Monday, April 4, 2011
Souped-Up Ramen Review: Nong Shim Savory Chicken Bowl Noodle
Nong Shim Savory Chicken Bowl Noodle
a green onion
Meal Size (~500 calories)
Rating: Major Upgrade!
Okay, I had sort of been planning to do some "Souped-Up" reviews like this from the beginning--I'm actually sort of surprised it took me this long to get to one. I think I mentioned in the original review that I ended up getting 36 of these in a buy-one-case-get-one-free deal from Costco, right? Well, I've had nine of them so far. I think I also mentioned that they were a bit bland and unexciting. With 27 bowls left to go, I think it's high time I tried to make them more interesting!
Before eating, I like to cut the egg up with my chopsticks and stir it in a bit, so that the yolk (and hot sauce) blends in with the broth. The finished result is a broth that is very rich and creamy, nicely savory, and not nearly as spicy as one would imagine by looking at the hot sauce in the picture. Eggs have an interesting property of countering a lot of spice heat, so the Sriracha just ends up keeping things from being too bland, especially since I didn't season the egg with anything else.
This has got to be the best bowl of noodles I have had in months. And the add-in ingredients are very economical, too! This will make it a lot easier to finish the case-and-a-half of these bowls that I have left. I call this a Major Upgrade! Om nom nom. :D