For a long time now, I’ve thought something that would be really quite amazing would be if instant noodles in the US would take a cue from the outside world. That cue is the retort pouch. Retort pouches are basically like flexible soup cans; metallic pouches that can hold meats and vegetables, sauces and more to give a noodle dish a serious boost while retaining shelf stability. I’m really curious about these – I reached out to the company to find out about samples and that worked out well as I’ve got some to try. There are two versions – a beef and a chicken. Let’s start with this beef one and in a couple reviews, the chicken.
Soupply Filet & Brisket Pho Bowl With Real Meat & Collagen – United States
Detail of the outer wrap (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add in the noodles and herbs, meat, and seasoning sachets. Add 2 cups room temperature water and microwave for 4 minutes. Finally, garnish with remaining sachets, stir, and enjoy!
A large package with rice noodles and herb.
A dry base sachet.
The retort pouch.
Sriracha and hoisin!
A package of utensils – spoon, fork, chopsticks, and a napkin.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added basil, mung bean sprouts, sliced jalapeno peppers, and lime wedge. This is exemplary. I didn’t use room temp water so the noodles didn’t hydrate all the way (later I made on correctly and they came out fine). Rice noodles are soft with a nice gauge. The broth tastes like pho you might find at a shop down the road – and the beef adds in so much. I think cooking it with the meat in with it goes a long way to flavor the broth. The hoisin and Sriracha are authentic touches. This is superb and by far and away the best instant pho I’ve ever had. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 091361720003.
Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!