A couple weeks ago, we took my son Andy to a special Pokemon card event south of here in Renton, Washington. We had some time to kill as he was battling other kids (he won all three battles – a sweep!), and we ended up noticing there was a Uwajimaya very closeby. I’d never been to this one, so we walked over. I was floored – ended up with a couple bagfuls of instant noodles I’d never seen around before which was really great! Anyways, this is one of them. Let’s check it out!
Not only soup base powder but vegetables in this one.
A chilli powder sachet.
A good quantity!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken and coriander. the noodles hydrated nicely and there was a decent amount of them. Good chew, too. The broth was a very tasty chicken flavor and well augmented by the chilli powder – gave it a nice kick. The vegetables hydrated well too. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 089686177022.
I reviewed the original version of this a long time ago and really liked it. This is a new version for export – has gotten quite a facelift since review #725! This was sent to me by Michael C. of Eastland Foods! Thank you! 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 boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Tear off lid and put plastic lid back on – use it to drain. Add in all sachets except fried onion. Stir. Sprinkle fried onion on top and enjoy!
A triple sachet! From left to right, seasoned oil, sweet chilli sauce and finally sweet soy sauce.
The three liquid seasonings co-mingling in a cup.
Miles woke up as I was starting to prep stuff so he joined me in the kitchen to watch – he was very patient as he was ready for something to eat, but I kept telling him about what I was doing and he seemed interested!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added BonCabe Level 10 seasining, fried egg and coriander. The noodles are your standard Indomie fare – light on the chew, standard instant gauge. But the oil, sweet soy sauce, chilli sauce and onions (oh yeah the dry seasoning too) all come together masterfully. It’s like a sweet, salty, spicy hint of crunchy broth-free symphony. Loved this stuff in a pack for years, Love it in a cup too. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 089686180657.
On my last trip to the Asian grocery store, I had a though. I thought maybe I ought to toss in some of the varieties I’ve not reviewed in a while that I’ve recommended quite a bit to people since they’re relatively easy to source and quite good. This one’s a perfect example. My first favorite instant growing up was the Japanese Nissin Chickin Ramen. After trying a few varieties, I found Indomie Mi Goreng line and was all about it. When we’d go to Seattle we’d come back with a couple bags full of them, and I don’t think my parents minded too much since it was around 25 cents a pack. I tried many different varieties in the Indomie Mi Goreng line – there are quite a few. I used to go for the Satay flavor mostly, but then found the Barbecue Chicken one to my liking. Then there’s the Rendang which is a really great one, gracing the top ten list a couple times I think. This one today is the original version. If you’ve not tried this stuff, you’ve got to; it’s a real treat and easily modified to taste. There’s five sachets ioncluded- quite a few in an instant noodle pack and I’ll explain them all here. Anyways, let’s bring on the Indomie Mi Goreng!
Here’s the back of the pack (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Combine all sachet contents except fried onion in a bowl. Drain noodles thoroughly and add them to the bowl and stir until combined. Garnish with fried onion and enjoy!
The noodle block.
A dual sachet.
This is the bawang goreng, aka fried onion. It’s the one you’ll want to sprinkle on at the end.
The ‘bumbu’ which is a dry seasoning here.
A trifecta of liquid sachets. On the left, a seasoned oil. Next to it in the middle is manis pedas, a sweet and spicy chilli sauce. Finally at the far right we have the kecap manis. This is sweet soy sauce – a thick and syrupy sweet dark liquid.
The three liquid sachets all co-mingling together.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fried egg, extra fried onion, krupuk aci and Dua Belibis chilli sauce. The noodles have a nice tension and gauge – decent quantity as well. The flavor is stuff of legend; it’s just excellent! A sweet, salty and spicy combo that works so well – very balanced and tasty. The fried onion bits add such a good crunchiness as well. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 089686170726.
During the trip, I got a lot of instant noodles in Malaysia! Unfortunately on the journey home, the baggage handlers are moving fast and not super worried about luggage with instant noodle in them, so some cups got a little banged up. This one has been on my list to find for a long time – Indomie’s Pop Mie. It’s a basic chicken noodle cup, but it’s been hard to find it or get a sample. Well, here it is! Let’s have a look at Pop Mie and give it a try! I should mention also that this is my first instant noodle I’ve had since September 26th – so long!
Detail from the side panels (click image to enlarge). To prepare, add contents of sachet to the cup and add 300ml boiling water. Let steep for 3 minutes, stir, and enjoy.
Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.
The noodle block.
A dual sachet of seasoning powder on the left and chilli powder on the right.
The chilli powder atop the seasoning base. Has a strong chicken scent.
Finished (lick image to enlarge). Added grilled chicken and chilli paddi from Malaysia. The noodles came out soft and quite nicely – very comfort food texture. The broth has a good chicken flavor and that little bit of chilli powder was a nice touch. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 089686060027.