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#1325: Koka Noodles Spicy Shrimp Tom Yam Flavour

Here’s another one sent by Charles, a serviceman in Afghanistan – thanks! I’ve seen these cups for a long time online but never have I tried one. It seems KOKA sells their noodles in three places – Singapore, the US and the UK. They have different kinds available in each market too which is logical. Most large noodle manufacturers do this actually; look at the flavors sold here in the US versus the ones by the same company sold in Japan. It’s kind of the ‘when in Rome’ logic and it works for them. Let’s have a look inside this cup by KOKA.

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge). To prepare, empty sachets into cup. Fill with boiling water and steep 2-3 minutes. Eat it up!

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The powder seasoning sachet.

Granular and has a spicy citrus scent.

The dehydrated vegetable sachet.

Corn, peas and carrots.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added squid, shrimp, fish ball, leek, Fresno chilli pepper and BonCabe Level 10 chilli seasoning. The noodles were definitely not ready in 2-3 minutes. They were still very much al dente and after 5 minutes they had finally swelled up and become very nice. The noodles are soft and thin. They have that buttery kind of comfort food thing going on. The broth is actually spicy – this is definitely strong – good tom yam flavor. The veggies weren’t my favorite; the peas didn’t hydrate well at all. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.

While Koka noodles are made by Tat Hui in Singapore, this variety is primarily sold in the UK. Here’s a Koka noodles commercial from the UK.

Meet The Manufacturer Re-Review: Tat Hui’s KOKA Spicy Sesame Flavour Instant Non-Fried Noodles

Here’s one of the samples sent to me by Khong Guan marketing manager James Parr – thanks again! I haven’t had this is a very long time – since the 230’s! This is what a four pack looks like.

Here’s what a single package looks like.

Here’s the back – note the nutrition facts (click image to enlarge).

Here’s the noodle block. As I’ve said before, it’s a surprise to me how light this block weighs. Being a low fat variety too, I am surprised how the uncooked noodles taste – crunchy and light – not like uncooked spaghetti.

In this packet, we have powdered seasoning and oil.

Upon putting these seasonings in this cup, the air around my desk was immediately infused with a strong scent of sesame oil!

The noodles cook for three minutes. After that, they go in a bowl and you sprinkle the garnish on top!

I find this just fascinating; I don’t know if other companies do this, but if they do, they don’t mention it. I asked what the differences that seasonal availability would provide, but I didn’t get an answer to that one – I imagine it may be a somewhat guarded secret as this stuff is amazing!

Here’s what was in this particular garnish packet – could be different next time!

The finished product (click image to enlarge). Nothing extra added. First off, the noodles – are light, slightly chewy and very nice in quality. There’s absolutely no compromise in flavor or texture here. The broth is good stuff – a strong sesame flavor and a good bite to it – my mouth’s got a nice burn going on but not making me run to put the fire out. Finally, the garnish. The garnish has a nice frsh veggie taste that is second to none. I used to just cook this in with the noodles and seasonings as you usually do with a veggie pack – big mistake. Putting this on top is so wonderful! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – just like when I reviewed it last time. UPC code 8888056000241 – get it here!

KOKA Commercial

Singapore: where these noodles come from