So my sister got me a neat plate a couple weeks ago at Shipwreck Day. Shipwreck Day is like a big citywide garage sale up in Anacortes, Washington – my hometown. The plate was part of a set and the lady didn’t want to break up the set, but my sister came back a little later and the lady gave in and let her buy one after she mentioned what I would use it for. The lady was originally from the Philippines and was a travel agent. I decided maybe I ought to do a review of something from the Philippines in honor of her relenting, and that’s what today’s review is about. Bihon is like bihun – it’s rice noodles. I reviewed this one originally almost 5 years ago – and really didn’t like it. Wondering if my palate might be a little more interested, I thought it’d be nice to try again, and so here we are – let’s check it out.
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, boil noodles and contents of veggie sachet for 2 minutes. Drain well. Add in contents of remaining sachets and stir well. Enjoy!
The rice noodle block.
The dry seasoning sachet.
A grainy powder.
A dual sachet – seasoned oil on the left and soy sauce on the right.
The liquids co-mingling.
The vegetables sachet.
Some little bits!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added spring onion, shrimp and barbecue pork. The noodles were definitely an issue for me. They were way too chewy; it just didn’t work for me. The flavor on the other hand was very nice – sweet, salty and balanced. Unfortunately, that just wasn’t enough. 1.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4804888800990.
Even better, I found it on this page of Philippine condiments! Pretty cool!
Dry powder, soy sauce and seasoned oil. I imagine the soy sauce has the lime infused in it.
There they wait the drained cooked noodles.
Click image to enlarge. I added a little Kizami Shoga (pickled ginger) and a little fried shallot for garnish. Well I must say this is stupendous and wonderful stuff and I could eat it every day. Very much like Indomie’s Mi Goreng line. I like the noodles and the flavor and everything. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – delicious!
So here’s some Quickchow from the Philippines. Mami just means noodle soup as far as I know. I like the little ‘Buy Pinoy’ logo on the lower right!
One shiny silver packet of powder seasoning.
Almost fluffy, isn’t it?
Click image to enlarge. I added two eggs while the noodles were cooking and a couple thinly sliced pieces of roasted turkey . So the noodles are much chewier and thicker than I expected. They make it a heartier meal. The broth is very nice – very much a chicken flavor. The turkey and egg went nicely with it to make it a really tasty breakfast. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.
Nothing says Merry Xmas like a 29 cent package of noodles!
Leonard Nimoy narrates ‘In Search Of…’ – about big stone heads!
Something new – a cup noodle from the Philippines!
Two packets – dry seasoning on the left and a seasoned oil on the right.
The dry seasoning was kinda clumpy but that’s normal. The noodles had a neat look to them I don’t usually see.
Click image to enlarge. Finished product. The broth was interesting; like a chicken soup broth but only pork. The noodles were also like what you’d expect in a can of chicken soup, only this is a pork flavor. Not bad. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.