Wednesday, August 31, 2011
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
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I finally made it down to the new Uwajimaya Bellevue today!
I am excited to try some of the more unusual instant-noodle flavors I picked out, so I am hoping there can be more frequent reviews (and more frequent partaking of noodles) for a while. ^_^
Monday, August 22, 2011
Tools Required: Hot Water, Saucepan & Range, Bowl
515 calories per package
(available online through Amazon.com)
So a few weeks ago, I got a comment suggesting that I try Nong Shim's Neoguri. It took me a couple of weeks to actually make a trip to the one local grocery that carries it, and then another week or so to get around to having noodles for lunch again. Today is the day, though!
The noodles themselves are good enough to rescue this product from a negative rating, although I can't help thinking that I wish Nong Shim offered this style of noodles with a different, more multi-dimensional broth. :|
Monday, August 8, 2011
Tools Required: Hot Water
290 calories per package
(Available online through Amazon.com)
I still haven't made it to the store to grab a package of the Neoguri for the requested review, so for lunch today I'm going back to the Noodle Stash. I settled on a Cup Noodles product, just since it's been a while since I did one. I picked out this flavor because it sounded more interesting than the average chicken, beef, or shrimp versions, so it's probably time I gave it a chance!
Keurig single-cup coffee makers, you can make lunch straight out of the coffee machine! Just use the 10-ounce cup setting without a K-Cup, and make sure to keep the paper lid (and your fingers) clear of the hot water stream. Can it get more convenient than that?
Anyway, whatever source you use for your boiling water, once the cup is filled to the line, we let the noodles stand covered for three minutes, and then we are good to go. I notice that the noodles seem to have absorbed more water than I expected--the water level has actually gone down a bit during the stand time.
I liked this one quite a bit! With the interesting flavor, the very convenient preparation, and the very budget-friendly price, this is a definite recommend and repurchase. :)