The other day, something new caught my eyes as I was grocery shopping. Well, to be honest, I don’t even know if it is really new, because it has been ages since I walked down the instant noodles aisle. For all I know, it might be something old, but it is new to me, so…
Anyway, I was attracted by four words on the packaging. Four Chinese words. Well if you don’t read Chinese then there’s two English words below it as translation.
Now, I’m sure you know that abalone is considered a luxurious food item as far as Chinese people are concerned. You may or may not like this food item, but you cannot deny that it is bloody expensive!
I have seen countless abalone flavored instant noodles, but they are all artificial flavoring that is not worth mentioning. This packet of noodles, it costs RM 7.65 and it contains real abalone. I was quite taken aback with it. And when something that seems too good to be true presents itself, it is my duty to do my utmost to verify the authenticity of said claims.
So I grabbed one, and a few hours later, at home. I decided to put this packet of noodles to the test. Upon tearing open the packaging, there were three separate packaging inside: a pack of dried noodles, a sachet of soup powder, and a pack of vacuum sealed thing which I presume must be the abalone.
Huh… If it is fake abalone, they would have just dried it and packed it in a sachet, wouldn’t they? Interesting…
So let’s open up that vacuum sealed pack and see what’s going on inside…
There’s two slices of abalone. Of course I wasn’t expecting a full head of abalone like what the packaging showed, it would be a crazy great bargain were that to happen. But these abalone slices seem like the real deal. The texture is consistent with that of a real abalone. The smell is consistent with that of a real abalone. And both these slices were drenched in some liquid with I think is the marinade, because it smelled salty and wonderful.
Okay then… time to cook. Let’s see if there’s anything special with the cooking instruction, less I do something stupid and ruin my dining experience later.
Aha! So there IS a different approach here. With the usual instant noodles, we bring the water to a boil, then we add the noodles and powder. This one, it seems we need to add the abalone and powder first while waiting for the water to boil, and then add the noodles.
So I followed the instructions to the letter. Add the abalone first. I also added that marinade along with the soup powder.
And then I waited for the water to boil, and then I added the noodles like I would with other instant noodles. Of course, I also added some of my own ingredients to make this a more balanced and satisfying meal. Nothing some vegetables and prawns cannot solve.
As I was plating the noodles up, I could not locate my second slice of abalone. It must be hidden beneath the strands of noodles and the vegetables. After a few tries, I gave up, so the picture above shows only one slice of the abalone.
What do I say about this abalone instant noodles? Well, the abalone is real, for one. But then I suppose it is not such a great bargain, seeing how small those abalone slices are. The soup was quite interesting though. You know this brand also sells pre-packaged herbal soup mix? Well the soup tasted quite similar to those herbal soup. It was quite nice, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
I think RM 7.65 for a packet is quite expensive as far as instant noodles go, but I guess it is a reasonable price if we factor in the real abalone slices included. Consider this a luxurious instant noodles. I probably won’t rush to buy this on a regular basis, but I have a feeling this won’t be the only time I have this abalone noodles. 😉