Here’s another one from the Meet The Manufacturer I did with Nissin Hong Kong. So vongole is a kind of clam and pasta dish very popular in southeast Asia. Let’s check it out!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains clams. To prepare, remove lid and add in contents of clear sachets. Add cold water to fill line. Microwave at 700W for 6 minutes, 30 seconds (use this tool to convert for your microwave). Add in contents of green sachet. Stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles come out really quite nicely – round gauge and a definitely more pasta style chew. They’ve good – can’t fault ’em. The Vongole flavor hasn’t totally been my thing in the past. This is really good though – clam and garlic and butter all around with nicely hydrated veggies – this is really good. To top it off, the dehydrated clams come out quite well. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878660032.
We start today with a seafood variety. I do believe this is the first instant noodle I’ve reviewed with the words ‘kick-ass’ on the front – hopefully a good sign, especiallywhen it comes to how spicy they truly will be. Let’s have a look at this, the first of six varieties I’ll be reviewing for Meet The Manufacturer this go around!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add boiling water up to ‘ridge line’ – looks to be just under the top of the cup. Stir and cover for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!
Loose seasoning from the cup – nice large pieces of shrimp and vegetables.
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles hydrated very nicely – flat and a little broad. The broth is thin and has a kind of shrimp flavor with a decent heat to it. The flavor is very light. The bits of vegetable are excellent and plentiful as are the shrimp which are of excellent quality and quantity. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 064124399868.
When I got an email from a company asking if I’d like to sample their Penang White Curry noodle, I was very happy. It’s been a long time since anyone’s asked me to try one – for a while there, it seemed like I was reviewing a different PWC once a week. A couple things t note about this one. First – the name Nyor Nyar – I really enjoying saying it; it’s fun to say – and I’m probably saying it incorrectly. I noticed that on the top left of the package, it mentions ‘inspired by Penang Air Hitam’s White Curry.’ I think they’re referring to the Two Sisters/Two Aunties stall that’s been around for years in Penang and is extremely well known. Although I’ve not tried that White Curry, I’ve tried many, many others – let’s see how this one tastes!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodles to 400ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
A dry sachet.
A paste sachet.
Strong scent – smells good!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Dodo fishballs, tofu puff, hard boiled egg, coriander and chilli flake. I liked the noodles very much – they were solid and meant business. They had a firmness to them I don’t often find without being brittle. The broth was absolutely perfect – it has a very rich and tasty flavor with a passable amount of spiciness and perfect thickness. What I also liked was the absence of grittiness from the paste in the final slurps of broth. This is a perfect White Curry. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555724502015.
I was contacted by someone from a Taiwanese company called Choumama asking if I’d try their noodles. A few weeks later, these arrived. The packages certainly look fancy – very interested to see how they come out. Let’s give ’em a look!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains meat and shellfish I’m guessing. To prepare, add noodle block to 900ml boiling water. cook for 5-6 minutes. Drain. add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!
There are two of these packages in the large package.
The noodle block.
A large retort pouch.
A thick and paste like concoction.
A liquid sachet.
A thin liquid.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. The noodles went for 5 1/2 minutes and came out really nice – thick flat gauge and great chew to them without being too chewy. The flavor was a nice spicy and tasty XO sauce. The sauce was chunky and hearty with a very good quality and flavor. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4712947590211.
Crabby crab from South Korea! This one was sent to me by colin from the east coast – thanks! Not a lot of ramyun I’ve seen out there with crab as a main flavor. In fact, I think this might be the first ramyun I’ve seen in this vein. You might say ‘hey – you’ve reviewed noodle that have crab flavor before’ but this is ramyun. ramyun is strictly a South Korean thing – it’s really has to do with the noodle gauge and the chewiness. Originally it was beef broth and spicy, but different things have come into the mix during the years – like crab! Let’s give it a try!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish, crustacean and shellfish. To prepare, add everything to 3 cups of boiling water and cook for 4 1/2 minutes. stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
Looks like spicy ramyun seasoning to me!
The dry garnish sachet.
Quite a diverse mixture.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles are great – very good ramyun. They have this kind of two-tier texture to them like a lot of the non-fried noodles do. There’s a kind of gelatinous layer on the outside of the noodle and then more thick inwards with a sturdy chew. The broth had a nice spiciness to it indicative of South Korean variants as well as a nice flavor that teetered on the edge of crab and beef, free of the slight bitterness I have always found in many of the ramyun variants out there. The supplied garnish was good – nice sized pieces of vegetables and all garnish hydrated very nicely and was of good quality. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801114124260.