Bear…

The ladies in the house love anything and everything Korean so I would often see them whipping up some Korean dishes and making their own kim chi and when they come home from shopping, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some Korean products in their cart, some packs of instant noodles…

…perhaps.

Well, recently they came home with a few packets of this…

…and when I went and googled, I found out that gomtang is actually Korean beef bone soup.

There is a joke that “gom” in Korean means bear, so it is a soup made by boiling bear meat. But gomtang is made using beef, not bear meat. It is also called gomguk but here, “gom” means “boiled” bones or meat for a long time.

Usually, these Korean instant noodles do not come cheap but they probably bought this one at a discounted price, seeing how the expiry date was a few days ago. More often than not, they are extremely spicy and are red in colour with the very strong kim chi taste so I would not touch them with a 10-foot pole. I saw that this one was not like those so I decided to take a packet and give it a try.

Inside, besides the noodles, there was a sachet – the soup base…

I did hear my girl complaining when she cooked it to eat that it was very salty so I just added half of the seasoning and threw away the rest.

There wasn’t any leftover meat or whatever in the fridge that I could serve with it so I boiled an egg, peeled it and placed it by the side with some lettuce and tomato…

Oh dear! I did not do a good job with the egg this time – the yolk did not turn out perfect. I sprinkled a bit of the chopped spring onion from our garden and my missus’ fried shallots on top and served.

I must say that it did not sweep me off my feet when I ate it, not at all! I thought it tasted like one of those ordinary instant noodles, the chicken flavour and even the texture of the noodles was kind of disappointing…

I’ve had Korean instant noodles where I really liked the noodles, if nothing else.

In my honest opinion, our own made-in-Sibu Daddy Mee, chicken flavour wins hands down if I were to compare that to this…

I don’t know about the ladies but I, for one, would not bother to buy it again if I happen to see it in the shops.