Three new flavours of gluten free instant noodles appeared on the Woolworths shelves earlier this month. From the Trident brand, the flavours include; Pho Beef, Pho Chicken and Tom Yum. Priced at only $1.99 each, these are reasonably convenient lunches to take to work or anywhere you’ll have access to hot water. In my Woolworths, they were not located in the gluten free section, just with the other stir-fry ingredients and packets. I was just pretty excited to try out anything that was similar to a gluten free pho.
Preparation of the noodles is simple, we’ve probably all done it before. Remove the fork that comes with the noodles, as well as the two pouches inside. Add the powder and oil sachets to the noodles, then fill with boiling water to the fill line. This is marked on the outside of the container as well as there is a slight indentation on the inside. I love the fact they included a fork, however, I found it quite flimsy to use so I’d suggest having another fork ready. Once your hot water is in, close it up and leave it covered for 4 minutes.
I really love the flat rice noodles that they have used. It is a welcome change from the thin vermicelli-style noodles we typically get.The flat noodles absorb a lot of the broth which is highly aromatic. Once cooked, the flat rice noodles aren’t chewy and don’t have any offending textures. The other thing I really like about these noodle cups is the sheer quantity of noodles in them. All three types were extremely filling, however, they could probably do with a bit more broth. In the future, I may add a tiny bit more water than recommended to get something a bit soupier.
The Pho Beef was fragrant with a delicious peppery flavour. It’s lightened with hints of herb, including basil and onion. On the front of the pack, you can see the ‘mild’ claim and I agree. This definitely has no heat to it. For those with further intolerances, there is onion and soy in both the powder and oil sachets. The seasoning oil contains fish sauce and there is a may contain for crustacea, dairy and egg. Definitely, something I could see myself eating in the future, it has a stronger flavour than the Chicken Pho in my opinion.
The Pho Chicken had a lighter flavour, which I think meant I enjoyed it more than the beef. Again this has a mild claim, so there is no heat behind the flavours. This is definitely an instant noodle I could find myself reaching for. Over on The Aussie Coeliac Instagram, I have a video of the preparation and finished product.For the Chicken I left it a few minutes longer than recommended for extra flavour.
Finally, the Tom Yum is marked hot. I was pretty excited to try it out. Unfortunately, it was my least favourite of the three flavours. Don’t get me wrong the flavour was nice, it left a tingle in my mouth. However, the dried kaffir leaves as a garnish ruined it. They didn’t soften like the noodles or other accompaniments. Instead, they remained firm and I was left picking them out of my teeth. They were not something I could chew through with ease either. Just not for me. For those with other allergies, the seasoning powder contains cream and shrimp powder. The chilli paste contains fish sauce and dried shrimp. There is also a may contain for egg and soy.
I hope you enjoyed this quick mini review. I’m hoping to post a few more like this, separate from our normal weekly posts. If you’ve tried the Trident Gluten Free Noodles let me know in the comments below.
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Until Next Time;
Ashlee; The Aussie Coeliac.