Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tools Required: Microwave, eating utensil(s) of choice
Light Meal size (310 calories per package)
(available online through Amazon.com)
I do realize that this is a little far afield from the products I usually review. However, it is a shelf-stable convenience lunch, and I did eat it with chopsticks. (Yes, I also realize I am in the tiny minority of people who would eat it that way.) I actually don't know why I bought this, it doesn't seem like I got an especially good deal... maybe I was just looking for some variety. In any case, this is lunch today, so Marie's stroganoff is going to get compared to instant ramen. Hope she's ready!
Nissin Bowl Noodles I had, both in texture and in flavor. The sauce is basically a thick, oddly-tangy version of condensed mushroom soup; the bits of real beef and mushroom were nice, but overall it was just not that great. When I add the fact that for the same price, I could get at least four packs of some really delicious ramen, I really can't give this any kind of positive recommendation.
Bottom line: Not horrible, just horribly overpriced. :b
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Tools Required: Saucepan & Range, Strainer, Bowl or Plate, Chopsticks
Meal Size (460 calories per package)
(Available online at Amazon.com)
Today I am going to break the streak of grocery-store ramen reviews and have an imported noodle for lunch. (I really need to get back to an Asian grocery soon...) This BBQ Chicken flavor Mi Goreng sounds interesting--I'm having trouble imagining what barbecue flavored noodles will taste like. Well, there's one way to find out!
the other Mi Goreng I reviewed, this seems like it could have a lot of possibilities as a base for added ingredients, but this one is perfectly capable of standing on its own as well. I'm looking forward to getting more of these! :)
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tools Required: Microwave, Chopsticks
Meal Size (500 calories per package)
(available online through Amazon.com)
I am craving some teriyaki noodles today for some reason, these just sounded really good. I know that my experience with the Teriyaki Beef flavor was less than stellar, but I am an eternal optimist and I am hoping these will hit the spot (since they are the only teriyaki flavored thing up there in the Stash right now). I'm giving you another chance, Nissin--don't let me down, okay?
It actually makes me want to try the Teriyaki Beef one again too, just to see if I got one with a defective sauce packet or something. Sometimes it pays to be an optimist! :D
Monday, April 4, 2011
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
Friday, April 1, 2011
Tools Required: Saucepan & Range, Bowl, Spoon & Chopsticks
Meal Size (380 calories per package)
Price: 25¢ (sale at Safeway in Woodinville)
Well, it looks like I am back to doing lunchtime reviews from home for the time being--I managed to hurt my back and am under doctor's orders to stay home and make myself useless. Today I'm going to try the Top Ramen Picante Beef that's been hanging around in the cabinet for a while.
Oriental Flavor, the broth has some seasoning flecks visible in it; I see some things that look like chives, some crushed red pepper flakes, and various other tiny red and green flecks. The noodles are of course the typical American grocery-store variety, which means that they are a bit mushy compared to the "upscale" brands. The broth actually has a very nice flavor; it is mostly a beef broth flavor, but there is enough spice to make it seem interesting. It doesn't really seem like a mexican flavor, though, despite using the word "Picante" in the name; it's really just a spiced-up beef ramen soup.
For a domestic ramen noodle soup, this was actually quite good. It fits pretty well between the aggressively-spicy Korean-style noodles and the sometimes-bland American ones. I was hoping for something that would have an interesting flavor without being too assertive, and this fit the need quite nicely. Maybe the noodles were a bit soggy, but you can't have everything for a quarter. I'd eat them again. :)