Food Review: Koka Noodles

So I want to say before I start that Koka Noodles by and large are among the best Noodle brands out there.

Now a little bit about them and the company that makes them. Koka are a brand of instant noodles, available both as packets or cup noodles. They are manufactured by Tat Hui Pte. LTD, A company founded in Singapore in 1986. Koka Noodles are available in a variety of flavours such as Chicken, Curry, Masala, Mi Goreng, Mushroom, Prawn, Spicy Stir-Fried, Tom Yum, Tomato, Vegetable and Beef.

Koka Noodles - Various

For the purposes of keeping this product review at a reasonable length, availability of products locally and also to keep some of the mystery alive I won’t be reviewing every single flavour of Koka Noodles, however rest assured that between the six different flavours I will be trying that you can be reasonably sure of the quality of the product as a whole.

Before I start I’ll say that as a 20-something writer and sometimes student I need meals that are quick, reasonably priced (cheap!!!) And tastes good and noodles tend to be a safe bet but you run the risk with many brands of only meeting the first two of the three requirements but Koka beats other brands out because when prepared according to their instructions you get something that you can actually taste and enjoy.

Koka Noodles - Chicken FlavourChicken
You can’t go wrong with chicken, or at least Koka can’t go wrong, flavourful, quickly prepared and not oily like some instant noodle brands can be and unlike own brand store bought chicken noodles you can really taste it, rather than just a bland stock that mostly stays in the broth rather than the noodles. Personally I think chicken can get a bit samey though but then again I did eat a pack every for lunch for three months last year and I still want to eat them which bodes well for the product as a whole.

Koka Noodles - Curry FlavourCurry
My personal favourite, and again the real praise for this dish is that it actually tastes like what its supposed to taste like, the flavour bonds well with both the broth and the noodles and leaves you with a tasty alternative to the chicken flavour. This one especially can be spiced up with a little bit of bacon or beef, just to push it over the top but really it’s great on it’s own. Additionally while having a nice curry flavour it’s mild enough to be appealing to a broad palate.

Koka Noodles - Beef Flavour

This was actually my first time trying this particular flavour, and I’ve got to say I don’t not know what I was missing because it is delicious, a subtle flavour that’s incredibly Moreish and improved upon even more by something as simple as a plain piece of buttered bread.


Koka Noodles - Masala FlavourMasala
I was in a mixed mind about this one assuming it might be too similar to the broader curry flavour noodles but it’s sufficiently different to be worth trying on its own. A little spicier straight off the bat and an interesting alternative to just the regular curry, they haven’t dethroned my current favourite by any means but they will certainly be added into the rotation.

Koka Noodles - Spicy Stir-Fried FlavourSpicy stir-fried
First thing I noticed was the aromatic scent of this dish, more pronounced than any other on this list, also much like Tom Yum this one requires just a bit more care in preparation due to the soup base and the oil flavouring but if you make it right then you get a dish that’s tasty without being overpowering, with just a little spicy kick to it and of course as with all the other products on this list its filling on it’s own, especially as a lunch time meal.

Koka Noodles - Tom Yum FlavourTom Yum
I had never tried Tom Yum before I decided to do this product review and I’m fairly ambivalent towards hot and sour dishes in general but I figured since I already like the product in general, a flavour I might not enjoy is the best place to pick up faults that my own personal bias might obscure. My first thought was that it was quite mild, but not lacking in flavour. It was sweet but not overly so and even though I went into it thinking I wouldn’t enjoy these as much I was pleasantly surprised. My only note is that because of the soup base and the flavour oil together this one requires a little extra care to get right.

 Some final comments, every item on this list, as well as all of their other flavours can be cooked on the hob or in the microwave with, in my opinion, no discernible drop in quality, the only real difference is the time taken to cook them. But even cooking them on the hob, you’ll have some delicious noodles in 5 minutes. Also if you are based in the UK, you can purchase a bulk pack of 30 noodles in your preferred flavour from Home Bargains for just £10. Other than that just Enjoy and keep your eyes peeled for another product review soon.


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