FF Tom Yam Shrimp flavored instant noodles is a
product of Thailand. The unique packaging displayed on the shelves
caught my attention since it doesn’t come in the disposable Styrofoam
containers that ramen usually comes in, but a solid boxy plastic
FF Tom Yam Shrimp flavored instant noodles retails for RM 2.80 each
and the container can be best described as a solid plastic bowl with
rounded edges. It looks more like a box than a bowl and the entire
package is sealed. The raised round bowl type protrusion on both sides
of the ramen box serves the same purpose as a bowl – to provide
The disposable plastic bowl of FF Tom Yam Shrimp instant noodles
opens up to reveal individually wrapped packets of noodles, freeze
dried vegetables, a small sachet of oil and a foil sealed pack of Mei
Mei flavoring. It also comes with a fork which is a Good Thing (TM). I
have much love for manufacturers of ramen who bothers to include a fork
inside the pack.
This is what it looks like after I opened up the noodles and poured
in the powdered flavor sachet, the freeze dried vegetables and the
small packet of oil. I had it for breakfast today since we have hot
water at our office and I chanced upon this box of instant noodles
which I brought to the office and forgot all about. The use by date is
2007 so I reckon it’s still alright, even though it’s been there for
I filled up the plastic bowl with hot water from the water cooler
(yes, water coolers dispense hot water as well) to the indicated line
and closed the lid to wait out the designated 3 minute waiting time for
it to simmer the way instant noodles does best with the enclosed
package holding in the steam from the hot water.
I found that the solid plastic bowl design makes it cook faster
since the lid is heavy and thoroughly enclosed the bowl compared to the
more common Styrofoam containers with a foil lid which is resealed. The
resealing process in the standard Styrofoam type instant noodles
compromises the structural integrity and a weight is usually necessary
to ensure that steam does not escape.
The FF Tom Yam Shrimp instant noodles design with the “total
enclosure” plastic bowl lid is heavy enough to prevent heat and steam
from escaping…providing you with a more evenly cooked instant noodle
which tastes delicious!
…and did I mention that I love a disposable plastic fork in my noodles?