Wednesday, 4 June 2014
Ibumie Penang White Curry Mee Instant Noodles
Here is another Penang White Curry Mee instant noodle bandwagoner banking in on the phenomena success of MyKuali.
This one is from Ibumie. Ibumie's owner Biz-Allianz International, founded in 1982 is a relatively big player in the Malaysian instant noodles market.
My JB friend Terrence brought me a 4-pack packet to try. Thanks Terrence.
Open the pack, there was a noodle block and three sachets inside - curry paste, non dairy creamer and seasoning powder.
The curly instant noodles were the generic cook and oil fried type, so we can feel a very slight film of grease on the noodles in the pack.
The large sachet of white powdery non-dairy creamer (not specified but usually manufactured from palm oil).
The smaller heap of seasoning powder. Mainly salt, MSG and other synthetics.
The curry paste was aromatic with strong hae bee (dried shrimps) smell and a blend of real spices cooked in palm oil.
My bowl of hot Penang white curry mee in 5 minutes from opening the pack to serving. I followed the instructions on the pack, to the letter.
The instant noodles were very similar to MyKuali's version. Curly, spongy and soft. Tasted of wheat.
Generic, non descript, unremarkable noodles.
The broth was round bodied, not too heavy. The flavours and spiciness were mild.
Even though MyKuali and Ibumie's instant curry broth were quite similar, we did not get the surprised feeling like when I first tasted MyKuali. Perhaps, we are now already initiated and well accustomed to instant curry broths.
Now for Johor Kaki's signature dip stick test.
A moderate amount of oil was stuck to the dip stick.
I only took a couple of spoonfuls of the curry broth to taste as I felt put off by the MSG, synthetics and grease.
Taking a few spoonfuls, I didn't feel unease or MSG thirst afterwards.
I found Ibumie Penang White Curry Mee very similar to MyKuali's version.
Ibumie Penang White Curry Mee is certified Halal.
Rating: 6.5/10 based on Johor Kaki standardised instant noodle rating system.
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