This variety comes by way of Colin, a reader from Massachusetts – thank you! It was originally said by Oscar Wilde: ‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.’ I have often found this to be true for the most part. Indeed, why would someone want to imitate exactly what you do unless they want to attain something that you did prior? Well, sometimes it just seems like it takes a bit of a spiral from flattery to pure copying.
As you can see here, it’s pretty identical really. I’ve been asked by many instant noodle companies around the world what’s the key to a high rating. My answer is two-fold; make something that makes me want to call friends and tell everyone all about it. I’ve tried many instant noodles in my day and what tends to make this happen? Innovation. Something new and different from anything before – and of course that is delicious. However, in this case, I shouldn’t judge a book simply by its cover. So let’s have a look at this Just Way Noodles variety from Taiwan.
Just Way Noodles Spicy Hot Sesame Guan-miao Noodles – Taiwan
Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 1000ml boiling water and cook for 4~5 minutes. Drain – save 30ml water. Add in water and sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
One of the individual servings from the multipack.
The noodle block.
A liquid sachet.
A second liquid sachet.
A spicy sauce.
A third liquid sachet.
Smells like soy sauce.
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles come out well – great Tainan chewiness and gauge. The flavor would be great if it weren’t overwhelmed by the saltiness. I think this is coming from the soy sauce. The underlying flavor – which is excellent – is completely trampled on haphazardly. Very disappointing. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 471963232172.
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