Holy fuck you guys! We're in the middle of a financial crisis. I can't afford to be buying fancy fresh foods from fancy grocery stores. No sir, tonight I stopped by the neighbourhood dollar store for an affordable dinner.
I present to you: Instant Pad Thai, by Kin-Dee Instant Food Products.
The packaging for this is rather unique. It comes with its own lidded plastic tray, containing some rice noodles, a package of oil, a package of seasoning, and a fork. Yup, it comes with its own fork.
You just pour some water on the noodles, then microwave them for 3 minutes. That is when the magic happens. The lid of the tray has slits in two of its corners. When you remove the steaming tray from the microwave, you simply put the lid on, then pour the excess water out of the slits in the corner. When one slit inevitably gets clogged or starts leaking noodles instead of water, you switch to the other one.
Yes, the flimsy tray you are holding over the sink is hot enough to melt flesh, and the splashing boiling water will cause nasty heat blisters, but dude, pad thai for a dollar!
The lid says "microwavable not for cooking." Wait...what? The instructions say to cook the noodles without the lid. But it says "microwavable." But also, not for cooking. Does that mean, if you wanted to, you could microwave the lid on its own? Like, go ahead, microwave the lid, just don't put any food you want cooked near it.
After the noodles are cooked, you pour the oil and powder seasoning on them. I added a few shrimps too.
You know what? It really didn't taste bad at all. There was just the right amount of spiciness to it, a bit of sweetness, and a bit of peanutiness. It's not going to win in direct competition with restaurant pad thai, but dude, it came in a box and cost one dollar. I will probably buy this stuff again for a quick, cheap, and mildly tasty lunch.
Score: OM NOM NOM NOM