At first I was a bit confused as to what MOGO actually is, as it seems like more and more healthy food services have been created and marketed to expats here lately and it’s easy to get them mixed up. But, what sets MOGO apart (and really, apart) is that it’s not so much a food delivery service so much as a food kit delivery service. This means they send you the kit, and you assemble it yourself for a hot dinner anytime. There are a few pros and cons to this (in my point of view) but one huge pro is convenience. If your life is anything like mine it can be unpredictable. I think I’ll have time when I don’t and when I think I’ll be swamped sometimes things are slow. MOGO kits give you the freedom to cook when you want!
MOGO is a fully vegetarian service with vegan options. I emailed them about gluten free options and this is what they said:
“Thank you for the inquiry. Actually all of our meals are vegan-friendly. We use no cheese, dairy, or meat in our meals. As well, all of our meals are gluten-free besides the Cincinnati spaghetti which can be made gluten-free by substituting the wheat pasta with rice pasta.
As for soy-free, the bulgolgi does use soy in the recipe and the Korean pancakes come with a pack of soy sauce as a condiment but it is not required for the recipe. We package all of our kits with all ingredients seperate, so if you had something like a coconut soy substitute it can be used in place of the soy sauce in the bulgolgi if desired.
Basically, anything besides the bulgolgi should work for you as long as you substitute the wheat pasta in the Cincinnati spaghetti for rice pasta!”
Although they said all the meals are vegan-friendly, since receiving this email they’ve added other options and I have noticed some contain animal products (the Mushroom Stroganoff is made with Buttermilk.) So do be sure to double check before you order! 🙂 I decided to go with the Texas Chili and Korean pancakes. The Texas Chili is made of lentils and seemed to be a popular choice. MOGO also gives you the option to do a bank transfer and will ship your order once they receive it which is really convenient.
The meals come in their own box with clear instructions, an ingredient list, and each ingredient individually packaged and labelled. It literally could not be easier to make and I don’t see how you could possibly mess it up. I can imagine this would be nice for those who don’t feel confident in the kitchen!
The Texas Chili cooked up perfectly. It was very nice and spicy and filling, however I felt like it lacked flavour. The spices were there, but it was missing something. Salt was included in the ingredients but I added extra. Then it dawned on me. Fat! This recipe only uses dry ingredients and no fat was involved in the cooking at all. After adding oil to the chili it was like a whole other level and actually tasted like a delicious, home cooked meal. Fat really makes a massive massive difference! My favourite thing about the chili though has to be the price point. It lasted me four meals and at W8,500 that’s under W2,200 per serving!
The pancakes were also good and simple to make. Just skip the soy sauce that comes with it and serve it with gluten free soy sauce or tamari. They’re a bit odd in that they are just plain buckwheat flour pancakes with not much in them (unlike usual korean pancakes which have green onion, or potato, or seafood..) The flavour was good though! If I were to make them again, I would definitely add some fresh vegetables. I think that’s one of the best things about MOGO is that they provide a solid base for you to add upon. There’s only so much you can do without sending fresh vegetables etc. with a meal packet so for what it is, it’s not bad! The pancakes were another awesome deal as the kit made 6 and I could only eat two at a time. At W6,500 that’s also under W2,200 per serving!
All in all, I’m impressed by MOGO. The idea is great and the end product is most definitely worth it for the price. Especially for those that want to start cooking more at home and don’t know how to start or need ingredients around for a quick meal anytime. I would recommend adding in some fresh ingredients to really bump up the flavour! I also think it’s brilliant that MOGO is fully vegetarian with many vegan and gluten free options.
MOGO has a promotion on right now which includes a whole meal kit for free when you sign up which is a crazy good deal! Let me know what you think if you try it out 🙂