Wednesday, 2 July 2014

#ewew makes Penang Seafood Curry (the Maggi way)

Just the other day, when I was doing my grocery shopping, I came across this Royale Penang Seafood Curry by Maggi, a new flavour that I've not seen before.  All of us grew up eating instant noodles (or more popularly referred to as Maggi Mee locally for all instant noodles) because it's the most popular brand of instant noodles.  I have eaten my fair share of instant noodles (of other brands) but found myself coming back to Maggi each time because the other brands (not those high end Korean or Japanese ones but those of similar prices) just don't cut it.  My favourite flavour till today is still Maggi Curry.  But that was before I found the Penang Seafood Laksa last week.

We all know how difficult and troublesome it is to make a curry from scratch and many (me included) do not know how or find it too cumbersome to make one.  So it was a blessing in disguise when I found this new flavour that I just have to share with you.

A check on their website revealed that Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry has been doing roadshows and in-house samplings at Jusco stores since the beginning of June.
I finally saw their ad in the papers last Saturday with a tagline.....Have you really tasted the best?  I guess not until you have tasted Maggi's new Penang Seafood Curry!

There are 3 sachets that comes along with the instant noodles - a cooked chilli paste (with the aromatic savouriness), a prawn seasoning powder (that smelled heavenly) and a non-dairy creamer (that mimics the coconut milk flavour).  

This was how the 3 packets of flavouring looked like.

This was the bowl of Penang Seafood Laksa I made with some leftover homemade fish cakes (from my fridge) thrown in for extra oomph or "kar liew" (additional ingredients)!  Does that look good or what?

The taste was surprisingly good coming from something 'instant'.  The noodles were more springy and the laksa broth was unbelievably rich, with a delicious 'almost-like' santan flavour, and just enough spiciness from the superior seafood chilli paste (cooked, not powdered) made with toasted belacan.  Of course, we can't make comparisons with a bowl of curry made from scratch with fresh ingredients (that's just not level playing field).
If you want a bowl of 'real' seafood laksa, you can add the 'works'....prawns, squid, tofu (bean curd) puffs and long beans....but why go through all the's soooo good just on its own!

Hmmm...maybe with ingredients (that are easily available from your fridge) which need little or no preparation like tofu puffs, french beans and fried egg shreds (though not the usual condiments you would associate with a curry laksa) but I don't mind.

If I have one tiny little complaint is that the soup has a slightly powdery taste towards the end (just like any of their other Maggi noodles because of the remnants and undissolved powdered mix), so I can't really say that it's good to the last drop.......perhaps the last few drops.

Actually, Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry looks pretty similar to the MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodles (which also comes with a sachet of non-dairy creamer along with a packet of chilli paste and soup powder) and should give it "a run for their money".  

When MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodles came out in May last year, it was an overnight sensation here and became an instant hit in many countries!  It created such a ruckus because it was sold out everywhere with frustrated customers crying out for production to be increased and improvement to distribution networks.  I've not tasted the MyKuali version yet as they have a very limited distribution network and it's not readily available from any supermarket (with some resorting to buying them online at ridiculous prices).  [#Note: I heard it's now available through selected Cold Storage and Giant hypermarkets here in KL and only in Gama and Sunshine supermarkets in Penang.  Well, with Maggi's wide distribution networks, you won't have that problem with their Penang Seafood Laksa coz you can buy them from all major supermarkets (I bought mine from Jusco).]  I'll have to get my hands on the MyKuali version to see what the fuss is all about.
Each packet of Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry has 4 individual packets and retails for RM7.90 a packet...that makes it about RM2 a packet (which is more than double the price of a normal packet of Maggi Mee).  But, let me tell you, it's well worth the price...after all, as the name implies, the taste is "royale"!

To know that a good bowl of curry is just 2 mins away to satisfy our curry cravings any time of the day (and night) that's a happy thought....and happy days ahead!

So goodbye Maggi Mee Curry......and hello Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry!!!

P/S:  And no, I wasn't that lucky to receive a carton of Maggi Mee from the manufacturer for this review :(


  1. Oh I didn't know this. Will tell my sister to try this as she has just tried MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodles. Actually we did not get onto that bandwagon until my relatives from Taiwan read about MyKuali on fb and asked us to send them some and so we ate some to see what the fuss is all about. I can't comment because I have very low expectation on curry so most taste fine to me as long as not that spicy.

    1. Until I've tasted MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodles, I can't comment which is better. I love, love curry mee and Maggi's (instant) Penang Seafood Laksa surprised (and impressed) me.

    2. Ah, then you really should try MyKuali. I just ate Maggi Royale Penang Seafood curry and both are nice but in different ways.


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