Product Type: Dalepak Meat / Fish
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Trying to recreate a Subway sandwich!
Dalepak Chinese Style Ribsteaks
Member Name: i_am_joy
Dalepak Chinese Style Ribsteaks
Advantages: Tasty, reasonably priced, nice texture
Disadvantages: Very processed
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.
Summary: These Rib Steaks are much nicer than I thought they would be, unfortunately my Sub attempt failed!
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