Tao Kae Noi’s ‘Maggi Mee’ Review: Looks Like Thai, Tastes Like S’pore / M’sia

Do you know that Tao Kae Noi, the brand popular for their seaweed, has got Maggi Mee – I mean, instant noodles – as well?

Now you know.

We didn’t know until we came across it, and our editor, upon discovering its existence, screamed, “We need to try that because that’s the only way our boss would treat us to a meal!”

And so, we bought it and decided to taste test two brands of instant noodles – your childhood pastime Maggi and the somewhat unknown Thai styled Tao Kae Noi.

We wanted to see how different the brands were, so we got a packet of chicken-flavored Maggi and a packet of chicken-flavored Tao Kae Noi.

To make it more interesting, two of us put on blindfolds, and we were fed without knowing which brand they were.

(Can you tell which is which?)

(Moment of truth!)

After tasting the noodles, there was a shocking conclusion.

Both of us thought that the Tao Kae Noi flavored noodles were Maggi. Say what?

We thought that the ‘Maggi’ (actually Tao Kae Noi) noodles were “springy” and the soup was deliciously flavorful. On the other hand, the ‘Tao Kae Noi’ noodles were more soggy and the broth was slightly more bland.

Wait, what? Confused already?

Here’s what I mean: we ate Maggi, thought it was Tao Kae Noi and told everyone that it was nice. We ate Tao Kae Noi, thought it was Maggie and told everything that it was bad.


This is confusing, so here’s a conclusion that doesn’t make sense (or makes a lot of sense): we’re so familiar with Maggi that whenever a new brand comes in, we just think that it’s better.

There, much better.

However, Tao Kae Noi noodles are more expensive. We bought a bag of 5 Tao Kae Noi chicken-flavored packs for $3.90 (there’s a discount, but let’s not look at the discount), while the Maggi counterpart was just $1.50. That’s a whopping difference of $2.40!

Final question: is it worth it to get Tao Kae Noi noodles over Maggi?

While Tao Kae Noi undoubtedly offers more flavor and condiments, it’s definitely not worth the extra $2.40, especially if it actually tastes just like Maggi. Just saying, you know.

My advice? Get Tao Kae Noi ONLY if you’re feeling rich and want something different than Maggi. Or you simply want your kitchen to look more atas and less yellowish.

Or even better, just go out and get a real meal.

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Zhi Hao

Zhi Hao

Just your average Singaporean guy who tends to write aimlessly, work out inefficiently and sleep soundlessly.
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