Takeout Kit Meal Subscription Box Review – May 2019
Each month, Takeout Kit will send the ingredients to a globally inspired dish that ups the ante on your favorite takeout cuisine. According to Takeout Kit, all of their ingredients have a two-month shelf life, so you can cook your meal right away or wait until you have a free night to indulge.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About Takeout Kit
The Subscription Box: Takeout Kit
The Cost: $29.95 a month + free shipping. Save with 3-month and 6-month subscriptions.
The Products: The ingredients you need to make takeout-inspired meals from around the globe.
Ships to: U.S.
Takeout Kit’s Japanese Miso Ramen Meal Kit Review
Takeout Kit‘s menu assortment is quite extensive. Currently, you can choose from 17 offerings.
This month, I received the Japanese Miso Ramen. You can read a bit of history on each takeout meal along with the region in which it originated on the info card provided.
On the flip side of your info card, you’ll find your recipe along with a visual guide to what supplies you’ll need (pots, pans, etc.).
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Best by: July 1, 2019
Nori (seaweed) – Estimated Value $1.59
I linked to a similar item by Annie Chun available at Target. This item is just a garnish, but it added color and another salty texture to the dish. Yum!
Huy Fong Chili Garlic Sauce – Buy an 8 oz jar for $2.04
This garlic sauce was a great finishing touch for extra zest in the end. I wouldn’t have enjoyed this kit nearly as much without it -delish!
Check out the great packaging on this one! I was surprised and relieved to see this was only sesame oil.
Menma, Seasoned Bamboo, 100g – Retail Value $6.97
This item is also just a garnish, and I didn’t care for it very much. The rubbery texture and briny taste didn’t complement the rest of the flavors for me so I left this out of my bowl.
Organic Mushroom Slices, 4oz – Retail Value $2.79
I love mushrooms so much! I love that Takeout Kit sent organic portobellos, but honestly, I could have used more for the amount of broth this recipe made.
Ramen Noodles – Buy a 24.5oz package for $9.95
The packaging for the ramen noodles is darling. I only used two of four bundles of noodles, just like last time, since I was only feeding my boyfriend and I. I love using the excess noodles for a rainy day, so thanks, Takeout Kit!
Garlic, Green onions
These always make the entire box smell so enticing!
Red Miso Seasoning, White Miso Paste
The smell of both of these mixed gave me mixed feelings, but after adding other ingredients it turned out to be delicious!
I’ve grown to love Togarashi, thanks to meal kits, and without this spice, I don’t think I would have enjoyed this meal as much. If you like spice, don’t be afraid to load it up!
I’ve seen this chicken broth a lot in meal kits, and it always brings the flavor!
Preparing the Ingredients:
Here are the ingredients used for step one: the making of the sauce!
I stirred the red miso seasoning, the white miso paste, garlic and 3 tablespoons of water to create the base of our broth. The smell of the miso paste made my preggo belly a bit queasy, which immediately subsided when I added in the potent garlic – I can’t get enough of that stuff!
Here are the ingredients used in the next step, not much prep work for this particular dish!
Let’s Get Cooking!
I filled a medium sized pot with water, put it on medium/high heat and set that aside to boil. I heated up half of the sesame oil in my trusty dutch oven then added the soup base I whipped up in the last step. I sauteed the paste for 2-3 minutes, incorporating all of that sesame oil into the paste as I stirred.
After sauteing the base, I added in 8 cups of water/chicken broth and after bringing the broth to a boil, I added in the mushrooms. I wasn’t sure whether I was supposed to drain this can of mushrooms (but I did).
After my water reached a boil, I added in the ramen noodles and let those cook for 3-4 minutes. After draining the noodles I rinsed them with warm water then tossed them with a drizzle of olive oil to prevent them from clumping together.
I already had some hard-boiled eggs ready from the day before, so I heated those up, sliced them in half and started plating my meal.
Takeout Kit really included a lot of extras to spice up and top off this meal! I used a few sheets of the dried seaweed, a very generous amount of green onion, togarashi spice and the sambal oelek to add a little spice to the dish. I don’t think this soup would have been as enjoyable without the added spices, so I was thankful they included so many! I also topped it off with a generous amount of pepper, too.
Here is my ramen, plated and ready to enjoy! I love how this comfort food makes me feel so cozy on a rainy day! I also really like that my plated meal ended up looking quite like a Muppet, which I may have done on purpose. 🙂
Verdict: The Japanese Miso Ramen Meal Kit was delish! I will say I didn’t think much of it while it was cooking since the miso broth wasn’t very fragrant, but after adding the finishing spices and touches, it really turned out to be a delight! This subscription is great for anyone who loves to try new, cultured dishes. The instructions are foolproof, even for those non-cooks out there. I love that everything is provided for you in the box, and it is shelf stable for weeks until you are ready to make it. Between the recipes Takeout Kit provides, the amount of food each box makes and the accessibility to ingredients it provides, all of this makes Takeout Kit worth the box $29.95 a month cost for me.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: This monthly box costs $29.95 a month, including free shipping. This Takeout Kit serves up to four people, which comes to about $7.49 per plate.
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