In the last year, I’ve got to say I’ve had the fortune to learn about and try a lot of new additions to instant noodles. Most of them have been seafood related – which I’m really lucky to have access to. I’ve gotten many emails asking where to find kamaboko or fish cake etc – I always thought all of those things were easily accessed by all, but as it turns out, I’m lucky to live in an area with lots of Asian grocery stores that specialize in such things. The latest I’ve been really enjoying are fish balls, particularly ones from Singapore that I get at a store that’s a short walk away. I usually only buy a couple, and the seafood counter guys usually look at me a little funny; “5 pounds?” they’ll ask. “No – just five fish balls.” My son and I walked over a couple of weeks ago and he wanted to buy me a whole pound of fish balls which I thought was very nice of him – and so I let him ask them himself. Then, my eight year old boy kind of puffed out his chest and exclaimed “excuse me – I would like one pound of those fish balls please!” Definitely a proud moment for me – sounded so authoritative! When we got home, I boiled some up and let him try – I received a resounding “yuck!” and a look of disgust. At least he tried them – he’s more a fan of macaroni and cheese and pizza, but I try to get him to try new things as much as possible. But I digress. Today’s noodle review will include the last of the fish balls from that trip to the store. I’m going to also follow the microwave instructions for this one, something I don’t usually do. Let’s see how it goes!
Here are the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp.
Here’s the lid (click image to enlarge). To prepare, add all sachet contents. Add water to line (approx 350ml) and microwave for ‘at least’ 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
An included fork!
The noodle block.
Powder soup base.
Nice deep color.
Has a spicy scent.
The solid ingredient sachet.
Looks like shrimp, green onions and some peppers!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fish balls with BonCabe Level 10 chilli seasoning, coriander (cilantro), sweet onion, chives and Fresno chilli pepper. The noodles came out really well. The ‘at least 3 minutes’ mention in the directions let me play a little bit with the timing, and I would say optimum is a stir at 3 minutes then 30 seconds more. The noodles are just right – nicely cooked and gorged on the broth. The broth is the real star in this one – nice and strong citrus and spicy flavors abound and it has such a nice color to it. The garnish of vegetables and shrimp come out very nicely – the veggies are excellent as is the shrimp. Truly an excellent cup of noodles – 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 9555022303284.
Here’s a Mamee video about the Mamee Chef line.