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.