By Jason Wagner
I thoroughly enjoyed the Mountain House Teriyaki Chicken & Rice, so I jumped into this one with both feet…
Taste – 7.0/10: It wasn’t offensive, it wasn’t great – it was bland. I like my rice to be flavorful, like with Mountain House’s teriyaki rice, or with at least a notable taste profile, as is the case with fried rice. This stuff just wasn’t rich enough, or unique enough to entice me. If you like bland rice, then I’d say you’d probably love this. The chicken tasted good, much like with the teriyaki rice. The rice tastes like rice, and the vegetables taste good too. To repeat, everything is high quality here, except for the lack of flavor. To give you a better idea, it’s sort of like if I were to make white rice, add chicken, some vegetables and an extremely small amount of 2% milk as a ‘cream’ base. This example may be a tad extreme, but I’d liken it to it, regardless.
Convenience – 8.5/10: Boiling water, 10 minute wait time – good, but not great.
Nutrition – 9.0/10: It’s rice with some chopped up vegetables…nothing to write home about. The good, here, is that in this relatively small package, you’ve got tons of calories, which comes in at a grand total of 840. There’s plenty of protein. I’m assuming most of the calories are from the mammoth amount of rice, while the protein has an obvious source in the chicken. The others nutrients of note are: 24% vitamin C, 12% vitamin A, 6% Calcium and 12% of your daily Iron.
Operational Security – 9.0/10: The chicken rice, for such a lightly flavored dish has quite an aroma. Thankfully, you seal it up during the cooking process, so by the time it’s ready to eat, its fairly incognito as far as a hot meal goes. The usual concerns are also present, as in if boiling water will give you away, then I guess you’ll be given away. Overall, I found this to be quite stealthy.
Bulk/Weight – 9.5/10: Not bulky, not heavy, what more can I say, eh? What’s especially nice about it is that despite the noble characteristics I just mentioned, you get a lot of food in this one.
Filling Factor – 9.7/10: I may have some complaints, yes, but I will give this item some due credit – once cooked, you get a whole brick of life sustaining goodness. Speaking of goodness, I’m not exactly thrilled with the taste of this, but should you be in an Armageddon, I think you’d love to have a giant serving of this. You’d probably feel like the gourmet of the world.
Man Portability – 9.0/10: No complaints here. It’s unobtrusive and light, so it does indeed make an ideal companion to a backpack.
Final Review – 8.2/10: Certainly not my favorite emergency food, and I’m usually thrilled with Mountain House…Just because I’m not thrilled with this doesn’t mean I don’t think this item has its merits, or that it would make an excellent food for the zombie apocalypse. It would.