December 18, 2014 By

#1544: Thai Pavilion Pad Thai Instant Rice Noodles & Sauce

I believe my wife got me this one for Christmas last year – thanks sweetie! What’s so nice about instant noodles is that they have such a long shelf life, and so they can sit in my noodle hamper for a while before I have to get to them. Anyways, here’s one that sounds good today – Thai Pavilion Pad Thai. This one is made in Thailand but made for the US market. Let’s check it out!

 Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, take everything out of the box and empty noodles into the box. Add boiling water to cover the noodles and put the lid back on tightly for 5 minutes. Drain off water and add in contents of the sachets and stir well. Enjoy!

An included fork!

The seasoning sachet.

Has a sweet peanut scent.

An oil sachet.

Shallot oil.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprout, coriander and roast beef that were sauteed together. The noodles are broad and flat. I steeped them using the boiling water method and they could have used a minute or so longer. The flavoring was a bit off; they have the peanut hit, but then there’s this acidic and strange sweetness that both work against authenticity and my enjoyment. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 734492823006.

You can get these here.

A Thai street food documentary – excellent stuff here!

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December 17, 2014 By

#1543: Maggi 2-Minute Noodles Hungrooo Masala Spicy

Hungrooo! This is great – a new noodle word! It evokes a thought of a big monster that’s really hungry, or what a stomach might say. It’s fun to say too – Hungrooo! I recently did a Meet The Manufacturer with Maggi Singapore and have reviewed many varieties from Maggi Malaysia as well. Maggi is a brand from Nestle, a Swiss brand and seems to have many instant noodle varieties catering to the local flavors seen around the world. This one’s from India, and since not everyone’s familiar with Indian food, I thought I’d grab a snippet from Wikipedia about masala:

Garam masala (from Hindi: गरम मसाला, garam (“hot”) and masala (a mixture of spices)) is a blend of ground spices common in North Indian and other South Asian cuisines.[1] It is used alone or with other seasonings. The word garam refers to “heat” in the Ayurvedic sense of the word, meaning “to heat the body” as these spices, in the Ayurvedic system of medicine, elevate body temperature.

The composition of garam masala differs regionally, with many recipes across India according to regional and personal taste,[1] and none is considered more authentic than others. The components of the mix are toasted, then ground together.

A typical Indian version of garam masala contains:

Some recipes call for spices to be blended with herbs, while others for the spices to be ground with water, vinegar, coconut milk, or other liquids, to make a paste. In some recipes nuts, onion, or garlic may be added. Some recipes also call for small quantities of star anise, asafoetida, stone flower or Dagadphool and Kababchini (Cubeb). The flavours may be carefully blended to achieve a balanced effect, or a single flavour may be emphasized. A masala may be toasted before use to release its flavours and aromas.[1]

There – a quick crash course in masala! Let’s check out this Hungrooo from Maggi India!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to prepare, break noodle block into 4 pieces. Add noodle s and contents of seasoning sachet to 300ml boiling water and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The seasoning sachet, known as the ‘Tastemaker.’

Has a strong masala scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added scrambled eggs with coriander and a couple leaves of coriander on top. The noodles have a good texture and consistency. The masala flavor has a nice little spiciness to it and goes well with these noodles. It reminds me of the ‘roni’ in Rice-a-Roni’ how these noodles come out, and everything comes together pleasingly well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8901058824124.

This isn’t the big Hungrooo pack, but a four pack you can get of the same kind of thing – check it out!

Here’s a Maggi 2-Minute Noodles Hungrooo commercial.

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December 16, 2014 By

#1542: KOKA Noodles Beef Flavour

Here’s the last one sent by Charles, a serviceman in Afghanistan – thanks! It’s really strange to know that since my last KOKA review that I’ve been in Singapore; never did I expect to visit Asia in my lifetime and now I have. Albeit a short visit (out experience of Singapore consisted of running through Changi airport from travelator to travelator and transferring our luggage from carrier to carrier), it was a truly fascinating blur! Anyways, got some fresh beef yesterday and needed to package it up so though I’d do a beef noodle review. Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). I removed the color to make it easier to read. Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge). I removed the color to make it easier to read. To prepare, open lid halfway and remove sachets and fork. Add in sachet contents and add boiling water to fill line. Close and let sit 2-3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Included fork!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a beef scent.

The vegetables sachet.

Looks like peas, corn and carrot.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef, sweet onion and bell pepper sauteed in Worcestershire and a little Lindberg-Snider Porterhouse & Roast seasoning, mung bean sprout, star anise and sliced spring onion. The noodles are thin and surprisingly bouncy in this one. The broth has a pretty good beef flavor to it, and was about as expected. which has a comfort food character to it. The vegetables are another matter entirely. While the corn and carrot did substantially well, the peas’ refusal to hydrate adequately and remain rather hard was a real deal breaker for me. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars., EAN bar code 8888056705603.

I’ve been asked many times about tomato flavored instant noodles. KOKA Tomato would have to be one of my favorites. First, the noodle are non-fried, so lower in fat. Then there’s the excellent tomato flavor. Worth a try! Get KOKA’s Tomato noodles here.

As most people who read my blog might or might not know, I’m legally blind. I can see, but it’s like there’s a sea of frunk always in my field of vision, which pretty much obliterates my depth perception, ability to drive, figure out where a curb is, etcetera. Well, I found this video of a man who is deaf showing how to cook KOKA noodles. I figured it would be pretty cool – all of us noodle aficionados with disabilities got to stick together!

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