I had a coupon for Annie Chun’s Soup Bowl so I thought I would give it a try. It comes in its own bowl and the udon noodles are the soft variety not the flash fried ones that come in other soup bowls. That was a nice touch. You pour some hot water over the noodles and let them soften and separate for a minute. Then you drain them and pop in the dehydrated veggie packet and the liquid seasoning that appeared to be just soy sauce but actually also contains shiitake mushroom extract*, seaweed extract, evaporated cane juice, rice wine, yeast extract. You add 1 1/4 cups of water and pop it in the microwave for 90 seconds. Rather than eating it out of the disposable bowl I had to bowl it up in my special Udon noodle bowl.
I have to say this was a pretty bland bowl of soup. The few mushrooms floating in the broth were chewy rather than meaty. I would have liked to add some more veggies and season it up a bit but that kind of defeats the purpose of an instant meal and I might as well have made a noodle soup from scratch. In a pinch, this is a good filling yet light meal to have on hand in a desk drawer or maybe in a hotel when traveling. But as standard fare in my house I’m going to pass.