Trader Joe’s Vegetable Bird’s Nests

Trader Joe's Vegetable Bird's Nests

Sonia and my go-to for new products is to make a beeline whenever we spot something in the aisles. It is inevitable that one of us will find it delicious, while the other will be more interested. In this example, I was the one more interested. 


TJ’s was a genius in introducing us to a food called “bird’s Nest”. Vegetarian-based dishes in the past, so I figured it was worth the gamble.

I’m a huge fan of tempura-anything. I have had delicious vegetable tempura at many Japanese restaurants. We’ve reviewed one other tempura dish from TJ’s, which got a low-ish score, although this extraordinarily unique vegetable tempura concoction redeems Trader Joe’s reputation with tempura completely, at least in my book.
You may have had vegetable tempura before. It’s not usually one tempura-ized veggie at a time. It’s multiple, in this instance, with onions. I have never seen tempura as a form of onion before. It’s the onions, I believe, that make this dish more flavorful. Just don’t kiss anyone after you’ve eaten it..You also have carrots and kale. And of course, tempura batter. It is a tasty combination that resembles the mixture of strings, twigs, and mud in a bird’s nest. If that doesn’t sound appealing, you can try the product and quickly forget any negative thoughts.

The dipping sauce adds to the deliciousness. The sauce is simple and delicious. It has just enough sweetness to make it look like a gourmet chef’s original creation. It’s right there in the package along with the bird’s nests. There’s plenty.

It is greasy. Although it appears to be quite lean and low in calories, the nutrition info states that one slice is the recommended serving size. Sonia and me ate four of them within minutes of taking them out of the oven. If you are like us, more than half of your RDA will be used up before you have the time to think. These foods melt in your mouth, and then slide down into your stomach. If we had purchased two packages, instead of one, we would have immediately put the second one in the oven after we had finished the first. I am glad that we didn’t.

This product is delicious, except for the fattiness. We were both surprised by the pleasant surprise. It was just Click here to watch Sonia and I tasting it for the very first time.

I rate it 4.5 stars. Sonia does too.

Bottom line: 9/10 stars.