Noodler: The Noodle Soup Oracle
By Michele Humes
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
"Noodle soup is in your future."—THE WASHINGTON POST
"If you love noodle soup, you'll love Noodler...never run out of ideas for your next bowl."—LIFEHACKER
"Here's an app that'll get you salivating."—TECHCRUNCH
Noodler gives you noodle soup ideas, one illustrated bowl at a time.
See one you like? Noodler will teach you how to make it—with smart, flexible recipes written for the way you really cook.
Simple. Beautiful. Slurp.
Featured by Apple: "Best New Apps"; "Inspiring Apps Made By Women"; "New Apps We Love."
What you get:
Over 3 million chef-curated bowls.
Anime-inspired illustrations that delight and entice.
Noodler knows the best bones to make stock with—and how to doctor broth from a box. Choose the option that works for you.
▸A RICH REFERENCE LIBRARY
Packed full of tips, techniques, and variations.
A note from the author:
I was raised on noodle soup by my Cantonese mother. Although my training is in French cooking, when I'm tired or stressed, I'll reach for a bowl of noodles every time.
I spent a year writing, painting, and testing Noodler. I hope you'll love it as much as I love rice vermicelli in chicken broth topped with poached shrimp, bok choy, and chopped scallions.
Are you serious?
While the recipes look great and there is interesting and helpful tips I'm giving 2 stars because this app misses the mark. It gives the impression that you'll be able to pick ingredients and it will formulate a recipe for you. That would be cool programming and actual creativity. As I see it It's just a bunch of preset recipes yet you can't even search or scroll or filter results. What's up with "consult the oracle"? There is no consulting, just pushing a button to "randomly" display another noodle recipe within the hidden list. Like so many app makers they think they are producing cutting-edge technology indispensable to the the future of mankind when in reality they are taking 10 steps backwards. If I want to find noodle soup recipes I can go on that thing called the World Wide Web and actually be able to search and see multiple recipes. Thankfully this is free. Deleting it now.
Excellent … but flawed
This is, overall, an excellent app, but it has a serious flaw. The many recipes come, of course, from the many possible combinations of the basic ingredients. But what of the person who is, allergic to (or simply dislikes) bell peppers? There's no (obvious) way to remove them from the available ingredients list. Worse, what about vegetarians? The great majority of the recipes suggested by the app are completely useless, and there's no way to make it otherwise.
It would be pretty simple to fix this (an "omit" checkbox in the ingredients list would do it), but until this is done the app will be frustrating to a wide variety of users!
This is pretty but has a weird layout. There is no "search," you can ONLY "consult the oracle" which means you basically play "magic 8-ball" with this app until you find the soup you want to cook. It's doubly odd since they do allow you to see different types of ingredients and it would be a no-brainer to drill down that way. Like many bartending apps, you could tell it what ingredients you have and it could retrieve possibilities, and/or text search for a soup you like. But alas, only option is finding by a totally random click and then saving it to "favorites." Hopefully they will think this through soon. Meanwhile, app was free to me so I didn't lose.