Rating: 7.9 / 10
Value for Money 1.5 / 2.5
Taste 1.6 / 2.5
Convenience 2.3 / 2.5
Weight 2.5 / 2.5
The Back Country Cuisine range of outdoor meals is probably the best known in Australia. These meals are stocked by the majority of outdoor stores and many people consider them the staple meal choice for outdoor activities. Back Country has a huge range of meal choices and many stores seem to select a ‘top ten’ so you are unlikely to find the full range in any one store. In addition to the large variety of twin serves, the company also has single serves (entrée size) although the single serve options don’t seem to have as large a variety at least as far as the stores I visit. I’m still working my way though the very large range but I am finding this adventure is a bit hit and miss. But then again, everyone’s tastes are different!
I must admit I have had good luck with the other chicken options I have tried from Back Country with the Kung Pao Chicken and the Mexican Chicken being firm favourites. This meant I had high expectations of the Chicken Tikka Masala. While I didn’t mind the taste, the Chicken Tikka Masala tastes ‘OK’ but doesn’t excite my taste buds like some of the other options. I also had an expectation of spiciness as well and while there was a bit of warmth, it was not what I expected. I didn’t really find any great negatives with this meal otherwise.
These meals are very convenient and preparation only requires the addition of 200 ml of boiling water and a recommended ten minutes to rehydrate. I have found leaving the meals for about 11-12 minutes tends to get a better result. I also suggest cutting the water back by about 10 mls as well to get a slightly thicker consistency.
The normal price sits around the $10.95 mark for a single serve pack with the twin serves working out more cost effective. Most of the larger chain stores offer member discounts or have regular sales so its worthwhile looking around. I bought this meal and a number of others at 20% off at an ‘end of year financial sale’ so this makes a big difference when you are buying up big. As these products do have a long shelf life so you can stock up as the sales come on line in anticipation of an upcoming trip.
The meal comes in a bag that is well designed and the bottom opens out to provide a flat base for those minimalists who want to leave the bowl at home. The option exists to tear the top off the bag to allow easy access to the food but you if you have a long handled spork/fork/spoon you won’t need to tear the bag. My other reason for not tearing the top off the bag is that you minimise any mess and after you’re done, you can re-zip the zip lock.
So what is the final verdict? While this meal was OK there are just too many other meal options that are better and I would rather eat given the choice. As such I won’t be adding this to my list of favourites for my future trips.
An easy to prepare meal whether it be on a short or long trip for camping and hiking
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This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by the reviewer