Back around Christmas, the youngest Grunt son, who is a survival nut and Russophile, used my credit card to buy an incredibly expensive Russian officer’s MRE from some shady Ukrainian underworld website. Luckily I was able to cancel his Russian Bride order before she showed up at the airport. Anyway the MRE package weighed 2 kg, which is a pretty heavy ration, but it still cost something like $10/lb, so I’ve been closely watching his progress at eating it – partly out of amusement, but also because I want to be able to rush him to the hospital and let them know it’s either heavy-metal poisoning or Chernobyl-related plutonium radiation. It’s been fun, so I’m sharing as a public service.
Today’s meal didn’t make him sick, and was actually pretty tasty. It was labeled Goulash with potatoes. Given past experience with Russian packaging, we were fairly stunned to see that it also looked and tasted like goulash with potatoes. While we were analyzing the dish for breakfast with the Russian instant “кофе” and some tea and fruit drink-like gatorade stuff, the conversation went something like this:
“This beef really isn’t too bad.”
“Why is there beef in here? The package just says goulash with potatoes. Shouldn’t it say BEEF goulash with potatoes?”
“Maybe this isn’t beef. Check the label again.”
“No beef. Just says goulash.”
So the bottom line is that the goulash is good, and whatever little meat gems are in there, whether they be goat or guinea pig or porcupine, it really tastes pretty much like beef, so that’s good. We give it an 8.5 out of 10. Definitely recommended. Enjoy.