You’ve probably tried the fish skin or potato chip versions, but have you tried the instant noodles?
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If you’re not eating instant noodles while travelling, then are you really touristing?
While exploring the streets of Singapore, I chanced upon a truly Singaporean cup noodles that I couldn’t resist: the Irvins Salted Egg flavour noodles, for around S$3 (approximately RM9).
Irvins is best known for their salted egg fish skin chips which have gained a cult following due to its rich eggy flavour. In fact, friends will likely ask you to buy them bags of Irvins if you travel to Singapore!
The instant noodles boast a ‘dangerously addictive’ flavour with mee pok noodles, a kind of broad flat noodles that is more commonly found in Singapore and Johor.
These are all my favourite things, so naturally I had to try it out.
The Taste Test
The Irvins Salted Egg cup noodles come with the usual amount of seasonings, plus a relatively big pack of salted egg flavoured powder.
Be sure to keep an eye on the timer as the mee pok is best when al dente and still springy.
While stirring the seasoning and noodles together, it smells truly delightful with rich salted egg aroma, like a promise of good things to come.
Upon first bite, it seems to hit all the right spots: like a rich, buttery noodle with a balanced salted egg flavour.
After a while, it becomes clear that it is an imitation of real rich and creamy salted egg sauce. Of course, salted egg powder can never replace the delight that is real fresh salted egg sauce.
In addition to the notes of salted egg, there is an oddly endearing hint of smokiness with a light hit of chili.
The noodles, however, were absolutely great for carrying the sauce on its broad surfaces, ensuring that each bite is flavourful.
This is a really good cup noodle if you are not expecting the crazy rich eggy flavour that is associated with Irvins salted egg fish skin chips.
I would actually say that the flavour is balanced just right for a portion of noodles, as I personally often find Irvins chips to quickly get jelak. However, I could finish the portion of noodles nicely without feeling bloated.
In terms of spiciness, it’s rather tame for Malaysians with barely any heat, so you could likely share this with kids or people who aren’t into spicy food.
It’s quite delicious, and definitely added a bit of fun as a late night snack, especially if you’re touristing in Singapore after so long.
Right now, you can find this instant noodle being sold for upwards of RM15 on online e-commerce platforms. While curious and keen noodle lovers may jump at the chance to give it a shot, it might be more worth it to try them while in Singapore.
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.