Ramen Reviews


Water Lily – Thailand – Instant Rice Stick – Beef Flavour Soup – Pho Bo
November 1, '07, 7:36 pm
Filed under: Rice Noodle, Thailand | Tags: , ,

Water Lily – Thailand – Instant Rice Stick - Beef Flavour Soup – Pho Bo Water Lily – Thailand – Instant Rice Stick - Beef Flavour Soup – Pho Bo 2 Water Lily – Thailand – Instant Rice Stick - Beef Flavour Soup – Pho Bo Cooked

Review: This is the first rice noodle of the series, and the first ramen from Thailand. First impressions are not so good. Plastic bowl with two sachets, which incidentally were placed under the noodles, so the lid had to be peeled all the way off. The basil leaves do give off a nice sweet aroma, however the flavouring paste was almost like a solid as opposed to liquid form. Both sachets had no easy-open-mechanism and had to be cut open with scissors. Also note the strange figures in the nutrition information.

The broth has an extremely strong salty flavour. With 3.2 grams of sodium in the soup it is almost like drinking salt water. Hence, I’d recommend using only half of the flavouring sachet. The spices are well integrated, and give off an aromatic scent reminiscent of restaurant quality. The noodles did not cook fully after 5 minutes, which is disappointing, as I’m a fan of rice noodles. The flavour stays on your lips for at least five minutes after drinking the broth. The strength of the broth was far too intense for my palate, and this is the first soup I have not finished drinking so far.

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Cost: $0.80

Ingredients: Rice Stick: Rice Flour 99%, Water 1% Soup Mix: Onion 35%, Soya Bean Oil 14.5%, Garlic 13%, Salt 12%, MSG 8.5%, Sugar 6.5%, Soy Sauce Powder 2%, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein 2%, Ginger 1.5%, Beef Artificial Flavour 1.5%, Cinnamon 1%, Spices 0.5%, Chilli 0.5%, Citric Acid 0.2%, Water 0.8%

Rating: 4.0/10



Trident – Australia – Chicken Flavour – Noodle Man
October 25, '07, 1:18 pm
Filed under: Australia, Trident | Tags: , , ,

Trident - Australia - Chicken Flavour Trident - Australia - Chicken Flavour Cooked

Review: Upon first impressions, this bowl noodle soup is a bit disappointing. The paper lid tore upon opening, unlike the Nong Shim brand which was paper with a foil layer underneath. A plastic fork is included, but given its size (105mm with 25mm prongs) they really shouldn’t bother, as it is too little to be of any use. The single flavour sachet contains both the seasoning and dried vegetables. The texturised soya pieces give the noodles a much needed visual benefit as they really look like chicken. After sitting for the recommended three minutes, the noodles and soup give off no smell apart from the polystyrene container.

Trident are relatively new on the instant noodle scene compared to many of the well known Asian brands. This however is no real excuse, as the flavour is merely ‘ordinary’. Although the company is Australian owned, the product is produced in China from both Australian and international ingredients.

After cooking, the noodles had absorbed little of the flavour, but they did fluff up nicely after five minutes. The broth itself did have a chicken flavour however this was overpowered by the high level of salt. It is also worth noting that the broth has a lengthy aftertaste.

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Cost: $1.04

Ingredients: Noodles 88% Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Water, Salt, Potato Starch, Wheat Gluten Flavour Sachet 12% Salt, Dehydrated Vegetables (23%) (Texurised Soya Pieces Carrot Spring Onion), Flavour Enhancers (621, 631), Sugar, Soy Sauce Powder (Soya Bean, Salt, Maltrodextrin, Water), Turmeric Powder, Spices.

Rating: 3.5/10