February 9, 2016 By

Meet The Manufacturer: #1934: Love Cook Guanmiao Dried Noodles With Spicy Sauce

Ah now here we go – spicy! Spicy sounds good today – it’s been cold, rainy and windy lately – not a very nice combo. Every morning Miles wakes up and I wheel his bassinet over to the window to spend a few minutes looking outside – usually it’s a cloudy day. But that’s weather in Washington state for you – winter’s like that. Spicy sounds good – let’s check it out!

The back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to prepare, boil a pot of water and add in noodle block. Cook for 3 minutes. Drain. Add in contents of sachet. stir and enjoy!

The big package contains 5 of these smaller packages.

Wide noodles today!

The liquid base.

Definitely smells spicy.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added beef, hard boiled egg, spring onion and pepper strands. The noodles are very wide and thin, but have a very hearty chew. I like the wavy edges to them – pretty neat. The sauce has a nice kick of heat to it. It also has an almost meaty flavor – although there’s no meat going on. I loved this one! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4719863231174.

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February 8, 2016 By

Meet The Manufacturer: #1933: Love Cook Guanmiao Dried Noodles With Authentic Sauce

So you might be wondering what ‘authentic sauce’ might be. I think this will be more like a soy based variety – with a few added spices. I think this is also referred to as Taiwanese sauce. The second review is ready to go!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to a pot of boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Drain. Add contents of sachet. stir and enjoy!

One of the five packs in the big bag shown at the top of this post.

The noodle block.

The sauce sachet.

Has a soy sauce scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Chinese sausage, hard boiled egg and coriander. The noodles had a good chewiness and gauge. I really liked the flavor of the sauce on this one – definitely soy, but with some nice notes to it. Again, it seems like the Taiwanese can bring out excellent nuances in simple flavors with aplomb. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4719863231167.

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February 7, 2016 By

Meet The Manufacturer: #1932: Love Cook Guanmiao Dried Noodles With Shallot Flavor

To start things off, I thought something sesame sounded good. Today alsol marks the start of regularly using my new camera/copy stand setup. I’m hoping this will allow for much higher quality photos! I suppose we’ll see! Anyways, let’s check out this noodle from Taiwan!

The back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to a pot of boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The picture at the top of this post is of the 5 pack – this is an individual pack.

The noodle block.

The seasoning sachet.

Has a nice shallot scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles are thick and chewy – nicely so. The shallot flavor is very good – aromatic as well as very  tasty. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4719863231198.

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Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Love Cook 2

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A couple weeks later, I received another box…

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A new bowl! Hooray! Really nice – thank you so much!

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Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Love Cook 1

A box came in the mail from Love Cook! Let’s look within…

Wow what’s in here? Pictures of suggested garnishes (always helpful), a CD with them as well. Also, a card.

A very nice Christmas card (click to enlarge) – thank you!

A new placemat!

Four varieties of Love Cook’s Guangmiao noodles to review!

A portable set of chopsticks!

A new bowl – beaten badly by the mailman! No!Ah well – not the first time this has happened – dishware is fragile and Taiwan is a long way away! Looks like it was nice, though! Thank you very much!

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Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Love Cook

Interview With Love Cook * Product Samples From Love Cook 1 * Product Samples From Love Cook 2 * Love Cook Guanmiao Dried Noodles With Shallot Flavor *

I got an email from a fellow named Steve Chien a while back. He told me he had a friend in Taiwan who made noodles and was interested in having me review them. Far be it from me to turn down an opportunity to try something new, I accepted. Here’s an interview with David Lee, ownmer of Love Cook and translated by Steve Chien.

Meet The Manufacturer Interview Questions
Love Cook

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for doing this interview! Can you start by telling me a little bit about the history of Love Cook – how did you start?

LOVE COOK> Love Cook prepares and hands over flavored ingredients and sauces that are not easily processed in the kitchen to the hands of home cook so that everyone can enjoy healthy and delicious meals at home easily. Love Cook believes that you should enjoy your life easily even with your busy daily schedule.

TRR> For my readers who aren’t familiar with your products, can you tell a little about them?

LOVE COOK> Love Cook provides sun-dried noodle with secret sauce to the market. It is easy to prepare in the kitchen and everyone can do it. People, even 2 years old kids, are in love with the texture of the noodle and the flavor of the sauce. It is a healthier choice compared to some other noodles on the market.

TRR> Do you produce products other than instant noodles?

LOVE COOK> Besides the series of dried noodle products, Love Cook also manufactures low sodium organic soy sauce. Love Cook takes the traditional approach to manufacture the soy source. It takes 120 – 180 days from the beginning of the production to bottling.

TRR> How do you noodle products differ from those by other manufacturers?

LOVE COOK> A lot of competitive noodle products dry the noodle by machines. We take the natural sun-dried approach. It is healthier with better texture too.

TRR> Can your products be purchased outside of Taiwan?

LOVE COOK> Currently, we market and sell the products to Taiwan and China. We are in the process of pushing the products to US, Canada, and other regions.

TRR> Where do you make your noodles?

LOVE COOK> Guanmiao District, Tainan, Taiwan.

TRR> What was your first product?

LOVE COOK> We started with the hot pepper and other sauces in 2006.

TRR> Are you involved in the local community/charity?

LOVE COOK> We constantly donate to the local orphanages.

TRR> How many packs, cups and bowls of instant noodles do you produce annually?

LOVE COOK> Currently, we can produce and sell around 2.5M packs annually and we expect to raise the volume and sales to 4M packs in 2006.

TRR> Have you ever thought about varieties like macaroni and cheese or pizza flavored instant noodles?

LOVE COOK> We love to manufacture creative products. If there is any interest and demand, we will be more than willing to take the challenge.

TRR> Which is your personal favorite variety of Love Cook noodles and what (if anything) do you add to them?

LOVE COOK> Personally, I would pick the flavor based on the weather. During the cold winter days, I would pick the Hot and Spicy flavor with a boiled egg mixed in. In fall, I would mix the Scallion and Sesame with Hot and Spicy flavor together. Our clients also tell us a lot of stories of how they make the best flavor out of our products.

TRR> To most in the USA, Taiwan sounds like a very exotic place – can you tell us a little about daily life there?

LOVE COOK> Another famous name of Taiwan is Formosa and it means “Beautiful Island”. Taiwan is small, but it has a lot of natural resources. Taiwan has multiple potential world heritage sites all over the island (http://twh.boch.gov.tw/taiwan/index.aspx?lang=en_us). Taiwanese people are also generally exceptionally polite and courteous. It is a great place to live and visit.

TRR> Why the name Love Cook?

LOVE COOK> We hope that anyone can prepare a simple, delicious, and healthy meal out of their kitchen with our products and grow the love for cooking with the great feeling of achievement. That is why we brand us Love Cook.

TRR> Are there any new products on the way from Love Cook? Can you give my readers a ‘sneak peek?’

LOVE COOK> We are in the process of manufacturing a special stir-fry sauce. It is great for preparing your meat of protein with our stir-fry sauce together. We will be more than glad to provide you the sample when it is released to the market officially.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity! I and my readers thank you very much!

Wityh that, let’s begin Meet The Manufacturer! Thank you to David Lee and Steve Chien!

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