Who haven’t ever had instant cup noodles before? One of the greatest creation to food and of course one of the easiest to prepare and this is super popular amongst university students and people who are lazy to cook like me lol. Nissin’s出前一丁 is my favourite and the few flavours available in Singapore is enough for me to enjoy almost every other day!
So I happened to be in Hong Kong browsing around the supermarket and to my surprise, I found these gems, in fact there are four of them! Immediately I picked out the flavours which are “rare” to us in Singapore and all ready to pay at the cashier. There is Spicy Beef, Spicy Tonkotsu, Spicy XO Sauce Seafood, and the original Tonkotsu Flavour.
Spicy Beef Flavour
There is something about the people in Hong Kong where spicy is a thing for them? How come we do not have this in Singapore?! Anyways for chilli lovers, you might be in for a disappointment. Its not very spicy but do have the spicy feel (I would say about level 2 out of 10) to the soup. Nice beef flavoured soup, slightly salty to my liking and comes with a packet of condiments (similar to the ones available in Singapore). It consists of dehydrated vegetables, egg, spring onions as well as the soy protein cubes which are made to resemble beef.
Spicy Tonkotsu Flavour
This will never get into Singapore due to the usage of pork and I must say this one does better in the soup with quite a rich soup with miso and chilli oil. There is a difference in the condiments as they added additional dehydrated black fungus which gives the noodles some crunchy texture. For the “meat pork cubes” it’s similar to taste as Spicy Beef (which is made from soy protein).
Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour
Even richer soup base as compare to the other two introduced and it tastes even better when added in the XO sauce. The consistency of spiciness is the same throughout the three and what is included in the condiments is of course seafood. But don’t expect squid, or shrimps which is kind of disappointing but they do have Pollack fish meat which resembles the crab stick we usually see. Other condiments would be carrots, green onions and cabbage.
Tonkotsu Black Garlic Oil Flavour
When you see this word, Tonkotsu, it means that it is not going to be available in Singapore. This lovely ramen flavour is the only non-spicy one out of the rest. Milky soup with a nice fragrance and the taste to the pork bone soup is nice. Maybe it is because of the black garlic oil which actually enhances the taste to the soup and it have this rich and sweet taste to it.
The taste and texture of the ramen noodles have been very consistent and I like the thicker and springy noodle as compare to some other brands which might be soggy after leaving it for awhile. I really enjoyed all four of them and hope I can find more of different flavours when I’m overseas. And this gives me a reason to do some shopping at their supermarkets when I’m away!