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 11, 2016 By

A Long Time Travelled Package From Japan

Today I heard a beep and then a knock at our door. The beep usually is the postman about to knock and then ask for my signature. Today, I received a package from Wesley of Japan! This is something he shipped back on December 18th, 2015 (it’s February 11th, 2016 today) and we weren’t sure it would ever make it here. But it did! Let’s have a look!

Noodles – and a note!

Indeed it has arrived! Success!

Here is the blue bag Kinchan ramen.

The yellow bag Tokushima ramen.

Detailed info and instructions – thank you!

The Yakibuta ramen on the left and the Negi on the right.

Wow – thank you very much! I will definitely have a few questions for you!

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CarJEN Sends Bags & Treats!

So every time I do a Top Ten list, I try to let the companies that make that list know. I usually post directly on their Facebook page a congratulatory message. Well, CarJEN’s J.J. Snek Mi Perisa BBQ made the new Top Ten Instant Noodle Snacks list, and I saw something neat on their page!

Last year, CarJEN’s Nyonya Curry Laksa made 4th place on the annual big Top Ten list. I still have to say I think that this product has the greatest looking packaging of any variety I’ve ever seen. The Otentiq Cheezy is what’s on the other side of the bag. These are reusable shopping bags, given away at events/promotions in Malaysia.

They also sent some samples – here’s the winning BBQ flavor snek mi.

They also sent the chicken variety! Thanks to Sugu and Nuril for sending these along!

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#1936: Fortune Rice Noodle Coconut Curry

Found this one at the new Win?Co Foods store in Edmonds, Washington. I thought ‘ooh – rice noodles and curry’ and so I got it. 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, puncture noodle pouch and microwave for one minute. Add 1-2tbsp oil to a pan and add in noodles, seasoning, and 1/2 cup water. Cook 1-2 minutes while stirring. Enjoy!

The noodle pouch.

The seasoning sachet/.

Has a coconut curry scent and a neon glow about it.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbecue pork, coriander and tofu puff. The noodles are wide and thick. They look more like egg noodles and have a kind of chewiness to them with a hint of crumble. This one smells a bit better than it tastes; it’s kind of curry, kind of coconut, has a hint of spiciness and exudes sugariness. It’s just weird and doesn’t seem right to me. As a curry lover, this disappointed expectations. Kind of like Thousand Island dressing gets heated up, a pinch of chilli powder is added, and some overly thick and chewy rice noodles are in the mix. Long story short, this hurt my feelings. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070492033848.

So the company that makes Fortune products also makes these which are very, very tasty! Twin Dragon Almond Cookies 15 Oz.

A recipe and overview of the products made by this company.

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February 10, 2016 By

Meet The Manufacturer: #1935: Love Cook Guanmiao Dried Noodles With Oleum Sesami

Today, we bid a fond farewell to the Love Cook Meet The Manufacturer. Been nice to try some new varieties from Taiwan lately! Oleum sesami is the scientific term for sesame oil. Very curious about this one! Let’s take a look!

Here’s 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 noodle block. Cook for 3 minutes. Drain and add sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

One of the five packs like this contained in the big pack.

These are the thinnest noodles we’ve seen yet by this brand.

The liquid sachet.

Definitely has a sesame scent.

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Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, boiled pork and sesame seeds. these noodles are thinner. They still have a very strong chewiness to them which is nice. The flavor is definitely sesame oil and some other flavors in there. Strong and coats everything nicely. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4719863231181.

Tainan City of Culture and Life

A slideshow of places to visit as a tourist in Tainan, Taiwan.

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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.

National Geographic Traveler: Taiwan, 3rd edition

A National Geographic documentary about the Taiwanese fishing industry.

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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.

The Rough Guide to Taiwan

A vacation guide to Tainan, Taiwan.

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