Scallops for just two pesos. What?!

30 05 2010

I’VE BEEN hitting the supermarkets a lot lately.  More so than Greenbelt 5, Town, or the Serendra Piazza.  And yesterday I decided to burn five hundred pesos in gift check on something rather indulgent.  I mean, I had a separate budget on staples.  But the gift check?  I wanted to use it up on something special.

I hadn’t been staring long at the specialty Asian food aisle when I noticed that the Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood I just hoarded last week also comes in a “with scallops” variant.  I don’t read Japanese, so thank God for images!  I know it currently retails for Php 124.50 each for the “BIG” size, so my five hundred would get two pesos in change for four cups.

But no, I noticed that the one with scallops costs two pesos more, at Php 126.50 each.  No biggie.  I didn’t mind forking over six more pesos so that my five hundred in gift check would get me four.  Now that’s a steal.

Both Nissin. But one is "with scallops." And costs two pesos more! Just sayin'.


I don't read Japanese. But that sure looks scallops to me.


Even just the dehydrated chunks of crabstick, squid, tamago, and scallops are enough to make my mouth water.


What really really hot water (from a kettle, as Nigella Lawson would always say) and exactly two minutes can do to a bowl of Nissin Cup Noodel Seafood... spot the scallops!


I had this steaming hot cup of noodles, eating it with chopsticks from Shanghai that were a gift from my good good friend Tenz, on the couch, watching Royal Pains.


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Nissin I’ve been missin’

30 05 2010

IT’S QUITE hard to go gaga about any of the locally produced cup noodles after one has tasted authentic Nissin Cup Noodle from Japan.  No disrespect meant towards all the La Paz Batchoy and the Chicken Sotanghon that abound in supermarket shelves.  But nothing does come close to Nissin, the “authentic” one.  That has been the case with me for over a decade now.

Going crazy over Nissin Cup Noodle bowls!

Trust the Japanese to also elevate a rather placid mundane scene of floor-to-ceiling noodle bowl displays – rife with every possible flavor or variant – into a more interactive supplier-to-customer one-stop-shop when they introduced to the market outlets where one can customize the ingredients and the flavor of a noodle bowl.  After selections are made, the bowl is sealed and can be called any which way one wants to!  I fancy making one with a miso-based broth!

But while that isn’t a possibility just yet, I have no complaints about satiating my cup noodle cravings with Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood.  I love the gingery broth that tastes “pleasantly” like the freshest seafood – rehydrated chunks of which generously swim in each foam cup.  Tamago (egg) being a staple in Japanese cuisine, Nissin made sure its presence is pronounced in every serving.  I make my noodles with water from a kettle that has just gone through a roaring boil.  But not really boiling – exactly 15 seconds after – just to make sure the foam cup doesn’t melt.

Nissin obviously doesn't scrimp on the ingredients!


I made the seafood and the curry at the same time. (I ate up in a hurry to be able to get any good enough photos. Next time!)

I weigh down the foil cover with a small plate just to make sure the cup is almost sealed shut.  And in the heat, in just two minutes, magic happens.

I weigh the foil covers down with good china just to make sure they are indeed sealed shut for the two minutes (exactly) that I let them "cook"!

[For a change, with this batch I bought one Nissin Cup Noodle Curry – to try!  I don’t have any issues with it except that the broth turns out more like a thick sauce.]

Tried the curry for the first time!

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