Instant noodles championship 2011
Subtitle: This is serious business.
Most of you know I love cooking.
You also know I adore baking.
But did you know I love instant noodles?
Almost once a week, I eat noodles for dinner.
Of course I jazz it up.
I melt some cheese in it, fry an egg over it, mix in leftover chicken, or just add a dash of whatever dry herb I have at hand.
But I do love my noodles. This maybe because I’ve eaten noodles as a snack since I was a child. Maybe because cooking for one is a pain, and sometimes you just want something you can fix up in a couple of minutes. Largely though, it’s because these noodles are just plain delicious.
Now since there are so many variants in the market these days, today we’re having the ultimate Instant noodles championship 2011.
Don’t snigger. (We have judging parameters and all).
Participating noodles will be rated on 3 factors:
Taste– Exactly how delicious are these noodles?
Adaptability– Do the noodles hold up well to some added cheese?
Does even a little extra water make it tasteless and limp?
Packaging– I’m a sucker for pretty packets. What can I say?
Each factor carries 10 points. So a maximum of 30 points are up for grabs.
Now a round of applause for the contenders. In no particular order they are:
Taste: Pretty good if you like spicy stuff. 8/10
Adaptability: Comes with half a million condiments in the pack. Best to eat by itself. 5/10
Packaging: Green and yellow. Not my favourite combination. 5/10
Total score: 18/30
Taste: Slightly rubbery. I think it comes from not actually cooking it. Though I like the tiny veggie bits! 6/10
Adaptability: It’s in a cup. Hard to mix anything in it, but so portable! 6/10
Packaging: Rather sad! But a nice fact box on one side about the invention of instant noodles! 6/10
Total score: 18/30
Taste: Comfort, sunshine and happiness in my mouth. 10/10
Adaptability: Goes well with everything from a fried egg and cheese, to vegetables and minced meat. 10/10
Packaging: The packaging is iconic, but could certainly do with a revamp after so many years. 6/10
Total score: 26/30
Taste: The bright red powder looked promising, but turned out a bit bland for my taste. 5/10
Adaptability: Even a little extra water can make it completely tasteless. 4/10
Packaging: A cartoon sun wearing a blue bandana! Strange but cute! 7/10
Total score: 16/30
Taste: Thin noodles with great texture. Good spicy flavour. 8/10
Adaptability: Will definitely work with a side of eggs. 7/10
Packaging: Too much text and scribbles. 5/10
Total score: 20/30
Curry smooth noodles
Taste: Flattish noodles, full-bodied tomato-curry flavour. Daring. 8/10
Adaptability: Anything else will be over-powered. Best eaten plain. 6/10
Packaging: I like the bright red. And Shahrukh Khan advertising it always helps ☺ 8/10
Total score: 22/30
And the winner is: Maggi noodles. No surprise there.
We belong to a generation that grew up on it, and even today it’s a go-to meal if it’s raining, or hunger pangs hit mid-evening, or we just need a pick-me-up. The taste never ever changes, and even though Maggi itself has so many variations, it’s the original masala flavour that always hits the spot.
Really, is there anything more comforting than a steaming plate of cheese maggi with a fried egg over? I think not.
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Top Ramen (the normal Chicken flavor) is actually pretty nice, and can be very adaptable (I fry up an egg, add water and ramen, and finish off with some soy sauce, and woohoo time!). Recently I had something from Smith & Jones, Chicken flavor, which was nice too. Glad you liked my site, I came over, found out about the red velvet cupcakes and Now I want YOU to be a part of my list of loves. 🙂
Top ramen chicken? never tried it…will try it soon and do it your way 🙂 Thanks for stopping by 🙂
This was great! I have never even had Maggi noodles. I’m surprised at how limited my noodle experience is, but now I know what I will be looking for at the store!
glad you enjoyed it! lemme know what noodles u get 🙂
When I was growing up, Maggi was my favorite but I’ve tasted so many others that were just as good if not better that it’s hard, even unfair to pin down a favorite…But I don’t like the curry flavored ones.
In any brand, chicken or bacon flavored are my fallback noodles.
Bacon flavoured?? Wow! 🙂
Maggi is the ultimate comfort food. I like mine real spicy with chilli flakes and chopped green chillies. But Foodles mast masala (the orange one) is surprisingly as good as Maggi…. no, make that ‘better than’
As for the world championship, Korean shin ramyun noodles will win hands down!
Are those that big packet you got me??
They were quite yummy! But definitely for 2! 🙂
loved the post..inspired b y your blog!
Maggi Lover-Nishatha 🙂
thank you 🙂
Despite the proven fact that noodles are full of starch and floury and everything evil and make you gain weight, there’s nothing better than them when it comes to comfort food at the end of a tiring day. Which is why, unlike most moms, I don’t keep my three-year-old away from them…I can’t be so cruel. Charis, great tribute to instant noodles!
I remember how Ishani’s face lit up that day at the sight of Maggi 🙂
I thought only my son eats Maggi, even when mother keeps “normal food” is for him.
it is your son who is “normal” in this context kaka! 😀
What, no KOKA???
I wanted to do the common Indian ones first Tuki.
Maybe I’ll have a world noodle-championship soon 🙂
Thanks for dropping by!!