How good it was…

I had been wanting to give this…

Mamee Chef curry laksa noodles 1

…a try to see how good it was ever since I saw that it had made the Top 10 list in somebody’s blog in 2014, Number 7 to be exact, and I also heard that it won some kind of award locally as well.

Why, it has also been endorsed by our own Malaysian celebrity chef, Chef Ismail…

Chef Ismail

…mind you! But of course, the test of the pudding is in the eating so at long last, I finally got round to grabbing a pack to cook.

A pack of 4 packets was selling at RM5.30 each or RM1.325 per packet at one of the shops round the corner from my house. I’ve noticed that the prices of these things may vary depending on where you buy them – some may be cheaper while others, more expensive. Inside each packet, you will find the noodles and these sachets…

Sachets

…of the oil, the seasoning and the garnishing.

Of course, I cooked the noodles separately, drained it well and put it in a  bowl. Then I cooked the egg, peeled and placed that by the side and after that, I cooked the soup. I boiled some water and added some fish balls that I had in the fridge and then, I added all the contents in the three sachets. Once it was done, I poured it into the bowl with the noodles and egg and served…

Mamee Chef curry laksa noodles 2

I thought it tasted all right – more like curry noodles than curry laksa, I would say as it was not on the lemak (rich with santan/coconut milk) side unlike the one that was No. 1 in previous years…or this one that managed to grab the top spot last year but its popularity seems to have dwindled and the prices have dropped drastically. For one thing, I do know that some people get put off (jelak) by the excessive lemak-ness (richness) of the soup and could barely finish half in the end. Thankfully, there did not seem to be any santan in this one even though when I was cooking the soup I was quite positive I could smell it – the smell of over-cooked coconut milk or santan powder that I am not particularly fond of.

The tofu pok wasn’t as big as what they show in the photo on the pack/packet and it was kind of hard, nothing like fresh tofu pok so I wouldn’t mind one bit if they had not included that. I must say that I liked the noodles though – what they call mi tarek (pulled noodles). It is firmer and very much nicer than the regular instant noodles that my missus says smells like (ordinary/common) biscuits.

My egg was perfectly done – no, it wasn’t poached, it was half-boiled/cooked…

Half-boiled egg

…the way I love it! The white was hard and the yolk was still soft and runny.

All in all, I would say it was, at best, o.k…

Mamee Chef curry laksa noodles 3

Maybe it was better in some negligible ways, nothing all that sensational and at that price, I think I would just stick to the cheaper ones and derive just as much satisfaction, more or less, without feeling the pinch.