“ Brand: Dalepak / Type: Meat „
Dalepak chinese style pork ribsteaks. These can normally be found in the frozen section of any good supermarket and are nearly always priced at one pound and you get 4 ribsteaks in a box. Quite good value for money at 25 pence a ribsteak but its only untill you cook and eat one of these you realise why they are so cheap !!!
I thought i would do some vegetable rice and a bit of salad with two ribsteaks, the packaging states it takes between 17-20 mins in the oven but you can also grill them (and somebody told me you can microwave them, not for me to be honest lol). so i put two grillsteaks on to a baking tray and whacked them in the oven 200 degrees.
when the time was up i opened up the oven door took out the baking tray and was greeted by the grillsteaks absolutely swimming in fat and juices, far far too much. the smell was quite nice but the most off putting thing during the cooking was the fat content having taking up most of the baking tray !.
Reading the back of the box later reviled that they contain 84% tender minced pork, which had me wondering for such a cheap product with such a high meat content then it couldnt be the best cuts of pork thats for sure, hense such amounts of fat coming out of them during the cooking process.
The salt and fat contents in these ribsteaks are amazingly high, so i would not recommend people eat them often not unless you want a blockage in the vains somewhere !.
Two is enough for the average adult as part of a meal and maybe just the one for a child, though personally if i had children i wouldnt serve them up for dinner because of the contents and such high fat.
After reading what others on this site have been commenting about this product is people have found fragments of bone inside the grillsteaks. Touch wood that has never happened to me i have always felt them to be of "ok" quality. But then maybe that was just luck on my side. I think if i found bone i wouldnt be able to go back to them.
If you like a chinese style taste then these can be a ok treat from time to time.
A word of warning tho , please do stick to the times given for cooking on the box because i found just a few mins over the time stated results in dry , actually, VERY dry grillsteaks.
i will be buying them again for a naughty cheap meal. But i wouldnt rush out specially to get them anytime soon :)
First of all let me say that I didn't buy these. They were a gift from my Mum. Prior to her giving me these to eat I thought she quite liked me, now I am having my doubts.
Chinese style ribsteaks? Hmmmm.
It says on the box "Oven cook for best results." So that's what I did. There is no wrapping on the ribsteaks inside the box so I slid the rather odd looking corrugated ribsteaks onto a tray, popped them in the oven and carried on making the rest of the meal.
After 16 minutes at 200c I took them out and was shocked to find them literally swimming in fat. I poured the fat off into a measuring jug and there was an unbelievable 110 ml of fat! (That went into making fat balls for the birds in the garden!) They smelled quite nice but I was dubious about eating them having seen how much fat had emerged during cooking.
I had a sniff at them and under the Chinese spices was a distinct whiff of offal. Not good! They tasted passable, the spice was the predominant taste and I like chinese food. BUT.........(and as you can see, it's a big 'but'!) The texture was awful and the ribsteak was full of bits of gristle and things. So much so that I don't even want to think about whereabouts on Mr pig they came from!!
Dalepak Chinese style ribsteaks are chewy, rubbery, gristly mouthfuls of nastiness masquerading as food. I am suprised the Chinese government doesn't sue Dalepack for using their name!
All was not lost though. My son has a Labrador that will eat anything (except cucumber!) and he snarfled them down in seconds. I used the fat to make food for the wildbirds in my garden and I recycled the cardboard box.
It's my own fault really, I should have know better than to try to eat something that looks like the sole of a child's flipflop! Never again.
They cost 99p for a box of four and they are a perfect example of culinary false economy and, come to think of it, culinary false advertising.
According to the box, (which I don't believe,) each 'ribsteak' contains 168 calories after cooking. To only contain 168 calories after cooking, these things would have to be cooked in a centrifuge which had forced even more of the fat out of them.
Uncooked they contain 25.2g of fat per 100g. Over a quarter of the ribsteak! Unbelievable isn't it? You might as well sprinkle some Chinese spice over a packet of lard and eat that instead! Cut out the middleman!
They contain 1.4g of salt or sodium equivalent each. So if you have two of these you have eaten a third of your RDA for salt.
I am reluctantly giving this product 1 star. I suppose that can be for the recyclable box and the fact that they rank higher than cucumbers in a not very discerning Labrador's palate.
I am left wondering what I did to offend my Mum so much that she gave me these?
I used to have such terrible eating habits, I'd pick up any old rubbish in Iceland under the impression it was cheap and cheerful as it cost me just £1 for the box when in fact I was paying money to fill myself with crap. I used to pick up plenty of boxes of Dalepak Chinese style ribsteaks and when I had one up my mums the other day I'm now glad I don't buy them anymore.
Dalepak ribsteaks are usually a £1 for a box of 4 in Iceland you can buy them in other supermarkets though such as Sainsburys. The box is mostly white with red decorating it, Dalepak is clearly written in the corner of the box and it also says 4 Chinese Style Ribsteaks. Theres an appetising picture of two ribsteaks accompanied by salad and what looks like noodles too. We are told on the box that these are tender pork chopped and shaped with cereal in a chinese style coating, they also contain No artificial flavours.
Each ribsteak contains;
1.0g salt equivalent
You can cook the steaks in the oven or you can grill them, I've only ever cooked them in the oven though.
They are quite a generous size and a deep red in colour. You can instantly smell a slight chinese, bbq sort of smell when they are first pulled out of the box. The chinese scent gets stronger as they cook and smells quite tasty really.
Now for anybody that really dislikes processed meat these are really NOT for you! You can see just by looking at them when you cut them open, it's as if a thousand different meats are just squashed together, almost looks like grey mince meat inside in fact with a tasty sauce coating it. Looking at the ingredients these steaks contain 84% pork, I don't really want to know what the rest is though as it's disgusting. They are strange one minute they are soft to bite into and the next I found them chewy and wet and now and then I'd bite into a hard bit, which sorry to be graphic but I had to take it out of my mouth and have a look and it would just be a white 'bit' I havn't a clue what these 'bits' are but I've had them in a few steaks, but for some silly reason I kept buying them.
The only thing that's sort of 'nice' about these is the chinese coating on top, it's a little sweet, a little tangy and quite tasty it's just a shame it's coating a load of crap to be honest! How they can claim on the box that these are 'tender pork' I don't know!
I bought a pack of these Dalepak Chinese style rib steaks for my son who is quite lazy when it comes to eating meat off his plate but he does love Chinese ribs so thought it was worth a go.. These we £1 for four steaks and can be found in the freezer section.
They come in a box but aren't individually wrapped. The meat content does seem quite dubious even from the front of the box as it states tender pork chopped and shaped with cereal and in a Chinese style coating.
When you turn to the back I was actually surprised to find that the pork content is 84%
Each rib steak contains
10.2 g fat
I find the fat and salt content extraordinary high.
Allergy information: contains Gluten, Wheat, Yeast and Barley
The instructions state best cook from frozen and can be cooked by grilling in the oven or on the barbecue.
I decided to cook mine on the George foreman.
It took about 6 minutes to cook on the George foreman and there was a huge amount of fat that poured off.
The picture on the box has them served with noodles but I served ours with vegetable rice but equally could be served with chips or salad.
When I removed it from the grill it was quite bendy and bright red in colour which to me suggested that there were more colourings than necessary. The shape is that similar to a pork chop but with ridges which I assume is to make it look griddle cooked but to be honest doesn't.
There was a distinctive Chinese smell about the rib steak. This does smell quite appetising. When you bite through the steak it is more like eating a cheap beef burger with a Chinese coating only slightly soggier.
I cut my sons into small pieces and mixed it in with his rice and heated all of his one rib steak does seem to be the right size for a Toddler or small child however I do think two would be more appropriate for an adult however the fat content makes this not a great dietary idea.
I do think a higher meat content and lower salt content would improve these products.
I am not sure I would buy this product again despite the fact my son ate it I would prefer something less fatty and Salty to feed him. I personally although very much liked the taste did not like the texture so it isn't a product the would be useful in our family
In Subway earlier this year I had a delicious Sub which was a limited edition; I cannot remember the name of it but the sandwich comprised of a type of pork grill steak topped with a slice of cheese, tangy barbecue sauce and selection of salad. Despite the fact that the pork wasn't the 'proper' piece of meat I was expecting I thought it was one of the tastiest Sub's I've tried, and after finding it was no longer available decided to recreate my own at home.
I've never bought grill steaks before so wasn't sure what I really needed to buy, however my decision was made for me when I visited Tesco and the only thing resembling the meat in my Subway roll were these Dalepak Chinese Style Rib Steaks. I must admit I didn't really like the look of them, and after looking at the ingredients was even less impressed when I saw there is only 84% pork in the steaks - although this is to be expected really, and this is rather more meat than other processed meat products of this type!
You can cook them in the oven, grill and even microwave these Rib Steaks (according to the Tesco website, I personally wouldn't fancy them microwaved!), I grilled mine and was glad I chose this method as the steaks leak an awful lot of oil and I really wouldn't have wanted my food sitting in so much fat on a baking tray.
I found the Rib Steaks to be surprisingly tasty. My Subway recreation wasn't overly successful, although this was not the fault of the meat and more down to the fact that I couldn't find a bread roll soft enough nor a barbecue sauce zingy enough to get it just right! It did make for a very tasty sandwich though and even though it wasn't exactly like the delicious Sub I remembered I thoroughly enjoyed the soft Chinese flavour of the Rib Steak.
The Rib Steak has a soft texture. It's nice and moist, not spongy like many processed frozen meat products in my opinion even though this is by no means the highest quality meat product available. As I grilled mine I was left with a very slight crunch to the outside of the steak, perhaps that's the wrong word as this isn't exactly a crunch but there's a definite change of consistency between the soft inside and harder surface.
The flavouring is slightly reminiscent of sweet and sour and also puts me in mind of the red BBQ sauce that comes in spare ribs from the Chinese. The flavour of pork doesn't come through well, in my opinion this particular brand of grill steak could be made of any meat and 'pork' doesn't jump out at me as the main ingredient. Still, it's certainly very meaty and I was surprised that it doesn't taste disgustingly over processed - although it could never in a million years be confused with real meat!
Today I cooked one for my Chinese food loving ten year old granddaughter and she loved it. It probably is the kind of food that would appeal more to children than adults due to the processed nature of the product, but I personally rather enjoyed the synthetic Chinese flavours in the Rib Steak and honestly cannot say there is anything particularly bad about the product at all.
Each Rib Steak contains 168 calories and 10.2g of fat, which isn't great but then this isn't the sort of food I'll be eating regularly so I'll make allowances for the high fat content! A box of four currently costs £1 in Tesco which is very reasonable indeed considering how tasty and straight forward the Rib Steaks are.
PRICE: £1.99 per pack in Sainsburys
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per ribsteak, after cooking):
- of which sugars: 6.2g
- of which saturates: 4.3g
Salt equivalent: 1.0g
Pork (84%), sugar, maltodextrin, tomato powder, salt, flavourings, wheat starch, yeast extract, onion powder, garlic powder, spices, roasted barley malt extract, cochineal, vegetable oil, citric acid, wheat rusk, wheat gluten, pea fibre, wheat protein, pork fat
Contains gluten, wheat, yeast & barley
Although care has been taken to remove all bone pieces, some may remain
Dalepak Chinese Style Ribsteaks are to be found in the frozen food section of most supermarkets. They come in a flattish box, which bears images of a Chinese-style meal on the front incorporating the ribs, and the Dalepak standard logo. The rear of the box shows nutritional information, ingredients, dietary/allergy advice, storage/freezing instructions, cooking instructions, and Dalepak's quality claim together with their contact details.
Inside the pack, the ribs are enclosed in a cellophane wrapper. Each rib has ridges on the top to give the impression of rib-shaping (which isn't really authentic), and measure approximately 6" long by about 2cms thick. The ribs are made of densely packed minced pork, with various flavourings, and the coating is a dark orange/pink colour. Prior to cooking, the ribs are fairly easy to separate from one another, even in their frozen state.
I personally find the best way to cook these ribs is the oven bake method, although they can be grilled - I'd certainly not recommend frying them, and the reasons why will no doubt become clear below.
During the cooking time, a slightly meaty, slightly sweet smell emanates from the oven - and, I'd recommend cooking for about 5mins longer than the manufacturer recommends, so as to slightly crisp up the edges of the ribs before eating. On taking the baking tray from the oven when the cooking time is up, the ribs will be swimming in grease which of course it's better to discard than to consume!
Whenever I eat these ribs, I like to make up a Chinese-style savoury rice as an accompaniment (made with Basmati rice, mushrooms, onions, peas and beaten egg), and for most adults' appetites, I'd say that 2 or 3 ribs is a reasonable serving. A child could probably easily get by with half a rib, or one, depending on age.
The ribs look quite attractive on the plate, and a colourful accompaniment enhances the appearance even more.
The densely packed minced pork which makes up each rib is quite tender, and easy to cut into, and the flavour is quite good - slightly sweet, and not dissimilar to Chinese style roast pork from your local takeaway, but the resemblance between them and actual Chinese spare ribs is almost nil. The consistency is more like a beefburger, although the taste is very different. Most of the flavour I find is in the pinkish/orange coating, which looks as though it's made from red food colouring and various spices. Garlic is in the ingredients list, but I personally can't detect the taste, and I've been told that after I've eaten the ribs, my breath doesn't smell of garlic - so I can assume that only a tiny amount is used.
Now we come to the bad news. I have been eating and enjoying Dalepak Chinese Style Ribs for quite a few years, but it's my feeling that in recent times the quality of the meat has deterioriated. Whereas the ribs used to emerge from the oven quite dry and leaking only minimal fat, they now seem to be fat-laden and the taste of the coating isn't as piquant as it used to be. It seems to me that fattier pork is now used, and even when draining all excess fat off when the product is removed from the oven, the whole experience of eating the ribs has become one whereby my mouth feels horribly greasy, and I can later feel then lying heavy in my stomach.
As the quality gradually gets worse, the less likely I am to want to buy these again, and the last pack I bought has pretty much tipped me over the edge into writing Dalepak Chinese Style Ribs off altogether. The serving of them which I ate about a week ago wasn't a pleasant experience - far too cloying, far too greasy/fatty, and little grains of bone inside the meat. OK the pack warns that tiny pieces of bone still may be present in the product, but it's only recently I've found this to be the case.
Two years ago I'd have given Dalepak four stars for these Chinese Ribs, but due to the deterioration in quality, I'm afraid I now only give them two stars - and that's for the quite nice flavour, nothing else. Each rib is colossally high in fat, and though I could be wrong, I feel certain that the fat content used to be much lower than it now is.
So....I'm going to chuck these ribs where they now belong...in a dim, dark, dusty corner of the food section of Room 101.
Thanks for reading!