Koka has perfected the art of producing steam-cooked noodles that are air-dried and never fried, removing the fat content found in most instant noodles. This innovation made Tat Hui the first to produce instant noodles without any added MSG, and also the first to receive the Singapore Health Promotion Board’s ‘Healthier Choice’ endorsement in this category.
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Only one flavour is good
I am a terrible cook. That's why a compartment in my pantry is full of microwave food and instant ramen, which are my comfort food.
Koka offers many flavours but I still think that it is only average. The block of instant noodles is slightly low in taste. However, I must say that the garnish pack is incredible. My favourite flavour is the 'Koka Instant Non-Fried Noodles, Spicy Black Pepper Flavour'. This stuff is amazing and I feel that Koka should focus on improving the flavour. The seasoning gives a slight peppery taste and there's an oomph factor when you top it off with fried eggs.
Overall, having tried numerous Asian instant noodles brands, I have narrowed down my personal favourites. Sadly, only the Koka Spicy Black Pepper Flavour noodles is one of them and the rest does not suit my tastebuds.
My go-to brand
Call me strange, but I've never been a huge fan of Maggi noodles. I personally found the noodles too soft and the soup mixes a little strange-tasting. Moreover, I'm allergic to MSG, so when Koka noodles came along I was delighted I could finally eat instant noodles without itching uncontrollably.
Curry is my favourite flavour of all the Koka noodles. The soup mix is sourish but relatively spicy, unlike the spicy-sweet coagulation you get from Maggi. The only complaint I can have about Koka is that the noodles take a while to cook, and if you take the noodles out too quickly, they can stick together and be tough to eat. That being said, Koka is definitely a great healthier alternative to your typical instant noodles.
I remember the hilarious commercial Koka had a few months ago. The customer was buying noodles from a hawker stall, and he did not want MSG/lesser salt/basically anything that makes the noodles healthy. The hawker got so exasperated and handed him some Koka noodles! This advertisement is still etched in my mind after a while.
Healthy or not, it still tastes pretty good. I tried different flavours of their fried noodles and it tasted like normal instant noodles. There was a unique one I tried too, purple wheat noodles. It tasted wondeful for a while until I had them almost everyday. Now even the sight of the irksome purple noodles makes me feel like barfing.
Not bad, really. Everyone should try it!
Favourite brand of instant noodles. Ever.
First of all, it is much more vegetarian-friendly than most other instant noodle brands. Being a vegetarian, travelling and food options overseas are always troubling. This is why it's always important for me to bring some emergency food supply (or supper in hotels) when I travel. Koka cup noodles are thus a viable and economical option!
Cup noodles aside, I love the individually-packed noodles (the ones sold without flavouring). They're great for home-cooking as well, and makes it so much easier when we decide to cook family favourites like wanton mee! What's more, I think it isn't that the taste is compromised, but rather we're allowed to season it ourselves!
Instant noodles becoming healthier and more versatile - definitely a plus!
A Healthier Choice
Koka noodles are marketed as MSG-free. I remember that there is a commercial advertisment with a man ordering noodles at a stall asking for less MSG, no trans-fat, no artifical flavouring, wanted the noodles to be 'springy' and the taste to be just nice, making the boss and the customers to be so irritated and annoyed at him. In the end the boss is so angry that he just pushed a packet of koka noodles to him.
I really like their noodles at first, but after a few tries, I find that other brands' noodles taste much better than Koka, only the Laksa Flavour is still my favourite. I did say before that healthy stuff are not delicious, maybe i should just take back my words for Koka Laksa flavoured noodles.
I'll stick to Maggi
I've given Koka a try a few times, because I really wanted to like it. But I can't, and I don't.
It tastes horrible every single time, and I wouldn't be able to finish a single packet because of the awful taste. The smell is putrid, and I have to hold my breath/breathe through my mouth, because I cannot stand it. Eating instant noodles is supposed to enjoyable, right? Or at the very least not torturous!
And the fact that it's slightly pricier than Maggi (the best instant noodles in my opinion) just because it's "healthier" is a joke. If i want to eat healthy, I'll eat healthy PROPERLY.
Not worth it.
KOKA was a force to be reckoned with many years ago when their products were really tasty and offered people the same delicious taste as a home-cooked meal. Their different flavours of noodles available had a genuine impact on the market back then.
Now, however, is a different story. I view KOKA as a fallen giant. There are not that many shops that sell the brand anymore. And frankly, I can understand why. Buy any cup of KOKA cup noodles today and upon opening it, you will find the overpowering-scent of MSG. when u add the contents of the sachet into your noodles and let it cook, you will find yourself waiting slightly longer than expected. And the taste of the soup will give you the feel that a large amount of MSG has been generously poured all over it. Adding insult to injury is the plainly obvious fact that the noodles themselves are bland, without much, if any, taste at all.
Still prefer Maggi.
Even though KOKA received the 'Healthier Choice' award from the HPB, I still prefer Maggi. Firstly, the texture of the noodles differ a lot. I prefer Maggi because the noodles seem to soften faster while cooking. Secondly, the taste of the noodles differ even more, to which I prefer Maggi's.
With MSG added or not, instant noodles are, at the end of the day, unhealthy. This is regardless if it's a 'healthier choice' or not. I do not believe that eating such instant noodles will be more healthy. Therefore, I respond by eating a much tastier and much more 'traditional' brand of instant noodles, Maggi, which I have been eating probably since young.
instant noodles can never be healthy
No matter how many 'healthier choice' labels you place, I believe that instant noodles can never be healthy. What draws people to Koka is the wide range of flavours that are favourites among locals such as Singapore style spicy noodles or Laksa. They have something for everyone, be it a vegan or a seafood-lover and this in my opinion, is its highest selling point. Not just variety, but variety suited to local taste.
It is a must-have in every household today as it is the perfect yummy quick-fix dinner for busy individuals and working mothers. Healthy or not, it is hard to replace.