Noodles, Soba, and Ramen. Oh My!

This blog is simple - we review noodles. We're obsessed with instant noodles in particular. Gone are the days of the "maruchan cup-o-noodle" (although we still like to kick it old school once in awhile). There are many new varieties available at Asian grocery stores, as well as organic ones available at Whole Foods.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Blah F.O.


Well, the other Noodle Maven (who has never met a noodle she didn't like) has been gushing about noodles, but this Maven is harder to please. Cranky Noodle Maven (that's me) tried the U.F.O. Yakisoba Shio for breakfast this morning. It was not very memorable and I'm not going to buy it again.

My biggest gripe is the lack of truth in advertising. Look at the beautiful buttery looking noodles on the package, with the colorful bits of veggies and dried shrimp. Doesn't it look good? But the reality is a depressing and dull mess.

It takes multiple steps to make the product: first you soak it in boiling-hot water for 3 to 4 minutes; then you add the flavored oil from one of two flavor packets; stir vigorously; add the powder, which smells like ground dried shrimp, from the second packet; stir again; and serve. The result is salty, shrimpy, greasy and gloppy. In fairness, the cabbage and the wood ear mushrooms in this product are pretty good, but the interesting condiments did not rescue this bowl of empty calories. At $1.99, it was $1.00 more expensive than Top Ramen, which I would have been happier eating.

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