Instant noodles are a popular and common item in the Chinese diet. In Hong Kong and China, they are commonly eaten as part of breakfast or lunch. Instant noodles are a great base, and can be served with different combinations of spam, green leafy vegetables, corn, beef balls, fish cakes, fried egg – to name a few of many options. The packages of noodles themselves often comes with their own soup base flavouring, including beef, veggie, oyster, and shrimp. Instant noodles are also a popular childhood snack, served loose in individual packets and flavoured with dried powder that taste like chicken, spicy flavour, or garlic.