Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Nong Shim Champong Noodle Soup
Tools Required: Saucepan & Range, Water, Bowl & Utensils
520 calories per package
The only problem with going to the Asian grocery for a huge noodle restock is that it can be difficult to decide what I want to try first afterwards! After a long period of indecisiveness, I went with this package of Champong flavor noodles from Nong Shim in Korea. I admit, I am not completely familiar with what champong even is, but judging from the happy little squid mascot in the logo, I imagine I am in for a seafood flavor of some sort.
Shin Ramyun, along with a packet of powdered soup base and another with a generous assortment of dehydrated goodies. The directions tell us we are supposed to boil 1-1/2 cups of water, add both packets and the noodles, and cook for five minutes. That's actually a fairly small amount of water for the size of the package--for comparison, Shin Ramyun calls for almost 2-1/2 cups--which is why the finished noodles seem to have very little broth, almost to the point that it doesn't really seem like a soup.
Neoguri I reviewed last week. There are cabbage and seaweed flakes, a few bits of carrot, and three or four strips of some sort of very chewy seafood whose flavor reminded me of mussels. The noodles aren't much of a surprise, being the same sort as in most of Nong Shim's other packet products, but they do absorb the flavor and pick up the broth well--I didn't even need to reach for my soup spoon until the very bottom of the bowl.
I am actually a little concerned that this review might not be completely unbiased, just because it has been so long since I've had imported instant noodles from the asian grocery; upon first taste, my reaction was, "Oh my gosh, I have missed this stuff." Here's hoping that the rest of my selections are as good as this one! :D