One wonders what all the big retail chains in the Czech Republic are able to sell. These are products that most people usually pass over and don’t even bother with, but apparently someone has to buy them, otherwise they wouldn’t be on the menu at all. In any case, it is not out of the question to test their quality and see what they are feeding us here.
It’s not good at all
Exactly for this purpose, YouTuber Starej Fotr undertook a large cash test from Lidl. He regularly evaluates worse and better restaurants, but also deals with the shops themselves. This time, he thought he would test the quality of food you get if you buy such cash in a plastic box from the supermarket.
At first glance, everything is beautiful. On the paper packaging with the lavish name of the private brand Náš Kraj, you will see a picture of the food in question, which looks really tempting. Retail chains know well that this trick works great. If the packaging showed the food as it actually looks after you unwrap it, no one would buy it.
The first to arrive was the pork roast, which is a favorite dish of the Czechs for lunch. “That doesn’t look nice at all. When you look at it, the food doesn’t look good at all. I don’t see any sauce, no pastry, nothing” stated the moderator. “It’s just meat in spinach. Potato dumpling sucks. It doesn’t taste like a dumpling at all, but like a potato croquette. The spinach is completely oversalted.“
Dumplings with smoked meat turned out a little better. “I have to say it’s not bad at all. The dumpling is made of mashed potatoes, but since it’s smoked and the onion is on top, it has a bit of a taste of the original dish,” described Starej Fotr. “Cabbage smells pretty good and is pretty good. It’s sweeter, but I don’t mind. This is the kind of cash I’d give myself in a big emergency.“
The price is not low at all
A big uproar was then caused by fried cheese, which is a food that is not very suitable for a similar method of sale and preparation. “What you get in this box is actually a soggy cube of some melted cheese, where the breadcrumbs don’t have a chance to stay fresh or crunchy. It’s kind of a parody of a fryer,” describes the reviewer. “Watch that thick breadcrumb. I wouldn’t dare present this as fried cheese.“
In the end, the test shows that some foods are extremely bad and do not live up to what they claim to be. Others can at least be eaten, but only in an emergency, when there is nothing better at hand. It is also worth mentioning the price, which is uniform and amounts to CZK 89.90. That’s the amount for which you almost ate at a restaurant three years ago. Today, of course, this is no longer the case, but for the fact that it is unattractive food in a box, the price is not low at all, especially when you consider that in a restaurant, service, rent, energy for washing dishes and other things must also be included in the price. The food may appear cheap at first glance, but in relation to the quality, it is actually very expensive. It is better to pay a few ten crowns extra and eat somewhere normal.