I was at the supermarket the other day when I came across Maggi's latest instant noodles offering...Maggi Royale Korean Spicy Braised Beef Flavour, the latest in the Royale line after the Penang Seafood Curry.
With a very satisfying experience with the previous Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry, I was eager to taste the new Maggi Royale Korean Spicy Braised Beef Flavour.
This is the pack-of-four Maggi Royale Korean Spicy Braised Beef Flavour which retails at RM7.90 (similarly priced as its predecessor).
This packet of noodles contains only 2 sachets...a spicy braised beef flavour powder which, when opened (and during cooking), had a fragrant beefy smell to it.
The other sachet contained (real) vegetables of carrots, spring onions and chillies (as advertised) although we know it as dehydrated vegetables.
And here's my bowl of Maggi Royale Korean Spicy Braised Beef Flavour that's ready to be eaten. The noodles are chewier and a lot thicker than the usual ones from Maggi...it's almost udon-like (I cooked my noodles for 4 mins).
Although the broth had the right colour of a beef broth and a somewhat beefy flavour, it was one-dimensional as all I could taste was the spiciness....and this one has a real kick to it (so beware those of you who can't take spicy stuff). This is not a broth that you would want to slurp till the last drop unless you want to run the risk of burning the roof off your mouth!
But, most of all, it 'screamed' for something....some real braised beef chunks of an authentic bowl of Korean braised beef noodles. This is not a bowl of noodles like its predecessor, Maggi Royale's Penang Seafood Curry, that you can add ingredients like shredded chicken, fish cakes, prawns, tofu puffs or long beans (that you can easily get) to perk up the dish. For this Korean Spicy Braised Beef Flavour, you can add one thing and one thing only....and that's real braised beef (something not many of us know how to make and neither is it store-bought readily available). So, in terms of flexibility, this noodle pales in comparison to its predecessor.
In the end, would I want to eat more of this Maggi Royale Korean Spicy Braised Beef Flavour?....err, most probably not! I'd give this a miss :(
P/S: Now, I think Maggi will probably want to un-feature my article (in their website) on Maggi Royale's Penang Seafood Curry, lest their customers see this when they visit my blog.....wakakakaka!! XD