April 19, 2015 By

#1646: New Way Spaghetti Instant Noodles

Here’s one I got this year up in Canada on my birthday! My wife spied this one on a lower shelf . She’s got a knack of finding ones that I don’t notice which is really quite handy! It’s also interesting how many spaghetti varieties come from Vietnam! Anyways, let’s check out this New Way variety.

 The import/distributor’s sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.

 Detail from the back of the package (click image to enlarge). To prepare, put the noodle block in the tray. Add boiling water to line, cover, and let steep for 4 minutes. Use the lid’s spout to drain. Add in liquid sachet contents, garnish with pepper sachet and enjoy!

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The sauce sachet.

Spaghetti sauce.

The pepper sachet.

Black pepper – made me sneeze!


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added coriander, beef and white onion. The noodles are flat and slightly broad. They have a very nice texture and chew. The flavor is a very sweet tomato sauce. The black pepper adds a nice little peppery hit to it. A nice surprise in this one. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8936021031483.

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A New Way instant noodles TV spot.

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April 18, 2015 By

#1645: Lucky Me! Supreme Jjamppong Korean Style Spicy Seafood Soup

I recently reviewed a South Korean Jjajang instant noodle. Well, here’s another double J named instant noodle! Jjamppong! So, what’s jjamppong? Wikipedia has this to say:

Jjamppong (Korean: 짬뽕, Chinese name: 炒碼麵), a spicy noodle soup flavored with onions and chili oil. A form of jjamppong is also the local Chinese specialty in the Japanese port city of Nagasaki (see Chanpon). The noodles are made from wheat flour.

Seafood sounds good! Let’s check it out!

 Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, empty sachets into bowl. Add boiling water to line and steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

 Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a spicy scent.

The solid ingredients sachet.

Little bits of fish perhaps.


Finished (click image to enlarge).  Added crab stick, fish ball, sliced squid, shrimp, kamaboko, mung bean sprouts and white onion. The noodles are of a thin gauge although made from wheat and have a nice soft texture. The broth has a definitely spicy seafood taste which I really liked. The garnish hydrated well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4807770272646.

Not a fan of seafood? Try out this Lucky Me Supreme Instant Noodles Bulalo Flavor 65g Pack of 8

A new TV spot from Lucky Me!

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April 17, 2015 By

Friday Video: Instant Noodles Being Digested: So What?

You’ve probably seen the video they’re talking about in this news clip before. Not only that, you’ve probably seen many, many news articles about how horrible this is. I got an email yesterday about the video asking about my opinion. So here goes.

Remember when you were a kid and another kid asked you, ‘do you want seafood?’ You answered ‘huh?’ and then something happened. The other kid, who was chewing something in their mouth would open wide and stick out their tongue with the chewed food on it and exclaim ‘see? Food!’ What was your reaction? Disgust.

This video seems to be the viral equivalent. I’m sure there are a lot of foods that don’t process very quickly in the gut – kale, for instance. Not only that, I’m sure 99% of what we eat, however appetizing to begin with, looks really different and exceedingly unpalatable when churning in our stomachs. To be honest, I’m more disgusted by the guy who had to get the camera-pill out when it was ejected from the other end and plug it into a USB port…

Anyways, the reason this video went viral wasn’t because of the fact that it was instant noodles or that it was something internal and ubiquitously considered ‘gross.’ These are both things that are easily found on the Internet with ease. What happened here was the grip of ‘clickbait.’ Clickbait is a link that begs you to click it with a catchy title; something like ‘Just Wait Until You See What This 5 Year Old Does With A Diaper That Has Mothers everywhere Up In Arms.’ Click, click, click. Who cares if it’s true or accurate, it’ll get you over to their site – so you can see the adverts on their page. Page views equal money folks, that’s just the way it is.

So when you see ‘A Scary Look At The Digestion Of Instant Ramen Noodles Inside Your Stomach – A Deadly Ingredient You Need To Know About,’ you click. This one had a fairly well done article that went into the dangers of TBHQ, however it doesn’t cite exactly how much TBHQ is in the average brick of instant noodles, just that large amounts of it wasn’t good for a lab rat.

I like the fact that the study hasn’t gotten the researcher caught up in a crazy buzz really, especially when he says it doesn’t prove anything and he still eats instant noodles. It’s funny how the source of the video isn’t the source of all the hype and buzz. But notice how at the beginning of the news clip it has a big banner saying ‘Health Alert.’ Keep watching – you’ll see commercials soon.

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#1644: Hao Way Vegetarian Penang Laksa Instant Bowl Noodles

Here’s another bowl from Hao Way – this one a vegetarian laksa. Here’s a little about laksa from wikipedia:

Penang laksa (Malay: Laksa Pulau Pinang), also known as asam laksa from the Malay for tamarind, comes from the Malaysian island of Penang. It is made with mackerel (ikan kembung) soup and its main distinguishing feature is the asam or tamarind which gives the soup a sour taste. The fish is poached and then flaked. Other ingredients that give Penang laksa its distinctive flavour include lemongrass, galangal(lengkuas) and chilli. Typical garnishes include mint, pineapple slices, thinly sliced onion, hε-ko, a thick sweet prawn paste and use of torch ginger flower. This, and not ‘curry mee’ is the usual ‘laksa’ one gets in Penang.

Akright – let’s try this vegetarian laksa from Hao Way!

 Here’s detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Vegetarian friendly. To prepare, add on contents of paste sachet and fill to line with boiling water. cover and let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

 Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The paste sachet.

Has a mushroom scent.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts, broccoli and white onion. The noodles have a nice consistency – much different noodle from their pack versions – thicker and flat. The broth has a spicy and kind of acidic hit to it and an underlying mushroom flavor. I’m not real big on mushrooms and this aspect wasn’t really to my chagrin. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555730403009.

Penang as the World Heritage City: From Tourists’ Place Experience Perspectives – (from Amazon) – This book explores the dimensions of Cultural Traits and Heritage tourism in Penang. Penang is attractive to tourists because of its uniqueness, heritage and it is a cultural city with multi- racial ethnic population. Lack of knowledge and experience, combined with different interest may cause the tourism industry collapse. Cultural Traits and Heritage tourism is discussed as Penang’s opportunity to create tourism platform where resources and market would be kept and at the same time, competition with other World Heritage Cities will be created. Cultural Traits and Heritage recently has become an important topic and concept to tourism development especially in Penang since Penang was awarded as the World Heritage City by UNSECO in July 2008. Hence, in this research, it proposes the links of self representation to current desired outcomes of Penang’s distinctiveness and sustainability of Penang UNESCO award. At the same time, the model also tests how these outcomes influence the destination ability to meet tourists’ expectations and how Penang should act in competing in the global heritage tourism industry.

A Hao Way advertisement for their Penang White Curry.

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