I was mildly surprised, especially after the first review. Actually came out really good and tasty. If you don't drain the broccoli and cauliflower WELL after you cook it, I could see how that might water down the flavor but mine came out really tasty and I even reduced the salt by half. Other half really liked it too. I used Chinese sesame oil which is more flavorful than some of the health food 'sesame oils'. I also used Sun Brand Madras Curry Powder and real ginger minced (not the juice). Those are the only things I can think of that would make it bland but mine was not bland at all. Did not skewer. Will make it again.