Here’s an interesting new one – bulgogi is probably one of my most favorite foods! Bulgogi, for those of you who haven’t experienced it, is Korean barbecued beef. What they do is marinate the beef in a nice sweet sauce and then barbecue it in thin strips. What are great are Korean barbecue restaurants. You are seated at a table with a little brazier in the center.
This is a pic from a visit we had to our favorite Korean barbecue restaurant called Secret Garden. As you can see, there’s a gas burner in the middle of the table! It’s really neat – they also do pork, chicken, and hot dogs of all things! It’s really good stuff. As for all the little dishes – those are called banchan. They are all sorts of pickled things – cabbage (kimchi), radish, lotus bean pod, bean sprouts… Different restaurants have different banchan, but it’s always a lot of fun as you get to try out all sorts of tasty things. I’ve read that people really like this bulgogi-inspired mi goreng, and I must say it’s going to be interesting. Being a huge fan of the real deal, it’s going to have to be pretty good stuff. However, Indomie usually does a really good approximation of flavors, and so my hopes are high. Let’s check it out!
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free. To prepare, boil 400cc water and add noodles and garnish sachet contents for 3 minutes. Put the liquid sachet and sesame seed sachet and chilli powder sachet contents into a bowl. Once the three minutes are up, drain. Add it to the bowl and combine thoroughly. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top and enjoy!
The noodle block. These noodles look to be a bit broader and thicker – slightly similar to instant dry udon from Japan.
Here’s the liquid sachet.
The paste is very thick like molasses.
The vegetables sachet.
A fascinating little mix of onion and other vegetables.
Finally, a dual sachet with sesame seed garnish on the left and chilli powder on the right.
Here they are next to each other.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef sauteed with garlic, green onion and sweet onion, carrot, fried egg and BonCabe Level 10 chilli seasoning. The noodles are very different from what we’re used to from Indomie. The noodles are wide and thick and have a chew very similar to some Japanese udon bowls I’ve had before. The flavoring was interesting; it had a bulgogi-like skew to it, but then kind of skewed back towards a sweet soy based flavor. This, coupled with the noodles seemed kind of off to me. The vegetable mix was fascinating – it said it was onions and other veggies, and I figured the large flat pieces were cabbage ala kimchi, but I think it’s tofu. The sesame seeds were a nice touch. To sum it up, I think it was more interesting than enjoyable for me. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 089686043532.
Here’s a TV advertisement for Indomie Taste Of Asia Bulgogi flavor.