February 28, 2014

#1325: Koka Noodles Spicy Shrimp Tom Yam Flavour

Here’s another one sent by Charles, a serviceman in Afghanistan – thanks! I’ve seen these cups for a long time online but never have I tried one. It seems KOKA sells their noodles in three places – Singapore, the US and the UK. They have different kinds available in each market too which is logical. Most large noodle manufacturers do this actually; look at the flavors sold here in the US versus the ones by the same company sold in Japan. It’s kind of the ‘when in Rome’ logic and it works for them. Let’s have a look inside this cup by KOKA.

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge). To prepare, empty sachets into cup. Fill with boiling water and steep 2-3 minutes. Eat it up!

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The powder seasoning sachet.

Granular and has a spicy citrus scent.

The dehydrated vegetable sachet.

Corn, peas and carrots.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added squid, shrimp, fish ball, leek, Fresno chilli pepper and BonCabe Level 10 chilli seasoning. The noodles were definitely not ready in 2-3 minutes. They were still very much al dente and after 5 minutes they had finally swelled up and become very nice. The noodles are soft and thin. They have that buttery kind of comfort food thing going on. The broth is actually spicy – this is definitely strong – good tom yam flavor. The veggies weren’t my favorite; the peas didn’t hydrate well at all. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.

While Koka noodles are made by Tat Hui in Singapore, this variety is primarily sold in the UK. Here’s a Koka noodles commercial from the UK.

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

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