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We sampled 36 cups of "just add hot water" instant noodles to find out which is the spiciest, creamiest, has the best noodles, and which ones you should eat with caution(44 photos)
FLAVOUR? WHAT FLAVOUR? | 7 Select Black Pepper Crab, $1.60 | 7-Eleven | “What flavour?” is the common refrain from four out of five tasters in trying this tall cup of instant noodles. The thin, curly yellow ramen noodles are soft, though the non-spicy broth may be too artificial tasting. If you think that is a given, wait till you see the rest of our list. Would we buy this again? Yeah, why not? It’s instant noodles, and when you are hungry and have no choice, a beggar cannot be a chooser.
Crab in a cup? Well, this is far from the real thing, but if all you need to do is "add water", some of these noodles deliver flavours of crab and even manage to recreate the flavours of popular Singapore crab dishes such as black pepper and chilli crab. Read on for those that make it and those that miss it by a mile.
ÜBER-LUXURIOUS INTERNATIONAL BUFFET | Be bowled over by the sheer volume and variety of the buffets (breakfast, lunch and dinner) at The Line (Buffet hours: Daily 6-10.30am, noon-1.30pm, 6-10.30pm). A modern, minimalist 400-seater restaurant at Shangri-La, their buffet has 16 stations that offer worldly fare, from pesto spaghetti cooked on the spot to satay skewers aplenty, sashimi, Indian curry and a carvery. Get some creamery style ice-cream with the toppings mashed up, and finish with a freshly-brewed flavoured cappuccino at the barista bar. If you’re a diehard seafood fan, go for the marine harvest special on Tuesday and Thursday nights. All 16 kitchens will transform into seafood stations serving up a mix of traditional and new creations featuring fresh catches like Boston lobsters, king prawns and crabs. Desserts are also a dream with choices such as ice cream teppanyaki (iron-griddle cooked food) and piping-hot soufflés. The Line also does a great Sunday brunch, but if you're brunching at the Shangri-la, give The Waterfall café a try. Price: Dinner: Tue & Thu $102.64 with unlimited sparkling wine; Mon, Wed, Sun $84.24 with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks; Fri-Sat $91.26 with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks
BLACK PEPPER CRAB TASTES LIKE BEEF | Super Cup Black Pepper Crab, $1.30 | Giant Supermarket | The only thing that is consistent in this cup is that the flat ramen noodles are soft and it’s not spicy. Different bites yield different results: from the lack of flavour to enough flavour. Someone tasted “beef” in this, of which it has none, we hope, because that is not what the packaging says. “Where are you, flavour?” cried another taster.
CRITIC'S PICK | ALMOST LIKE CHILLI CRAB SAUCE | 7 Select Chilli Crab, $1.60 | 7-Eleven | The curly yellow ramen noodles hydrate into al dente bites. The dark brown broth is aromatic and sweet with medium spiciness. It even has the consistency of chilli crab sauce – thickened and sticky. "Slimy" was someone's other remark.