A Memory of Phnom Penh

My most vivid memory of an instant noodle meal is the time five of us ate cup noodles in a dusty hotel room with four Cambodian friends in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This was in 1993, just after the first democratic elections conducted by the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC). It was a time of chaos and uncertainty in the country with UN peacekeeping troops maintaining a transient stability in the war-torn country. In the small hotel room nine young Singaporean and Cambodia adults shared a moment of friendship over 9 plastic cups of steaming noodles. 

My favourite way of preparing instant noodles is with a slice of processed cheese draped over the top. 

My favourite brand and flavour is Indomie Mee Goreng. I usually eat instant noodles when I’m too lazy to cook a proper meal. Like many others, I enjoy instant noodles most when I eat together with myself. I know it’s not all that healthy, so I make it with I don’t mind that it’s not healthy. Neither are French fries, roti prata or pizza. — Ashley S.