Instant Noodles Made Healthier

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Korean instant noodle soup

Korean instant noodle soup

It’s Monday again…another week has gone and another new week is here. Last week just passed by too fast! I’m happy to have accomplished quite a number of things. Being busy at times is good but being busy all the time is not good. A constantly stretched rubber band will easily snap. Work, food and life need a balance in order that we can remain healthy and happy. I think I have kept mine reasonably balanced….*big smiles*

But, sometimes my family is secretly happy when I am too busy cos they get to eat a lot of the ‘unforbidden’ food! Instant noodles is one of them. But along the way, I have also become smarter…..*grin*. I cooked instant noodles the other day. You should hear all the “YEAH!”…..*sigh*…… when I mentioned it. Sometimes they make me feel that it’s better than restaurant food…..hmmm. In a way, it’s true many times. On several occasions we were disappointed with the restaurant food. During such times, we wished we had just eaten instant noodles at home which costs only a fraction of what we pay at the restaurant…..more satisfying, too.

Just 2 days ago, I went with my husband to have something very light at an Italian restaurant. We called for garlic bread and pizza. The garlic bread was just 1 piece about the size of my palm and the pizza was a thin crusted type with very little topping. Forgot my camera to take some shots….*sigh*. Tell you, it cost about £17…just for eating mainly flour dough! We should have come back for our instant noodles….cheaper, healthier and much more delicious. Would have cost £2 the most!

We used to say Maggie instant noodles are the best when we were back home in Malaysia. When my husband was relocated to South Korea to work, we brought along lots of Maggie instant noodles! Very soon, I made friend with several Korean ladies. We had get-together lunch very often. One day the cooked their Korean instant noodles. They said theirs is the best while in my heart I felt our Maggie one is the best. Aren’t we all proud or maybe patriotic at some point??? I told myself, ‘Just wait till I cook mine for them to try!’ But no, I was very wrong when I took the first mouthful. Oh my gosh…..that was just fabulous. My Maggie noodles dropped rank instantly! I was fully bought over. And with the kimchi, it was seriously delicious. That’s how I got hooked to kimchi too. These days, I tell my friends that Korean instant noodles are the best! And with kimchi…..awwww….it’s the best of the best!

Korean instant noodles

Korean instant noodles

There are many types of Korean instant noodles…..different flavours and different level of spices. All are very delicious. I always buy those in packets rather than those in cups. Korean noodles are bigger in portion, the noodles are bigger and the texture of the noodles is very smooth and chewy. I love the seasoning which makes the soup very warming and delicious.

Ever heard that you need some skill to cook instant noodles? Of course you don’t need me to teach you. The instructions are all at the back of the packet. Oh no, it’s in Korean language……ooops…..haha. Never mind, just go by trial and error. You don’t need rocket science to cook instant noodles.

However, I still remember when I first got married, my husband complained about my Maggie noodles. It always turned out too soft. In the end he cooked for me…..*big grin* That’s just how bad my cooking was when I was younger. He even complained about my omelette. But he has learned the lesson……if he complains, he will have no food. Worse, he has to cook not only for himself but also for me…..*grin*. And even worse here, he can’t get what he wants outside and it’s very expensive too to eat out.

Dried Japanese seaweed

Dried Japanese seaweed

Cooking instant noodles is easy but I like to make it healthier. I usually add more seaweed and egg. Seaweed is very good for health. In fact it is important for health. It contains a lot of trace minerals that are very important for our health especially the thyroid glands. A lot of people suffer from thyroid and thyroid related problems without knowing it. Thyroid causes a lot of other health problems and often goes undetected unless you request the doctor for a blood test, T3 & T4. You can read more about it at Healthy Seaweed Soup. Several of my friends are suffering from it and are on medication. It’s always better to go natural. On top of that, prevention is certainly better than cure. I always buy the dried wakame seaweed because it’s very easy to use.

Add seaweed to water

Add seaweed to water

Just add some seaweed to the water in a pot as you put it to boil.

Seaweed expands

Seaweed expands

The seaweed expands very quickly.

Healthy Japanese seaweed

Healthy Japanese seaweed

I just love the green colour of the seaweed. It looks very refreshing and healthy.

Add spices to the noodles

Add spices to the noodles

Once the water comes to a boil, add the noodles and also the packet of dried veggies inside. Loosen it with a fork or a pair of chopsticks. Add the packet of seasoning. Most of the time we don’t pour in all the seasoning.

Add eggs

Add eggs

Let it boil for a while. When it’s a little soft, break an egg or two into the soup. You can break up the egg and stir through or just leave the egg whole. I prefer the later.

Taste the noodles. The noodles will continue to cook even when you turn off the fire, so you may not want to cook it too soft. Depending on the type of noodles, this one here with the bigger noodles can stand longer cooking.

Delicious bowl of Korean noodles in soup

Delicious bowl of Korean noodles in soup

Serve hot. If you have kimchi, serve the noodles together with it… best….mmmm. But if you don’t have kimchi, it’s not that difficult to make. Check it out at How To Make Korean Kimchi. It’s also very delicious served with dumplings as I wrote about it in my previous post Beef Dumplings In Turkey Soup With Kimchi. I love it in pancakes too as in Healthy Korean Kimchi Pancake. I love kimchi fried rice too. I need to make that and post it.

In the meantime, hope you have a great day. Have fun cooking and baking!

Other noodles recipes that you may be interested in:
Making Hand-pulled Noodles
Hand-pulled Noodles And Char Siu Chicken Soup
How To Make Egg Noodles At Home
Noodle Soup And Fried Noodles from Homemade Egg Noodles

Quote of the day……

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”

- Franklin Roosevelt

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anncoo  on August 8th, 2011

hahaa…I think I’m the first today.
I totally agree with you Mary, I like Korean instant noodle more than the Maggie brand and I also like to add the seaweed (wakame) in it.
Give me five! :)

Supergirl was here  on August 8th, 2011

JENG JENG JENG! Wuahahaha! :P

Mary  on August 8th, 2011

@anncoo - Haha…I am very amused here. Ann, you made someone VERY jealous!!! :P Well done! And for liking Korean noodles, too, and cooking it the same way, of course it’s a BIG high 5!!! :D

@Supergirl was here - Oh no, you lose to some one! But I know you are still happy to won over the other few….haha :D

lena  on August 8th, 2011

i like “出前一丁”, think they’re from japan , love the seafood flavour best but unfortunately, can get other flavours here but not seafood flavour. Cintan Mee is also one of my favourite, put a lot of veggies and prawns and eat that with sambal!

claire  on August 8th, 2011

Healthy instant mee… i bought a packet of japanese seaweeds too.. but unfortunately, we don’t really know how to enjoy them.. still sticking to the local siew pak choy or choy sum.. :)

Supergirl was here  on August 8th, 2011

Hot kimchi noodle soup would be great for a rainy, cool day like today! That bowl looks sooo good! The addition of an egg is always a must when I eat instant noodles, it adds much more flavour to the soup. A definite yummy in my Tummy on this one. Slurpity slurp! :P

serena @bigapplenosh  on August 8th, 2011

Great tips - I love instant noodles and rely on it way too much :)

tigerfish  on August 8th, 2011

By not using the instant soup base from the noodle pack, I guess it is healthier? My favorite instant noodles was Myojo !

nisha  on August 8th, 2011

i love instant noodles and your version is really yummy

Drick  on August 8th, 2011

you are making me so hungry, and I just had my dinner… this does sound wonderful and you are right, we are sometimes so prejudice of our own foods we do not won’t to taste the difference even if it is the better… slow down, enjoy your soup, or it will get cold on you…

wok with ray  on August 8th, 2011

Instant noodles is always the way to go and I love your version. I’m going to call it MCIN and it stands for “Mary’s Customized Instant Noodles.” :) Thank you Mary and have a wonderful week!

~ ray ~

teresa  on August 8th, 2011

this is such a good idea, and it looks wonderful!

faye  on August 8th, 2011

Dear seaweed lovers, anyone remember the radiation leak in Japan from the recent earthquake & tsunami from Fukushima? It is not under control yet.
Does the country where you are living in, allow food imports from Japan?
Just saying

Angie's Recipes  on August 8th, 2011

The noodle soup looks comforting and perfect for the rainy days here…(it has been raining and raining over here…)

somewhere in singapore  on August 9th, 2011

I want a bowl pls!!!

Bonnie from sweet Life  on August 9th, 2011

This must be the week for noodles. Yesterday I saw Lucind Scala Quinn recreate one of her teenage boys fav afternoon snack with instant noodles and I was quickly taken back to college, now here you amke them healthier..aww I need to buy a couple of packs when i go to the store!!

Faith  on August 9th, 2011

The noodles look delicious, Mary, and I love how you made them healthier! The seaweed is a fantastic addition!

TasteHongKong  on August 9th, 2011

There are instant noodles that come with dried seaweeds, but seldom do they appear enough for me. I definitely adore your idea.
Enjoy your busy days : ).

Mimi  on August 9th, 2011

Only you could make a post on instant noodles so fun.I’d like to pull up a chair and join you for a bowl.

divya  on August 9th, 2011

Looks so yummy and mouth watering

Christine's Recipes  on August 9th, 2011

That’s the most yummy instant noodles too. Love it!

Tina (PinayInTexas)  on August 10th, 2011

In the Philippines, we also have an all-time favorite instant noodles. It’s called Lucky Me…I love it especially during times that I’m too busy or lazy to cook. I just cook it according to package instructions and add meat or seafood or vegetables. Instant food really makes life easy! :)

Juliana  on August 10th, 2011

Love the dry seaweed, they sure add lots of taste to the soup…very comforting.
Hope you are having a great week Mary :-)

Yummy bakes  on August 11th, 2011

Mary - thanks for sharing. I am not a fan of instant noodles but will find time to try this healthier version.

Erica  on August 11th, 2011

It looks delicious and healthy. Great idea.

Shu Han  on August 14th, 2011

nostalgic bowl of noodles. my mum does that too, adding homemade broth, eggs, vegetables!

Shu Han  on August 14th, 2011

oops sorry accidentally posted a totally unrelated link >< sorry for the spam!

Suman Singh  on August 14th, 2011

I love noodles and that looks so comforting and yummy..

mycookinghut  on October 1st, 2011

This is like how I cook my instant noodles too ;)

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