I’ve written about eating instant noodle bowls before, at that time it was the Kung-Fu Vegetarian Noodle bowl. This time it’s Annie Chun’s Vegan Noodle Bowl which I received a couple of samples to review. The name isn’t quite as exciting as Kung-Fu but the taste is much better.
I tried the Korean Sweet Chili flavor first. The sauce that comes with it is pretty good. There’s quite a bit in the enclosed pouch and it’s not searingly spicy but it has good flavor. I used almost all of it. But the included dehydrated veggies is negligible; they’re such small pieces and there’s just so little of it. Basically, it’s a bowl of noodles.
So when I tried the Garlic Scallion flavored one, I threw in a few leftovers to make it little more interesting (as suggested on the back of the package). I topped the noodle bowl with seitan and spinach for a little protein and some greens. But even though I used the entire sauce pouch, there wasn’t really a strong garlic or scallion taste. It’s more subtle. Smelled really good though.
The directions said to drain the water from the bowl after 2 minutes but I left it in and made it into a soup instead. Apparently, I’m incapable of following simple instructions. Happily, they were just fine as a soup.
Overall, the noodle bowls are good, quick and convenient. Better if you can add or top it with other ingredients or leftovers. And useful if you’re stuck at work, on a trip or in an emergency disaster kit.