With the Ramen Rater recently placing Prima Taste’s Wholegrain Laksa LaMian on the #1 spot on his top 10 instant noodles of all time, I find it appropriate to give it a try and give my thoughts on it. But of course, I am a bit of an idiot, so while going to the supermarket I bought the normal version instead of the Wholegrain version.
Prima Taste Laksa LaMian – S$10.95 (US$24.98 [!!!!] on Amazon)
- Contains 4 of the below instant noodle packets
Of which contains the following:
Paste is very aromatic, with a strong shrimp paste aroma. Already you can smell that the quality is high, as it smells as good as fresh laksa paste.
Also strong aroma, this time of dried coconuts when opening the packet.
Instructions says to pour sachets with 500ml of water in a pot.
Mix well, bring to a boil.
Then add the dried noodles.
They do recommend adding other ingredients like prawns, fish cake and the like, but I opted for a healthier option and added some cabbage and celery.
The portion of noodles is pretty big for 1 person. I would say it is about 1.5 servings.
After 7 minutes, your meal is complete.
This is hands down, the best instant noodles I have ever had in my entire life. Not to say that I have much credentials to eating instant noodles, but I have always disliked eating them because they always taste pretty similar and the noodles just don’t feel like real noodles to me.
My previous best instant noodle I had was one that costed about S$4 to S$5, with dried beef in the package. While that is pretty decent, it wasn’t enough to change my mind about avoiding instant noodles.
Prima Taste’s Laksa La Mian however, might just have done it. The noodles are perfectly firm with a little bite, the rich creamy laksa coats the noodle perfectly, and with each slurp of noodle, the noodle and laksa complements each other without needing a spoon to scoop up more of the delicious soup. The soup also isn’t very spicy with just a little kick, and it makes every bite of the noodle enjoyable to finishing.
Of course, this is not the perfect end game of all instant noodles. While the soup is extremely good, it is just not as good without the noodles. The noodles together with the laksa makes this a completely satisfying meal, but alone you might get tired of the laksa after a few mouthfuls. Also, the greatest challenge of instant noodles has to be the nutrition factor.
Yepp. That is an entire day of sodium content in one serving. 2178mg worth compared to a day’s 2300mg. But wait! There’s more! An average daily intake of saturated fat is 24g. And yep again! That’s right, that’s an entire day’s worth of saturated fat intake in one serving.
But then again, you’re eating laksa, which is a meal that is supposed to be unhealthy even in it’s fresh form. I worry less about the fats, but more about the sodium intake.
Do I still have more to complain about? …Not really.
Ingredients honestly do look pretty good however. And the reason why the sachets smell so good is right there; lots of whole food ingredients.
Rating for Prima Taste Laksa LaMian:
I rate food based on how far I am willing to travel, as well as whether I think the price I paid for it justifies it. You can read more about why here.
Despite my complains about the health issues, the taste and texture of the noodle is genuinely extremely good. If someone not from SouthEast Asia wants a taste of Laksa, yet is unable to have access to fresh Laksa, this gets my high recommendation for a true authentic taste. I would be willing to put in quite a lot of effort to find this, if it weren’t for the fact that I can get fresh Laksa in my local neighbourhoods already.
I believe that instant foods have a place in our diets. Perhaps today is not yet the day, but there will be a place eventually. The only reason this does not get a full 5/5 Worth-it rating is because of the ungodly amounts of sodium and saturated fat. At the local price of S$3 per packet, I believe it is entirely worth it. At the Amazon price of US$25 for 4 packets, that depends on where you’re living. But if you’re a foreigner visiting Singapore, definitely think about bringing this back home.
That said, it’s time to bust out the old ugly icon; the honorary fat boi badge once again. Perhaps one day, this icon will be replaced with a more beautiful and fitting one.
But I’m just a fat boi… What do other people think?
Can’t forget about the original Ramen Rater. 5/5
Several users on TheSmartLocal gave it a high rating, and is especially essential for home-sick or travelling Singaporeans to bring packets of this if they want a taste of home.
Amazon Reviews averages 4.1 stars out of 5, most saying it is the best or above average instant noodles. People who don’t like it seem to complain about the fishy taste (from the shrimp paste) of the soup.
TheTummyTrain thinks the hints of coconut milk and shrimp were lovely, but will be sure to add toppings the next time.
LuxuryHaven interestingly cooked it claypot and dry style. Thinks it is completely worth the price and sees why the Ramen Rater rates it so highly.
There’s really just lots of praises, so I’m gonna be a jerk and add me one more complain of mine. The sachets contained looks like army combat ration, and it’s triggering a small part of me. So yeah. that’s it.