September 4, 2014

Meet The Manufacturer: #1474: MAMA Instant Noodle Shrimp (Tom Yum) Flavour Jumbo Pack

This is one of the easiest to find varieties of MAMA noodles here in the USA. The ubiquitous ‘silver pack.’ What’s different about this one is it’s the 90g Jumbo Pack as opposed to the smaller 60g size.  If you’ve been following my  recent Thai President Foods reviews, you’ll note that there are lots of Tom Yum variations. Here’s a list with some different ones to note:

  • Tom yum goong or tom yam kung, the version of the dish most popular among tourists, is made with prawns as the main ingredient.[3]

  • Tom yum paa (Lao) or tom yam pla (Thai) is a clear fish soup that was traditionally eaten with rice. It used to be the most widespread form of tom yam before mass-tourism came to Thailand, for fresh fish is readily available almost everywhere in the region’s rivers, canals and lakes as well as in the sea. Usually fish with firm flesh that doesn’t crumble after boiling is preferred for this type of soup.[4]

  • Tom yum gai or tom yam kai is the chicken version of the soup.[5]

  • Tom yum po taek (Lao) or tom yam thale (Thai) is a variant of the soup with mixed seafood, like prawns, squid, clams and pieces of fish.[6]

  • Tom yam nam khon (Thai: ต้มยำน้ำข้น) is a more recent variation. Almost always made with prawns as a main ingredient, a little milk[7] or coconut milk[8] is added to the broth as a finishing touch, and then balanced with some toasted dried chillies. This adaptation is not to be confused with tom kha gai (“chicken galanga soup”), where galanga is the dominant flavour of the coconut milk-based soup.

  • Tom yam kung maphrao on nam khon, a version of prawn tom yum with the meat of a young coconut and a dash of (coconut) milk.

  • Tom yam kha mu (Thai: ต้มยำขาหมู), made with pork knuckles. These require a long cooking time under low fire.[9]

In the modern popularized versions the soup contains also mushrooms – usually straw mushrooms or oyster mushrooms. The soup is often topped with generous sprinkling of fresh chopped cilantro (coriander leaves). Sometimes Thai chili jam (nam phrik phao, Thai: น้ำพริกเผา) is added: this gives the soup a bright orange color and makes the chili flavour more pronounced.

The Royal Lao version of tom yam includes a pinch of rice in the soup. [10]

Today, it’s shrimp. Let’s get to it!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, put noodle block and sachet contents in a bowl. Add 400ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet: soup base on the left and chilli powder on the right.

The chilli powder atop the soup base.

The paste sachet.

Has that nice tom yum scent.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added lime, bean sprout, tau pok, bell pepper, fishball, shrimp and coriander. The noodles came out just as expected – thin with a nice tension and good texture. The broth is on point with a strong citrus, fiery heat and great shrimp taste. Great tom yum! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 8850987131776.

Find it here!

Here’s a recipe to try for this variety from MAMA!

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

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