7-Eleven’s new Char Siu Look Fun Noodle Soup combines look fun noodles made fresh in Chinatown, char siu pork from Hawaii Food Products, and choy sum in a broth that’s made using chicken and beef bouillon with Chinese five spice.
When I look at it, it makes me want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, I mean, Merry Charistmasiu. Its colors and the fact it’s a hot soup make it seem more like a December product than one that debuted right before summer.
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Look at that char siu glisten. Doesn’t it make you want to go get this soup or a manapua right now? Go ahead, I’ll wait. This review isn’t going anywhere. The red, shiny meat tastes like what’s in the manapua you’re eating right now, if you decided to get one. It’s sweet, savory, succulent and has a nice char that adds texture to the flavorful meat. The pieces are bite-sized so it’s easy to wrangle a bit of pork, noodles and veggies between your chopsticks.
Much like oxybenzone sunscreens being washed off of bodies and ending up in our oceans, the flavorful grease from the char siu ends up in the broth, but it doesn’t kill the soup’s flavor like the sunscreen ingredient kills coral. It gives the cloudy, lightly seasoned broth a little of its sweet, meaty flavor.
The wide, rice-based look fun noodles are chewy and easy to pick up with chopsticks. But some of them were a bit too chewy. The choy sum adds a vibrant color to the soup, completing the Christmas in a bowl. I wish there were a bit more of the vegetable stalks to add a little crunch, but the earthy flavor from the leaves adds to the broth’s savoriness.
While everything tastes great, its temperature out of the microwave ended up being not as optimal as I’d like, even though I followed the heating instructions, which is 120 seconds in a 1200-watt microwave oven. I recall the other 7-Eleven soups, which have the same instructions, being much more steamy. This lack of heat might explain why some noodles ended up being a bit more al dente than I’d like. Of course, your results may vary or I may have a broken microwave.
7-Eleven’s Char Siu Look Fun Noodle Soup looks like Christmas and tastes great. It’s a nice addition to the convenience store’s soup lineup.