October 24, 2010

#179: MAMA Kimchi Flavour Oriental Style Instant Noodles

Some Kimchi flavor from Thailand! Should be interesting. I’m going to doctor it up today with quite a few ingredients. One thing kind of interesting is that there is currently a cabbage shortage in Korea, where Kimchi is so widely consumed. Here is an article about it – thanks for the info Kit!

Three packets – soup base, chili powder and some dehydrated vegetables.

Here they sit awaiting the noodles and 400ml of water that they cooked in.

So here’s the finished product before I did anything to it. I found the noodles nice – thicker than I expected. The broth is a little spicy and there are sonme nice veggies. At this point, I would give it a 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. Nothing really to write home about. Now the makeover.

Some soft yolk fried eggs to start…

Kizami shoga adds a little color and bite…

Four dollops of Jufran hot banana sauce…

Some crunchy fried shallots are added…

Finally, a teaspoon of minced garlic right in the middle. This completely changes the game a lot. First off, the egg runs into the broth, making it slightly creamy and hearty. The pickled ginger adds a little acidic nip to the feel of the dish. Plus, the crunch of the ginger makes it have a slight reminiscence to the crunch of cabbage in kimchi (I know I’m reaching here but bear with me). The garlic gives a bit of growl. I think it all wraps together into a concoction of perfection. At this point, it gets 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. So to complete this review, 4.75+3.0 = 7.75 / 2 = 3.875 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

Products cooked according to package instructions. Product reviews done prior to adding any additional ingredients.

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