Monday, January 24, 2011
MAMA Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour Oriental Style Instant Noodles
Tools Required: Hot Water, Bowl, Spoon & Chopsticks
Snack Size (280 calories per package)
(available online through Amazon.com)
Time for another noodle review! I needed a noodle fix today. Today's random draw is a package of Tom Yum flavor noodles from Thailand's MAMA brand. The actual printing on the package is "Oriental Style Instant Noodles Shrimp Flavor (TOM YUM)," but I decided to rearrange the name in the post header so it makes a little more sense. Call it artistic liberties.
The size of the package is a bit small by American standards; this might be a Thai thing as most of MAMA's products are 200-300 calorie portions, as are the Snapdragon bowls which were also from Thailand. I decided to pad it out to a lunch size by also having some steamed gyoza; I realize I am mixing cultures, but I don't often worry much about authenticity when it comes to instant noodles. Opening the package, we find the noodle block along with three sachets of seasonings--a plastic packet that has a dark reddish paste in it, and a foil double-packet with chili powder in one side and a mixture of dried green onions and light pink powder in the other. The noodles are a nice golden brown color, instead of the nearly-white color we usually see. The package directions call for a hot water preparation; we put the noodles and seasonings into a bowl, pour in 1-1/2 cups of boiling water, and cover for three minutes.
All in all, I enjoyed this packet of noodles very much, though I do wish it were perhaps a bit larger. [I understand that MAMA products can occasionally be found in a "jumbo" packet; I will update with the calorie info for that size if I run across one.] Combine that with the very inexpensive price point, and these easily earn their happy face. :D