December 17, 2011

#608: Koka Instant Non-Fried Noodles Spicy Black Pepper Flavour

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Hadn’t tried it before and at under $3.00 for the four pack, how could I resist?

Here’s the front of a single pack. I have had many of the other varieties of Koka before, but spicy black pepper just sounds so good!

Look at those stats – 2g of fat and just barely over 1000mg of sodium. This is pretty nice stuff (click image to enlarge).

This packet contains powdered soup base and oil.

As you can see, the base has a nice pepper color to it.

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A couple reviews back, I had some Batcheors Super Noodles Low Fat Chicken & Herb flavor from England. They had a little more fat in them and had a smaller block. The noodles in the Batchelors weren’t really good to taste before cooking; more like trying to crunch uncooked spaghetti. The Koka noodles are virtually the same texture as fried noodles when uncooked. Also, the noodles are actually lighter as far as weight. Thought that was neat.

After you cook the noodles, you sprinkle this garnish on top. It’s a bunch of freeze dried veggies. I really like how it mentions that it could be different depending on the season – amazing.

Click image to enlarge. . I added a couple fried eggs. So there’s not a lot of broth in this one – it all kind of turns into this wonderful gravy kind of sauce. The noodles are excellent. The broth-like sauce is excellent. The garnish is wonderful. This is going on my top ten list: the sauce makes it reminiscent of Sapporo’s Chow Mein. The garnish however allows it to stand so far out from any other instants I’ve ever tried; a real smorgasbord of flavors. The noodles themselves are of top-notch quality. The sauce is nice and peppery but not overly so. This does not come across as a low-fat meal in any way shape or form. This is grubbin! What a lucky pick today! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 8888056000234. I can’t recommend it higher! They don’t have this one just yet – but you can be notified when they have it. Check it out here.

This is probably one of the funniest advertising campaigns for noodles as well.

This is a Punjabi video of a song called “Koka.” Cultures can be so different – pretty awesome!

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

18 thoughts on “#608: Koka Instant Non-Fried Noodles Spicy Black Pepper Flavour

  1. Greg

    Non-fried?
    Low-Fat?
    Less than 1000 sodium?
    No MSG?
    Veggie Packet?

    In Ramen world this is like health food.
    Sounds delicious!

    I have seem this brand around locally. I will have to pick some up.

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    1. Eric Z.

      The no MSG thing is essentially a scam. Notice how on the back it says no ADDED msg. One of the ingredients is yeast extract. Plus, its got disodium 5 ribonucleotides which are also flavor enhancers that sort of synergize with msg. Whenever you see ribonucleotides you know theres msg in there somewhere. (Not that I think thats bad anyways, but I still feel like its dishonest of the company to do that. Id rather they just add plain old MSG and not pretend like they are somehow healthier for that reason.)

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        1. Eric Z.

          Hehe, dont worry i’ll do it, but i wanna get all my facts right 😛 Cant have the ramen rater blog be wrong about anything ramen related! I have one or two other ideas for fun posts as well.

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  2. Eric Z.

    That closing parentheses on the garnish packet is bugging me! There’s not an open one! It’s just out there by itself!

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      1. taintedbloop

        They replied with this:

        Hi Eric,

        Thank you for your email and for pointing it out.

        We hope you enjoyed your black pepper non-fried instant noodles nonetheless.

        We are launching some new flavours soon and hope you will look out for them at supermarkets next month.

        Regards,

        Ying Teo
        Tat Hui Foods P/L

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