Let me tell you an impulse purchase of mine, yet again…
I was walking down the Japanese food aisle in AEON yesterday, searching for Japanese curry packs when my attention strayed to this, which was sitting next to the curries. It looked quite tempting, so before I knew it, I grabbed one and placed it in my basket.
I guess I should not call this cup noodles. Bowl noodles sounds more appropriate, doesn’t it?
Actually, it’s not too bad, I think. Most of the words are Japanese so I can’t read them. But I could identify 山菜 (mountain vegetables) and 昆布 (kombu/kelp). My mom has been nagging me to eat more kelp all the time, and vegetables are good, right? Since it is all Japanese words and I cannot read any words that spell “artificial flavoring” or “preservatives”, I presume there none of these stuff in this bowl of noodles.
Also, the packaging is made of 纸 (paper), it is environmental friendly. Yay!
Unfortunately, the seasoning sachet and dehydrated vegetable sachet are still made of plastic. Tsk!
So, this becomes my dinner today. It is not cheap, I tell you. This bowl of noodles costs RM 7.90. And because it is going to be dinner, I added another source of protein to it. That source of protein is RM 0.60, so that makes the total cost of my dinner today RM 8.50.
All that is left to do is to pour some boiling water into the bowl and cover for 3 minutes. And then dinner is ready.
I was shocked to see the vegetables expanded into proper, bite sized pieces. And yes, there are kelp strips hidden beneath the noodles. Not too much so it was still tolerable to me.
I think these are real vegetables that has been dehydrated. This isn’t like those pathetic, plasticky stuff that we get from those premium packed local instant noodles brands, which I suspect are artificial vegetables anyway.
And the soup… the soup is good. It doesn’t smell like those super MSG concentrated instant noodles soup. It most definitely doesn’t taste like those soup. In fact, I thought the soup has quite a subtle flavor. If you serve me this in a nice bowl in a cafe, I wouldn’t suspect the source is from cup noodles.
Maybe they really did derive this product with 100% natural ingredients. After all, the Japanese take their food health very seriously.
The portion is just nice. This could make me full for the evening. Awesome!