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– September 6, 2016
Hi – my kid and I love the chicken fried rice and we usually have it with the pork or chicken pot stickers for lazy cooking night. Thought I would try the shrimp fried rice. Big mistake – way too spicy and I am no spice wimp either. The cilantro was also overpowering. My kid couldn’t eat it at all and we ended up dumping 2 bags of it in the garbage. Sorry, but the Thai Shrimp fried rice really misses the mark. I now get the peeled and deveined frozen shrimp and throw it in with the chicken fried rice.
– November 22, 2016
Got this for my lunch break, it’s so gross i threw it all out. Literally terrible. And I love Trader Joe’s food choices, but this – wow.
– February 15, 2018
This fried rice was the most delicious and perfect flavor out of all of Trader Joe’s selections. The basil tasted fresh and flavored the rice perfectly. The rice, itself, was moistly tender and fragrantly spiced with hints of lemongrass and coconut milk. Each bag also included a generous portion of shrimp, which came out juicy and plump, and unlike most frozen seafood, exuded absolutely no fishy, stale after-taste. With a minimal amount of work, I could feast on a fragrant, steaming bowl of Thai fried rice, which would be the closest thing to actually ordering off the menu at a restaurant. Bravo, Trader Joe’s! You nailed it…can’t figure out why anyone would give this dish negative reviews. I will be making a special trip to my local store to stock up and hoard as if for an upcoming apocalypse. PLEASE DO NOT DISCONTINUE!
– December 8, 2018
The first 2 reviews obviously dont eat thai food. This is very good. There isnt cilantro in it, but there are lime leaves like most thai dishes have. This dish is very flavorful and the spice level is perfect. I did add more shrimp because I love protein.
– April 22, 2019
This fried rice is my favorite. It has a perfect balance between chili spice and lemongrass freshness. It is way more flavorful than the mediocre Japanese edamame fried rice. Some people might be uncomfortable with the smell of lemongrass, but if you love Thai/Vietnam food then you must try this one.
I used to eat a ton of this fried rice when I lived in LA. The taste was so good and the portion of shrimp was hard to complain given the price. After moving to NYC, I gave my first visit to the Queens store last month, and was unfortunately not able to find this Thai fried rice. Missing it so much!
– October 12, 2020
I’m so glad I tried this! This is my new favorite TJ frozen food! I’ve been craving it since I tried it last week and I ate the whole thing in one sitting. It was that good. Mind you I hadn’t eaten in 12 hours but still. The flavor is amazing. Felt like I was in the best Thai restaurant. Perfect blend of Thai basil and lemongrass and just spicy enough.
– November 2, 2020
Taste like spicy pine soap. Gross.
– July 25, 2021
i was surprised how good this is. i live in thai town in los angeles and have my pick of LA’s best thai but this was better in some cases and reminds me of the better ‘east coast thai’. level of spice was mild. very tasty! my only complaint was that the rice was a bit mushy and on the dry side but i think thats to be expected for a frozen rice dish. product of thailand.
– October 28, 2021
I really hate this lol. I usually get the chicken fried rice but they were out so I figured this would be comparable but I hate it. Such an odd flavor. I even tried to smother it in yumyum sauce. I definitely would skip this.
– November 25, 2021
Too spicy. Overpowering spices that taste odd. Small shrimps.
– December 19, 2021
Way too much ginger. Super easy to warm up, but the flavor was all wrong. Missed the mark on this one.
– January 13, 2022
I love Trader Joe’s food but this is a bust. There are three small shrimp per serving (thus the low protein count), the rice is gummy, and it lacks any flavor, much less Thai flavor. Even adding shrimp and vegetables did not help. I will not buy this again.
– February 22, 2022
If you like spicy this is your dish — So delicious I love it , just the right seasoning I did add a little soy soy. thumbs up!! good job
– March 23, 2022
The flavor was not good. The dish is spicy but the ginger and basil flavor was over powering and i couldn’t stand more than a few bites. Im not a picky eater but that flavor set something off that just tasted aweful. Im a bit dissapointed I cant place the exact flavor because I would do anything to ever avoid tasting that again.
– April 5, 2022
This was the worst fried rice I have ever tasted in my life. It had a funky smell to it and tasted like there was some kind of perfume added to it. The front of the package does not say spicy but it was very spicy. I did eat the 5 pieces of shrimp. The rest was thrown out. Yuck!
– April 21, 2022
This would’ve been great, but there’s an herb that completely overpowers the whole meal. I couldn’t even finish it because every bite tasted like cleaners.
– May 14, 2022
Delicious actually. Just the right amount of spice. Ate mine without the shrimp, just a fried egg and extra veggies + soy sauce. I’m not understanding the hate.
– May 25, 2022
I’m not understanding the hate, either. I think it is from people who don’t know what Thai food is and expect the more bland Chinese style fried rice.
I was very pleasantly surprised by this. Heat level is very good and that is what you can expect with Thai food. it is known to be very spicy, people! It’s a nice sear on the palate that quickly wears off and the ginger is a potent blast in every bite. I only have a few things that I try to keep in my freeze at all times and I think this will now be one of a few select items. The heat isn’t for wussies. If you don’t like seriously spicy food don’t buy this.
– July 25, 2022
Like the night markets in Bangkok!
– October 3, 2022
I found some of this in my freezer and forgot how much I love it! I hope it’s still being carried as I need to re-stock!
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