Category Archives: Pama

#1849: Pama Instant Rice Vermicelli Clear Soup Flavour

Turns out I had one left from my trip to Malaysia in October 2014! This one’s made by the same company that makes MAMA noodles – just for the Malaysian market. I’ve had chand clear soup varieties in the past but this one just says it’s clear soup. Let’s check out this rice vermicelli!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add contents of package to a bowl and add 350ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir rand enjoy!

The rice vermicelli block.

A dual sachet – soup base powder on the left and chilli powder on the right.

The chilli powder atop the soup base powder.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Has a nice and strong garlic scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Chinese sausage, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, lime, cili padi, egg and coriander. The vermicelli hydrated well – fine strands and good quantity (I recommend cutting them with kitchen scissors to make them easier to navigate). The broth has a salty, garlic and hint of sweet character to it. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9557128101511.

6 Packages MAMA Yentafo Instant Rice Vermicelli (Instant Noodles)

A clip showing Pama instant noodles.

#1787: Pama Kua Teaw Segera

Another I picked up in Butterworth, Penang during my Malaysia trip last year. That Econsave was really great – so many varieties! Trying to run through them before they expire! Not this one’s a little interesting – you might say the logo kind of looks familiar… Well, it’s made in Thailand for the Malaysian market by President Rice Products. They make all of the MAMA branded rice vermicelli – and in Malaysia their products go under the name PAMA. Simple really. Anyways, let’s check this one out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare add noodles to 350ml boiling water and simmer 2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet of soup base and chilli powder.

The chilli powder atop the soup base powder.

A garlic oil sachet.

Has a nice garlic scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added white onion, coriander, lime, egg, Chinese sausage and cili padi from Dwayne B. The rice noodle comes out very very good – good gauge and soft. Used kitchen scissors as usual to shorten their length during the cooking process. The broth has a nice taste to it – garlic and just plain tasty; kind of a springboard in which other ingredients go so well. This is a good one. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9557128101610.

6 Packages MAMA Yentafo Instant Rice Vermicelli (Instant Noodles)

A little something about Pama noodles.

#1639: Pama Bihun Creamy Tom Yam Flavour

Bihun (or beehoon) is basically rice vermicelli. Pama is a brand by President Rice Products of Thailnd and looks to be for sale in Malaysia. Make sense? Okay now on to the flavor: tom yam. Tom yam (or tom yum) is a very standard Thai variety – spicy, lemon/citrus, spicy, and usually shrimp. I was told that the creamy isn’t from dairy but from the boiling of shrimp! Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge). To prepare, open lid and take out sachets and fork. Add in contents of sachets and boiling water to fill line. Steep 3 minutes, stir, and enjoy!

An included fork!

The bundle of bihun.

The soup base sachet.

Has a lemony scent – made me sneeze when I poured it into the cup!

A flavored oil sachet.

Has a spicy scent.

The solid ingredients sachet.

Shrimp and seasoning.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added shrimp, mung bean sprouts and coriander. The bihun is very standard – thin and wispy. I recommend if you have a pair of kitchen scissors cutting the noodles twice once they’re done – makes it easier to eat them. The broth is excellent – nice heat, lemongrass and shrimp components. The included shrimp hydrated nicely. A nice little cup! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9557128102426.

Betty Saw’s Best Noodle Recipe (from Amazon) – Betty Saw’s Best Noodle Recipes is a collection of 60 noodle recipes found in Malaysia and the region. From fresh yellow noodles and broad noodles to dried egg noodles and rice vermicelli, the recipes featured in this cookbook include elaborate dishes such as Nyonya Curry Laksa, Lor Mee and Mee Rebus, as well as light and refreshing offerings like Kerabu Beehoon, Cold Wantan Noodles with Sesame Black Vinegar Sauce and Chicken Soup Mee Sua with Poached Egg. Also included are a few regional specialties that have become all-time favourites in Malaysia such as Thai-style Fried Noodles, Cold Green Tea Soba and Burmese Coconut Noodles. With step-by-step recipes for making noodles from scratch, this recipe collection is essential for those who wish to learn the secrets to whipping up delicious and wholesome noodles at home.

A Pama TV commercial.

#1525: Pama Instant Kua Teow Tom Yam

Yet another one got in Malaysia during our trip! Thank you, Thomas! A popular dish in Penang is Char Kuay Teow, fried rice noodles. It’s kind of like the mee goreng of rice noodles. Kua Teow is rice noodles – and this is rice noodles with tom yam broth. From what I found online, it’s more a popular Thai dish. Either way, this sounds really good! Let’s dig in to some spicy stuff from Malaysia!

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains seafood.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge). To prepare, empty sachets into cup and fill to line with boiling water. Steep for 3 minutes, stir, and enjoy!

Included fork!

The rice noodle block.

Soup base sachet.

A large amount of powder.

The seasoned oil sachet.

Like a paste.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added prawns, coriander and sweet onion. The noodles hydrated extremely well – not too chewy and definitely not mushy. The broth was as promised, a tom yam flavor. It was nice and strong as I like it. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9557128102235.

Penang Heritage Food: Yesterday’s Recipes for Today’s Cook – (from Amazon) Penang is one of the food capitals of Malaysia. However, over time, many Penang heritage dishes have been modified so much that what is served today is just a pale image of the original. The tastes of home-cooked dishes have not been faithfully reproduced from one generation to the next. Similarly, street- food and restaurant recipes have not been faithfully passed from a retiring chef to his successor. This book preserves the Penang heritage food from days of yore, covering home- cooked food, street food and restaurant dishes. Meticulously researched, every recipe is prefaced with heritage information and, together, they trace Penang heritage food to its Thai, Hokkien, Hainanese, Indian and Malay roots. Penang Heritage Food won a national award for best culinary history in the World Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

A TV spot for Pama instant noodles.