Trader Joe’s SQUIGGLY NOODLES


Here’s a NEW Trader Joe’s item: “Squiggly Knife Cut Style Noodles with Soy and Sesame Sauce”. This package of dried wheat noodles plus sauce looked promising. For one thing its a “Product of Taiwan”. First time, I made them the way they suggest on the package. Here’s the instructions: “Bring 4 cups water to a boil. Add noodles. Cook 4 minutes. Drain and add sauce packet”. This alone will not make a very tasty dish though. You should also add other things (protein and veggies) to make this into something tasty. Unfortunately we were disappointed with the noodles themselves. My wife’s comment was the noodles themselves just weren’t that good quality and tasted like a cheap noodle. Strike one. I did however give them a second chance. However this time I decided I would stir fry them. I cooked them 4 minutes, drained them, added a little oil so they wouldnt stick together. I tossed them in a wok with oil, ginger, garlic, sliced veggies and an egg, and stir fried them for a minute or two. They still weren’t great but we both thought they came out way better stir fried. So this is what I would recommend you do with these noodles. The sauce packet was made to be diluted so add a only half if you are using it and and taste as you go. The sauce isn’t good and frankly rather than using the (fake tasting) “Soy and Sesame” sauce packet I would suggest using some real soy sauce and toasted sesame oil, and maybe a little oyster sauce and chopped garlic of course, instead of using their crappy sauce pack. BTW the label lists Sodium in this at 40%, which is of course almost half of your daily recommended amount right there with one portion. Some packaged Asian foods have a fair amount of sodium, so you do check labels. All the sodium is in the sauce of course. $4.99 for 4 noodle packs. Basically I will give this a MEH. Fix it up and it can almost be good. Chopped scallions are a must.

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