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#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

Yet another leftover from the Nissin Hong Kong Meet The Manufacturer! What’s XO Saucve? Here’s a little info from wikipedia –

Developed in the 1980s in Hong Kong for Cantonese cuisine, XO sauce is made of roughly chopped dried seafoods, including scallops, dried fish and shrimp, and subsequently cooked with chili peppers, onions, and garlic. This dried seafood-based sauce bears similarity to the Fujianese Shacha sauce. Spring Moon, the Peninsula Hong Kong’s Chinese restaurant, is often credited with the invention of XO sauce, although others claim the sauce’s origin in the urban area of Kowloon.
The name XO sauce comes from fine XO (extra-old) cognac, which is a popular Western liquor in Hong Kong and considered by many to be a chic product there. In addition, the term XO is often used in the popular culture of Hong Kong to denote high quality, prestige and luxury. In fact, XO sauce has been marketed in the same manner as the French liquor, using packaging of similar colour schemes.

Shall we? Let’s!

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle – Hong Kong

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork, shellfish and fish. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

The noodle block.

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

The dry base sachet.

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

A light powder with a seafood scent.

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

A liquid base sachet.

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

A thick sauce with a spicy scent.

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sweet onion, spring onion, chashu pork, ito togarashi, fishballs and carved squid. First, the noodles are nice and plump. Indeed, the standard gauge Demae Ramen. Second, the broth has a nice spiciness to it and a taste that lingers between seafood and a little pork taste that peeks out here and there. In conclusion, the combination works well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878800049.

#2300: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

Nissin Demae Ramen, X O Sauce Seafood, 3.5 oz (30 packs)

A TV commercial from Nissin Hong Kong.

#2293: Nissin Nupasta Bacon In Carbonara Sauce Flavour Instant Noodle

Another leftover from the Nissin Hong Kong Meet The Manufacturer – thanks again! Been waiting for the right day to review this one – I should mention today actually is November 8th, 2016 – election day here in the United States. You see, I’m about sixty reviews ahead of myself. How? Well, I usually try to do two reviews a day – and been doing that for a while. I used to only do one a day and if I missed a day I would have to scramble to do a review and post it the same day etc etc. I can hear it ‘oh my god you eat two packs of instant noodles every day?’ Of course not; people reviewing wines don’t chug down a whole bottle to decide what they think of it. I take a couple spoons of broth and a few bites of noodle. In fact, I would say that after reviewing two bowls of noodles, I’ve maybe had the equivalent of 1/3 of a bowl, so there you go. This way if I need to take a couple days off, I can. Well, by now we know who is the new president when you’re seeing this. My daughter Miriam will have been born and Christmas may be over. Crazy. Well, let’s try this one – the cup version was in this year’s The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Instant Noodle Cups Of all Time list – let’s check the pack out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork (lard). To prepare, add noodles to 250ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents and cook over medium heat until sauce thickens. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The sauce powder sachet.

A lot of light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added pork, sweet onion and garlic sauteed in a little butter with some salt. The noodles are great – good gauge and chewiness – they feel like an Italian pasta versus an Asian noodle if that makes sense. The sauce is a luscious white with a bacon taste throughout. Very rich and very tasty. I wouldn’t have pegged Hong Kong to be the source of this in a million years – it’s just wonderful! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878190034.

Nissin Demae Ramen Variety Pack (6 Flavors)

A recipe for spaghetti carbonara.

#2290: Nissin Demae Ramen Straight Noodle Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle

One of the more interesting varieties left over from the Nissin Foods Hong Kong Meet The Manufacturer. This one’s very new; a two-serving pack with a pork bone broth and black garlic oil fun! Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add noodles to 450ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add powder sachet to a bowl. Add noodles and broth to bowl, stirring broth as it pours out with the powder you already put in the bowl. Add in black garlic oil. Stir and enjoy!

Here’s what you’re greeted with when you open the package: two of everything.

The straight noodle bindle.

The powder base sachet.

A light powder.

The black garlic oil sachet.

Black. Garlicky. Oily.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, chashu pork, spring onion and nanami togarashi. The noodles are just perfect – perfect firmness and chew! The broth is a creamy tonkotsu augmented by the black garlic oil. Rich, hearty and very giving. This stuff is just sensational! Easy 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – super impressed!  EAN bar code 4897878850020.

Nissin Demae Ramen Variety Pack (Tonkotsu Series) (Pack of 16 with 4 Each Flavor)

A Nissin Hk TV commercial about their new Demae Ramen Straight Noodle.

#2288: Nissin Cup Noodles Tom Yum Goong Flavour

Here’s a rather striking purple cup! This one’s from Nissin Hong Kong – they sent it along with over 50 other varieties for Meet The Manufacturer. Since I only review up to 15 varieties in a row for a Meet The Manufacturer, the rest go into the daily rotation.  I’m curious about whether this will be hot and spicy – let’s find out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add cold water to fill line and microwave at 800W for 3 minutes (use this tool to convert wattage for your microwave). Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Some loose seasoning and garnish from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp, coriander and Thai chillies. The noodles are this and flat with a soft chew to them. They’re the standard Cup Noodles. The broth has a nice tom yum flavor – lemongrass and some heat. The bits of shrimp and egg are really nice – the egg was kind of a surprise; I mean, have you ever had tom yum and egg? Works well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4897878100156.

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Nissin makes a tom yum in Japan (this one), Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand – 75gX12 pieces Nissin Cup Noodle Tom Yum Goong noodle by Nissin

A Nissin Hong Kong TV commercial for their flavors of Southeast Asia line.

#2286: Kamfen Noodle King Artificial Abalone And Chicken Soup Flavoured

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I haven’t generally been a fan of abalone and chicken instant noodles. I’m crossing my fingers here though. Let’s give it a try!

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

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The powder base.

A light powder.

A sauce sachet.

Tick and oily.

The vegetables sachet.

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Lots of bits in there.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Dodo fishball and spring onion. The noodles are really good in this one – nice gauge and the chew – very sturdy and hearty. The broth is definitely leaning more towards chicken than abalone, something I enjoyed. The flavor was rich and the oiliness was very good.  The vegetables hydrated well and worked nicely here. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6920363400702.

The Hong Kong cookbook;: A new kind of authentic Chinese cookery adapted to the American kitchen,

A walk around a Hong Kong street market.