Home/IN THE MOOD FOR PORRIDGE & SOUPS: How to make Gourmet-style Noodle Soup

Gourmet-YumYum-Spicy-Seafood-Noodle-SoupThe rainy season calls for perfectly-cooked noodles in rich-tasting broth topped with your favorite add-ons. Most craved for a hot bowl of Ramen, Tom yum, Pho or even our Mami. You can enjoy a soothing bowl of noodle soup at the comfort of your own home. Here are a few points to turn instant noodles to gourmet noodle soup.

New Instant Noodle Brand

Supermarket shelves are full of local and foreign instant noodle brands. Ajinomoto brought the YumYum® Instant Noodle brand here in the Philippines to provide authentic Thai noodle experience to Filipino consumers. This is something new and readily available in convenience stores and supermarkets near you. It has three (3) flavors:

  • Pad Kee Mao – similar to Pinoy’s Pansit Canton, it is a stir-fried noodles with a rich meaty and seafood flavors blended with garlic, onions, and Thai herbs and spices.
  • Creamy Tom Yum Creamy Shrimp – creamy hot soup with the perfect blend of sourness and a spicy kick, filled with rich shrimp flavor and added hints of Thai herbs and spices.
  • Thai Spicy Seafood – seafood based soothing sour soup with a spicy hit and a concentrated savory seafood flavor.

From Instant Noodles to Gourmet Meal

Making a gourmet meal may sound a bit fancy and might cost you a bit of more than expected. But turning a simple instant noodles into a gourmet meal is way simpler than you might think.

Preparing noodle soups can be a bit taxing for some but using YumYum® Instant Noodles, all you need to do is to boil some water, pour it in the cup, and wait for a few minutes till your noodles are soft enough.

To level it up to a gourmet meal, you can enrich the taste of your instant noodles by adding complementing flavors from flavor rich ingredients. Using shrimp puts a premium on your dish making it a level up meal. Adding variety of textures also adds up to the premium quality that a gourmet meal has. Opting for curly rounded sprouts blends well with round slices of carrots and strips of ginger.

Gourmet meal is also particular with presentation. Instead of tossing all the ingredients in the noodle soup, you can partially assemble and arranged it as a topping turning your ordinary instant noodle soup into a gourmet noodle dish.

Savory Add-Ons

Preparing noodle soup is like painting in a blank canvass, you have a lot of options for the perfect toppings and add-ons for your noodle dish. To complement YumYum® Thai Spicy Seafood, adding shrimp is highly recommended since it easily captures the overall taste of the broth without losing its unique seafood flavor.

Color your Soup

Adding colors to a dish means to add vegetables that perfectly complements the dish. For noodle soups, carrots are seemingly the most usual option. To contrast a deep orange red soup color, you can add hints of yellow bean sprouts and ginger, as well as garnish of spring onion or leeks. You can also add mushrooms for an extra meaty flavor full of umami taste.

Adding other ingredients in your noodle soups, such as seafood and vegetables, not only level up your dish but it also extends the volume of your dish making it more budget friendly and healthier as well.

In times of dine-in restrictions in food service establishments, knowing how to mend your usual food options triggers an exciting sensation on your palate. There are a lot of ways and products to explore that will perfectly fit any season or situation. Just remember to keep your food curiosity running and your palate open for what’s new.


Christian Joseph S. Baluyot, RND is AJINOMOTO PHILIPPINES CORPORATION’s Junior Specialist for Culinary Nutrition. He develops recipe, conducts nutrition research and provides nutrition information as a licensed nutritionist-dietitian. Jhay graduated at the Manila Tytana Colleges with a Bachelor’s Degree in Holistic Nutrition with Culinary Arts. 



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