Trader Joe’s Tofu Edamame Nuggets

Trader Joe's Tofu Edamame Nuggets

Prior to this, the only other time I ever ate edamame is straight from the pod in sushi restaurants. I would dip them in the soy-sauce bowl, then take one of the beans out and discard it in a nearby bowl. I tried my best to not confuse the bowl that was already eaten with the one that wasn’t. It’s disgusting to put an empty pea pod in your mouth after it’s been used by someone else.

The only problem was the misleading packaging photo, which featured an Asian sauce. However, these hors d’oeuvres were absolutely delicious. They’re different. There are many veggie dishes that try to imitate the original, like chickenless orange chicken. These don’t appear to be trying to imitate something made with meat. They are exactly what they are. Delicious. They’re also vegan.

It has a crispy outer-shell, which is reminiscent of breading on a regular nugget, but somehow it tastes better. There are whole edamame beans inside, as well as other meatless goodies. You will find bits of thinly-sliced carrots. There’s tofu. It’s a great balance of nuggetiness and bean/carrot/veggie-ness.

Sonia made a sauce out of mayo and lime juice, hot sauces, garlic powder, onion powder, and onion powder. We also dipped them into soy sauce in a separate bowl. Both sauces = yumtastic.

These nuggets were very foreign to my tastebuds, but their essence was undeniably Asian. They went well with the soy sauce—also Asian, but they could have been eaten with any number of dips, too. Try them with honey mustard or ketchup if you dare. These bad boys would go well with most Asian-inspired dip sauces. You can use a sweet and sour sauce like orange sauce, sweet & sour sauce, sweet & sour sauce, sweet & sour sauce, or teriyaki sauce. If you are really adventurous, you could also try them with a Thai peanut sauce or wasabi …? (But not necessarily all at once).

These nuggets should be baked in the oven. They will be happy, crispy critters. Sonia gives them an 4. They are right. However, I think they would have been awarded a 4.5 if they came with the Asian-looking sauce shown in the photo. If the sauce was good, maybe even a 5.

Bottom line: 8/10