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Dec 21, 2013 03:46 PM

Chowfind: An authentic tasting 'Instant' Singapore Laksa Noodle La Mien good enough for Chowhounders!

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.

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

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    1. re: mrsleny

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

      1. re: mrsleny

        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

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

          1. re: ramenrater

            I just saw the 2 Prima Taste ramens (Laksa and Curry) at 99Ranch, Edmonds (just north of Seattle).

      2. 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. 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

            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.


            1. re: mrsleny

              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

                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

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

            1. 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

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

                1. re: Charles Yu

                  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 -