Category Archives: * Stars 0 – 1.0

#2238: Asian Thai Foods Rumpum Gundruk Flavour

Here’s one sent by Marvin R. from Texas – thanks again! This one’s from Nepal and says it’s ‘gundruk’ flavor. Gundruk? Wikipedia?

Gundruk (Nepali: गुन्द्रुक, (Pickled Leafy Vegetables) About this sound Listen ) is fermented leafy green vegetable and is a popular food in Nepal and claimed to be one of the national dishes. It is popular not only in Nepal but also in every gorkhali or Nepalese diaspora household worldwide.[1] The annual production of gundruk in Nepal is estimated at 2,000 tons and most of the production is carried out at the household level.[2] Gundruk is obtained from the fermentation of leafy vegetables (saag; Nepali: साग). It is served as a side dish with the main meal and is also used as an appetizer. Gundruk is an important source of minerals particularly during the off-season when the diet consists of mostly starchytubers and maize which tend to be low in minerals.[2]

Wow – getting interesting around here – yesterday’s review was bagna cauda, today’s is gundruk. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to prepare, add noodle block to 240ml boiling water and cook stirring occasionally for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy! Altervately, you can eat it straight from the bag as a snack.

The noodle block.

A dual sachet.

A powder base with some bits in there.

Seasoned oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sous vide chicken, coriander and chilli flake. The noodles were alright; they had a good chew and a nice backbone. The flavor though. I really can’t say this is a flavor I can savor. The little broth the noodles didn’t soak up was this army green color with an acidic and earthy taste. Not to my liking at all. 0.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9506000022574.

RUM-PUM VEG NOODLES 75G

Asian Thai Foods also make a line called Preeti – and looks like they have pizza varieties now!

#2219: Fantastic Noodles Crispy Bacon Flavour

Here’s one I got from Jen in Australia a while back – thanks! I was waiting for the right time to review this. I thought maybe cooking some bacon sous vide style and then frying it up could be pretty epic. I did the sous vide-ing and my wife will be frying the bacon. Ready for meat candy time? Let’s do it!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add sachet contents and boiling water to cover the noodles. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The dry soup base.

An ultralight powder.

The vegetables sachet.

Says its a seasonal vegetable mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added applewood smoked bacon that was cooked ‘sous vide’ style with an immersion cooker for 21 hours and then seared on one side, a lightly toasted slice of white bread and a slow fried egg. The noodles came out decently; however were a little on the soft and mushy side. The broth was almost all slurped up by the noodles and was almost completely just a salt festival. I really would have to reach to call it bacon flavored. The vegetables hydrated well but seemed like the odd ones at the ‘let’s pretend to be bacon’ costume party. Saddened and disappointed. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9310155650502.

If you can’t get enough bacon, you should probably click here

The instructions on making sous vide bacon. I use an Anova sous vide I got as a gift from NuTek – thanks again! I think the nicest part of immersion cooking is the lack of cleanup – really nice. Actually the best part is the food; I’ve done countless chicken breasts in this thing for 2 hours at 146 degrees farenheit and it comes out so amazingly good!

#2208: Roland Ramen Japanese Style Quick-Cooking Alimentary Paste With Chicken Artificially Flavored Soup Base

A big thanks to Colin for finding and sending me this one! Okay, so I have been trying to get this one for a while; anything by Roland honestly. I called them, emailed them, and always got the same reply – ‘we don’t send sample.’ I really love it when companies have such a rigid policy against basically what amounts to free advertising. This one is made in Singapore for Roland company here in the USA, and I have a feeling it’s a private label by Tat Hui/KOKA – all boils down to one aspect which is a giveaway. Let’s check this one out and I’ll show you what that is.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block and soup base sachet to 3 cups water and cook for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy! NOTE – while I will be using the mentioned 3 cups of water on this one, I think the only reason 3 cups are mentioned is directly related to the nutrition facts – note it says this pack is 3 servings. I think 3 cups is going to make this exceedingly bland, but we’ll see.

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles came out decently; nothing fancy, but a decent instant noodle. The broth however was definitely bland. This is almost completely due to the called for 3 cups of water. I’m sure 400ml would have done just fine for this one. Not only that, I kind of get the feeling that even with that lesser amount of water it still would have been leaning toward the bland side. 0.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041224722002.

Roland Ramen, Chicken, 3 Ounce (Pack of 90)

Something completely unrelated.

#2108: Wei Lih GGE Noodle Snack Wheat Crackers Original Ramen

Been a little while since I’ve done a snack noodle review, so here we are. This one is by Wei Lih and hails from Taiwan. Let’s give it a look.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, open bag, open mouth, insert food and enjoy!

Short, rounded pieces aplenty.

Finished (click to enlarge). What you get are short pieces of noodle that are crispy. Aside from that, not much. The flavor is extremely light; I detect a little salty and a tiny sweet. Kind of boring. Maybe better as a salad topping. For a snack, I give this one 1.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 074410727949.

Wheat Cracker Japanese Ramen (Original Flavor)- by Good Good Eat GGE

Okay I think this guy has a mirror image of my 11 year old son’s room.

#2103: Roland Ramen Japanese Style Quick-Cooking Alimentary Paste With Beef Artificially Flavored Soup Base

A big thanks to Colin for finding and sending me this one! Okay, so I have been trying to get this one for a while; anything by Roland honestly. I called them, emailed them, and always got the same reply – ‘we don’t send sample.’ I really love it when companies have such a rigid policy against basically what amounts to free advertising. This one is made in Singapore for Roland company here in the USA, and I have a feeling it’s a private label by Tat Hui/KOKA – all boils down to one aspect which is a giveaway. Let’s check this one out and I’ll show you what that is.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block and soup base sachet to 3 cups water and cook for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy! NOTE – while I will be using the mentioned 3 cups of water on this one, I think the only reason 3 cups are mentioned is directly related to the nutrition facts – note it says this pack is 3 servings. I think 3 cups is going to make this exceedingly bland, but we’ll see.

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet. Compare to this one from KOKA.

The soup base powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles were mediocre; nothing really special about them. They’re not really sub-par or anything, they’re just uninteresting, with a lackluster chew. The broth requires me to write a story in order to convey my thoughts upon it. Two gentlemen were sitting in a bar talking about various subjects and food came up. One man asked the other ‘beef broth is something I like very much – you like beef broth don’t you?’ The other man shrugged. ‘I did when I was younger; before the accident.’ ‘Accident?’ ‘Yes,’ the man explained, ‘my tongue was severed twenty years ago in a freak tennis accident. I’ve tasted nothing since.’ Well folks, that’s what this tasted like; the memory of beef. It was so bland and watery it just ended up offending me. As I said earlier, 3 cups of water is a ridiculous amount for this pack. For an instant I was in search of for so long, I’m saddened it ended up being like this. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 041224722101.

Roland Ramen, Beef, 3 Ounce (Pack of 90)

This isn’t directly related to this product, but it’s people taking a whole sachet of beef instant noodle seasoning in one straight gulp! Pretty crazy – I’m not doing it but it’s fun to watch!