Some days are tougher than others. This is one of them. This has been the focus of my ire for the past hour or so. I have been trying to figure out what it’s called exactly, and hoping to find an ‘official’ website for it. No dice. I asked some people on facebook and got a little help, though. The brand is 力山食品工廠. From what I gather, you steep these, but with how much water I am unsure. It’s also got some other interesting things inside, aside from the swastika on the package and twin dragons. The swastika isn’t a reference to Nazi Germany, however to Buddhists who are vegetarian, as well as not allowed to eat ‘fetid’ vegetables like garlic or shallots. Anyways, let’s look inside this unique Taiwanese variant!
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Says it is vegetarian. To prepare, add noodles and contents of sachets to a bowl. Cover with boiling water and cover with lid for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
The noodle pack. Very thin fried wheat noodles.
A sachet ofr soup base.
Has a slight scent.
A couple sachets with what looks like weed in them.
A kind of pickled cabbage perhaps or very seasoned cabbage.
Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles are thin like rice vermicelli but from wheat. They are fascinating and pretty good. The broth has a chicken flavor and a little sweetness to it. The little ‘buds’ of vegetable were absorbed and you can see little flecks of it throughout. It’s like pickled cabbage bits. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4712275000055.
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A video about Taiwanese Buddhists and related foods.
This has to be one of the strangest instant noodles I’ve seen. No instructions. Strange packets. Here we go with #666!
Here’s the little ingredients list – on the front.
Here’s the back of the packaging (click image to enlarge).
The noodle pack: strange and ominous.
Okay this is weird. A small packet of powder seasoning on the right year, but on the left, a clear, unsealed plastic cellophane packet with… I’m going with green onions and black pepper but it sure looks suspect.
No instructions… Okay so let’s go with 350cc of boiling water and steep it.
Click image to enlarge. Tossed a fried egg on top. Okay so the noodles are strange; not very thick and kind of stringy. Not a big fan. The broth is tasty but kind of ‘off.’ Has a bit of an industrial taste to it. The veggies kind of float here and there and taste a littrle weird. I dunno – it’s interesting, but not great. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 4712275000017 .
I got this stuff literally a few years ago and it’s been sitting about 90 miles away in a dark cupboard since. It’s a strange one.
Non descript packets. I figure its chicken flavored.
And then this weird little thing. It’s a cellophane pouch with a little green piece of vegetable matter in it. Reading the ingredients, it says its onion and black pepper, but it looks like something else.
Inside the package was the noodles – in their own package.
Left side – silver packet, right side, funky nugget smooshed up.
Click image to enlarge. I think since it’s been a few years, these noodles just aren’t the way they’re supposed to be. They smelled funny and taste pretty awful. I won’t give them a rating this time. Thing is I haven’t seen them anywhere since that time a few years back. Hmm…