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The Noodle Project

trying a new Indomie flavour every week
May 30 '12
Week 20 - mi goreng satay Instant Cup Noodles
Spongy noodles that actually taste nothing like the regular satay flavour.
Score: 2/10

Week 20 - mi goreng satay Instant Cup Noodles

Spongy noodles that actually taste nothing like the regular satay flavour.

Score: 2/10

May 23 '12
Week 19 - mi Cakalang
The non-soup version of Mi Cakalang. These were super spicy. I preferred the soup ones.
Score: 6/10

Week 19 - mi Cakalang

The non-soup version of Mi Cakalang. These were super spicy. I preferred the soup ones.

Score: 6/10

May 15 '12
Week 18 - mi goreng Instant Cup Noodles
The original mi goreng flavour in cup noodle form. Just like the regular mi goreng, it comes with the five usual seasoning packets but the noodles are thinner and turn a bit spongy. Not necessarily bad, but given the higher price and spongy noodles I don’t need to have it again.
Score: 6/10

Week 18 - mi goreng Instant Cup Noodles

The original mi goreng flavour in cup noodle form. Just like the regular mi goreng, it comes with the five usual seasoning packets but the noodles are thinner and turn a bit spongy. Not necessarily bad, but given the higher price and spongy noodles I don’t need to have it again.

Score: 6/10

Tags: mi goreng
May 8 '12
Week 17 - Mi keriting goreng spesial
I’ve finally run out of flavours available at my local Asian supermarket, so when I went on a quest for more, I found this ‘premium’ flavour. In addition to the usual seasonings it also includes a packet of dried vegetables which give the noodles a really nice texture.
Score: 9/10

Week 17 - Mi keriting goreng spesial

I’ve finally run out of flavours available at my local Asian supermarket, so when I went on a quest for more, I found this ‘premium’ flavour. In addition to the usual seasonings it also includes a packet of dried vegetables which give the noodles a really nice texture.

Score: 9/10

Apr 30 '12
Week 16 - Kaldu Ayam
Another versatile basic chicken soup. I’m not sure how different this one is from the Ayam spesial flavour, but until I do a side-by-side comparison, I’ll be giving them both a score of 7 out of 10.
Score:  7/10

Week 16 - Kaldu Ayam

Another versatile basic chicken soup. I’m not sure how different this one is from the Ayam spesial flavour, but until I do a side-by-side comparison, I’ll be giving them both a score of 7 out of 10.

Score:  7/10

Tags: soup chicken
Apr 24 '12
Week 15 - Ayam bawang
I can see why Wikipedia lists this one as one of the most popular flavours in Indonesia. It’s a basic spicy and flavourful chicken and onion soup. I can imagine that it would make a really good base for a proper noodle soup, with added chicken and vegetables, and lots of fried onion on top.
Score: 9/10

Week 15 - Ayam bawang

I can see why Wikipedia lists this one as one of the most popular flavours in Indonesia. It’s a basic spicy and flavourful chicken and onion soup. I can imagine that it would make a really good base for a proper noodle soup, with added chicken and vegetables, and lots of fried onion on top.

Score: 9/10

Tags: soup chicken
Apr 17 '12
Week 14 - Mi Cakalang
These were a welcome change, as they were tuna-flavoured. Who would have thought? I’d like to try some more seafood-flavoured ones, but I haven’t really seen any.
Score: 7/10

Week 14 - Mi Cakalang

These were a welcome change, as they were tuna-flavoured. Who would have thought? I’d like to try some more seafood-flavoured ones, but I haven’t really seen any.

Score: 7/10

Tags: soup tuna seafood
Apr 12 '12
Week 13 - Mi goreng Satay
This week’s noodles are late, but they’re also the best.
Score: 9/10

Week 13 - Mi goreng Satay

This week’s noodles are late, but they’re also the best.

Score: 9/10

Tags: mi goreng
Apr 3 '12
Week 12 - Mi Kocok Bandung
I just can’t seem to figure out what flavour this one actually is, but it’s really good. Judging from the picture on the packet, it’s probably beef or pork, but it’s hard to tell. Either way, I’ll be getting this one again, since it had a really nice, very savoury flavour, and small, slightly chewy bits that set it apart from every other Indomie soup I’ve tried so far.
Score: 8/10

Week 12 - Mi Kocok Bandung

I just can’t seem to figure out what flavour this one actually is, but it’s really good. Judging from the picture on the packet, it’s probably beef or pork, but it’s hard to tell. Either way, I’ll be getting this one again, since it had a really nice, very savoury flavour, and small, slightly chewy bits that set it apart from every other Indomie soup I’ve tried so far.

Score: 8/10

Tags: soup
Mar 26 '12
Week 11 - Mi goreng BBQ Chicken
These were basically noodles with barbecue sauce. A bit unusual, since they didn’t taste particularly Asian, but quite nice.
Score: 7/10

Week 11 - Mi goreng BBQ Chicken

These were basically noodles with barbecue sauce. A bit unusual, since they didn’t taste particularly Asian, but quite nice.

Score: 7/10

Mar 20 '12
Week 10 - Mi goreng Rendang
No recipe that I’ve found for beef rendang includes lime (except one from the BBC, which calls for it as a possible substitute for tamarind purée). Yet lime was the main flavour of these noodles and it actually made them kind of unpleasant. Not a flavour I’d recommend unless you’re craving limes.
Score: 4/10

Week 10 - Mi goreng Rendang

No recipe that I’ve found for beef rendang includes lime (except one from the BBC, which calls for it as a possible substitute for tamarind purée). Yet lime was the main flavour of these noodles and it actually made them kind of unpleasant. Not a flavour I’d recommend unless you’re craving limes.

Score: 4/10

Tags: mi goreng beef
Mar 12 '12
Week 9 - Kari Ayam
Wikipedia says that this flavour (chicken curry) is one of the most popular ones in Indonesia so I was quite disappointed when I tried it and realised it’s quite bland. It’s a soup but I can imagine it would be better if you drained the water.
Score: 5/10

Week 9 - Kari Ayam

Wikipedia says that this flavour (chicken curry) is one of the most popular ones in Indonesia so I was quite disappointed when I tried it and realised it’s quite bland. It’s a soup but I can imagine it would be better if you drained the water.

Score: 5/10

Tags: soup chicken
Mar 5 '12
Week 8 - Baso Sapi
Beef meatball soup. This might as well have been chicken-flavoured; it was hard to tell what it tasted like. Not bad, but nothing special.
Score: 6/10

Week 8 - Baso Sapi

Beef meatball soup. This might as well have been chicken-flavoured; it was hard to tell what it tasted like. Not bad, but nothing special.

Score: 6/10

Tags: soup beef
Feb 27 '12
Week 7 - Sop Buntut Khas Jakarta
Oxtail soup Jakarta style. It was nice but it didn’t have a lot of flavour. Not bad, but I don’t need to have it again.
Score: 6/10

Week 7 - Sop Buntut Khas Jakarta

Oxtail soup Jakarta style. It was nice but it didn’t have a lot of flavour. Not bad, but I don’t need to have it again.

Score: 6/10

Tags: soup beef
Feb 20 '12

Week 6 - Mi goreng Pedas

Spicy mi goreng. It’s similar to the regular mi goreng. It wasn’t all that spicy but had a kind of fruity flavour to it.

Score: 6/10

I actually had this one last week, as I went to Sydney over the weekend, where I took the opportunity to not eat instant noodles. Clockwise: Chicken ramen, sushi train sushi, chicken laksa and tuna belly.