Chowfind: An authentic tasting 'Instant' Singapore Laksa Noodle La Mien good enough for Chowhounders!
- Charles Yu Dec 21, 2013 03:46 PM
When most 'instant noodles' cost around $0.69 a packet. To see one priced at $2.99, the first thing that comes to my mind was ' the content better taste pretty dawn good '?!
Whilst shopping at T&T today, I came across this new product:
'Prima Taste' - Made in Singapore, authentic Laksa La Mien 'Instant' Noodles.
After purchasing a packet, I decided to give it a try immediately I got home. Upon opening the packaging, besides the dehydrated noodles, I noticed two huge pouches marked 'Laksa Paste' and 'Laksa Premix'. The 'potent' looking paste emitted an awesome aromatic smell that was really fragrant and spelled 'authentic'! The other packet contained equally fragrant smelling coconut powder. Recommended cooking time.was a ,longer than normal, 7+ minutes.
Man!! Was I in for a huge surprise! Overall, it was one great tasty bowl of noodle. The spice level, sweetness level, umami level and aroma were all pretty spot on. Texture of the 'Pulled noodle La Mien' was chewy and super al dente. Actually a touch too much elasticity for my liking, but still very enjoyable. A further 2 minutes more cooking rendered the texture just perfect!
A few fish balls, a hard boiled egg, a couple of cooked prawns and some bean sprouts and you would think you are eating in Singapore's Newton Hawker Center!! Ha!!
So good, I am willing to hang my head out, put my reputation on the line and recommend this product! ( they also have a Singapore Curry version ).
Looking forward to hearing some of your feed backs.
Prima Taste are well known for their pastes (assam, curry laksa, mee siam, etc) so I guess no surprise their instant noodles are pretty good too.
A colleague and I have been splitting instant ramen packs for lunch every Friday at work sampling different products that we find in local supermarkets. Neither of us have any knowledge or expertise concerning instant ramen products and our "search" is nothing more than pursuit of interesting flavors in a warm meal for less than $2.00 per person. We found the RamenRater's review/blog a few weeks ago and appreciated his efforts to list his personal preferences. Finding two of the Prima Taste products at the top of his list, including the Laksa LaMian Singapour and their Curry products validated some of our own experiences. While many of the instant ramens we've tried are pleasant vehicles to deliver enjoyable noodles plus salt plus a simple processed flavor element, the ones we've tried from Prima Taste actually offer a complex range of flavors that puts them apart from many of the other products we've tried. The Laksa LaMian version has tremendous depth that balances coconut, shrimp, and chili flavors in a very pleasant manner. From our perspective it offers a ton of flavor per serving.