Find out our top pick as well as which brand is best value for money.

Unagi dons, trendy Michelin-star chicken rice and fancy Italian truffle dishes can wait, but when you are hangry… or in a rush…

All it takes is three minutes to whip up a spicy and sedap bowl of instant mee goreng. We tasted 10 variations to find the ideal combination of hot sambal, sweet soy sauce and toothsome noodles.

Cintan Mi Goreng, Spicy

($2.55 for a pack of 5)

The warm orange hue of this packet from Malaysian brand Cintan hints at the mild spice level of the seasoning. Ideal for those who can’t deal with too much chilli but still want the sensation of tingling taste buds. The noodles are chewy with a mild assam aftertaste.

Score: 2/5

Verdict: A decent quick fix that won’t leave you perspiring.

MYOJO MEE GORENG, SPICY

($2.25 for a pack of 5)

There‘s little hint of chilli in this one—in fact it reminds us of ‘char mee’. The thin noodle strands have a good bite and are seasoned with light soy sauce.

Score: 2/5

Verdict: Needs way more flavour—more sweet sauce and chilli would do the trick.

iBUMIE MI GORENG, SAMBAL

($2.35 for a pack of 5)

Ibumie‘s bright green packet stands out from the sea of red and orange packaging. Also oddly different is its taste, which has an overpowering shrimp flavour.

Score: 2/5

Verdict: Spice it up with a dose of chilli powder for an extra kick.

MAGGI OATMEE MI GORENG, CURRY

($2.95 for a pack of 4)

This is the newest addition to Maggi’s range of instant packet noodles. The noodles are made from oat and wheat, which give a grainy yet starchy texture.

Score: 1/5

Verdict: The curry was hardly spicy and pretty disappointing.

MI SEDAP MI GORENG, SAMBAL GORENG

($1.65 for a pack of 5)

Hailing from Indonesia, these Mi Sedap noodles are pleasantly spiced with traces of tom yam—the piquant notes that really whet the appetite. The noodles are on the chewier side, so blanch them for an extra minute if you prefer them softer. (Psst… you can easily find this brand at a ValuDollar store.)

Score: 4/5 *VALUE FOR MONEY*

Verdict: Comfort food on a budget with a real kick.

INDOMIE MI GORENG, HOT & SPICY

($2.00 for a pack of 5)

Each packet of noodles contains five sachets of spices and condiments to bump up the sweet, salty and spicy flavours; plus fried onions for extra crunch and fragrance.

Score: 3/5

Verdict: Fragrant and packed with flavour.

MAGGI EXTRA SPICY GORENG

($3.75 for a pack of 4)

This is the spiciest of the lot. When the burn kicks in on the first bite, you know Maggi isn‘t kidding about the noodles being ‘extra spicy‘. The fragrant spice blend is redolent of dried chillies and curry, while the thick, springy noodles and generous portion are sure to fill you up.

Score: 5/5 *BiTES CHOICE*

Verdict: Looks and smells good, with a wonderful homemade taste.

LUCKY ME! PANCIT CANTON, EXTRA HOT

($3.10 for a pack of 5)

Filipinos will be familiar with this household brand, which offers thick, smooth noodles and a spice level that‘s just right—you feel the kick but not the burn. Unfortunately, the taste of the garlic powder lingers in your mouth.

Score: 3/5

Verdict: Strong garlicky flavour. Have a mint or drink on standby.

NISSIN TOM YAM MEE GORENG

($2.40 for a pack of 5)

This is like a dry rendition of Nissin cup noodles—the taste is identical. The noodles are slightly thicker, but you get the same tangy notes and well-balanced spice.

Score: 3/5

Verdict: Very appetising and satisfying.

WORLD O’NOODLE MI GORENG

($2.10 for a packet of 5)

The sweet and savoury flavours are what you would expect from a packet of mee goreng. There is, however, a more peppery than spicy aftertaste.

Score: 2/5

Verdict: A tad forgettable.