“ Brand: Asda / Type: Other Vegetables „
A couple of days ago I was rushed off my feet and at the end of a very busy day I had to nip to my local Asda store as I remembered at the last minute I had not alot of food in and certainly nothing that I fancied eating and knowing I needed to eat I picked up a bag of this. I found this bag reduced with a quick use by date on it to just 50p and as I was eating it that night I didn't mind that anyway and was happy to make a little saving. I have bought bags of this in the past so I know its nice enough anyway.
The stir fry comes in a see through, squarish bag and on the front of it we are told that it is Asda Smart Price Stir Fry Vegetables 'With Cabbage And Carrots' and that it counts as one of your five a day per 1/4 pack, that it cooks in 5 minutes and that it is washed and ready to cook and weighs 700g, the use by date is very clearly stated as is the price (£1) then on the back of the bag other information listed includes being told how to stir fry it, the ingredients, allergy advice and nutritional chart are all given along with storage advice (keep refrigerated) and contact details for Asda are clearly given as wel. Its cheap looking packaging this and it isn't resealable but you do get a large bag for your money and it is fresh!
The Stir Fry:
As I have just mentioned this is a fresh stir fry so its never been frozen and it cant be frozen either. Its a mix of mainly batons of carrots with shredded up finely green and white cabbage, with plenty of beansprouts and slithers and slices of white onion. It looks quite boring to be honest but of course you could add other ingredients to this if you want to but this is simply a basic mix of vegetables.
Stir frying it is easy and we are told on the packaging to heat 1 tbsp of oil, add this to it and to cook it up in 5 minutes. The very pungent vegetable mix does wilt rather alot so I always think that once cooked you get alot less of this than you initially think. I cooked this the other night as according to the instructions given on the bag as I just wanted something quick and cooked a chicken breast on my George Foreman. The vegetables stays quite crunchy and all the vegetables tasted as they should and as you would expect them to. I do think there are too many carrots in this personally though and not enough onion and as mentioned earlier....far too many carrots!
When I have had had this in the past I have, instead of using vegetable oil to cook it with used Stir Fry Oil and/or added garlic and chillies and/or a swish of soy sauce....allsorts really. I have cooked this up and added a sauce like a Blue Dragon sachet to it once its cooked through and of course you add other vegetables, fish, meat or Quorn to it which again is something that I have done as well very often often.
On its own and straight out of the pack I find this a bit bland really but if you take the time to pep it up a bit it can be lovely and of course eaten plain its very, very good for you with just 41 Kcal per 100g and 0.2g of Saturated Fat!
Only available in Asda stores.
Asda Smartprice Family Stir Fry
Description: Manufacturer: Asda
For those who may have read my earlier reviews ()thank you so much, I really do appreciate all reads, rates and comments!, let tell you about my feelings on the supermarkets no frills ranges which are becoming more and more common and expanding all the time. I really like the fact that I can save money by not paying for fancy packaging which just goes in the bin anyway and have become a bit of a convert to this fab way of saving money.
I have tried quite a lot of different things from the Asda Smart Price range and for the most part, have been really pleased by the quality. Of course there have been a few which have been a bit of a let down, but these are in the minority, and I generally find that cheap and nasty looking packaging doesn't mean cheap and nasty goods.
A large 700g family sized bag of these stir fry ingredients cost me just £0.94 which is quite a lot cheaper than the alternative brands. Like all goods in the Asda Smart Price range, it comes in plain and functional packaging. The bag is clear which is good as it means you can see the vegetables inside, which look fresh and delicious. The bag has white and green writing on it.
The bag contains a mixture of the following;
The ingredients are all chopped into bite sized pieces, so all you have to do is empty the packet into your wok and then stir fry for a couple of minutes with the sauce of your choice.
I have been buying these vegetables for a while now and will continue to do so. They are fresh and tasty and so easy and convenient to use, and quite a bit cheaper than the other brands. If you want a slightly more exotic mix then of course it is easy to add extra vegetables to the mix (I add mushrooms and fresh ginger) according to taste.
These vegetables are just as good as their more expensive competitors and in my opinion, why waste money when you can get them as cheap as this - try them and see what you think!
I've just recently got into cooking all sorts of oriental recipes, and was looking for some good simple stir fry vegetables I could use in my cooking without breaking the bank. Whilst looking around Asda I spotted this family pack of stir fry vegetables, and at 98p I wasn't going to say no! They're simple, cheap and do the job, I wasn't after no fancy 'good for you' or organic vegetables, just plain old ones would do for me.
- Packaging -
A simple clear bag, with an even simpler label. White and green with a small picture of a wok, I don't really go for fancy looking packages and what not, I'm eating the food not the package it comes in.
- Price -
There is a smaller bag of the vegetables which retails at 50p for a 350g bag. But the family pack is 98p for the 700g, which is an absolute bargain compared to the more expensive packs of vegetables which range from 80p - £1+ for a much smaller bag.
- Ingredients -
The stir fry vegetables are a mixture of shredded cabbage, beansprouts, red peppers and carrot, nice and simple.
- Nutritional Value -
Per 100g of the stir fry vegetables ;
Energy : 151kj/
Protein : 1.8g
Available Carbohydrate : 4.7g (of which sugars = 3.0g)
Fat : 1.1 (of which saturates 0.1g)
Fibre : 2.3g
Sodium : 0.02g
- Conclusion -
Overall these vegetables are great, I always buy the big pack as I normally cook for my boyfriend and parents but I never have to use the bag all at once because there's so much in it. The vegetables are fresh in a sealed bag, and give your stir fry a great crunch.
There are other fancy stir fry packs you can buy with various other ingredients, but I think these are just too much of a bargain to not be bought. They're simple to use in all stir frys just simply add to your cooked meat and favourite stir fry sauce, and then serve with rice or egg noodles, and because it's all just vegetables means it's low in fat!
I'd recommend anyone to give them a try, if your short on cash and want an easy way to jazz up your stir fry, give them a try!
They can be found in the fruit and veg section of your local Asda.
Thanks for reading! :)
Having bought tofu, I realised I needed something to do with it, to go with it; and so, after scouring the internet for recipes, stir fry seemed the only option for someone such as I who is drastically lacking in culinary skills. It seemed something I could do sans the advice of the internet, and so I ditched the recipes but remained with the vague idea of them, and set out buying the ingredients.
Most of it was easy enough, till it came to choice of vegetables. I wanted to prepare my own, but we hadn't enough in the house for it, having only frozen broccoli and peas at the ready. I could have bought all the vegetables, I suppose, and I fain would have done it had not a quick search of "stir fry" on Asda's website yielded easier, more convenient options. They had many bags of these cut vegetables at varying sizes, but the mixes within were curiously similar. I'm no snob: I chose the cheapest.
This, of course, was the product on which this review is based: Asda Smartprice Family Stir Fry. Not only was it the biggest packet at 700g, it was staggeringly less expensive with at least 10p per 100g differentiating it from the alternatives. I had no qualms picking it up the next time at the shop, and I was actually quite impressed. When you actually see the packet, the "family" part of the title soon becomes a tad more clear for it is indeed rather huge. I began to feel a little greedy at the prospect of eating it all myself, a fact only emphasised by the short product date I probably should have expected. I placed it in the fridge with the worrying knowledge that I must eat it all within two days if I should want to beat the 'best before'.
I ate it that night and, according to the dates, it was at its best. It was easily thrown in the wok and 'cooked' (is that the word for a wok?) in the time suggested upon the back of the packet. I had it with diced tofu and wholemeal pasta, and it went rather well. The mix in this packet is 55% beansprouts, 27% cabbage, 14% carrot and 4% red pepper. The vegetables are cut fairly well though I must complain of some of the cabbage, which was rather gross for a lack of a better word; it was thick, tough and just generally off putting. They did not appear often, but did enough to dissuade me from calling them a mere anomaly.
The one thing that surprises me about this product, though, is that a quarter of the packet is only one of your five a day; and, thus, the whole packet is only four of your five a day. I didn't compare this to others but it seems awfully low, and leads me now to look upon the mix once more. It seems a case of bulking, I suppose, as there is indeed very little pepper and carrot in comparison to the overload of beansprouts. It would have been nice to have a more even mix, but I suppose I may be wrong and such may be in line with other varieties of stir fry vegetable packets. The red pepper really was a rarity, though, and appeared maybe once or twice in the whole packet. It seemed as though a corner of the red bell pepper had been cut and thrown in whole. There was no attempt to spread the wealth throughout.
Despite all these complaints, I do have to say that this still was a nice addition to the meal; but only as an addition, for I simply could not bear to eat it sans pasta beneath. I became accustomed to leaving it behind if I had nothing else to compliment it as even ketchup could not make the remnants of this seem attractive. That said, I don't think you're supposed to eat this on its own. It's supposed to be a 'go with' sort of thing, so this isn't really all that valid as a form of criticism. It does its job, and for a handy price.