October 25, 2014 By

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The Ramen Rater For Apple iPhone

I am very proud and happy to introduce the release of The Ramen Rater mobile app for the Apple iPhone! The app is the culmination of many months of work by myself and app developer Calvin Tam of Malaysia (you can see some of his other work here). You may have noticed a while back I posted an ad on the right side asking for folks who might be interested in developing an app with me for mobile users. Well, Calvin answered that call and devoted a great deal of time making this happen! I want to personally thank him for the time and effort expended on this app. Without further adieu, let me introduce you to The Ramen Rater for iPhone!

Welcome! This is the initial screen you will be greeted with. You can quickly scroll through the last 50 reviews and posts.

As you can see, the review’s stats are labeled at the top – title, stars and a shot of the product. Also, instead of the video being at the bottom, it is viewable at the top. Clicking on the video will bring it up in a window.

What you see here is the best part! You can scan a bar code from a package of instant noodles – if I’ve reviewed it, the app will find it and ask if you’d like to see the review! Note – right now, it’s only working correctly for 12 digit UPC bar codes. It likes to omit the first digit of EAN bar codes, which are 13 digits. This will be addressed in an upcoming update.

Finally, you can share the reviews/posts with people across the Internet through social media, email, send it in an SMS text message.

There’s how The Ramen Rater iPhone app v1.0 stands currently! It’s now available in the iTunes Store for $0.99USD. It will work on Apple Iphone, iPad, and iPods running iOS 7.1 and above. Some updates we’re talking about like a simple search box where you can enter info to search for instead of scanning, quick access to top ten lists and more are in the works! If you have any ideas, please feel free to comment! If you do download the app, please give it a good review if you like it! Thanks!

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October 30, 2014 By

#1513: Mama Instant Noodles Tom Yum Pork Flavour

Last night was my son’s teacher conference. I remember when I was a kid – I always dreaded these, knowing I’d probably get a lecture or something. Well, I am proud to say my son is doing absolutely wonderful in school this year. He’s had some problems in the past, but they look to have really gone by the wayside and I couldn’t be prouder of him. We love you, Andy – keep up the good work! You rock!

I also want to congratulate the San Francisco Giants for their third World Series win in five years. Unfortunately, that means a long, cold winter until baseball starts anew in spring.

I thought today would be a great day to have some Thai instant noodles. I recently did a Meet The Manufacturer with Mama and had some varieties I wasn’t able to get to – this is one of them. Let’s pop ‘em open and see what’s inside!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to contain pork powder. To prepare, put everything in a bowl. Add 300ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block – a little banged up but should be tasty!

A dual sachet of soup base on the left and sesame seeds on the right.

Soup base powder.

Sesame seeds!

An oil sachet.

Has a garlic scent.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Sauteed pork and sweet onion with a dash of soy sauce, thin sliced carrot, green onion and lime wedges. The noodles are good – thin gauge wheat noodles with a nice mouthfeel and character. The broth is spicy and citrussy like tom yum and has a stewed pork kind of hit to it as well which works very nicely. The sesame seeds are a spiffy little addition and a nice touch. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 8850987128158.

Mama Brand Thai Instant Noodles Tom Yum Pork – 10 packs

Here’s a Mama TV commercial.

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October 29, 2014 By

#1512: Chewy Japanese Fried Ramen Noodles Kyoto Barbecue Sauce Flavour

I figured since I have some cabbage I need to use before it goes bad, yakisoba would be a good call for today. This is one of those interesting ones. The product is from a Hong Kong company called Chewy, made in South Korea, and a Japanese flavor. Yakisoba is great stuff – vegetables and meats fried with noodles and oil and some flavoring. Time to have some breakfast – let’s check out this one from Chewy.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, heat a tablespoon of oil and add a block of noodles. cook for 30 seconds, breaking up with chopsticks. Add 2 tablespoons of water. Add contents of one sachet and stir, add in some meat and veggies. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Enjoy!

Here’s one of the two pouches of noodles included in this 2 pack.

One of the two sachets that are included.

Kind of a paste.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added cabbage, green onion, kizami shoga (pickled ginger), Kewpie mayonnaise, mung bean sprouts, shrimp and sweet onion. The noodles are a little mushier than I would have expected; they also were slow to break up during the cooking process. The flavor is a nice sweet barbecue kind of taste – mind you, we’re not talking Sweet Baby Ray’s kind of barbecue flavor of course. It was a little acrid for my taste, and seemed just a little too processed. Sadly disappopinted. 1.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 652283001245.


Curious about the history of Hong Kong? Here’s a great place to start.

[youtubehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sg4C5IdcW4A]A short film about a dim sum shop in Hong Kong. Dim sum is one of the most wonderful things in the world – if you haven’t tried dim sum, you must seek it out and learn how amazing it truly is.

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October 28, 2014 By

#1511: Long Jun Hang Tainan Yi Mien With Sesame Oil Sauce

We tried this new grocery store (new to me at least) in Bellevue called Asian Food Center. Thought we’d give it a peek and found they had quite a few neat things. This is one of the noodles I found. I want to send a really big thank you to Bobby Y. up in Canada for help translating this one – mystery solved, thank to you!  Now here’s a note on contention between me and the entire country of Taiwan. If you look in the lower right corner, you’ll see a little warning. It reads: This product is not the instant noodles. Please boil the noodles before eating. They can’t be steeped; okay, we got that. What is kind of ridiculous is the fact that they only take 3 minutes to cook. That’s the same amount of time as noodles that can be steeped. Logically, the amount of time needed to cooking something should be relevant to whether it is deemed instant as well, don’t you think? I would call these instant noodles – that require a different cooking method than other instant noodles. But I digress – I don’t think Taiwan is going to get on board with this, and that’s alright with me. I’m thinking next year I might to a split Taiwanese Top Ten list – half the ones that can be steeped and half the ones that can’t, basically a pair of Top Five lists. It seems to really matter to them, and far be it for me to poo-poo any country with such a fervent passion for noodles. Let’s proceed!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). I was hoping to solve the mystery with the website on the back, but I figured out from a link Bobby sent that the URL is incorrect – it’s http://www.zi-ran.com.tw. Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil a pot of water and cook noodles for 3 minutes. Drain. Add in contents of liquide sachet and stir. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The liquid sachet.

Has a sesame and soy scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added boiled dumpling and cabbage. The noodles aren’t bad – very elastic with a light chew. The flavor is mostly soy and a little sesame. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.

You can get these Taiwanese noodles here!

Here’s a documentary about Tainan with a host who seems to drink a lot of caffeine.Really hope some day I get to see Taiwan – the airport was interesting but I know it’s much more interesting outside!

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October 26, 2014 By

#1510: Knorr Quick Serve Macaroni Wonton Broth

Next Friday is Halloween and we’ve got some plans with Andy this weekend! Thought he might like this one for breakfast today! He’s been curious about expanding his palate a little bit lately since our trip to Malaysia – something I really like. It took me a while to get to the age that I wanted to be more adventurous with food, and it’s great to see him starting to explore.

Here we are at a local farm and pumpkin patch. Fed all sorts of animals – was a lot of fun! Andy’s wearing the hat and shirt we found in Langkawi!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add macaroni to 530ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add is contents of sachet and stir. Enjoy!

Here’s the macaroni.

The soup base sachet.

Has a seafood scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added prawns and Chinese long beans. The macaroni was pretty good – very thin walled. The broth wasn’t bad either, although it was so thin and there was so much of it. It had a light seafood taste which was good. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. Andy really liked it! EAN bar code 4898828051115.

In the United States, something like this is more prevalent. Cheese and bacon do have their definite pluses! Get it on Amazon!

A recipe from Knorr Bangladesh – using macaroni.

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