September 27, 2014 By

Trip To Visit MyKuali In Penang, Malaysia

Tonight at 11pm, we leave for the airport! I didn’t expect how our first leg to Taipei would go north then south. One thing I just realized is that body of water at the top left. When I was a kid, I had a map on the wall of my room. I would look at it and found that body of water fascinating – just the name – The Sea Of Okhotsk. It sounded so strange and so far away. I never expected I would be that close to it; really quite amazing to me.

In past interviews I’ve done, I have told newspapers that my way of traveling was through the noodle. I would find a pack from an exotic country far away and feel like I was going on a little adventure. I never though that the daily noodle ritual would take me to those kinds of places someday.

We want to thank our hosts at Sky Thomas Foods, makers of MyKuali products for this opportunity to meet them, tour their factory and learn about Malaysia! This is really amazing and we are truly in awe of their kindness. See you soon!

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#1493: Maruchan Magomi-an Kitsune Udon (Eastern Japanese Flavor)

Thanks to Yuji Hashimoto over at Takamori Kosan of Japan for helping me to translate this one! Today’s review is one that I think I found up in Canada. It looks to be similar to Maruchan’s regular Kitsune Udon bowl – the red one.Kitsune means ‘fox’ in Japanese. Here’s a little something about the ‘kitsune myth’ from wikipedia -

Kitsune (?, IPA: [kitsɯne] ( )) is the Japanese word for fox. Foxes are a common subject of Japanese folklore; in English, kitsune refers to them in this context. Stories depict them as intelligent beings and as possessing magical abilities that increase with their age and wisdom. Foremost among these is the ability to assume human form. While some folktales speak of kitsune employing this ability to trick others—as foxes in folklore often do—other stories portray them as faithful guardians, friends, lovers, and wives.

Foxes and human beings lived close together in ancient Japan; this companionship gave rise to legends about the creatures. Kitsune have become closely associated with Inari, a Shinto kami or spirit, and serve as its messengers. This role has reinforced the fox’s supernatural significance. The more tails a kitsune has—they may have as many as nine—the older, wiser, and more powerful it is. Because of their potential power and influence, some people make offerings to them as to a deity.

Let’s have a look.

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Almost certain it contains fish. To prepare, add contents of sachet and leave fried tofu block inside. Add boiling water to line and re-cover for 5 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The udon block.

A nice big sliced of fried tofu.

The soup base sachet.

Has a fish-based scent.

 Finished (click image to enlarge). Added kamaboko and green onion. The noodles are flat and wide – and thick. They have a light chewiness to them. The broth has a salty and had a soy and bonito flavor. I should also note that the broth was very thin, but that worked very well. The fried tofu was very good – like a slab of meat to tear at every other bite or so. Really makes it seem a fuller meal. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. The EAN bar code 4901990321228.

This is Maruchan Akai Kitsune Udon, which is very smiliar – get it here!

A TV spot for Maruchan Seimen instant noodles.

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September 26, 2014 By

#1492: Wai Wai Quick Zabb Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour Instant Noodles

Usually if I’m really trying to get my hands on some noodles to review, I’m going to find a way. There have been a couple though which have eluded me for a while. This is one of them – Wai Wai’s Quick Zabb. There are four of these varieties, all with a different main color and different character. They’re kind of like Powerpuff Girls, but a little meaner looking. I’m stoked – got all four at a store only 5 minutes away yesterday! Sometimes walking down that noodle aisle you’ve been down a million times before with no luck pays off. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. to prepare, add noodles and contents of dual sachet into a bowl and add 320ml boiling water. cover for 2 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet: dry seasoning on the left and seasoned oil on the right.

Has a tom yum kind of scent.

Has a light garlic scent.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added shrimp, fishball, sliced green onion, bell pepper, sweet onion and lime. The noodles are just right for tom yum with a nice texture and crumble. The broth is a slap in the face of strong spiciness and has a very nice citrus and shrimp flavor as well. The spiciness is almost ‘crisp,’ if that makes sense. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850100101075.

Here it is for sale on Amazon.

Wai Wai Quick Zabb is sponsoring a contest for best cover of this band’s song. I’m not sure if the band is called Tatoo, or if the song is called Tatoo.

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