Aji WOW: max coriander yakisoba
Aji WOW is my series of unusual Japanese food/drink reviews. 'Aji' (味) means 'flavour', and the name's also a pun on 'ajiwau' (味わう) - 'to enjoy the taste of'.
This time: maximum coriander yakisoba from Village Vanguard.
Neither of them were that impressive, as you can see from the posts. I had serious doubts about whether pakuchi yakisoba would be good. But it was there, and I'd forgotten to make other dinner plans. So here's the review.
Here we have super pakuchi - which means coriander. There are ramen shops that offer coriander as a topping. I've never chosen it before. Leaves and stuff are a bit too chewy for me, like watercress and spinach and whatnot.
I've got no idea why they gave the box a 'classy' design with the gold writing. Is it meant to look Indian? Those curly borders make me suspicious.
The whole box is covered in the coriander leaf pattern, to help you identify the contents. Well. That's if you know what a coriander leaf's meant to look like. I found it informational.
As you can see, the whole seasoning pack is green. Usually you get a few bits of chilli or pickled ginger or something to mix things up. Nope, not this time. Just green, and more green. And then some more green for good measure.
That's maximum coriander, alright.
I'd seen the topping packet, but hadn't considered the sauce until I poured it on. Wow, the sauce. They managed to bottle the smell of coriander and put it into a really watery sauce. It filled the air in seconds. Had to open a window.
Sadly, with the sauce so watery it felt like there wasn't any at all. I like sauces to give my dish a bit of colour. This didn't. Plain-coloured noodles, with hints of green, and the persistent pakuchi pervading the air.
I'm still not sure if the sauce was spicy, or if the coriander burned that much. The sheer strength of something was trying to erase the inside of my nose. Like wasabi, or raw garlic - remember last time? Every chew made it worse.
The yakisoba filled a hole. And I felt like the coriander created several more.
Verdict: 5/10. Something tells me I won't be eating coriander for the forseeable future.