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.

Products cooked according to package instructions. Product reviews done prior to adding any additional ingredients.

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