For those of you who think that the whole 'Mr Noodles' tag is a mere affectation, I assure you that nothing could be further from the truth; I really am a noodle obsessive. For example, when I bumped into fellow blogger, Catty, yesterday, I was laden down with shopping. If I was a normal person then I might've banged on about the discounts on the clothes I bought. But no, like a crazy man, I showed off my big bag of noodles (BTW – I'm convinced Catty's boyfriend thinks I'm a total nut-job).
The reason for my excitement was that inside my big bag of noodles was an instant noodle that I hadn't previously seen before: QQ Vermicelli 粉絲 by Sau Tao, a renowned Hong Kong noodle manufacturer. My normal instant soup noodle of choice is Nissin Ramen but I thought I'd try these glass noodles aka mung bean vermicelli (fensi 粉絲).
Cooking these noodles is a matter of following the instructions on the packet and I combined them with some pak choi 白菜, homemade fish balls 魚蛋 (homemade as in my Dad made them), and a garnish of spring onions. This was a great combination that complemented the scallop seafood flavour soup base.
But what about the noodles? And are they QQ* enough? They were good, and whilst I like mung bean vermicelli, I prefer Nissin Ramen and Sau Tao's Noodle King range. I'm also not sure why these noodles have been branded as 'QQ', if anything ramen and san mein (生麵) are more QQ.
QQ Vermicelli (粉絲) by Sau Tao is available at SeeWoo supermarket on Lisle St in London's Chinatown. They cost 55p per packet and come in a variety of flavours.
* = QQ is a slang term that I've come across in Hong Kong and Singapore (I'm not sure whether the term is used in mainland China