May 30, 2016 By

#2058: Zow-Zow Instant Noodles Tom Yam Shrimp Flavoured

Here’s one that the folks from Prima Taste in Singapore sent – thank you! I’ve been curious about this brand for a very long time; mainly because of the name. Zow-Zow just sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Let’s see how this tom yam noodle holds up!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure if it has shrimp or not. To prepare, add noodle to 350ml boiling water and cook 2-3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry soup base.

A tan powder with little flecks throughout it.

The paste sachet.

Oily and spicy.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shrimp, lime, coriander and chilli flake. The noodles were good – very standard gauge and a nice chew. The broth was good as well – has a nice spiciness and lemongrass flavor with the shrimp taste as well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850536109041.

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Big motorcycle event in Sungai Golok where these noodles are manufactured.

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Yet Another Box From Colin

So if you like the reviews lately, many of them can be attributed to a guy named Colin from Massachusetts. He has sent three boxes in the past few months, full of varieties I’ve not reviewed. What’s amazing is that he’s in the USA – just on the opposite coast! Thanks, man! Let’s take a loo inside this one.

Newspaper. Dig.

Okay (click to enlarge) see those two at the bottom in the middle – Roland Ramen? I’ve been looking for these for a long, long time. I’m guessing they’re really nothing special, but sometime there are varieties I’ve seen and just haven’t been able to get that have been a serious thorn in my side. Thanks, Colin – you never cease to amaze me with the varieties you send!

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#2057: Nissin RapiFideo Sabor a Chile y Limon

Here’s another one sent to me by Colin from the eastern US – thanks again man! He went to Mexico and picked up a slew of different varieties to send my way. It still boggles my mind that with Mexico so close, it’s been so hard for me to get Mexican instant noodles. Let’s have a look!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, remove lid and add 275ml water. Microwave at 1000W for 3 minutes. Let sit for 1 additional minute. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Here’s some of the uncooked noodles from the cup – they’re short and pre-seasoned.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added cilantro. The noodles are short and can be eaten with a spoon. These are like the Nissin Cucharealo tomato variant that was in the USA for a while. The broth is a thin with a nice tomato flavor with light spiciness and a smack of citrus. Not bad! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 7503020651021.

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May 29, 2016 By

#2056: Koyo Reduced Sodium Garlic & Pepper Ramen

Can’t remember where I got this one, but it’s been a long time since I’ve reviewed anything by Koyo so I thought I’d check it out. So lower sodium, organic noodles, Vegan… But how will it taste? It’s tough to cover all these bases and make something that’s going to have a lot of flavor. Let’s find out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Certified Vegan friendly. To prepare, add noodle block to 1 1/3 cups boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Add in contents of sachet. Stir and enjoy!

A small noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has an odd scent; very curious.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and kizami shoga. The noodles are thick – more like ramyun. They have an alright chew; although they seem almost doughy- and not Hakata style ramen noodle doughy. The broth does taste of garlic and pepper, but it’s so very bland. It really is like you could boil some pepper and a clove of garlic and achieve the same results. Not at all to my liking. 0.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 813551002306.

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I think every time I do a review of Vegan noodles I end up with this video. This lady seems kind of strange, with her affinity for posing with vegetables as she does, but the dish she makes actually does sound pretty good.

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#2055: Nissin Tokyo Tokunou Gyokai Tonkotsu

Here’s one from the Box From Japan box from March! BoxFromJapan.com is a monthly subscription service – you get 4 neat and very unique bowls of ramen sent from Japan along with a few chopsticks and a little letter! Really awesome – I’ve not gotten any that I’ve reviewed before at this point which is really quite amazing! Anyways, check them out! Today’s variety looks really great – here’s what Box From Japan has to say about it:

Seafood tonkotsu soup with all the flavor of a famous shop representative of Tokyo, reproduced in a concentrated soup. Rich tonkotsu soup with seafood added to it for a balanced flavor.

Alright – let’s crack it open and look inside!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish and pork. To prepare, add in powder and pork sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 4 minutes with liquid sachet on top. Add in liquid sachet and stir. Add in onion bits. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The powder soup base.

Looks like it has some spring onion in with it.

The liquid soup base.

Has a really nice scent of pork.

A garnish sachet.

White onion!

A meat sachet.

Chashu pork.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and nanami togarashi. The noodles are very good – nice chewiness and body to them. The broth had a nice thickness and was truly a seafood tonkotsu – definitely tasted like seafood. The onion bits were great – never seen them like this before and they were very good. the pork was a perfect touch. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105233108.

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A Nissin TV commercial from about 15 years ago.

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May 28, 2016 By

#2054: Suimin Noodles With Curried Prawn Flavour

Here’s another one from the big batch of cups that Jen from Australia sent – thank you again! Curries prawn eh? That sounds good – let’s have a look!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, Add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover and let steep 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a light curry scent.

The vegetables sachet.

Veggies and bits of shrimp.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp, baby corn and coriander. the noodles hydrated decently and had a nice bounce to them. The broth was good, but I really can’t say they seemed like a very strong curry in any way. Did taste good though. The hydrateables hydrated well. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9310135301268.

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A Suimin TV advertisement from the 80s.

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