26 April 2007

Instant noodle, instant gratification, instant review

Last night, Harry (my pad buddy) and I arrived home earlier than usual. That's 8:00PM. In our line of work, it's normal to go home at 9 or 10PM so while others are preparing to call it a night, we sneak in an hour or two to unwind by watching TV (or, as I have found myself enjoying lately, listening to radio. But that's another story).

So imagine our wonderment at the couple of extra hours we had on hand that night! Watch a movie? No money. Watch TV? Ok. While he watched, I rummaged through my stuff looking for my eyeglasses and found my shades instead. And then I scanned through some craft books I bought months back.

Would you believe that relaxing can also make you hungry? That's where we found ourselves at half past eleven. So wouldn't it be great to have a midnight snack? So I brought out the instant chicken sopas and started to cook.

Ten minutes later... the noodles were still small and tough. Twenty minutes later... still small and less tough but still tough. But it was already under fire for twice the recommended time so we poured it into bowls.

Man... it was bad. No mater how thoroughly you mixed it up while cooking, some of the powdered flavoring stuck in the elbow macaroni was not dissolved. Munch into one of those flavor-packed noodles and it can send shockwaves on your taste buds. Really.

The instructions on how to cook it was simple enough. I wonder where it went wrong. And nope, it wasn't expired. My verdict: handle with care, or go for the real chicken sopas.

But here's the thing. Harry liked his share and consumed his bowl. To each his own, eh?

We both agreed though that it was not a satisfying meal (this is the midnight snack that turned to a meal). So we bought instant noodles with egg and pan de sal. Ten minutes later, our hunger pangs were satisfied. Yay! Now that hit right on the spot!
Ummm... this time Harry said it was a bit salty. Eh?

Now with a large chunk of our budget going to eating out, we plan to stock up on food that can last us a week which we can have as midnight snack or it can go with rice for dinner as well. Perhaps you have tried and tested recipes and food ideas you can share with us! Thanks!


I'd like to share other photos from Fort Santiago:


  1. "instant" noodles na di pa lumalambot after 20 minutes? what the...?

  2. Meowok: may bearing kaya yung fact na galing sa Baguio yung Chicken sopas? hmmmm

  3. Anonymous8:08 pm

    ay ganun? ok naman pag ako nagluto dear, hehehe. jo-lo looooves it!


  4. i think i would hv liked the sopas anyway.. i like chix sopas a lot! even these instant ones..

    a good midnight snack is: bread or banana with nutella choco hazelnut spread! the best! quick to prepare pa.. kya lang this will make you very sexy..ehehe!!!

  5. Anonymous9:07 pm

    chicken sopas and noodles as instant gratification

    sometime i avoid them though for being too salty

  6. Dear: nye... bakit ganun nung kami nagluto, parang ayaw nya maluto talaga?

    Dessa: Nutella! i want!

    Tutubi: Yeah... it's ok for every now and then lang.

  7. Anonymous11:15 pm

    Wag na kasi mag try ng iba, dun na lang sa subok na instant noodles...hehehe.

    Hhhmmm...di ba masamang mag noodles sa gabi bago matulog?

  8. Anonymous12:27 am

    natesting ko na yang brand na yan watson, medyo naging ok naman outcome sa kin eh, pero mas matagl din sya ng konti sa nakalgay sa directions... pero tama ka, nothing beats lucky me beef noodles... the best yan... :)
    isa pa sa favorite ko yung yakisoda na spicy chicken flavor... yum yum...:)

  9. Anonymous3:34 am

    Tito nick, may tag ako syo. Mas madaling sagutin yun kesa magluto ng sopas...hehehe.

  10. curiousity.. bakit hindi lumambot yung chicken sopas???? Nakakapagtaka...nagluluto naman kami dito sa house niyan at lumalambot naman yung noodles.

    With the instant nooldes. If you find it salty, add more water next time you cook.=)

  11. Haven't tried instant pancit for a midnight snack before. I usually like it in the morning or in the afternoon.

    My husband makes real macaroni soup for my son but we also tried that instant sopas before and my son liked it. You're right, it takes much longer to cook and if you don't stir it well, you will have a lumpy soup.

    Thanks for sharing the nice photos taken at Fort Santiago.

  12. Are you sure you cooked those noodles in hot water? ;-)
    Wow! You have long days. No wonder you feel hungry and want a midnight snack!

  13. sabi-sabi, instant noodles are not ideal as midnight snack, remember rico yan? he died in his sleep di ba (di ko na ma-recall ano medical term dun) and according to reports, he ate instant noodles before going to bed.

    and it's also very high in salt (naks, health conscious hehe), not good, not good. :) fruits na lang sana.

  14. Anonymous6:23 pm

    oo nga di naman kailangnang gumastos ng malaki para maibsan ang gustom, konting imagination sa pagluluto at pagkain ayus na, yung sopas dapat ata constant stirring para pantay ang luto.

  15. Anonymous9:01 pm

    alam mo, favorite ng mag-ama ko yang knorr chicken sopas na yan. medyo may kakaiba siguro sa paraan mo ng pagluluto kasi hindi naman ako inaabot ng bente minutos dyan :)

  16. Anonymous12:58 am

    ang tagal naman nun?? yaaay! baka nga may nakalimutan kayong steps o kaya naman e mahina yung kalan nyo! buti na lang at may lucky me pa! hehehe.. saraaaap! ayos na ayos na midnight snack! nilagyan mo ba ng maraming-maraming itlog??! hehehe!!

  17. There is a lot of sodium and carbo in instant noodle.

    If you are a candidate for hypertension and diabetes, avoid the meal.

  18. The best instant snack at night..try cutting cubes of melon,watermelon and papaya. Nutricious pa...that is if u like fruits.Healthy choice pa

  19. Ann: sure ka na madali lang ha. hehehe. Sige gawin ko.

    Lino: Yakisoba spicy chicken... sounds yummy nga!

    jho: yun rin sinabi ng pad mate ko. Dagdagan ko raw ng tubig. Medyo OC kasi ako sa instructions minsan. 8 cups = 8 cups. hehe

    Rach: Hmm... I shall try again next time.

    Sidney: Yup we always have long days at work. It gets to you sometimes.

    zherwin: Talaga? Yun ang last meal ni Rico Yan? (Nginig)

    Iskoo: Thanks sa advice! Bumili na kami ng alternative foods such as bread para di na kelangan lumabas kapag nagutom.

    Lady Cess: Waaahhh malamang something went wrong nga.

    rho: 2 eggs! Masarap kapag with tinapay!

    Ca T: thanks for the advise. We rarely eat instant noodles actually. maswerte na yung twice in a week.

    Febeth: masubukan nga yan. Thanks for dropping by!


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