February 2, 2016 By

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Urgent Need For New Varieties To Review

Dear Readers,

I took a look in my noodle hamper to find a horrifying scene: I’m low. Really low. On instant noodles I haven’t reviewed. Without new varieties to review, this site will grind to a screeching halt.

Luckily, I am almost thirty reviews ahead (that’s right – the review you see today was probably done a couple weeks ago at least). However, I have been posting a couple reviews per day a lot recently in order to make the two-thousandth review occur on my birthday (March 14). I hit review number one thousand on my birthday a few years ago by accident and I figured why not do it on purpose for this big milestone.

I will start checking all the Asian grocery stores in my area for new varieties to replenish my hampers with things to review and share. I’m sure though that won’t be a lot.

I  am calling for all readers and instant noodle manufacturers with new products (or olds ones) I haven’t reviewed to please donate to the cause. You’re all been so generous and kind in the past and I truly appreciate it. I do what I do not only because I enjoy it, but because I enjoy sharing these reviews with the world.

I only need one pack, cup, bowl or tray of a particular variety. The more the better. Please refer to The Big List to see if I’ve reviewed what you think I might not have. If it’s not on there, chances are I’ve not tried it and would love to. Then please use the contact form and I’ll let you know where to send them.

Thank you to everyone who has sent varieties in the past – I truly appreciate it and hope to continue reviewing for the duration.

 

Best regards,

Hans Lienesch

The Ramen Rater
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February 6, 2016 By

#1931: Bonasia Instant Noodles Chicken Flavour

Here’s another one that was sent to me from Thailand by the Thai President Foods folks. This is made in Hungary. Let’s have a look!

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Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add package contents to a bowl and add 320ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet.

Chilli powder atop the soup base.

A liquid sachet.

A seasoned oil with a garlic scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg (I’m experimenting with my egg cooker – trying to find the sweet spot and this looks like I’m getting close in the hunt for the softer boiled egg). The noodles hydrated well. The broth was neat and here’s why: usually a chicken instant noodle is just a single sachet endeavor. This one also has the niceties of a little oil and some chilli powder to brighten the usual dim horizon that is chicken. Not bad! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4316734068398.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Hungary

A travel video about Budapest, hungary.

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February 5, 2016 By

#1930: Koh Thai Island Of Flavours Lemongrass Instant Noodles Soup

Another one from James B. over in The Netherlands – thanks! I thought this one looked really interesting; it’s made in Singapore specifically for Koh Thai brand in The Netherlands. Let’s crack this one open!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains crustacean. To prepare, place the noodles in a bowl, add 400ml boiling water. Wait for 2-3 minutes, add the herbs, stir gently and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet…

A powder base with some vegetable flecks.

A seasoned oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbeque pork. The noodles are pretty good – suck up a lot of the broth. But the broth. I’m trying. Really. Hard. This has not even the utterring of the first syllable of lemongrass in it’s flavor. What’s funny it that I detected the hint of lemongrass scent from the powder base, but in this broth, I don’t taste a lot more than maybe a slightly spicy take on a sesame noodle.  I’m particularly at odds with myself on this one as I found it actually to be quite tasty. Then again, if you bought tickets to see a baroque chamber music quartet play a piece of music at a university and then punch the address into your GPS and arrive at the Tacoma Done and it’s a Justin Bieber concert, you might be taken aback. 0.25 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8717662261060.

ALUMINUM THAI HOT POT TOM YUM SERVING BOWL 22CM.

A nice Tom Yum Goong recipe.

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February 4, 2016 By

#1929: MAMA Instant Noodles Minced Pork Flavour

The next to last Cambodian variety I got from the Thai President Foods folks back in May of ’15. Minced pork! Let’s crack it open!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add package contents to a bowl and add 350ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet.

Chilli powder atop soup base.

A seasoned oil sachet.

A dark liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, minced bbq pork, fried garlic and pepper strands. The noodles are the standard MAMA stuff – nice gauge, good chew and nice flavor. The broth is a spicy pork affair which has a nice blend of seasonings to it. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850987101014.

MAMA INSTANT NOODLES MINCED PORK FLAVOUR (40, Yellow)

There’s a rumor going around that there is wax in instant noodles. The claim is that wax is used to keep noodles seperated. This is utter nonsense; wax would melt in boiling water! Anyways, here’s a video talking about this lunacy and some great shots of the factory I got to visit in Sriracha last May.

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February 3, 2016 By

Re-Review: Paldo Kokomen Spicy Chicken Flavor

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You know, I just saw this one at the local HMart a week or so ago and thought it would be nice to have it again. Kind of weird to be doing a re-review when I’m getting close to the 2,000th review, but hey, like I said it sounds good. This has been a popular one for a while now since it slammed onto the scene. I think it was a comedian named Lee Kyung who made this spicy chicken variety a big hit. Anyways, let’s crack it open and dig on in.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, boil 500ml water and add in package contents. Cook for 4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

A big noodle block!

The powder soup base sachet.

Has a really nice spicy chicken scent. Honestly, it reminds me of Jalapeno Cheddar Chee-tos.

The vegetables sachet.

A nice assortment. Note the little strips of chicken. A little story – so I found out that this is chicken from the United States, however this is a product of South Korea. So they import USA chicken into South Korea, process it, then export it back into the USA. A lot of extra work, but the CBP/USDA can be quite insane that way.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles have a great width and chewiness I really enjoy. They kind of have a two-layeredness – kind of extra soft on the outside with more of a chew within. The broth is a jalapeno and chicken hit which works very well. Supplied vegetables worked perfectly as always. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 648436100682.

Paldo Kokomen 20-Pack

A little clip with the comedian who made the whole Kokomen launch a huge hit.

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#1928: Bamee Oriental Style Instant Noodles Chicken Flavour

At the local grocery store, they have this deal. It’s called ‘Cheep Chicken Monday,’ and you get 8 legs and wings for $4.99 on Mondays. It’s a pretty good deal – as long as the deli has a big mound of it, you know it’s fresh and hasn’t been sitting. It’s good stuff – thought I’d use some with this variety. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add package contents to a bowl. Add 320ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry seasoning sachet.

A dry powder with some flecks of vegetable in there.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Has a garlic scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added a little fried chicken. The noodles came out pretty well. The broth had a kind of oily chicken taste to it. Not bad, not my favorite kind of thing. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8850987133039.

Bamee is made by Thai President Foods, who also makes MAMA instant noodles. Hereyou can get MAMA’s version of Pa-Lo Duck!

A chicken farm in Thailand.

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