November 4, 2011
Lightlife Smart Cutlets, Spicy Sweet and Sour
Somehow, when I bought these, I didn't notice that they said Spicy, right before the sweet and sour, so until I put a bite into my mouth, I had no idea. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
First thing is the cooking. I heated up a skillet with a little bit of vegetable oil, then added the two cutlets and their delicious-smelling sauce. I was really looking forward to trying these. Once they were heated through, I transferred them to my plate. I was eating them plain, not on rice or anything, because I was feeling a little lazy.
The texture of the cutlet itself was slightly rubbery, but not too bad. This would probably be less noticeable with other things, like a salad or stir fry, as they recommend. Flavor-wise, the first couple bites were pretty enjoyable. After those, though, the spiciness started to catch up with me. It was at the point that I looked at the box, saw the red chili pepper on it next to the word "spicy" and realized what was happening. In the ingredients list was "thai chili puree" which explained it all. I had to stop eating after the third bite, because it was probably going to kill me. I could have eaten more, probably, if it were on a bed of rice, with some other veggies and stuff to help cut the heat. That's just me being a spice baby. My wife thought they were fine, but she's a four-fireballs kind of lady.
Texture - slightly rubbery alone, but probably less noticeable with rice or something
Flavor - nice sweet and sour sauce for the first couple bites, then the spiciness kicks in - if you're into that sort of thing, this is probably great
Final grade for this attempt: B+