I found out recently there’s now a group that’s reviewing spicy instant noodles in Australia – they call the blog RamenRegretRater, and they talk about the poops they have after eating spicy instant noodles – I shit you not! I’ve been chatting a lot with Kamran R. about instant noodles a lot recently and kindly sent some stuff he found while on vacation in Bali. Thanks, man! Let’s take a look!
Donation From ‘Ramen Regret Rater’ – Australia
Everything packed in bubble wrap.
New Indomie (click to enlarge)! So these My Noodlez are for kids – all three are mi goreng. Furthermore, they have flavors suck as cheese pizza, salmon teriyaki and rumput laut.
Here are a couple by Nissin I’ve never seen (click to enlarge). Indeed they look to be for the Indonesian market.
Finally, a couple from South Korea (click to enlarge). First, new Samyang Buldak Ice – a cold noodle. Then the Shin Ramyun – it is made in South Korea, so this can ultimately make it to the SK top ten list. Thanks to Kamran and Ramen Regret Rater!
Here’s one sent by a reader named Jen from Australia – thanks again! So chow mein – very curious how this will translate. Indeed I’ve had chow mein that tastes like yakisoba, chow mein that’s just salty and soy, chow mein that’s very bland. But this one looks like it will be chow mein with a small amount of broth and vegetables which sounds odd. But wait – is it odd? As a matter of fact. Australia has it’s own take on Chinese food – here’s a little about it from wikipedia:
Traditional chow mein is made with egg noodles which are boiled then strained and left to dry. They are then stir fried and finally left to sit at the bottom of the wok and pressed down, this crisps the noodles at the edges and underside. Chow mein is made with either seafood, often just prawns, chicken, beef or barbecued pork. Restaurants will serve a combination chow mein or a single type. Chicken and beef are often softened with a little bicarb of soda. The sauce is made from garlic, rice wine, light stock, MSG, salt and corn flour. Vegetables are usually one green such as bok choy or choy sum plus a little chopped carrot, but also other green vegetables are acceptable. This stir fry is poured onto the noodles. Chow mein is unique as its noodles are both soft in part but also crispy.
Well, let’s find out what this chicken chow mein is all about.
Fantastic Noodles Chicken Chow Mein Flavour – Australia
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in sachet contents. Then, add enough boiling water to cover noodles. Finally, let steep 3 minutes. Then stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and baked chicken. The noodles are standard gauge and hydrate nicely in three minutes, but nothing super special. As far as the broth, the noodles suck most of it up. The flavor was pretty good; indeed, it didn’t remind me of chow mein really but tasted nice and chickenny. Veggie hydrated alright – the peas were kind of meh. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9310155002141.
Here’s another one sent by Jen from Australia – thanks again! I’ve seen so many different versions of chicken over the years – spicy versions, savory versions, you name it, (insert adjective here) chicken is very commonplace. But oriental chicken from Australia; what’s that all about? Let’s find out!
#2301: Suimin Noodles With Oriental Chicken Flavour – Australia
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in sachets and add enough boiling water to cover noodles. Let steep covered for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added chicken. The noodles are definitely on the mushy end of the spectrum. The broth (what little of it there is) is a strong chicken taste. As for the ‘Oriental’ aspect, it’s lost on me – reminds me more of flavors from South America lite gallina which is young hen and a little more oily. The vegetables hydrated decently. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9310155535267.
Here’s another one sent by Jen from Australia – thanks! This one is just plain old chicken flavor and I think should be pretty good. Let’s find out!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in sachet contents and enough boiling water to cover the noodles. Let sit covered for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
Lots of greenery and looks like little pellets of textured vegetable protein (TVP).
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are standard noodle cup gauge but are very crumbly. This works though; the broth is a strong chicken flavor – definitely reminds me of something I would expect from a domestic instant noodle cup made by a non-Japanese company if that makes sense. The vegetables hydrated well. Just a little saltier than I would like. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9310155300261.
Thanks go out yet again to Jen from Australia! Beef? Beef. Sounds simple enough – let’s check it out!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add sachet contents and enough boiling water to cover the noodles. Let steep 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
After a time, the sachets can settle and kind of get chunky like this.
The vegetables sachet.
Looks like corn and greenery.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander and beef. The noodles were pretty good although slightly mushy. The broth has a nice beef taste, augmented with a lot of oregano. The included veg was kind of off. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9310155610506.