Instameal: Samyang Japanese Seafood Udon

Name: Samyang Japanese Seafood flavour udon
Cost: $1.20
Contents: Wad of udon noodles, 2 sachets: 1 soup base, 1 dried vegetables.
Spiciness: 0/10
Taste: Noodles 5/10, Broth: 4/10
Would I buy it again? No.

It looks promising/ Simple, no gimmicks packet/ Clearly labelled too

Samyang red and green/ I like their colour coding/ Sucks if colour blind

Not much to say here/ Drying decreases moisture/ Inhibits decay

You can't see salts yet/ Maybe if you leave it out/ Salt crystals will form

This udon is thinner and less oily than the previous ‘udon’ type instant noodles, more like a cross between ramen, thick pastry rice noodle and pasta.
My qualm with this instant noodle is how salty it is. Ack! Mouthful of salt. Then a nasty metallic salty tang with seafood-esque flavours. There are better seafood flavours than this, as well as better udon.
This is my least favourite seafood udon.


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.