Again, my wife has a keen eye for noodles. She saw these and asked if I’d tried them – I hadn’t! Don’t know what I would do without her! So these are very interesting – IbuRamen – sounds like Ibumie – in fact, on the back of the package it says it’s made in Malaysia. The Mi Goreng font looks like Ibumie’s as well (and Indomie’s, Salam Mie etc). Mi goreng is Southeast Asian , however Bento is Japanese. What’s more, there’s a Mexican reference; wait, where? Let’s look inside.
Here’s the bottom and side panel details (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.
A little card with preparation instructions from inside (click to enlarge). To prepare, remove all sachets. Add in 200ml water and microwave 5 minutes uncovered. Replace lid and use drain spout to drain off water. Add in powder and liquid sachet contents and stir well. Sprinkle shallot garnish on top and enjoy!
Under the cardboard outer.
The noodle block.
Chilli powder atop the seasoning powder.
The liquid sachet (again, Mexi Ramen).
Has an onion scent.
A vegetables sachet – no Mexi Ramen mention here.
Nice sized bits of fried shallot!
Finished (click to enlarge). Microwaving instructions were used and worked well; the noodles came out quite nicely. They have a decent gauge and good chew. The flavor is a little different; it says shallot teriyaki on the package and has a kind of teriyaki flavor, but also a kind of corn meal taste to it which I truly did not expect. Sombreros and teriyaki don’t seem a logical fit. The fried shallot was a very nice touch though – good crunchiness and quantity. Altogether, it kind of reminded me of a basic mi goreng, just a little off. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 850248004120.
I used to get a lot of emails about Mexi Ramen – ‘where’d it go?’ Well, this looks like something that might be pretty darn close if not identical.