15. Ching’s Secret – Singapore Curry Instant Noodles

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Here is another one from Ching’s Secret, an Indian company producing Chinese cuisine inspired ingredients, condiments and ready to eat meals including their range of instant noodle.

Last year while traveling to Singapore I was bowled over by their food scene and of course the vast variety of instant noodles available. So when I saw this pack of “Singapore Curry Instant Noodles” at my local store in India recently, I grabbed two of them!

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 Priced at Rupees 10/- only and a relatively smaller pack as well. Weights just 60g. Let’s see if it’s actually close to a Singapore Curry, by which I am assuming they mean –  Laksa.

This has a green dot printed at the front, indicating it is purely vegetarian. A vegetarian Laksa would be a first for me.

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Cooking instructions as on the packaging

  1. Boil 250ml (1 ½ cup) of water.
  2. Add noodles and seasoning mix to the boiling water and cook for 2-3 min., stirring occasionally. Serve hot.

Just 250ml for a “curry” noodle?!? Hmm…

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The seasoning has a pretty interesting aroma but inclining more towards an Indian curry rather than a Singapore curry. Psssst – I can smell mostly curry leaves in there.

Since I couldn’t catch a hint of coconut in the seasoning I referred to the back of the packet for more details. And yes it has no traces of coconut or tamarind; main ingredient for the other kind of Laksa.

Well that is disappointing.

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I followed the instructions as on the pack and now I have my answers. Firstly, this does not taste anything like a “Singapore Curry” and secondly there is no “curry”. What were you thinking Ching’s?

While I understand a cool name is important for a product, but there has to be some backing to it as well.

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Taste wise I found it decent but it has a strong flavor of curry leaves, truly “Desi Chinese”. This I feel could be an acquired taste when it comes to instant noodles, so you might want to consider that before buying a packet of this.

Also there were like 3 pieces of carrot in there but the noodles have a good bounce and chew to them though.

Rating: 3/5

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