Instameal: Orange pot 340 kCal ramen

Name: Can’t read it. I will dub it the ‘orange pot 340kCal ramen’
Cost: $1
Contents: A wad of thin egg noodles, 2 sachets (1 soup base, 1 vegetable)
Spiciness: 0/10
Taste: Noodles get an honourable mention, with a 8/10. Soup base is on the nice side of average, perhaps a 7/10.  That’s a high scoring instant noodle.
Would I buy it again? Yes.

Fluoro orange pot/ Delicious ramen goodness/ Less 'cals' than usual

Recently, I’ve been forgetting to do shots of the contents, and end products. But I haven’t forgotten for this one. Here are its contents!

Ramen snapped in half/ Can't miss those seasoning packs/ Orange and lime green

As with many korean instant noodles, it’s not as spicy as it looks. Especially when it says it isn’t spicy. Everything just seems to be orange-red by default. The noodles are thin egg noodles, and they are very slippery and smooth. Easy to slurp up. I like these noodles a lot. It’s not often that you’ll find these noodles in an instant-noodle packet. You can normally find them in a large packet of noodle wads to be freely used as you desire, but the nifty thing about instant noodles is that you don’t think to think about making a broth. That’s what the powder is for. It’s incredibly lazy, but you see the appeal.
The broth isn’t bad, some might even say its good. It’s a bit too thin for my liking, but you can drain some of the water before adding the soup base powder. But on the other hand, it’s very light-tasting. You even get some shiitake mushroom in the dehydrated vegetable mix. Impressive.

A tasty breakfast/ Light in taste and energy/ But still unhealthy


Instameal: Nongshim Seafood Udon (mild)

Name: Nongshim Seafood Udon
Cost: $1
Contents: udon noodle wad, 2 sachets (soup base, vegetables) and a piece of dried kelp
Spiciness: 0/10
Taste: Broth 7/10, noodles 5/10 (shortfall of instant udon)
Would I buy it again? Yes.

Picture says udon/ Luckily, that's what you get/ But it is oily

An extra item!/ Hark! A piece of dried seaweed./ Kelp for umami

For the longest time, I thought this would be the best instant udon noodle I’d find for under $2. But I was wrong. Please read the Paldo Udon post for more details.  Click here for Paldo Udon.

Don't eat the seaweed/ Only for photo purpose/ Eat it, if you waaant

This udon has thicker than the Paldo udon, but it also comes with the oiliness that comes with instant noodle. To keep such a thick noodle edible for a long time, you need more oil. Air-dried udon just doesn’t work, or so I don’t think it does. It’s a hearty meal that feels more substantial than ramen. Maybe that’s just my expectation with udons.
The piece of dried kelp helps with the broth, giving it depth of flavour as well as a thicker broth. The vegetables include the usual medley of spring onion and carrots, but also fried onion/mini ricecake? pieces. I don’t know what they are, but they are chewy and gluggy in texture. I don’t like them, so I just pick those out.

Instameal: Paldo Yellow Mushroom

Name: I don’t know, I can’t read the Korean label. But for the purposes of naming posts, this will be known as Paldo Yellow Mushroom ramen.
Cost: $0.90
Contents: Ramen noodle wad, 2 sachets (vegetables, and soup base)
Spiciness: 0/10
Taste: Broth 8/10, noodles 7/10. For an instant noodle, it’s pretty good
Would I buy it again? Yes.

A yellow packet/ Spicy red mushroom ramen/ Mild, mushroomy

The picture on the packet looks spicy, but the noodles aren’t actually spicy.

The usual set-up/ Dried mushrooms are fantastic/ Should be a staple

The broth is red, and there seems to be slices of chili in the reconstituted vegetables, but it’s not spicy at all. Maybe my sense of taste is broken. Vegetables included spring onions, chili and shiitake mushroom. Big chunks of shiitake mushroom too.

The noodles are on the good side of korean ramen noodles. Soup base can be salty, but as long as you don’t drink all the broth you should be okay. I like this.

Mushroom and chili/ Glorious vegetable mix/ A win by my books