Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Souped-Up Review: MAMA Pad Thai, Five-Alarm Peanut version
MAMA Instant Pad Thai Noodles (originally reviewed here)
Planters Five-Alarm Chili dry roasted peanuts
Oscar Meyer Cutting Board turkey breast
Rating: Major Upgrade
Sometimes I just get the sense that certain products were made for each other. You know, like bagels and cream cheese. These new Planters Five-Alarm Chili peanuts caught my eye in the store, and since they were on sale they came home with me. I opened the jar and tasted them as soon as I got home, and my first thought was that they would be excellent on top of some Pad Thai noodles. (My second thought was that they are probably more like three- to four-alarm peanuts, but then again I can be a connoisseur of spicy things.) So for lunch today, I am going to do another Souped-Up Review to try it out!
I enjoyed these noodles a lot! The added spice from the peanuts was welcome, and while the turkey meat didn't seem to add that much flavor-wise, the extra substance seemed to fill in a little of what was missing the first time I had these noodles. It even seemed like the texture was better this time than I described in the original review, I didn't notice the noodles clumping excessively. It could just be a difference in perception, though, since I was enjoying the flavor this time.
The meat choice could probably be improved upon, especially if I had some leftover breaded chicken or something like that, but for me, these peanuts are practically a must-add from now on whenever I have these Pad Thai noodles. I say it is a Major Upgrade! Who knows, maybe someday it will be as classic a combination as chocolate and peanut butter.
(Okay, probably not.)