The first time I saw the Maggi Magic Meals Bicol Express TVC, my curiosity was instantly sparked. Meal preparation would be such an easy process if all you had to do was dump all the ingredients for your main dish into a cooking bag, plop it on top of rice and water, then cook everything together in the rice cooker. If someone had told me that this was possible before I learned how to cook, my family would most likely be eating meals out of polyester bags almost every day. Note that these cooking bags are made of US/Europe FDA-approved food-safe PVC and not plastic. This method of cooking is actually called sous vide. A friend of mine pointed that out to me in a comment on one of my Instagram photos.
Since I’ve developed some skills in the kitchen, I couldn’t help but think that these Magic Meals were too good to be true. So of course, I just had to try them out for myself. I discovered in the grocery store that they have four different flavors – Chicken Afritada, Lechon Paksiw, Chicken Pastel and Bicol Expressssss! And yes, I bought them all. One lazy day, I decided to try one out for lunch. We didn’t have any pork in the freezer, so I decided to make the Chicken Afritada.