December 21, 2014 By

#1546: Nissin Demae Rice Vermicelli Beef Flavour

After going through the big noodle hamper the other day and getting rid of some ancient ones that had expired, I noticed this one that I needed to get to quickly. There’s a urban myth that instant noodles last forever, will survive all forms of apocalypse and deliver great flavor for the next hundred years. While frying noodles extrudes moisture and makes them shelf stable without refrigeration for a much longer time than their fresh counterparts, they do go bad. I also take into account that as a reviewer, it’s only fair to review them if they’re all not expired, hence the culling of the old. Luckily, I have scads of non expired instants to go through! Anyways, let’s check out this rice vermicelli from Nissin – Demae Beef Flavour!

 Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, Add noodles to 450ml boiling water and cook for 1 1/2 minutes. Add in contents of sachets and stir. Enjoy!

The block of vermicelli.

The soup base sachet.

Has a braised beef kind of scent.

An oil sachet.

Has an almost artificial chicken scent.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, roast beef and sliced spring onion. The noodles came out just right – not underdone and not mushy. One thing to note as with most rice vermicelli or bean thread is that it’s really handy to use a pair of kitchen scissors to go in and cut a couple times through the mass of noodles. This makes it easier to eart with a fork – I do this to pretty much all the rice vermicelli / bean thread I eat. The broth is really good – nice beef flavor and a good star anise hit. It kind of has an almost beef pho quality to it. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878200016.

Nissin Demae Ramen Variety Pack (Tonkotsu Series) – A lot of sellers on Amazon are now making these combo packs available so you can try multiple Nissin Demae Ramen varieties. These are all wheat flour noodles with different tonkotsu flavors from Hong Kong!

A Nissin Demae Iccho TV spot mentioning their 40th anniversary as well as a contest – rad car!

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December 20, 2014 By

#1545: Nanyang Chef Penang Asam Pedas Hot & Sour Instant Noodle

A while back, I reviewed Nanyang Chef’s Penang White Curry Noodle With Nanyang Chili Paste. Today, it’s a new product from them – Asan Pedas. At first, I thought this would be Asam Laksa, but then I dug a little in Wikipedia and found that Asam Pedas is a stew accompanied by fish. The Asam word refers to tamarind, which lends to the sour nature of Asam Laksa as well as Asam Pedas. Let’s check out this new comer from Nanyang Chef!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add instant noodle block to 380ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in paste and stir gently. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

A very large Asam Pedas paste sachet.

This smells absolutely wonderful!


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fried mackarel in chilli sauce, cili padi, bean sprouts, coriander and sliced spring onion. The noodles have a good gauge and a decent chew to them. They have a nice gauge as well. The broth has a really great balance of spiciness as well and that great tamarind sour taste. This is really delicious stuff! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 9555098800359.

Penang Heritage Food: Yesterday’s Recipes for Today’s Cook (from Amazon) – Penang is one of the food capitals of Malaysia. However, over time, many Penang heritage dishes have been modified so much that what is served today is just a pale image of the original. The tastes of home-cooked dishes have not been faithfully reproduced from one generation to the next. Similarly, street- food and restaurant recipes have not been faithfully passed from a retiring chef to his successor. This book preserves the Penang heritage food from days of yore, covering home- cooked food, street food and restaurant dishes. Meticulously researched, every recipe is prefaced with heritage information and, together, they trace Penang heritage food to its Thai, Hokkien, Hainanese, Indian and Malay roots. Penang Heritage Food won a national award for best culinary history in the World Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

During our trip in early October, we spent much of our time in Georgetown, Penang. This video shows some of what it looks like there, but it is no substitute for the sights, sounds, and people of Penang in person. I have been bitten by the travel bug and hopefully we’ll be able to return someday. I would say Penang was truly paradise.

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December 19, 2014 By

Friday Video: Instant Noodle

This is an absolutely perfect short film called ‘Instant Noodle’ about one man’s obsession with finding the ultimate spicy Korean ramyun. It was made by Dreamagine Productions Media. If you’re a fan of spicy instant noodles, you’ll love this! Season’s greetings to all!

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