Monday, June 22, 2015
Menraku Japanese Curry "Udon"
Required to Prepare: Hot Water
340 calories per package
Available online via AsianFoodGrocer
One of the perks of my job is that I don't get a lunch hour.
No, really, it's kind of a perk, because in trade for having to be present and on-call through lunch, the company buys all my work lunches (along with providing lunch for the examining doctors). Occasionally, though, there is a day where none of the doctors want to order lunch--and rather than make a delivery order just for myself, I try to keep a (company-purchased) stash of bowl noodles and yakisoba-style 'tray' noodles in the cabinet for such occasions.
Anyway, I recently had the opportunity to try Menraku's Japanese Curry "Udon" for lunch at work. The bowl has the standard two packets (soup base and dried veggies) and some wide, thick instant style noodles. To prepare, we empty the packets into the bowl, fill up to the fill line with boiling water, and stand for five minutes. Then after a quick stir, the noodles are ready to eat!
Samyang has already proven to me that it's possible to do a dry udon that is reminiscent of the fresh ones.
The noodles did seem to get more pleasant the longer they sat in the broth, but I think that was just that they were transforming from sticky+soggy to just plain soggy.
The broth doesn't save this one either; it has a hint of the proper Japanese curry flavor, but it seems very bland and watered down compared to other curry noodles I've tried--Ottogi's Bekse Curry Myon was way better, and even the 'cheap' Nissin Demae ones were more satisfying. There isn't even any fun inclusions in the vegetable packet like the potato bits in the Ottogi one.
Unpleasant noodles and mediocre broth adds up to a bowl I won't be buying again, and I'll probably avoid any more of Menraku's quote-unquote "udon" as well. :\