Product Type: Iceland Ready Meals
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Iceland Peking Duck With Rice Ready Meal
Member Name: marymoose
Iceland Peking Duck With Rice Ready Meal
Advantages: Cheap, it's duck, and I think it tastes reasonably nice
Disadvantages: Not much duck, not particularly healthy, could be bigger portion
It's really depressing coming home from work and not having dinner waiting for me on the table, but such is life and as my friend tells me "nothing stays still". Not to fear, as one chapter of my life ends, a new one begins, and this one is going to involve a number of ready meals for one, and having to review them in order to purchase more ready meals for one.
On my quest to get prepared for my new life I took the plunge and visited Iceland (the shop), and I thought I'd test the water so-to-speak with some of their microwave dinners, and the 'Duck in Peking Sauce' grabbed me straight away as I love duck, and it's not something I have often. Being only £1 I wasn't particularly optimistic, but I felt I didn't have much to lose!
Open the box, and you'll find the dinner frozen in two plastic bags which you'll need to separate by cutting. Then pierce both bags several times.
Pop the duck bag into the microwave (on a plate) and cook on full power (800W) for 4 minutes, then add the rice bag to the plate and cook on full power for a further 6 minutes. Alternatively you could cook on the hob for 40 minutes, but I think this kind of defeats the point of quick and easy ready meal!
...Meanwhile, begin writing a review of said dinner...
When microwave pings, leave to stand for a minute, and then use scissors to empty contents from bags onto plate (careful, the plate will be hot). This is a pretty easy process and not much mess made (some reviews seem to say otherwise, but I didn't find it hard with scissors). However, I soon find that parts of the rice are still cold, so put back in microwave for another minutes.
---The Eating Experience---
This time it's all cooked, and I approach the meal with some trepidation, after all it did only cost £1, and there doesn't seem to be much of a smell. However, from the first bite I'm pleasantly surprised. There's a nice crunch from the water chestnuts, and the duck tastes of duck which I have to say I wasn't really expecting! Ok, so the meal is mainly rice and sauce (not much duck), it is a nice enough sauce, unlike some ready meals it doesn't taste too salty, but it also doesn't need any additional seasoning.
Bits of carrot and pepper can be spotted (although the taste is disguised in the sauce), but I don't think there's nearly enough for it to even count towards one of your 5 a day!
I cleared my plate, and was left with a pleasant taste in my mouth. I was pleasantly surprised with the whole experience. I think the portion could have been a bit bigger, but for the price...well...can't really complain too much.
---What's in it?---
Peking sauce (46%), cooked white rice (44%) and cooked shredded duck (10%) - the sauces contains LOADS of ingredients which I won't list individually, nothing sounds too harmful though (I'm sure some would argue though)! Of course it's not suitable for vegetarians what with the duck thing going on, and it is also not suitable for those who can't eat gluten and soya (no mention about nuts, but I'd advise exercising caution). There is also a warning that some bones may remain.
The meal provides 463 calories, 5.0g fat (saturates 1.5g), and 2.1g salt (which I think is just over a third of your daily recommended limit - could be worse).
For £1 I don't think there is that much I can fault this on (but I still don't think I can justify more than 3 stars). Duck is generally a bit more expensive than some meats, and while there isn't a great deal in this dish, you can tell it's duck...and that is good.
Ok, it's not the healthiest or most nutritional dinner option, BUT it's quick, it only leaves a plate, cutlery and a pair of scissors to be washed up, and it's cheap. I will probably be buying this again, even if it does involve having to go back to Iceland (I can always wear a hat)!
Oh, and apologies for the terrible title of this review!
Summary: For £1, it's not bad at all!
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