While doing my grocery shopping the other day, I chanced upon this instant noodles on the shelves of Aeon. The first thing that caught my attention was the pic of the guy on the packet...it's Eric Tsang whom I know as a Hong Kong actor and comedian (I'm not sure if he's just hired to advertise the noodles or he has a share in it).
I actually don't watch
many Chinese movies but I got to know him from the few episodes that I managed to catch of him hosting some hilarious game show...and that was my first introduction to him.
I noticed 2 types on sale, one was the Black Pepper XO Sauce Noodles and the other, the XO Sauce Scallop Noodles. I decided to buy the cheaper one to try first. This noodle is a product of Hong Kong...and (I must say) it turned out really good! :-)
This is the Black Pepper XO Sauce Noodles pack retailing at RM9.90 per pack....certainly not the cheapest instant noodles around.
Each pack comes with 5 individual packets inside and this is how it looked like.
Inside the packet, you'll find a 'bigger than norm' non-fried noodles (I don't know what that means but I assume the noodles are not fried but baked, maybe?) housed in an open plastic container with just one seasoning packet...the black pepper XO sauce!
I cooked the instant noodles as per instructions...which was for 3 mins.
And tossed them in the sachet of black pepper sauce that also contained a bit of oil.
I fried some shallots and added it in....and it was a 'dynamite' addition! :D I loved the noodles which are more springy and has more bite to it. I liked that the black pepper sauce was not overpowering with 'over the top' pepperiness (it's unlike McDonald's Prosperity Burger which kinda blows off the roof of your mouth). The balance was just nice although I would say that the black pepper flavour was more dominant than the XO flavour.
I made one with fried shallots and fried crispy silverfish...it was a great combo too! I know many would not be bothered to make fried shallots but the addition of this little piece of extra work is so worth it....it just bring wonders of fragrance to any noodles. Loved what the salty, crunchy silverfish brought to the dish as well.
Or have one with all 3...fried shallots, crispy silverfish and a fried egg on top...that's the ultimate....hee...hee!! At times, I like to fry my egg until all the sides are super crispy and frizzy....yumsss! ;D
Now that the Black Pepper XO Sauce Noodles turned out so well, I can't wait to try the other flavour too...the XO Sauce Scallop Noodles.