Noodles are so delicious and fun to eat, but nutritionally, they're not much to brag about. Adding other ingredients to them is a way to pack in more nutritional punch. The Thai Kitchen Noodle Cart Thai Peanut Instant Rice Noodles do just that by providing chopped peanuts to mix with the rice noodles.
The noodles are really easy to prepare in the plastic container either by adding boiling water or microwaving with regular water. The seasoning packet, which includes the peanut pieces, provides the flavor for these noodles. Thai flavors are typically wonderfully complex, but this spice mix was simply sweet with a tiny bit of spicy. The peanuts added a fun crunch to the noodles, but the orange coloring was somewhat odd. There is also an oil packet included, but I didn't need use it and it was still delicious - save yourself some calories here.
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One of Thailand's national dishes, Pad Thai typically consists of rice noodles stir fried with a combination of eggs, another protein (shrimp, tofu, or chicken), peanuts, fish sauce, chili pepper, bean sprouts, and lime--along with any number of other ingredient [Source: (The Hungry Mouse) How to Make Pad Thai].
I was feeling for some Pad Thai recently, and decided to make it myself using Thai Kitchen Noodle Cart Pad Thai Instant Rice Noodles. First thing you should be aware of when working with this is to be sure to have something to cut with because there is no easy-tear notch on the noodle packaging, but other than that, the container has everything you'll need for your meal: rice noodles, seasoning packet, oil, plastic fork, and a very convenient plastic lid. The noodles can be prepared by microwaving or by soaking in boiling water with the lid. Afterwards, just tilt the whole container so that the water can drain from the notches on the corners of the lid; the design is pretty nifty!
The seasoning packet is large so I didn't need to use it all. Pad Thai is supposed to have a bit of kick to it, but the savory sauce included was more sweet than spicy. There is also an oil packet, but I found that the noodles were fine without it. Though it wasn't what I as spicy as I was expecting, it was still quite good. Way better than Ramen - I even hate to compare the two. My suggestion is to use this as a base and add lots of vegetables.