June 18, 2014

#1415: Chewy Instant Rice Vermicelli Original Flavour

I’ll admit, I have a problem. I have a TON of noodles waiting to be reviewed. Today, I went and put them all on the floor as sorted them by expiration date. No small task, that’s for sure! It took a little while, but everything’s all sorted out and ready to go in the most efficient way I can figure. Today I’m going to review this Chewy variety from Hong Kong. I got it up in Canada a while back – let’s have a look.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. So this is one of those times when I get a little peeved at a noodle company. Why? Here are the directions: add some boiling water to a bowl to warm it up. Get rid of the water. Add noodles and seasonings into the bowl. Fill bowl with boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy. Fill the bowl with water is a really odd amount of water. What size bowl are we using? My guess is 400ml of boiling water; that’s a pretty safe amount to use usually, but I could be wrong. Kind of hard to tell when they say ‘bowl.’ Anyways… I implore instant noodle manufacturers all around the world to please state the exact amount of water to add to your noodles – whether in a pillow pack like this one or in bowls or cups. It’d really help me out. Thank you!

The rice vermicelli block.

The powdered soup base sachet

Has a sweet and meaty kind of scent.

The oil sachet.

Rapeseed oil with garlic – smells good!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). The rice vermicelli are so ultra-fine, they make angel hair look like udon. This is the kind of noodle I’m not a huge fan of. The texture is a slightly gritty and with a kind of dry finish. They remind me of cobwebs. The broth’s flavor is interesting. A lot of the flavor is overridden by the garlic oil. The other flavor is a kind of sweet, salty and meaty kind of thing. It’s not a bad flavor – maybe with a different noodle though. 0.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 652283000101.

Making fresh rice vermicelli in Thailand.