The frozen food section at the local convenience store may not hold any lofty culinary treasures, but it does hold the key to saving time and energy after a long day. All around the world, people value frozen foods for their convenience and, sometimes, their deliciousness.
But can you really trust the picture on the front of the package to be what comes out of the microwave? One Thai netizen went on a quest to demystify the frozen food section of Thailand’s 7-Elevens and posted photos of 24 heated up meals to see how they compared to people’s expectations.
Lonelynite, a user of the Thai webforum Pantip, posted the photos to share what a diet of only frozen meals from 7-Eleven would look like. The meals all cost between 30 to 45 baht (US$0.92 to US$1.38) and were a variety of Southeast Asian, Chinese, and Western cuisine. There were even a few Japanese foods including karaage fried chicken or Japanese-style curry. While some of the food looked pretty good, some did not look appetizing at all. Check out all 24 meals below!
1. Fish in red curry fried with rice
2. Pork fried rice
3. Japanese curry and tonkatsu (pork cutlet) with Japanese rice
4. Stir fried mixed vegetables and omelette with rice
5. Shrimp fried rice
6. Korean-style chicken with rice
7. Spaghetti carbonara with ham
8. Spaghetti with chili pork basil leaf
9. Stir-fried Japanese rice with salmon
10. Chicken sausage fried rice
11. American fried rice
12. Stir-fried basil shrimp with rice
13. Stir-fried chicken with chili paste and bamboo shoots
14. Fried mackerel and shrimp paste sauce with rice
15. Hainanese chicken rice with soup
16. Pork panang curry with rice
17. Karaage chicken with Japanese rice
18. Spaghetti tomato sauce with chicken
19. Stir-fried basil vegetarian protein with rice
20. Stir-fried pork and basil with rice
22. Stir-fried pork with basil leaf and rice
23. Grilled pork steak with Japanese rice
24. Crab fried rice
How did the frozen meals of Thailand’s 7-Eleven match up to the photos on the package?