Easy Ways To Make Instant Noodles ‘Instantly’ Healthier

Sometimes there just isn’t enough time to go out for food when you are busy finishing your assignment that is due tomorrow. At those times, instant noodles usually become our go-to option for food. However, as most of us know, instant noodle is not a healthy choice of food and actually incredibly unhealthy. So how can we make the unhealthy instant noodle ‘instantly’ healthier?

Well, for starters, do not dump in the seasoning packets into the bowl from the get go. By boiling the noodles separately first, it allows us to drain the first batch of water to get rid of excess palm oil used to fry the noodles during the manufacturing process, and other chemicals released during the process, especially the first time it is heated up. Simply drain the noodles and replace the foamy, bubbly liquid with water and restart the cooking process; Or, if you are making dry, soupless instant noodles (like Maggi Goreng), just get rid of all the liquid.

Moreover, instant noodle seasoning packets contain hefty amounts of sodium. So, instead of pouring all of them in your bowl, consider putting in half, taste, then adjust the amount so you can reduce your salt intake. Another way of making your instant noodles healthier is by making it more nutritious. Instant noodles, on its own provides only carbs and fat (lots of it), with little to no other essential nutrients. Fancy up your meal with other nutritious ingredients such as vegetables, eggs, meat or other sources of vitamin and protein.

Veggies like cabbage, broccoli, kailan and sawi are fast to cook and requires minimal cutting skills, you can just pick the leaves apart, and it even provides a fair amount of vitamins and trace metals (vitamin A, C, calcium and iron). Furthermore, eggs, meat, fish, beans and tofu (for vegetarian options) are excellent protein sources. You may think meat and fish can be a hassle to cook and less convenient to store, but you can always go for alternative products like canned tuna, ham, and sausages (provided you don’t consume them every single day!)

With the vast amount of instant noodles available to choose from, Maggi, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Singaporean etc. Get creative! Mix and match flavours and different types of toppings and side dishes that are easy to prepare, delicious to indulge yourself for a late night snack to get you through that term paper!


Here are two easy-peasy recipes to start you off with!

Curry Maggi with Cabbage and Egg

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of Maggi instant noodles (any flavour of your preference – my favourite is curry)
  • 1 portion of cabbage
  • 1 egg
  • Suitable amount of water

Cooking time: 5~7 minutes

Steps:

  1. Boil water in a pan or pot.
  2. Once the water is boiled, insert the noodles, leave to cook for about 1 minute, then drain.
  3. Add water into the pot again, leave noodles to cook for another whole minute. Stir occasionally.
  4. Add in the seasonings. (Leave ½ aside first, these can be added on later for more flavour)
  5. To prevent the cabbage leaves and egg from sticking together, put in the cabbage first and push to aside before cracking the egg in. Cook for another 1.5 minutes.
  6. And it’s done! Serve piping hot for best taste.

 

Mi Goreng with Sausages and Fried Egg

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of Mi Sedap’s Mi Goreng
  • 1 portion of cabbage
  • 1 egg
  • 1 portion of cabbage (or any other vegetable you like!)
  • 2 sausages (can be replaced with tofu or beans for vegan options!)
  • Suitable amount of water
  • 1-2 tablespoon of cooking oil

 Cooking time: 5~10 minutes

Steps:

  1. Bring the water to a boil and insert the noodles to cook for about 2 minutes, then drain and leave aside.
  2. While the noodles are cooking, defrost the sausages in the microwave and heat up the pan.
  3. Fry the egg and sausages. TIP: If you’re looking for an even easier (lazier) method, simply spread a thin layer of oil on the plate beforehand, crack the egg and microwave it for 1 minute for a beautiful sunny side up! You can do the same with sausages as well.
  4. Stir-fry the cabbage or cook them in boiling water for about 1 minute.
  5. Sprinkle the seasonings over the noodles and mix well.
  6. Lastly, top the plate with the egg, sausages, cabbage and a delicious meal is done!

 

Happy eating everybody and best of luck with your assignments!

By Chen Wen Kang

"I am not a glutton - I am an explorer of food." - Emma Bombeck

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