Category Archives: China

#2384: Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Artificial Beef Flavor Instant Noodle

#2384: Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Artificial Beef Flavor Instant Noodle - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Here’s an interesting one I was sent by Colin recently – thanks again! A new brand to me – I mean wow – look at all those 9’s! This sounds interesting… Here’s a little something about Sichuan from Wikipedia –

Sichuan, formerly romanized as Szechuan, is a province in southwest China occupying most of the Sichuan Basin between the Himalayas on the west, the Daba in the north, and the Yungui Plateau to the east. Sichuan’s capital is Chengdu.

In antiquity, Sichuan was the home of the ancient states of Ba and Shu. Their conquest by Qin strengthened it and paved the way for the First Emperor‘s unification of China under the Qin Dynasty. During the Three Kingdoms era, Liu Bei‘s Shu was based in Sichuan. The area was devastated in the 17th century by Zhang Xianzhong‘s rebellion and the area’s subsequent Manchu conquest, but recovered to become one of China’s most productive areas by the 19th century.

During the Second World War, Chongqing served as the temporary capital of the Republic of China, making it the focus of Japanese bombing. It was one of the last mainland areas to fall to the Communists during the Chinese Civil War and was divided into four parts from 1949 to 1952, with Chongqing restored two years later. It suffered gravely during the Great Chinese Famine of 1959–61 but remained China’s most populous province until Chongqing Municipality was again separated from it in 1997.

The people of Sichuan speak a unique form of Mandarin, which took shape during the area’s repopulation under the Ming. The family of dialects is now spoken by about 120 million people, which would make it the 10th most spoken language in the world if counted separately. The area’s warm damp climate long caused Chinese medicine to advocate spicy dishes; the native Sichuan pepper was supplemented by Mexican chilis during the Columbian Exchange to form modern Sichuan cuisine, whose dishes—including Kung Pao chicken and Mapo tofu—have become staples around the world.

Well, let’s crack it open and see what we have here.

Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Artificial Beef Flavor Instant Noodle – China

#2384: Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Artificial Beef Flavor Instant Noodle - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add everything to a bowl and add 600ml boiling water. Cover for 4-6 minutes. stir and enjoy!

#2384: Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Artificial Beef Flavor Instant Noodle - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

The noodle block.

#2384: Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Artificial Beef Flavor Instant Noodle - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

The dry sachet.

#2384: Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Artificial Beef Flavor Instant Noodle - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Looks like powder and vegetable.

#2384: Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Artificial Beef Flavor Instant Noodle - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

A liquid sauce sachet.

#2384: Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Artificial Beef Flavor Instant Noodle - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

A thick and oily paste.

#2384: Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Artificial Beef Flavor Instant Noodle - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and some sweet onion. The noodles are floppy and really nice – they kind of beckon you to eat more… The broth is strong – very oily with a nice hit of Sichuan pepper but not too much. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6914790160209.

Land of Plenty: A Treasury of Authentic S i c h u a n  Cooking

So I searched on YouTube – ‘光友9999 重庆小面 牛肉面’ – and found this video with a man serenading a cat and cooking a meal I don’t think the cats will eat what with all those peppers.

#2372: Liu Quan Instant Spicy Rice Noodle

Today we have a variety I found locally. Specifically,I got them at Asian Food Center on 130th & Aurora in Seattle. In any event, this store is actually kind of new and pretty awesome. What’s more, we got to see a shoplifter try to escape a security guard and slink out of her coat and backpack to make a getaway! Exciting, yes – but stupid. I don’t understand why people go and do this. Understandably, many people are poor, but this kind of action will result in more problems. In fact, stealing drives up prices for everyone. Hence, let’s crack open this Liu Quan bowl and see it’s innards!

#2372: Liu Quan Instant Spicy Rice Noodle – China

An import sticker (click to enlarge).

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, we have a dilemma. Specifically, there are no cooking instructions. So, we proceed this way: add everything except peanut sachet. Then fill to line with boiling water and cover for 5 minutes. As it turns out though THERE IS NO LINE! It’s kind of like they say ‘here’s a buckets of stuff – figure it out, fool! Finally, garnish with peanuts.

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The rice noodles.

A liquid base sachet.

Bamboo shoots?

Tofu skin?

A garnish sachet.

Boiled peanut.

Finished (click to enlarge). No instructions for preparation – not even a fill line on this big bowl! So I winged it and added boiling water to a reasonably standard level and held off on the peanuts but added everything else. I kept checking on it with a stir here and there, and 7 minutes was the cherry spot for the noodles. So the noodles are plentiful and have a nice light tension to them – perfect kind of rice noodles for me. The broth was an oil slick and has a spicy yet almost vinegary kind of taste to it. The included bamboo shoots were good – crisp and not mushy. The tofu skin came out really well and was awesome, and the peanuts gave a nice little crunch at the end. Interesting and tasty. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6926392500031.

GUANGXI LIUZHOU SPECIALTY LIUQUAN RICE NOODLE 268G

I’m confused a little by this. At the same time, I want to know what the fook is.

#2362: Chuan Wei Wang Bowl Instant Noodles Artificial Spicy Beef Flavor

#2362: Chuan Wei Wang Bowl Instant Noodles Artificial Spicy Beef Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

Here’s another one from a reader named Colin from the east coast – thanks again! It amazes me how many varieties he can find from the other side of the USA that I can’t get here. Fascinating; you’d think you could get most things anywhere but apparently companies distribute different things in different places. Anyways, this sounds good – spicy beef! Let’s check it out.

Chuan Wei Wang Bowl Instant Noodles Artificial Spicy Beef Flavor – China

#2362: Chuan Wei Wang Bowl Instant Noodles Artificial Spicy Beef Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add all sachets to bowl and add boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

#2362: Chuan Wei Wang Bowl Instant Noodles Artificial Spicy Beef Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2362: Chuan Wei Wang Bowl Instant Noodles Artificial Spicy Beef Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

An included fork!

#2362: Chuan Wei Wang Bowl Instant Noodles Artificial Spicy Beef Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2362: Chuan Wei Wang Bowl Instant Noodles Artificial Spicy Beef Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

A dry sachet.

#2362: Chuan Wei Wang Bowl Instant Noodles Artificial Spicy Beef Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

A light powder.

#2362: Chuan Wei Wang Bowl Instant Noodles Artificial Spicy Beef Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

A liquid sachet.

#2362: Chuan Wei Wang Bowl Instant Noodles Artificial Spicy Beef Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

A lustrous and oily sauce.

#2362: Chuan Wei Wang Bowl Instant Noodles Artificial Spicy Beef Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

The vegetables sachet.

#2362: Chuan Wei Wang Bowl Instant Noodles Artificial Spicy Beef Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

Some little bits.

#2362: Chuan Wei Wang Bowl Instant Noodles Artificial Spicy Beef Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, beef, spring onion and bell pepper. The noodles came out alright – they hydrated well but were kind of ho-hum. The broth was interesting. I liked the beef taste, but I really didn’t expect the Sichuan pepper here. It was nice – and had a good oiliness. The vegetable bits were nice and the imitation meat worked well too. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6925487994014.

#2362: Chuan Wei Wang Bowl Instant Noodles Artificial Spicy Beef Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

The Cambridge Illustrated History of China

A video about trying foods in Southern China.

#2358: Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli

#2358: Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A large bowl from a brand I’ve been loathe to try in the past. They used to have some varieties in the Bottom Ten List, and still do – but many I’ve not tried previously I’ve tried and been really impressed with. Indeed, palates change. Let’s give this one a look.

Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli – China

#2358: Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The import/distribution sticker (click to enlarge).

#2358: Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free, but check for yourself. To prepare, add in all sachets and boiling water to fill line. Cover and et steep for 5 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

#2358: Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2358: Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

An included fork!

#2358: Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The vermicelli block.

#2358: Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A dry base sachet.

#2358: Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Looks like vegetables and MSG.

#2358: Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Liquid base sachet.

#2358: Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Has a spicy scent.

#2358: Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, coriander and Chinese sausage. The vermicelli hydrated well – there’s a ton of it and it’s good. This is sweet potato vermicelli by the way. The broth is oily and heavy duty stuff – strong vinegar kind of hit to it with a good spiciness and cabbage flavor. Bits of vegetable floating everywhere. Good stuff! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6926410321242.

Baijia Instant Sweet Potato Thread (One Box, 20 Small Bags) (Sichuan Pickled cabbage Fish Flavor)

<p style=”text-align: center;”>A corporate video from Sichuan Baijia.</p>

#2328: Qin Zong Shaanxi Cold Noodle Hot & Sour Flavor

#2328: Qin Zong Shaanxi Cold Noodle Hot & Sour Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater - cold noodles

Another one from Colin – thanks again! Haven’t seen this brand previously. Always neat to start checking out a brand I’ve not reviewed after trying so many. But what’s Shanxi? Wikipedia, if you please:

Shanxi (Chinese: 山西; pinyin: About this sound Shānxī; postal: Shansi) is a province of China, located in the North China region. Its one-character abbreviation is “” (pinyin: Jìn), after the state of Jin that existed here during the Spring and Autumn period.

The name Shanxi means “West of the Mountains”, a reference to the province’s location west of the Taihang Mountains.[5] Shanxi borders Hebei to the east, Henan to the south, Shanxi to the west, and Inner Mongolia to the north and is made up mainly of a plateau bounded partly by mountain ranges. The capital of the province is Taiyuan.

Shanxi cuisine is most well known for its extensive use of vinegar as a condiment, as well as for a huge variety of noodle dishes, particularly knife-cut noodles or daoxiao mian (刀削面), which are served with a range of sauces. A dish originating from Taiyuan, the provincial capital, is Taiyuan Tounao (太原头脑, literally “Taiyuan Head”). It is a breakfast dish; a porridge-like stew made with mutton, Chinese yam (山药), lotus roots, astragalus membranaceus (黄芪, membranous milk vetch), tuber onions, and yellow cooking wine for additional aroma. It can be enjoyed by dipping pieces of unleavened flatbread into the soup, and is reputed to have medicinal properties. Pingyao is famous for its unique salt beef, while the areas around Wutai Shan are known for wild mushrooms. The most popular local spirit is fenjiu, a “light fragrance” variety of baijiu that is generally sweeter than other northern Chinese spirits.

Let’s check out this cold noodle from China!

Qin Zong Shaanxi Cold Noodle Hot & Sour Flavor – China

#2328: Qin Zong Shaanxi Cold Noodle Hot & Sour Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater - cold noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles and wheat gluten to a bowl. Cover with boiling water and let sit for 10-15 minutes to soften. Rinse noodles with cold water and drain. Add in liquid sachets. Stir and enjoy!

#2328: Qin Zong Shaanxi Cold Noodle Hot & Sour Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater - cold noodles

The noodle pouch.

#2328: Qin Zong Shaanxi Cold Noodle Hot & Sour Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater - cold noodles

The first of three liquid sachets.

#2328: Qin Zong Shaanxi Cold Noodle Hot & Sour Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater - cold noodles

Dark with sesame seeds.

#2328: Qin Zong Shaanxi Cold Noodle Hot & Sour Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater - cold noodles

Another liquid sachet.

#2328: Qin Zong Shaanxi Cold Noodle Hot & Sour Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater - cold noodles

A thin, clear liquid.

#2328: Qin Zong Shaanxi Cold Noodle Hot & Sour Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater - cold noodles

Another almost clear sachet.

#2328: Qin Zong Shaanxi Cold Noodle Hot & Sour Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater - cold noodles

Murky…

#2328: Qin Zong Shaanxi Cold Noodle Hot & Sour Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater - cold noodles

A sachet of…

#2328: Qin Zong Shaanxi Cold Noodle Hot & Sour Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater - cold noodles

…wheat gluten.

#2328: Qin Zong Shaanxi Cold Noodle Hot & Sour Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater - cold noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and fried tofu puff, The noodles had to soak for 10-15 minutes, so I went 15. Alas, they were very odd; Seems like they would’ve hydrated a little better but they just seemed kind of off. The flavor was pretty good – really oily, spicy and definitely Chinese.  Not my fave but looking forward eagerly to try more Shaanxi varieties from this brand – unique. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6925500714155.

#2328: Qin Zong Shaanxi Cold Noodle Hot & Sour Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater - cold noodles

SHAANXI COLD NOODLE

Years of training have provided this cook in northwest China with the skill of bouncing endless noodles in a quite bizarre style into the boiling water.