I love garlic, and I’ve never met a noodle meal I didn’t like, but these are truly repulsive. It baffles me that they even allow these to be on the shelves.

  7. Marie

    OMG! I’m pretty sure this is the most disgusting thing I’ve ever put in my mouth. All I tasted was garlic. I’m staying in a tiny home for a vacation and I can’t get the smell out of the house. I took one bite and almost threw up. I LOVE garlic, but this just tastes like an entire bulb of garlic with noodles. I can’t even believe that Trader Joe’s is selling this repulsive garbage.

  8. Me

    The noodles and sauce smelled and tasted like gasoline. I’ve never tasted gas before, but if I were to, that’s how I’d imagine it would taste.

  9. Renee

    This was one of the sickest things I’ve ever tasted (next to TJ’s salmon burgers, years ago ).

    It’s actually shocking that they sell this. It is not good. It tastes how you’d imagine cat vomit would taste.

  10. Yucko

    IMO it’s not disgusting, just really really terrible. Simultaneously flavorless and bad tasting.

    It makes no sense that Trader Joe’s releases this junk when they obviously have connections to good chefs/producers in Thailand (the frozen Thai eggplant, banana fritters, and green curry with tofu sheets are great).

    It makes no sense that this awful glop comes out of the same kitchen that produces the red curry (decent) and the peanut satay (passable) versions of the same product.

    It makes no sense that this ever passed a panel of taste testers.

    I have an iron stomach and put tons of garlic in everything, and I’m telling you this just ain’t good — don’t bother trying it.

  11. Tam

    Horrid. Really really horrid. Like the green inner part of the garlic clove that you throw away. And sweet. So gross, bitter, and too sweet.

  12. Dustin

    I’ve never left a review on a TJ’s product before, but I had to for this one. This is absolutely the worst TJs food I’ve ever had. It tastes and smells like paint thinner.

  13. Anonymous

    Absolutely repulsive

  14. Matthew

    Taste like gasoline noodles. Abominable. Please, would rather eat noodles in unsalted water, flavored with dirt.

  15. Anna

    that movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile should have been made about this horrific noodle dish instead. I can’t believe Trader Joe would do us like this.

  16. Sarah V

    Terrible sauce. Would not eat again.

  17. Anonymous

    I was reading these reviews as I was taking my first bite. I quickly realized the gasoline reviews are in fact true…

  18. Steve Falise

    Weird…I love asian noodle/soup cups, thai food, garlic, etc. but this was a total miss! Doesn’t anyone at TJ taste test these things? This was REALLY BAD, almost an ammonia taste! Seriously TJ, don’t do this to me again, my loyalty has limits.

  19. Teri

    Oh my god I wish I’d seen this page before I bought these, because they’re totally disgusting. They somehow had a plasticky taste? (I promise I removed the plastic before cooking; I think they’re just honestly that bad.) Tossed the whole thing after two bites.

  20. MG

    I would give this a -5 if I could. Not only is the sauce visually repulsive (like dog barf), it smelled horrible and made my office smell so bad, unforgivable. After all that trauma, I still gave it a chance thinking “it cannot possibly be that bad” after all I have trust in Trader Joe… It not only made my stomach flip, it created some office tension.

  21. wow

    -100. I think I’m going to die from these noodles. Gasoline, plastic warehouse, paint … most disgusting thing ive ever eaten and I literally feel like I just gave myself cancer from force feeding myself because I had nothing else to eat at work.

  22. Anonymous

    Also wish I had seen these reviews before stocking these for my lunch this week. As soon as I opened it, the smell was awful. I ate it anyway because if I don’t eat lunch I’m a monster. But now I’m up at 1AM with MAJOR stomach regrets. DO NOT BUY.

  23. Ryan G

    Believe it – its horrible.. Tastes and smells like motor oil mixed with paint fumes.

    Googled to see if perhaps I had a bad batch or something. The peanut one isn’t half bad ! Garlic only is awful.

  24. hailey

    I threw this out after one bite and had to light a candle because it made my house smell so bad. i was so excited to try but 0/10 do not recommend

  25. Anonymous

    So you made the mistake of buying the garlic noodles, but you don’t want to throw away a $2.50 meal. The key is to waste even more money and add some fresh ingredients. First saute(?) (stew!) a mix of 2 chopped campari tomatoes, a third of a sweet onion diced, and a finely chopped jalapeno in a bit of oil, until the veggies mix forms a sauce but the jalapenos still have a bit of crunch to them. Add in 3/4-all of the sauce pack. Add the noodles and cook on medium / medium-high until the noodles stop sticking together. Put into a bowl and some scallions for garnish. (I also added quite a bit of shredded nori to mask the awful flavors lol) The result is visually unappetizing, but edible.

  26. Jackie C

    I actually enjoyed the garlic noodles over the red curry and peanut. I add a little chicken and soy sauce and it’s good. I hope they don’t take it off the shelf from all these negative reviews

  27. Sherrice

    It gets a 2 for noodle girth, the sauce killed it. I love garlic and anchovies, and I was expecting saltiness from the fish and strong, sharp flavor of garlic. I had to put Kewpie Mayo on top to salvage this, thank god I only bought one.

  28. Julie

    I’m with you Jackie C. I LOVED the heavy garlic taste. The noodles were soft and the sauce turned creamy. I went to TD today looking for them and none where on the shelf. Sadly, I walked away with the red curry ones. I didn’t even see a label for the garlic noodles

  29. Mic Hunter

    Very disappointed. Basically tasteless. I’m glad I only bought one.

  30. Michelle

    Bad. Just bad.

  31. Alex

    The only reason I didn’t throw this out after one mouth-full is that I don’t like wasting food. There was nothing “Thai” about these noodles. My cooking motto up to now has been “you can never have too much garlic”, but it turns out I was wrong. This sauce seemed to have an almost deadly dose of garlic and salt. There was no other flavour. My act of kindness for today is to tell you that you should under no circumstances buy this product; I can almost guarantee you’ll hate it.

  32. Alex

    Just horrible, threw it away after 2 bites.

  33. Melissa

    This gross bowl of noodles is absolutely horrid. The sauce is sweet and way too much tomato, there is no flavor of garlic, just gross slimy noodles and an absolutely terrible sauce – I’m hoping the peanut one is better. Definitely not worth the $3.99 as well.

  34. Anonymous

    I’m not surprised to see these reviews :d Usually nothing but praise for TJ’s products. These noodles are a disappointing exception. Just bad. Off-putting, unnatural flavors at times, tried to help it out with soy sauce/peanut oil but there was no saving to be done. Really nothing redeeming about it. Would not buy again.

  35. Liz

    I took one bite and couldn’t even swallow – it was so bad. Something is not right with this product!!!

  36. Hannah Z

    These are gross. They don’t taste like garlic or Thai food. They taste sort of like an Asian lean cuisine flavor I can’t remember, but much worse and smell really chemically and bad. I love garlic but this isn’t it.

  37. Wendy

    Stunk up the office microwaving this… taste is overall what others are saying.. bitter, heavy garlic and sickly sweet. Would not buy again.

  38. Anonymous

    i did not like the way it smelt…the smell was bad .. stunk up my office .. not buying it again

  39. Anonymous

    Smelled strange but tasted completely different.
    Also gave me really bad cramps a few hours later.

  40. Heather S.

    Was almost knocked over upon opening the sauce packet. I knew this kit was needed some extra love so I added chopped red cabbage, and red pepper before microwaving. Added chopped jalapeño, Zucchini and peanuts after it came out. I ate the whole thing and will say that I don’t think I would have been able to eat any of it without adding to it as the sauce is overpowering. The noodles were great…good texture and firmness.
    I did have a SEVERE stomach ache a few hours after eating it though. Will never buy it again.

  41. Rachel Phelps

    They made my son vomit. TERRIBLE!! Worst TJ food ever!!

  42. Anonymous

    Offda bad bad bad. I literally googled these with the word bad and knew i wasn’t crazy. Yuck.

  43. Saucikkus Vomitus

    I tried a small taste with great trepidation once I smelled the sauce. Putrid.

  44. foul noodles

    these are nothing short of foul. i always have high hopes for trader joes products, but this is by far the worst (and most disappointing) product I have tried in a LONG time. Took one bite and couldnt take any more. Absolutely nasty, do not buy.

  45. Linda Rivero

    I’m trusting the other reviews and it goes into the trash right now. Also, Trader Joe: You foods have way too much sodium. How can you offer such unhealthy food. I looked at your soups…Are you trying to make us sick?

  46. Amb

    Was Not was i was expecting. My poor coworkers suffered with me cause the smell was repulsive and it lingers. I swear they added a whole bottle of fish sauce and it was all I could taste (and smell). I would not even give this to my worst enemy. The noodle texture was great but everything else was a big NOPE

  47. Jayme

    Echoing all the other one-star reviews. These were BAD, I couldn’t stomach more than a few bites, and I typically enjoy even cheap noodle dishes, like the ramen bricks. These were sort of like pickled garlic, spiceless and rotten chilies, semi-sweet, and some funky unknowns. Never again.

  48. Janelle

    This is actually the worst thing ever. The smell is awful. For context, I LOVE garlic and fish sauce. It absolutely did not work here. The noodles even taste kind of plastic-y. But the sauce is EVIL. I added sriracha and had nothing else for lunch so I kinda just tried to ignore the glop and eat the noodles, but. This literally felt like fake food that comes with toy dolls. If I could go back in time, I would never even glance at these. I hope my stomach will be OK.

  49. Sarah

    These are the most repulsive noodles I have ever eaten, it stunk up my whole office and breakroom. I took two bites of this and it felt like eating slimy garlic cloves. The sauce was absolutely atrocious. Nothing could have saved this garbage. This is the worst thing I have ever gotten from Trader Joes. Maybe next time I will just eat raw garlic.

  50. sx

    the reviews weren’t lying fr

  51. Jan

    Absolutely revolting. I worked as a chef for years and still cook almost every day but occasionally have to buy something premade because of a time crunch. Presumably the people at traders did some kind of taste test and all I can say is, did anyone just stand up and say these are effing disgusting. No seasoning and leaves some kind of weird taste on your palate. Do not buy if you have any sense of decency.

  52. Anonymous

    100% the worst item I have ever purchased from trader Joe’s. I usually love their food, but this was absolutely horrendous. Tasted and smelled like chemicals. It was so bad I had to throw it out and make myself something else for dinner. Please don’t waste your money. What a disaster

  53. Anonymous

    These are alright. I was reading these reviews as I was eating it haha. I don’t think its putrid or inedible. Not good, but not terrible to the point where it’s disgusting. I’ll eat it since I don’t want to waste food, but I wont be repurchasing. TJ needs to update this recipe ASAP because it sounded good on the shelf & shopping in store but was definitely disappointed. Could be a lot better

  54. tak

    Delicious! WTH! It tasted great.

  55. Pete

    Pretty good and I’m surprised how many negative reviews there’s been. Remember, they’re a quick and easy instant meal that has some decent noodles and flavoring and I’m not alone in liking them because the shelf at the store was mostly empty for all three flavors.

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