Saturday, December 10, 2005
Special Oriental Flavor: $1.39
I'm still plugging away at items in the pantry. I have tons of asian noodle products I bought while attempting a "wheat free" experiment a while back. We went to the local Asian market (viva la Super88!) and I loaded up on instant rice vermicelli and bean thread noodle soups. Honestly, I got a little tired of them after a while and my consumption slowed. And LaLa informed me she pretty much hated the instant soups made with rice noodles. I see.
So the girl is out tonight so I thought I'd dig into the pantry rather than (cringe!) order out. I picked one of the two remaining "noodle bowls": Instant "Q" Noodle Stick with Jah Jan Flavor (cost $1.39) To me, these noodle bowls are like ramen for grownups. Cheap and instant, but with a touch of the exotic. Ok, I didn't like the abalone flavor one from a few months back, but this Jah Jan one was pretty tasty (I have no idea what Jah Jan flavor is...and google didn't help. It's a bit spicy, that's all I got).
Of course they have flavors like "seafood" and "pork" too. What they don't have...is directions in English. Even though I knew to let it sit for a couple minutes after adding nearly boiling water, I didn't know for sure how much water to add. I went for about 1.5 to 2 cups this time and filled the styrofoam bowl about 2/3 full. The flavor (a dry packet and a flavored oil packet) was nice and intense...probably less water than you are supposed to use, but I liked it.
All of this rambling about my $1.39 dinner packed in styrofoam bowl and labeled "special oriental flavor" is just to say that if you have an Asian grocery store anywhere near you...go there. I guarantee it's got good cheap food.
Posted by Caitlin at 5:19 PM