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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.

VERDICT:
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.

 
 
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    warlock Mar 28, 2014 05:40 PM

    Any recent sighting in the GTA?...checked T&T on Warden and the Middlefield one....no luck....

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      setofdueces Mar 30, 2014 09:23 AM

      I've been looking there for the past month.. No luck either!!

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      davisesq212 Mar 28, 2014 04:45 PM

      As I posted just now in another thread.....Found the 4 pack of Prima Taste in Laksa LaMien and also Curry version. Both came in 4 packs. Both were 9.95 at two stores I went to. The selection at Kam Man Food on 200 Canal Street in Chinatown (NYC) was astounding. (I also found the 4 pack of just the Laksa LaMien at Asia Market Corp on Mulberry Street. Asia Market Corp also had Indomie noodles which are rated very high). I now have an awesome 'go to' place that also has a bar area that serves hot food! I spoke to the manager and he was awesome. Thanks ChowHounds!!!!

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        neighborguy Jan 19, 2014 02:18 PM

        I've been lurking on this post for a while and I will soon give into temptation and head to the T+T on Cherry street. Other asian supermarkets don't seem to carry Prima Taste and when I was in the Leslie street Loblaws yesterday also scanned that aisle hoping somehow magically there would be something since Loblaws share the same supply chain as T+T there would be the chance...:(

        1. grandgourmand Jan 19, 2014 01:38 PM

          T&T store on Cherry St. has been cleaned out. Charles, you really do need to get a commission.

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          1. re: grandgourmand
            aser Jan 29, 2014 11:09 AM

            I tried to buy some last week at Cherry st also but alas the racks were also bare.

            I purchased some Sun Noodle products and those turned out to be really good also. Located in the freezer section.

            http://www.theramenrater.com/2013/02/...

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              ramenrater Jan 29, 2014 03:03 PM

              Yeah Sun Noodle is top notch :)

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                grandgourmand Jan 30, 2014 06:59 AM

                i was wondering if those were the same sun noodles as the ones you hear about in the US. guess so.

                I just wish they sold without flavour pack too...for those who make their own broth at home. toronto ramen is pretty good, but not readily available.

                1. re: grandgourmand
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                  ramenrater Jan 30, 2014 07:05 AM

                  You can always just toss the pack of course. Also you can order just the noodles directly from them - they're in New Jersey so I imagine it wouldn't be too bad.

            2. chefhound Jan 18, 2014 09:55 AM

              Thanks for introducing us to this product, Charles. I'm having the curry one for lunch right now and it's delicious!

              I love the firm, chewy noodles and the seasoning is wonderful.

              The only complaint I have is that you can't take it to the office for lunch because of the long cooking time for the noodles.

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              1. re: chefhound
                Charles Yu Jan 18, 2014 10:23 AM

                You are most welcome!! Great to share!!

                BTW, @ chefhound. The pungent aroma of the spices, coconut, fish sauce and lemon grass.... in the broth will set off the fire alarm in your office! Ha!!

              2. vil Jan 17, 2014 08:00 PM

                Count me in as one more person grateful for the introduction of this product. The broth is so tasty that I could not help but add an extra serving of noodles into it, after the original noodles are finished! I also like how "sturdy" and thick the noodles are, especially that they are not deep-fried like regular instant ramen.

                1. T Long Jan 16, 2014 10:12 AM

                  Being stuck at home alone today, I tried the Laksa for the first time. Liked the noodles and the bowl was quite tasty, even though I only used half of both flavoring pouches. Nice treat for the odd occasions...thanks for mentioning the product on this forum. Thinking of using the left-over flavor packages with something like spaghetti pasta if I don't just toss them.

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                  1. re: T Long
                    T Long Jan 29, 2014 09:18 AM

                    Had the Singapore Curry bowl today (again using only half the flavoring pouches)....liked it better than the Laksa version.

                  2. estufarian Jan 12, 2014 02:14 PM

                    For those needing an impetus (or who have run out of deicing salt - thanks PoppiYYZ), they are now on sale at 2 for $5.50 (at Unionville at least).

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                    1. re: estufarian
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                      ramenrater Jan 29, 2014 02:49 PM

                      Wow that's really cheap fo those!

                    2. chefhound Jan 11, 2014 08:18 PM

                      I finally had a chance to try the laksa. It's good. The noodles were great. I really enjoyed the texture. They were chewy in a great way. I also really enjoyed the laksa seasoning. I love anything with shrimp paste and this was no exception. I would even enjoy it if the shrimp paste was stronger.

                      Can't wait to taste the curry flavour.

                      1. grandgourmand Jan 11, 2014 12:19 PM

                        Thanks for the rec Charles. I always walk down that aisle at T&T to check out the various brands and noticed this one.

                        Picked up a pac of the Laksa La Mien and one of the Curry for lunch. Definitely enjoyable. First, the noodles. I boiled for 7 minutes and let steep another minute and they were perfect. Held their texture well in the hot liquid even though I didn't eat fast. Second, the flavour. Wow, very tasty and "authentic" tastic. Quite spicy. So much so, my wife (who's a wimp) couldn't finish hers so I got to eat both. Personal preference was for the curry version. Possibly because I started it first and then found the shrimp paste flavour in the La Mien a little much. Either way, I'd eat both again. I just served it plain with a few raw shrimp that I added for the last 2mins of simmer.

                        BTW, I noticed that Prima Taste products have been put in some of the end of aisle displays. THey had a Hainanese Chicken rice, Signapore Chili Crab, Rendang and something else I forget. I'd give them a shot just to see how much I like the dish before I try making them from scratch.

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                        1. re: grandgourmand
                          Charles Yu Jan 11, 2014 12:41 PM

                          Your are most welcome! Glad you enjoyed them.
                          Looks like time for me to ask T&T for referral commission! Ha!!!

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                          helenhelen Jan 6, 2014 10:15 PM

                          this actually sounds good. what is the verdict on MSG level? i grew up eating instant noodles and get nostalgic for it, but one look at the ingredients list (filled with un-pronouncable chemicals) makes me put the package down pretty quick nowadays. i hope this is different :)

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                          1. re: helenhelen
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                            lsk Jan 6, 2014 11:22 PM

                            No MSG is listed on the ingredients plus on the front of the package, they state "No MSG added*". However, they added in fine print on the back "*Contains naturally occurring glutamate."

                            The ingredient list is pretty good for instant noodles -- only three to four un-/semi-pronounceable chemicals. I think the nutritional info/ingredients list is available in a photo on ramenrater's site.

                            However, your query prompted me to read the back of the package (I just had this for dinner) and I just ate 91% of my recommended daily sodium intake!

                            Flavour-wise, this is great for instant laksa at home. Would buy again if I have a craving for laksa. Easier to throw together than the Prima Taste Laksa meal kit and simpler for one person. I've tried the kit before and I think it's slightly better than the instant noodle (sambal chili and laksa leaves are included in separate packets), but the instant noodle is far more convenient.

                            1. re: lsk
                              paulj Jan 7, 2014 12:03 AM

                              I don't think I've ever used the full seasoning packet for ramen. A full packet makes it too salty for my taste. With the Koka brand Laksa I use the full coconut powder, but only half of the salt powder and half the oil.

                              1. re: lsk
                                PoppiYYZ Jan 11, 2014 05:33 PM

                                Yikes ! At over 2000 mg sodium (91% daily intake) per serving, I'm concerned there will be very few Toronto CHers left if this really catches on !!

                                1. re: PoppiYYZ
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                                  Michael N Jan 11, 2014 07:38 PM

                                  Meh. If you eat at restaurants on a regular basis, you've already got a ton of sodium in your diet. Most restaurant food has way more sodium than you'd think. Have you ever seen that Toronto Star column where they measure the nutritional content of restaurant dishes? Pretty much everything has 1500+ mg of sodium.

                                  People tend to overreact about the amount of sodium in ramen... or underreact to the the amount of sodium in pretty much all prepared foods. Or a bit of both, I guess.

                                  1. re: Michael N
                                    paulj Jan 12, 2014 10:04 AM

                                    And most people don't know how much sodium is in their home cooked meals.

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                                      fryerlover Jan 12, 2014 12:48 PM

                                      I agree with this if you eat processed at home but if you eat fresh at home, it should be easy to know how much sodium you eat at home.

                                      1. re: fryerlover
                                        PoppiYYZ Jan 12, 2014 01:15 PM

                                        Absolutely right.

                                        BTW, the Laksa is 2180 mg sodium per pack !

                                        I still plan on trying them based on Charles' req and my love of Laksa, but will probably only use part of the of the premix packet per paulj's suggestion.

                                        Good news, if you have a few packages in your pantry, you will also have a great emergency walkway de-icer !! ;-)

                                        1. re: fryerlover
                                          paulj Jan 12, 2014 01:21 PM

                                          In theory I could measure every use of salt. If I do that by volume I'd have to convert that to mass. I'd also have keep track of how much of each dish I eat. But what about salt that I add by the sprinkle and pinch? And the salt used in brines and pasta water? Salt in soy sauce and fish sauce? There are other sources of sodium as well, such as baking soda.

                                          Kamozawa and Talbot, in Ideas in Food, were meticulous in recording salt use in their recipes, and calculated that they consistently seasoned their food at a 0.5% of weight basis. I haven't tried to translate that to a volume measure such as tsp of salt per cup of soup broth, or serving of rice.

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                                            Michael N Jan 12, 2014 01:44 PM

                                            If you're careful about cooking low sodium meals, then yes, that's true. But if you're just cooking without paying much attention to that, then it is very, very easy for the sodium levels in homemade dishes to skyrocket. One teaspoon of salt has 2300 mg of sodium. Think about how tiny a teaspoon of salt is, and how much salt you generally use while cooking.

                                            1. re: Michael N
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                                              fryerlover Jan 12, 2014 05:18 PM

                                              At home, I don't usually eat with sauces, bribes and so on. Tonight, for example, we had steak (which we salt), beets, parsnips, carrots, baked potato. In total on the veggies we used about a teaspoon and I also used about 1% of my daily intake via sour cream. We rarely add any salt to food that we cook.
                                              The times when I'm eating for health/fuel, I know my salt intake. When I'm just eating, and not caring, then I don't know.

                                              1. re: Michael N
                                                PoppiYYZ Jan 13, 2014 06:51 AM

                                                Pour a teaspoon of salt in your mouth and it won't seem tiny. Then imagine eating 3-4 times that amount in a day which is possible when eating out or processed food without caution and moderation. Likely help one change their eating habits, even if the blood pressure meter doesn't.

                                                Anyway, I am planning on trying this Laksa, but will try using less of the flavor packet, and reduce salt on other things that day...

                                                1. re: PoppiYYZ
                                                  T Long Jan 13, 2014 11:15 AM

                                                  I routinely will use only a one-third or less of the flavor packages on the increasingly rare occasions when I cook instant ramen at home. So I guess I`m not getting the full flavor experience intended by the manufacturers, but my taste buds seem to have adjusted OK. This will also explain the sodium overload I experienced recently when I tried one of the new Ramen shops mentioned here on CH. I am at the stage that too much sodium (for me) is unpleasant to intake.

                                                  1. re: PoppiYYZ
                                                    paulj Jan 13, 2014 01:11 PM

                                                    Better test is to put that teaspoon in a cup or two of hot water, and judge how close that comes to your preferred soup.

                                                    My favorite Maggi bouillon powder lists 840 mg of sodium per tsp (4g) (per cup of hot water).

                                          2. re: PoppiYYZ
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                                            Helen Jan 12, 2014 10:36 AM

                                            Too much for me as much as I'd like to try it. Blood pressure's high enough without all that sodium.

                                          3. re: lsk
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                                            ramenrater Jan 29, 2014 02:57 PM

                                            Yeah there's a pic of the ingredients on the review. What I like about their stuff is what I also liked about A-Sha (Taiwan) products; they use very few ingredients and make some excellent stuff.

                                          4. re: helenhelen
                                            estufarian Jan 7, 2014 06:51 AM

                                            I'm fairly sensitive to MSG, but had no aftereffects from the Laksa package.
                                            I didn't find it particularly salty either, but I guess the numbers don't lie.

                                            1. re: helenhelen
                                              aser Jan 17, 2014 12:59 PM

                                              it's instant noodles, what do you expect?

                                              Eat it as an occasional treat, just like you would with any junk/snack/fast food.

                                              If you're a worrywart, do you, don't eat it.

                                              1. re: aser
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                                                ramenrater Jan 29, 2014 02:59 PM

                                                idk I don't really see instant noodles as 'junk' at all. it's basically a bunch of carbs that works like a blank canvas to add to. i don't think most folks spend as much time on their instant noodles every day as I do...

                                            2. PoppiYYZ Dec 31, 2013 06:41 AM

                                              Hey Charles,

                                              If you really like them, one can order a case of 12 from Prima Taste Canada. $36 plus $15 shipping (I've easily spent that much driving and calling around trying to find them with no luck).

                                              Now, if you really REALLY like them, free delivery for orders over $160. :-D

                                              http://best-brands-marketing.myshopif...

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                                              1. re: PoppiYYZ
                                                Charles Yu Dec 31, 2013 02:02 PM

                                                Happy New Year PoppiYYZ,
                                                I like them but not to THAT Degree!! Will try my luck once in a while! Thanks for the tips anyways!

                                                1. re: Charles Yu
                                                  KhaoSanRoad Dec 31, 2013 02:40 PM

                                                  tons on the shelf at tnt cherry st.

                                                  - khao san road

                                                  1. re: KhaoSanRoad
                                                    Charles Yu Dec 31, 2013 03:07 PM

                                                    Hello K S R,
                                                    Driving all the way from Richmond Hill for a pack of instant noodle??!! I'm still sober right now! May be, after getting some alcohol into my system in a few hours time?! Ha!
                                                    Have a Happy New Year!!

                                                    1. re: Charles Yu
                                                      KhaoSanRoad Dec 31, 2013 03:21 PM

                                                      ha! just figured tnt is restocked after you and your followers cleared them out :P

                                                      thanks, have a great one yourself!

                                                      - khao san road

                                                  2. re: Charles Yu
                                                    PoppiYYZ Dec 31, 2013 04:26 PM

                                                    Ha ha,

                                                    Happy New Year Charles, all the best for 2014 !!

                                                2. makanputra Dec 30, 2013 12:23 AM

                                                  I'm glad that you Canadians have finally discovered one of our Singapore food treasures. I think this product was first mentioned by Singaporean Chowhound, klyeoh, in his "Katong Laksa Wars" posting in March 2012 :-
                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8392...

                                                  1. Charles Yu Dec 28, 2013 11:09 AM

                                                    The influence and power of Chowhound??!!
                                                    I went to the Weldrick T&T to replenish some and they were sold out!! Went to the Woodbine/16th store next. Same thing!! Wow!!!
                                                    Got the remaining two 'Curry' ones instead!

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                                                    1. re: Charles Yu
                                                      M_Gomez Dec 30, 2013 10:24 PM

                                                      Charles, you have to try MyKuali's Penang White Curry Noodles, which is all the craze in Malaysia & Singapore at the moment. It's also listed in Ramen Rater's top 10 spiciest noodles list as mentioned by this Malaysian site http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/food/article/mykuali-penang-white-curry-noodle-set-world-on-fire

                                                      http://www.theramenrater.com/top-ten-lists/top-ten-spiciest-instant-noodles-of-all-time-2013/

                                                      People here fight to buy MyKuali's white curry noodles off the shelves and it is often so hard to be able to find any. Here is how the packet looks like
                                                      http://mylovelybluesky.com/wp-content...

                                                      Personally, I find MyKuali's curry noodles tastier than Prima Taste's. Do not bother with Prima Taste's Chilli Crab and Singapore Curry flavours, they are pretty bland compared to the Laksa version.

                                                      1. re: M_Gomez
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                                                        ramenrater Dec 30, 2013 10:29 PM

                                                        Maybe so, but Prima's Curry and MyKuali's are like apples and oranges...

                                                        1. re: ramenrater
                                                          M_Gomez Dec 30, 2013 11:36 PM

                                                          What makes you say that?! Both are noodles in curry broth and also used coconut milk powder to add richness to their broth. If it's Indomie's dry mie goreng vs noodles in curry broth, then you can say I'm comparing apples to oranges!

                                                          Anyway, both are the instant noodle companies' attempt to interpret local laksa and curry noodles into instant packaged form.

                                                          1. re: M_Gomez
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                                                            ramenrater Dec 30, 2013 11:39 PM

                                                            There are different varieties of curry the world over; it's pretty obvious that Prima's take isn't as much of a local take but a broader take.

                                                            1. re: ramenrater
                                                              M_Gomez Dec 31, 2013 12:10 AM

                                                              I think Prima got the local flavours right, but toned down the chilli ratio to suit non-Singaporean tastes, with an eye on the Chinese market. But the original flavours are all there for all the noodles flavours offered:- Laksa, Chilli Crab and Curry.

                                                              BTW, you mentioned that the Prima Laksa has a "fishy scent" (http://www.theramenrater.com/2013/03/...), do note that Singapore Laksa uses dried shrimps and no fish, only Malaysian laksa uses fish.

                                                              1. re: M_Gomez
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                                                                ramenrater Jan 29, 2014 02:54 PM

                                                                Well, I usually say anything 'of the sea' smells fishy if it's got that kind of scent. I think the stronger spiciness is a bit more fun - that MyKuali stuff is amazing; serious flavor!

                                                        2. re: M_Gomez
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                                                          szw Jan 1, 2014 02:01 PM

                                                          Just spent a couple months in Malaysia.... Didn't even think of stocking up on some instant noodles! Wasted opportunity!

                                                        3. re: Charles Yu
                                                          sweetie Jan 3, 2014 06:31 PM

                                                          FYI Charles, they have lots of laksa at the 16 and Woodbine store now. I just bought one.

                                                          1. re: sweetie
                                                            Charles Yu Jan 3, 2014 08:38 PM

                                                            They've replenished the Weldrick store too! Some student in front of me just grabbed 6!!

                                                        4. chefhound Dec 25, 2013 03:11 PM

                                                          I'm excited to go to T&T to get some!

                                                          There's an ad on the ramenrater's page that says there's a chili crab flavour. I wonder if it's available here?

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                                                          1. re: chefhound
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                                                            ramenrater Dec 29, 2013 11:43 PM

                                                            I think it's going to be shortly; kind of hard to find their stuff here in the states - I've only seen it on Amazon

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                                                            blitz Dec 22, 2013 06:44 AM

                                                            great find charles! i really like the curry laksa at gourmet malaysia and the metro square food court. maybe i'll brave the icy streets to pick up a pack and some extra ingredients!

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                                                              caitlink Dec 22, 2013 08:48 AM

                                                              The t&t at kennedy and 407 had this on special display at the front of the aisle. Tastes pretty good.

                                                              We love the nongshim korean potato ramen. Sells for $1.29. Very chewy texture.

                                                              If anyone sees it in the gta, pls advise of location. No longer seeing it at galleria.

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                                                                Full tummy Dec 22, 2013 05:44 PM

                                                                My favourite was the "fresh" ramen by Pulmuone. No longer find it at Galleria, unfortunately, but I keep checking when I go.

                                                                1. re: caitlink
                                                                  chefhound Dec 25, 2013 03:02 PM

                                                                  What is this potato ramen you speak of? I'm intrigued. Can you upload a picture of the package?

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                                                                    caitlink Dec 28, 2013 11:33 AM

                                                                    http://www.nongshimusa.com/?mid=meal_...

                                                                    The noodle is quite chewy. Read about it in a magazine. Tried it out and we love this version.

                                                                    1. re: caitlink
                                                                      Charles Yu Dec 28, 2013 02:04 PM

                                                                      For 'freshly' made Potato noodles, one can get the 'Real McCoy' on the second floor of Pacific Mall. All the way inside the Heritage Village next to the BBQ Lamb Skewer place!

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                                                                ThanksVille Dec 21, 2013 11:35 PM

                                                                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.

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                                                                1. re: ThanksVille
                                                                  Charles Yu Dec 22, 2013 01:04 PM

                                                                  Eat in moderation! Beware of Tranfat and wax, my friend!!

                                                                  1. re: Charles Yu
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                                                                    ramenrater Dec 29, 2013 11:40 PM

                                                                    Actually, there's no way and very little chance of transfat. I don't think I've seen an instant noodle with transfats in the last zillion or so - here's an article I wrote about some rumors/urban lore about instants - http://www.theramenrater.com/2012/04/...

                                                                2. hal2010 Dec 21, 2013 07:54 PM

                                                                  Did you add a few things to it in the second photo?

                                                                  1. Full tummy Dec 21, 2013 07:12 PM

                                                                    In the dry noodle section? Or is it fresh? And the noodles - are they palm oil-filled? Thanks!

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                                                                    1. re: Full tummy
                                                                      mrsleny Dec 21, 2013 07:55 PM

                                                                      Ramen Rater has pictures of the packaging on his website. It looks like just the paste has palm oil. Too bad. It's so hard to find instant noodles without palm oil.

                                                                      http://i0.wp.com/www.theramenrater.co...

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                                                                        Full tummy Dec 21, 2013 08:40 PM

                                                                        It looks like most of the fat comes from coconut. Wonder if these were fresh/frozen/dried. On my to try list

                                                                        1. re: Full tummy
                                                                          Charles Yu Dec 21, 2013 08:49 PM

                                                                          Apart from the Korean non-fried 'Ko-Ko Rok', almost ALL instant noodles have nasty ingredients! However, once in a blue moon and a few Krill Oil tablets to counteract the trans-fat makes one feel better psychologically!! Ha!!

                                                                          1. re: Charles Yu
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                                                                            ramenrater Jan 29, 2014 02:52 PM

                                                                            I'm doing an instant noodle a day - been doing so for ages with no ill effects. I don't see transfat on the labels often either.

                                                                    2. jadec Dec 21, 2013 04:53 PM

                                                                      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.

                                                                      1. mrsleny Dec 21, 2013 04:40 PM

                                                                        It's rated one of the top instant noodles by the Ramen Rater (fascinating in a crazy way).

                                                                        http://www.theramenrater.com/top-ten-...

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                                                                        1. re: mrsleny
                                                                          Charles Yu Dec 21, 2013 05:53 PM

                                                                          Wow!! Actually rated #1!! No wonder!!

                                                                          1. re: mrsleny
                                                                            paulj Dec 22, 2013 05:56 PM

                                                                            In previous years Ramen Rater has like Koka brand noodles, which is available in the laksa flavor. The noodles are steamed. Flavorings come in 3 packets, one coconut powder, one hot oil, one spice powder.

                                                                            1. re: paulj
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                                                                              ramenrater Dec 29, 2013 11:55 PM

                                                                              Yeah Koka makes some really good ones. They just started selling their purple noodles here - Soy Vinegar and Aglio Olio flavors.

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