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Koka noodles prawn flavour

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So after launching my new series with the original Maggi Masala noodle, here is another ramen noodle type you can find in India: Prawn (shrimp) flavoured ones from Koka.
They aren’t available as widely as Maggi, the first time I saw this particular brand and flavour was in Bangalore in the Food World supermarket chain, but they weren’t stocking it regularly, the now defunct supermarket Monday to Sunday also had it, and Big Bazaar had some of their other flavours on occasion.

In Mumbai my local supermarket has almost the whole range, and Big Bazaar has the mushroom flavour and a few others. The prawn flavour is priced at 25 rupees an individual pack, it’s an imported brand but at this price, it still won’t break the bank.

Taste wise this is my absolute favourite, I used to like them back in Switzerland in other brands, I love shrimps in general, and if I can get my hand on something flavoured with it here in India I’ll take it.
Compared to Maggi noodles, Koka ones are thinner, way less starchy (and I mean it, because my main issue with Maggi is the starchy feeling) and the flavour is blending very well with the noodles as well. Koka has a whole range of flavours to choose from which rest assure I will review too, but I started with my favourite. It is also my daughter’s ultimate favourite and when we do this one we can’t just share a pack and call it a snack because she will almost gobble a whole pack all by herself, be mindful though that this particular one has MSG in it, so it’s not something to give to child below they age of 1 and should you be sensitive to MSG don’t go for it.
Of course as with every ramen noodles I will review, this one is not healthier than any other, they are a nice treat, but definitely not a balanced meal, but as comfort food goes, this particular brand and flavour scores high.
In our home we actually make sure that it’s in the cupboard at all time along with Maggi masala noodles, and of course I go by the logic that as long as people in my local supermarket raid the Koka noodles that means they will keep stocking it, which will ensure we will not be without it like it happened in Bangalore a long time ago.

4 comments

  1. Nice to know about this noodle brand. Will try it when I visit India, though I dislike shopping in Big Bazaar, too crowded for me and the lines at checkout are too long. I really like your articles about food and how you manage to cook your childhood favourites with the ingredients being difficult to find in india. I live in Norway now, and with me it is the reverse, trying to cook Indian food (albeit my own version of it) using the ingredients I find here.

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  2. Hi Nima,
    Yeah I can imagine that it must be equally though to cook Indian food in Norway, DH tried in Switzerland while he was on assignement there, he found a Indian grocery store though, but the main problem was the electric stove and lack of pressure cooker. I joined him on the assignement for 2 months and I tried to cook some chicken dishes for my family and it didn't taste as good, first they didn't have a wok, and no flat bottomed pans don't do it too well, and then in so many years in India I actually got used of being to regulate the stove temperature instantly just reducing the flame on the gas stove. Electric stoves while being safer aren't very good when it comes to cooking stuff that need to go from boiling to simmering in a spilt second.

    Oh and I hate Big Bazaar myself, I rarely visit that one because not only there is always a crowd and a long queue at the check out, the  cashiers are pretty dumb, and their computer system always having a problem, it never fails each time I go there there will be at least one item that will not scan in their system and them taking about 15 minutes to figure out what to do about it...sigh!

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  3.  It was no problem living in the USA, where there are many Indian grocery stores, and you get anything and everything Indian easily. But it is not too bad, there are still Chinese and Middle Eastern stores here, and we can make do with almost all of the basic stuff like pulses, spices etc. And it is good to be challenged to get creative once in a while!

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  4.  Oh yes creativity is a very good thing, and it never hurts to be creative.
    My main issue in India with continental cuisine is that some of the ingredients are pricey and have no substitute.
    DH noticed that Indians living in Switzerland have it much easier, because even streamline supermarkets stock up some of the basics and they cost about the same price as local produces and Swiss food stuff, so Indian expats do not break the bank to have a little comfort from back home in a strange land. A thing sadly expats coming to India don't get, if you are on a multinational short term assignment, fine the income is probably big enough so that certain things won't put a hole in your budget, but there is a significant portion of expats that are here working for small NGOs or are married to Indian citizens and don't get the overinflated expat life and for these spending nearly 400 rupees on 8 slice of bacons, or planning a sushi meal that will set the bill just for the ingredients to cook them at home in the 1000's of rupees is just not possible at all.
    I actuall had people telling me to my face and on this blog to suck it up and do as the Indian do and eat Indian. Indian food is good, but not at every meal, and I found these comments rude, because back home we don't tell Idnians immigrants to suck it up and eat Swiss food and nothing else. So yeah for me this was quite a shock at first :)

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