Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Doll Instant Noodle Shrimp Wonton Flavor

Made By:  Winner Food Products Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Tools Required:  Saucepan & Range, Water, Bowl & utensils
440 calories per package

(Available online through Amazon.com)

I like to try to find flavors that sound unique and interesting, but often, I choose certain products to purchase and review simply because they amuse me.  This Doll brand ramen is a Shrimp Wonton flavor, which sounds sort of interesting, although I don't really know how "wonton" would translate into a soup flavor and I expect it to just taste like shrimp.  But, the emblem in the bottom corner declaring "Yummy" is sort of funny to me, and when I flipped the package over to discover that the maker is Winner Food Products, it became a must-try.  A Winner is you!

Anyway, inside the package are a block of slightly-thinner-than-average ramen noodles, and a single dry soup base packet.  It seems a bit basic, but you can't always judge the flavor by the number of seasoning packets, so I'm keeping an open mind.  Instructions are to add the noodles to 500ml (roughly 2 cups) of boiling water, simmer for three minutes, then stir in the soup base and serve.  Nothing out of the ordinary there, so we are ready to move on to the tasting!

First, though, I can't help but notice that for an imported ramen, these have some seriously plain-looking broth.  I stirred a bit and did eventually see a green herb flake lurking in there (dehydrated leek, according to the ingredient list), but otherwise it is just pale noodles floating in pale broth.  Well, you can't always judge the flavor by the color of the broth, either, I guess.

The flavor of the broth is actually quite good!  It really does have a taste that is reminiscent of fried wonton among the seafood notes.  It's a pretty accurate rendition of a wonton soup flavor.  The noodles don't have a bad texture either; being as thin as they are, they don't stay as firm as some, but they don't seem soggy or sticky.  I am pleasantly surprised, and I thoroughly enjoyed these noodles.  Looks like they really are a Winner after all!  :D

1 comment:

  1. Great review - Remember being able to have Doll Noodles with 'wantan' soup base in the UK for much of the 80's and 90's (Brown packet, scary rabbit dolls on cover).

    Don't recall it being 'shrimp' wonton - Think these are the same?