July 5, 2015 By

#1713: CarJEN Otentiq Cheezy Mushroom Instant Noodles

So here’s a new one from CarJEN – a new line called Otentiq. You might remember seeing CarJEN’s Nyonya Curry Laksa on this year’s big top ten list in the 4th place spot. I’ve seen very few cheese themed instant noodles in the past, and I believe this is the first one from Malaysia. Very curious how it will be – if the Laksa is any gauge, this could be really good! There’s also a CarJEN Otentiq Cheezy Curry coming soon as well! Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Add in contents of mushrooms sachet and cook for 1 additional Minute. Stir contents of cheese powder sachet evenly and garnish with contents of parsley sachet. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The cheese powder sachet.

Lots of cheesy goodness!

The mushrooms sachet.

Lots of mushroom bits.

The garnish sachet.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Swiss cheese and a couple sliced mushrooms. The noodles come out nice and plump, soaking up a good amount of broth and have a perfect texture to them. The broth is really great – first off, it’s thick, almost sauce like. It has a very tasty cheese flavor augmented with a little bit of black pepper. It’s not too much black pepper taste either – it’s just right. The bits of mushroom that came with this one hydrated very nicely. The parsley on top was s very nice and very unique touch. Excellent! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9557226083054.

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A CarJEN video showing their factory and products.

Products cooked according to package instructions. Product reviews done prior to adding any additional ingredients.
July 4, 2015 By

Something Odd: Heinz Hello Kitty Pasta Shapes In Tomato Sauce

This year on my birthday trip to Richmond, BC to look for instant noodles, my wife Kit found this can of Hello Kitty pasta. She said she was hungry earlier and I said ‘hey what about that Hello Kitty canned stuff?’ She agreed and here it is! It’s not an instant noodle by any stretch of the imagination, but it was interesting enough that I thought maybe it should get a post on here. So here we go!

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains milk products and liquid sugar! To prepare, empty into saucepan and stir while heating. Alternately, you can empty the can into a microwave safe bowl and cover loosely (with a paper towel). Microwave for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, stirring once midway through heating.

A side view (click image to enlarge) – using the Hello Kitty bowl that came with a Hello Kitty instant noodle I got a while back.

Finished (click image to enlarge). The pasta was soft and came in different shapes – bows, apples, flowers, Hello Kitty and Hello Kitty heads. They had a faint hint of grittiness from the whole grain aspect, but were generally good. The tomato sauce harkens back to the flavors I enjoyed in my childhood and what my sister used to refer to as my ‘red food.’ Pretty good! RAN bar code 057000133290.

Heinz Hello Kitty Pasta Shapes in Tomato Sauce (205g)

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Products cooked according to package instructions. Product reviews done prior to adding any additional ingredients.
July 3, 2015 By