Cuisine Le Vending Machine Part 2

We’re baaaack for more Cuisine Le Vending Machine! (Yes, we’re still embarrassingly excited about this fancy vending machine called Chef In Box, a new ‘attraction’ recently installed at our condo.)

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This time, we tried the Chicken Carbonara ($4) and Curry Chicken ($4).

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Verdict:
Chicken Carbonara: The cream sauce is a tad watery but is actually flavorful enough, with bits of carrots, ham (chicken or turkey ham, probably, since it’s a halal dish), mushroom (looks like shiitake mushroom, not the cheap canned mushroom) and chunks of quite tender chicken. The pasta is still al dente, not soggy.

My 6-year-old son, who is a junior critic (he says he wants to be a food critic like his mum), declares that this is even better than last week’s Chicken Spaghetti Bolognaise. “The sauce is nicer than the tomato sauce, and I like the chicken.”

Meet Singapore’s youngest food critic. He has his own namecards, don’t play play.

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Judging from how much he enjoyed last week’s Spaghetti Bolognaise, this is high praise indeed.

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Curry Chicken Rice
The curry is thick and quite fragrant, especially when we catch a whiff as we pull off the plastic wrap. Comes with boneless chicken thigh and chunks of potatoes that are first fried, then cooked in curry. A small but appreciated step, as the potatoes don’t integrate into a starchy mess in the curry.

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However, you can see that their rice is the cheaper, almost ‘broken rice’ type, kinda like what you find in cheap nasi lemak.

In fact, I noticed the same low quality rice in the Casserole Rice (aka Claypot rice) that I tried last week.

Overall, I think the noodle dishes fare better so far. The 2 pastas that we tried are particularly yummy. I guess pastas just freeze and defrost better. Definitely better quality (and value) than the usual stuff you find in the frozen foods aisle at the supermarket.

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Compare the pastas to the rice dishes here:

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No fight.

For the sake of vending machine groupies everywhere, we vow that we will not stop till we’ve tried all 12 dishes available. What? It’s for research!
Stella

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