Jacki Koh‘s winning recipe for Recipe to Riches Hors d’Oeuvres category has become PC Triple “S” Korean Meatballs. Which totally confused me. I loved the idea of the meatballs being called Empress Meatballs. It absolutely had personality and was memorable. When I received the package, I was like, “Triple ‘S’?” What is what about?
Of course it is to emphasize the sweet, spicy and savoury flavours of the meatballs but is it a memorable name? No. I feel like they dropped the ball. There is no personality to the name and the depiction of Jacki as a materialistic jet-setting woman is offensive to me. Yes, she is definitely a self-proclaimed diva but this recipe was all about her Korean heritage, not her diamond ring.
I was impressed with how many meatballs come in a package! If you are throwing a party and want a sizeable amount for friends, this will do for a small party for sure.
Even frozen, these meatballs looks damn spicy! I had to bake them in the oven, there was no microwave directions which is fine with me.
We originally had these with mashed potatoes because we were both sick and completely out of food. I did not realize they had pork in them too, sorry Reg! (He doesn’t usually eat pork.)
Yes, they are spicy. Very spicy. A slow-burn kind of heat and I found it dominated everything else. The sweet and the savoury were there but I was very grateful we were having our dinner with a homemade strawberry milkshake to take off the edge.
For me, the worst part is they were dry. So dry! I love how Jackie fought in the episode to have fresh onion juice, even if it meant that she might end up disqualified for running out of time. It is clear not just from the taste but the list of ingredients that onion juice has been replace by onion powder.
Not only are these dry but the texture is unpleasant. I am sure Jackie is not happy with the results of the product and I would not be either. There is no way that this meatball is anywhere close to the one that beat Benjamin Greenbery’s Curry Crab Sticks. I give this product two out of five wooden spoons.
I thought this show was about food. About home cooks sharing their best recipes. During the final judging phase it was clear that one judge in particular, Tony Chapman, did not like Ms. Koh. He pretty much scowled at her at one point, especially because of the use of the term “Empress” for the name of the product which Jackie did not come up with herself. It was her marketing team’s idea. And so far, the judges seem to hate everything the marketing groups come up with.
Yes, Jackie is a big personality but who cares?! This is about food. Right?! I actually really liked Jackie. She showed integrity, passion and determination. I started to wonder what the judges would think of me on the show. They would have hated me too (I don’t work well with others and am a total control freak) but that would never have crossed my mind because it is supposed to be about the food!!!
They stereotyped her as a materialistic human being when really her recipe was about honouring her father’s recipe and her Korean heritage. To say I am annoyed and offended by the packaging is a huge understatement. Also, if they could not mass produce meatballs with fresh onion juice, they should not have chosen the recipe as a contender.
I am really getting tired of them changing the recipes so much that they either make the food worse or it ends up being another product entirely. So far the only product that has stayed true to the original recipe has been Tracey Rigden’s brownies. It will be interesting to see what this week’s contender brings to the table. Whatever it is, I hope it stays true not just to the recipe but to the foodie too.