Damn, this is delicious. And it is just about the cheapest lunch you can make. I was introduced to this brand of “Seafood Flavored Sichuan Spicy Noodles” when I was Leuven, and really stocked up last time I was in Chinatown. They cost about 78 cents per packet, and that is enough to feed two.
Just boil them in a small amount of boiling water (this will become your broth) for 4 minutes (as per the instructions on the packet). Add the dried prawn flavouring, ‘sesame chilly oil’, and a clove or two of garlic, finely chopped. Take off the heat and serve with the broth.
You can also add some chopped chilli at the penultimate stage. I like to add Nanami Togarashi once served – it is a fantastic Japanese chilli pepper blend containing chilli pepper, orange peel, black and white sesame seeds, Japanese pepper, ginger and seaweed. I scoured Sydney once for this stuff because it was required for a recipe, and finally found it at a tiny Japanese supermarket behind the Queen Victoria Building. I have also seen it in Hong Kong Supermarket on the corner of Hester and Elizabeth Streets in NYC.