Wow – review #1800. I must admit my surprise on how quickly I’m closing in on #2000. I haven’t reviewed one of these Crystal Noodle varieties in quite a while. I was talking to a friend of mine about instant noodles we weren’t particularly fond of and he mentioned his wife really liked these. We both agreed that Crystal Noodle was one of our least favorites. I figure though hey, you never know. This might be the one I really like! Let’s have a look.
Detail of the side panel (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in contents of sachet and fill to line with boiling water. Cover and let steep 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
Here are a scant few of the mung bean threads. They look very interesting.
The soup base sachet – almost the size of a snack noodle sachet.
A little freeze-dried block that should spring to life once the boiling water starts to meld with it.
Here’s a side shot so you can see the mung bean thread.
Finished (click image to enlarge). This is a tough one. The clear as glass noodle hydrated very well and they have a slightly jelly-like consistency. The flavor block hydrated perfectly as well. The vegetables were everywhere and of decent quality. What was absent was much flavor. So much so that I felt the need to add some salt or soy sauce. It just really doesn’t work for me; kind of like Kool-Aid without sugar, or a grilled cheese without a bread element. 0.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 186190000218.
Here’s one I don’t have high hopes for as I’ve had a few other ones that weren’t very enjoyable in the past. But hey – this could be really awesome, right? I’m hoping so!
Side panel detail (click to enlarge).
Yep – bean vermicelli.
So inside the cup is another package – this one contains a seasoning block! I have always thought these things were fascinating.
I love brownies! It looks like some kind of asparagus treat but it’s a freeze dried block with veggies and soup base.
Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles are not my cup of tea. I have been enjoying bean thread more lately since I found scissors to make them less ‘gaggy’ but these are a little thicker and tougher. The broth isn’t bad – has a nice light soy sauce flavor. The star of the dish is the veggies – really awesome with corn and cabbage. Still, this doesn’t make up for the nature of the dish. I really don’t like it. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC Bar code 186190000119 – get it here.
Here’s an interesting one. This one’s got bean thread, something I am not usually thrilled with. Let’s see what happens.
Here’s the side panels – click to enlarge.
The lid is clear so you can see inside!
The bean thread whorl. I think it’s probably a nest or something; I don’t know what the correct term is.
The seasonings come in their own fancy packet – as a block.
I decided this morning to make some banana bread with chocolate chips. Actually, this is the seasoning block! Crazy looking, eh?
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some baked chicken breast and a little Sylvia’s Queen of Soul Food hot sauce. Okay so the noodles aren’t too bad – not my favorite though. they’re clear and hard to break apart with the lips. The broth is pretty good – definitely a nice hot and soup soup flavor. The veggies and bits aren’t bad – they really go nicely with the hot and sour flavor. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. Probably one of the best bean thread soups I’ve had yet. UPC bar code 086190000102 – get it here.
This is a wacky one!
A Monster Named Nian – The Story of Chinese New Year
Here’s one Greg B. from Florida sent a while back. This sounds pretty interesting – let’s give it a try.
Not usually a fan of bean thread but this looks interesting; lots of different ingredients (click image to enlarge).
Here’s the block of bean thread.
The seasoning packet.
One trippy amalgam of ingredients…
Finished (click image top enlarge). This is just one of those I don’t like. The bean thread is the main problem here; it’s bean thread. Hard to eat, kind of slimy… Just not something I find satisfying at all. The broth on the other hand is very interesting – it has a fascinating tang and heat to it I liked. Then there’s the veggies – they’re wonderful! Lots of them and the re-hydrate very nicely. Yeah so this is a bummer; any kind of noodle other than bean thread would’ve worked. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4710734002978 .
Wow these guys are stoked – not sure what they’re saying here.
Thought this looked worth trying. Vegetables and noodles. Sure why not.
Here’s the flavoring packet if you want to call it that. It says Vegetables and Eggs though… I am truly unhappy – I didn’t take a picture of this and I’m really bummed and truly sorry. It looked like a brick of freeze-dried vegetable omelet. When I poured boiling water on it, it disintegrated and started fluffing up almost immediately.
Here’s the ingredients and nutrition facts off the side of the bowl.
Click image to enlarge. Yeah… There it is. Well, it wasn’t what I’d hoped for. What did I hope for? A good bowl of noodles. I was skeptical when I saw they were bean thread. The large amount of mushroom and cabbage and odd hydrated egg was amazing. I think if this were spicy and they’d used fried noodles that I would have liked it much better. Long story short, I’m not pleased. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. Find it here.
Click image to enlarge. Slightly spicy. The mushrooms don’t actually have a lot of flavor. The mushrooms were a bit mushy. There’s some yellow stuff that I don’t know what it is… The little yellow bits taste like egg… The noodles are good but they’re hard to eat – they don’t want to stay on a fork and are slimy. I wouldn’t say this stuff is anything special. 2.3 out of 5 stars. Get it here.