The popular Maggie may have launched a thousand (or more) types of instant noodles but there is a lot of tastier alternatives these days that we can just put into a pot of boiling water or pop into a microwave.
Here are 5 examples of ready-to-eat meals:
- 7-Select Ozoni
- Arlene Truffle and Cabbage Gyoza
- Army Stew Set, Chicken Soup Set, or Chicken Pot Set
- Sambal Prawn Capellini
- M & S Food Four Cheese Ravioli
- 7-Select Ozoni
Preparation Time: 2 minutes
While the convenience-store food selection here isn’t quite at the Advanced Level as it is in Japan’s Konbini (yet), 7-Eleven’s recent ready-to-heat-and-eat variety is tantalizing.
Ozoni, a yuzu-seasoned soup with Japanese fish cake, shiitake mushrooms, and chicken in dashi stock, is one of its most recent offerings.
The latest 7-Select offerings.
- Sze Chuan Style Minced Chicken Noodles
- Double Boiled Chicken La Mian
- Pesto Chicken Ciabatta
- Black Pepper Chicken Burger
2. Arlene Truffle and Cabbage Gyoza
Preparation Time: 3 minutes
As if the quick-to-cook dinner wasn’t enough of a treat, there are plant-based choices so people don’t have to chew on a stalk of celery or gulp down cold tofu if vegan, flexitarian, or just have severe constipation.
Arlene, situated in the UAE, serves halal light snacks including Spicy Kebab, Siew Mai, and a very posh-sounding Truffle and Cabbage Gyoza. OmniMeat is used in the majority of the “meat” fillings.
This is available in Cold Storage and other selected merchants.
3. Army Stew Set, Chicken Soup Set, or Chicken Pot Set
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
When the concept of comfort food at 11 pm is one or all of the above, five minutes in a pot is all people need.
Each set includes ten components such as mushrooms, potatoes, and even yuba.
Available at selected supermarkets like Marketplace.
4. Sambal Prawn Capellini
Preparation Time: 7 min
If do not want to go to a famous chef, the celebrity chef will come to you. Some menu dishes at Gozen are created in partnership with renowned chef Justin Quek. This capellini comes with a unique sambal sauce he created, as well as genuine prawns. Wanton kolo mee, vegetarian bee hoon, and fish curry with coconut rice are also available – all frozen, of course!
5. M & S Food Four Cheese Ravioli
Preparation Time: 14 min
The UK department store chain has a lot of interesting high-end frozen meals in its chillers, from Mixed Vegetable Masala to good ol’ Fish & Chips. Some boxes even have useful “Meal For One” instructions.
According to the Four Cheese Ravioli box shown here, this has “parcels of egg pasta filled with a creamy blend of ricotta, cheddar, mozzarella and legato cheese in a tomato sauce with basil”.