Here’s one I got at 7-Eleven in Taipei, Taiwan in November of last year. I’ve been wanting to review these bowls for a very long time, but never have been able to get any through – nobody’s ever tried though. So what is this ‘Man-Han Feast’ anyways? Here’s some info from Wikipedia –
Manhan Quanxi, literally Manchu Han Imperial Feast was one of the grandest meals ever documented in Chinese cuisine. It consisted of at least 108 unique dishes from the Manchu and Han Chinese culture during the Qing dynasty, and it is only reserved and intended for the Emperors. The meal was held for three whole days, across six banquets. The culinary skills consisted of cooking methods from all over Imperial China.
It is said that there were “Thirty-Two Delicacies”, referring to the more exotic ingredients used for the banquet. The “Eight Mountain Delicacies” includes such dishes as camel’s hump, bear’s paws, monkey’s brains, ape’s lips, leopard fetuses, rhinoceros tails and deer tendons. The “Eight Land Delicacies” includes several precious fowls and mushrooms, and the “Eight Sea Delicacies” includes dried sea cucumbers, shark’s fin, bird’s nest and others.
Some of the individual names of the dishes within:
- Snowy Palm – bear claw with sturgeon
- Golden Eyes and Burning Brain – bean curd simmered in chicken, duck and cuckoo brains
- Monkey King and Shark – goat brain
- Monkey brain
- Egg tart
- Wensi Tofu
- Dezhou braised chicken
- Peking Duck
- Shark fin soup
- Edible bird’s nest
- Dried Sea Cucumbers
- Ye wei
I vote for a Golden Eyes and Burning Brain version! This is a big and rather heavy bowl. Let’s give it a look!
#2375: Uni-President Man Han Feast Spicy Beef Flavor Instant Noodles – Taiwan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef.
To prepare, add in everything but the retort pouch. Add boiling water to fill line and cover for 5 minutes with large retort pouch on top. Add contents of retort pouch. Stir and enjoy!
Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).
The noodle block.
The dry sachet.
A dry base.
A vegetable sachet.
Bit or vegetable.
A liquid sachet.
A thick paste.
A large retort pouch.
Meat and liquid.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles have a nice gauge and chew. A little nicer than your average instant – slightly more chewiness and a broader shape. The broth has a nice spicy beef taste to it which is very good. The included beef and sauce is of excellent quality and very tasty. The included vegetables really added a nice touch. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710088832078.
Here’s an epic TV commercial for the Uni-President Man Han Feast product line. Reminds me of a certain Stephen Chow movie…