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Exotic Noods Food Subscription Review – August 2018

Exotic Noods box

Exotic Noods is a ramen subscription box that delivers noodles from around the world every month! You receive four or eight ramens a month, and you can choose “regular” or “no spicy.” Bonus— this box doesn’t have “Exotic Noods” prominently displayed if that is something you don’t want others to see 😉

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There are three subscription options for this box. You can get the red pack, which will require you to cook your noodles in a pot or separate bowl, the black pack, which comes conveniently packaged and you only need to add hot water, or the green pack, which is both the red and black packs in one box.

This review is of the Red 4 Pack, $20 a month, box.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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About Exotic Noods

The Subscription Box: Exotic Noods

The Cost: $20 + free shipping

The Products: Four different packs of noodles from around the world

Ships To: Worldwide

Exotic Noods August 2018 Review

This month no info sheet was included. All of the ramens had English instructions for cooking, but I have no idea what the official names of these noodles are. Bear with me while I try to wing it!

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Ottogi Plain Instant Noodle

Well, this isn’t much fun. In a box labeled “exotic” I am not really in love with receiving a basic plain noodle with no flavoring of any kind. I didn’t cook this, as I’m keeping it in my pantry for the next time I potentially have a flavorful broth but no ramen noodles to go with it.

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Unif Chinese Onion Flavored Rice Noodles

I have received this exact brand and flavor of noodle before in a previous Exotic Nood, only instead of the typical ramen noodle, this is a rice noodle. Rice noodles aren’t really my favorite, but I enjoy the sweet umami flavor that comes from the Chinese onion. I made this as a late night snack when I got home from an evening out, and I was so busy slurping the tasty onion broth I forgot to snap a picture of it. Sorry!

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Mi Sedaap White Curry Ramen

Based on internet research I think this ramen comes from Malaysia. I am not really sure what white curry is, and trying this ramen out didn’t really answer my question. This had a really unique aroma that was almost perfumey in a way, and when I tasted it I thought that I tasted clams of some sort. This was not agreeable with my taste buds.

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Indo Mie Goreng Fried Noodles – Buy a box of 10 for $10.97

These noodles right here are a game changer. They are from Indonesia, and inside the packaging is the noodles and five different seasonings, oils, and toppings. To make these you boil the noodles and drain them. On a plate, you dump out all the seasonings (the instructions said “to taste” but as I didn’t know what I was tasting I figured go big or go home), and then you add the drained noodles and mix it all together. This was SO good. I think noodles prepared without the extra liquid is my favorite way to eat them, and these tasted exactly like the Asian BBQ flavored snacks I have tried in some of my other reviews. This isn’t a typical American BBQ flavor, but there is a smoky, savory tang to the sauce that is addicting. The sauce also had a bit of heat that built as I ate, but if the spice isn’t to your taste you can control the chili sauce used! One of the seasonings was crispy fried onions, and I loved the small bit of crunch the onion provided! I loved this ramen so much I went to google to try and find it, and I ended up buying a box of 10 that will be here in 2 days.

The Verdict: Honestly, I think Exotic Noods is slipping. The lack of info sheet combined with an almost exact repeat and one of the noodles literally being plain noodles makes feel like this month’s box was not thoughtfully curated. I am really happy with one of my new favorite ramen discoveries in the Indo Mie, but I don’t feel like one good ramen makes up for the rest of the box this month.

To Wrap Up:

Can you get this box if you sign up today? Since the target ship date, each month is the 5th, I believe if you sign up today you will get the October box.

Value Breakdown: This box costs $20 with free shipping and I received four packs of ramen. That breaks down to $5 a pack. 

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Written by Jessica Hapak

Jessica Hapak

I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

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Comments (10)

  1. Ridiculous. The Korean noodle item has literally just noodles. It doesn’t even have sauce in it.

  2. mie sedaap is also from Indonesia

  3. Ok so I just went to amazon and saw the noodles and have them sitting in my cart. When you get them can you tell us if they’re the same ones you got in this box? some people are saying that the seasoning packets are different. Thanks so much.

  4. Those Indo Mie noodles are my favorite. I buy them at a local Asian food market for 49 cents a pack and then come in a bunch of different flavors.

    If people were more adventurous, I’m sure they’d find these things at local mom & pop markets. Don’t be afraid to shop all over!

    • *they not then. That whole sentence manages to sound dirty now.

    • That is the best Freudian slip.

  5. Lol. Just look for a local Uwajimaya and they have all sorts of exotic ramen flavors for less than a dollar a pack. For 5 bucks a pack I would be expecting the fancy noodle packs with bowls and goodies! Or, I’d take the $20 and go out with a friend to a fancy ramen shop. 🙂

  6. Very rarely do I get angry at other people’s ideas, but to sell 4 packs of ramen for $20, when I could get the soup for probably $0.40, is genius.

  7. $20?!! No way. You can get these exact instant noodles anywhere in Los Angeles for .99 cent each.

    • You’re right ramen at $5 a pack is overpriced.

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