A big thanks to Colin for finding and sending me this one! Okay, so I have been trying to get this one for a while; anything by Roland honestly. I called them, emailed them, and always got the same reply – ‘we don’t send sample.’ I really love it when companies have such a rigid policy against basically what amounts to free advertising. This one is made in Singapore for Roland company here in the USA, and I have a feeling it’s a private label by Tat Hui/KOKA – all boils down to one aspect which is a giveaway. Let’s check this one out and I’ll show you what that is.
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block and soup base sachet to 3 cups water and cook for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy! NOTE – while I will be using the mentioned 3 cups of water on this one, I think the only reason 3 cups are mentioned is directly related to the nutrition facts – note it says this pack is 3 servings. I think 3 cups is going to make this exceedingly bland, but we’ll see.
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
A light powder.
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles came out decently; nothing fancy, but a decent instant noodle. The broth however was definitely bland. This is almost completely due to the called for 3 cups of water. I’m sure 400ml would have done just fine for this one. Not only that, I kind of get the feeling that even with that lesser amount of water it still would have been leaning toward the bland side. 0.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041224722002.
Thanks again to Adriana and Steve O. for sending me these great Brazillian instants! I think this is the last of them – was a lot of fun! So I *think* this one translates to country style chicken. Well, let’s give it a look!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Probably contains chicken. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added cilantro, sous vide baked chicken with Johnny’s Chicken & Seafood seasoning and chilli flake. The noodle came out well – good chew and backbone to them. The broth is very thick and hearty – augmented by a nice kind of strong chicken taste to it. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 7891079008094.
I saw this at the local supermarket the other day and just couldn’t pass it up. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an instant noodle showing such patriotism before! Also, before anyone starts sending me comments saying ‘how dare they use our flag – that’s made in South Korea,’ I have news for you. Nongshim America is down in Rancho Cucamonga, California and employs a LOT of Americans! Yep – chances are that if you’re living in the USA and enjoy Shin Ramyun or Shin Black or any of the Bowl Noodles, it was most likely made here in the states. Make sure to check out the factory tour video at the end of this post – I went on it in 2012 and it was a blast! Anyways, let’s check this one out!
Detail of the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, tear off lid and add in sachet contents. Microwave for 3-4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
A side shot of the bowl.
Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Notice the little chart showing time vs noodle consistency.
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
Has a spicy scent.
Bits from the bottom of the bowl.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, chicken I cooked sous vide style at 146 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 hours with Johnny’s Chicken & Seafood seasoning and crushed red pepper. The noodles came out great – I did them for 4 minutes and they were on the soft side as promised. The broth has a nice kind of spicy chicken flavor as advertised. As for the included bits, they hydrated well too. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146262571.
Penang. It’s a place I really miss, specifically because friends and flavors live there. some of the most amazing things that I’ve ever tasted are from Malaysia and specifically Penang. I decided to save this for last as I wanted to see how everything else was before I tried something that promises to be good. Today we say hello to this exotic variety and goodbye to the Meet The Manufacturer for Mr. Lee’s Noodles. Here we go!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). contains chicken. To prepare, add boiling water to ridge line (just below the lip of the cup) and give a good stir. cover for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!
Bits from the bottom of the cup. Note the large piece of cauliflower in the upper left.
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles hydrated very well – they’re broad and flat rice noodles. the broth has a nice light chicken taste with a kind of curry aftertaste to them. As far as a medium heat level, heat in this one was non existent. The vegetables and chicken were amazing – super good! However, during my days in Penang, I saw nor tasted anything like this. I think a more apt title would be chicken vegetable stew. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 0641243998718.
Tai chi makes me think of the slow moving exercise many people do in large groups. This is an instant noodle blog though and so you get 3 minutes to do your tai chi! This is the chicken noodle – the basis of where all instant noodles come from. I believe a company’s chicken instant defines them. Let’s give it a look!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. to prepare, add boiling water to ther ‘ridge line’ (just below the lip of the cup). Stir and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
Some of the seasoning and bits of vegetable and chicken from the inside bottom of the cup.
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles came out as always – well hydrated and of good quality. They’re thin and broad – plentiful too. The broth was a on the bland side. The vegetables were excellent – green beans and corn were well hydrated as well as cubes of real chicken. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 0641243998701.