July 24, 2014 By

Friday Video: Viral Confusion – Instant Ramen Vs Fresh Ramen

So this week there have been a myriad of articles coming out; Eater, HuffPost, TV news websites… All showing this video and headlines like “Stop What You’re Doing: This Is How Ramen Noodles Are Made.”

What I found interesting is that the article that would accompany was all about instant noodles. Sun Noodle makes fresh noodles. In fact, many popular ramen restaurants love their product and use it for their offerings. The video above shows how that kind of ramen is made.

A yeah or so ago, I had the fortune to visit Portland Oregon’s wheat Marketing Center. They held a special workshop for food scientists, and one day was devoted to instant noodles. I was allowed to make this video. The process is very much like the one at Sun Noodle except for the final part. Anyways, happy Friday and enjoy!

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#1440: Wu-Mu Dried Noodle With Beef Flavor Sauce

I’ve reviewed quite a few instant by this brand. They’re made in Taiwan and they come with four of everything; four noodle blocks, four of each sachet. The Interesting twist with this one is that it doesn’t use broth; it’s a stir noodle! I don’t think I’ve found one of those yet. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the distributor’s sticker (click image to enlarge). Look like it doesn’t contain meat but check for yourself.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). To prepare, boil noodles for 4 minutes in 500ml water. Add dehydrated vegetables and cook 30 seconds more. Drain. Add contents of paste sachet and stir well. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

A liquid sachet.

Has a beef-like scent.

Dehydrated vegetable sachet.

A colorful mixture.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed beef and green onion. The noodles had a nice chew, although they seemed a little dry. The sauce was pretty good – a nice braised beef kind of flavor with impressive spices popping here and there. The vegetables hydrated well enough.
I with this had a little more oil to lube up the noodles. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710175570333.



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Here’s a Wu-Mu TV spot.

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July 23, 2014 By

#1439: Adabi Mi Segera Mi Goreng Pedas Instant Noodles

 

Here’s the last of the Adabi varieties I received from Annie T. of MyKuali in Malaysia – thank you! It’s a wet and rainy day outside this morning. It started raining just before 7am and has been ever since! In northwest Washington state, we sometimes get a big dump of rain in the summertime – even got some thunder! You can see how easily amused I am! Anyways, spicy mi goreng sounds like a nice accompaniment for the day’s weather. Let’s have a look at this one.

I’d like to take a second to send my condolences to the people and families affected by the tragedy of flight MH17. May they find peace and justice.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge).  Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil 400ml water and add noodle block. Cook for 2-3 minutes until soft. Drain then add contents of sachet and combine. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The paste sachet.

Has a very nice sweet and spicy scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added shrimp sauteed with soy sauce, garlic and BonCabe Level 10 chilli seasoning, lime, sweet onion and hard boiled egg with a dusting of BonCabe. The noodles have a good gauge and chewiness. The flavor is a little bit or sweetness and a strong spiciness along with some saltiness. These flavors combine together nicely and play well together for the palate. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9556252283506.



This looks like a really good one!
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A short video I made of the summer rain this morning.

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July 22, 2014 By

#1438: Maruchan Old Style Miso Ramen

Most of us in the United States are familiar with Maruchan’s ramen packs and ‘Instant Lunch’ cups. However, most of us aren’t familiar with Maruchan’s popular products overseas in Japan. Miso is a fermented soybean paste – it’s good stuff, with a kind of musty scent. Notice on the front of this one: it’s also saying that it’s lower calorie. Let’s have a look inside.

Here’s detail of the back of the packaging (click image to enlarge). Not sure whether or not this contains meat. to prepare, boil 500ml water. Add noodle block and cook for 5 minutes. Add contents of sachet, stir and enjoy!

A non-fried noodle block.

A liquid sachet.

Has a strong miso scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, green onion, narutomaki, ham and corn. The noodles are pretty good – decent chew and gauge. The broth has a strong miso taste which I found to be good as well. The broth has a little bit of heartiness and thickness. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 4901990019934.



Here’s one of Maruchan Japan’s premium ‘Seimen’ line – miso flavor.
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A TV ad for Maruchan Old Style Ramen varieties.

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