Category Archives: * Stars 3.1 – 4.0

#2259: Farmer’s Heart Pho Beef Flavor Vietnamese Rice Noodle Soup

Let’s start with the brand name of this one – Farmer’s Heart. I think many of you will be surprised that it’s a translation of a brand that’s very well known – Nongshim. Usually Nongshim’s flavors lean towards Korean flavors – logically. But this one’s definitely Vietnamese. I’m really curious about it also because not only are these rice noodles, but they can be made in the microwave. Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef and fish. To prepare, add in powder sachet and fill to line with room temperature water. Microwave (1000W) for 3 minutes. Let sit for 1 minute in the microwave. stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The powder base sachet.

Has a very nice pho scent to it.

Some bits from the bottom of the bowl.

The sriracha sauce sachet.

Tasty stuff!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, beef, Huy Fong Sriracha chilli sauce, chilli flake and fried garlic. The rice noodles did very well from the microwave. Fully hydrated and a nice way about them. The broth has a nice pho taste -much better than I expected honestly. The supplied sriracha had a nice heat and taste but a bitter finish. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 031146033980.

Farmer’s Heart Soup, Classic Chicken Noodle, 2.64 Ounce (Pack of 6)

A video about Vietnamese street food.

#2256: Goku-Uma Ramen Noodles Artificially Flavored Tonkotsu

I haven’t reviewed anything by this brand in a long time – they were ubiquitous for a while then kind of disappeared, then came back with more traditional Japanese ramen flavors. Let’s check out this tonkotsu bowl!

Detail from the side and bottom of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.

Detail of the lid (detail of the lid). To prepare, add in sachet contents and add boiling water to the fill line. Let steep covered for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!

The soup base sachet.

A very light powder.

The vegetables sachet.

Peas and corn and carrot and onion and and and…

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, my last slice of chashu pork, hard boiled egg and spring onion. The noodles hydrated pretty well and were interesting. They seemed slightly on the spongy side although a tad chewier than most – although hydrated. The broth came out nicely – creamy and milky and a medium salty taste with a kind of pork mood to it. The bit of dehydrated vegetables that came with it hydrated pretty well, although carrot seemed out of place here. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 074410396664.

The Ramen Book

A recipe for tonkotsu.

#2253: Singa-Me Instant Noodles Mi Goreng Flavour

This is one from Australia sent by an Australian named Jen who sent out a big box of noodles a few months back – thank you very much! Mi Goreng – it’s beeh a while! Let’s do this!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line for 3 minutes. Drain off water and add powder and liquid sachet contents. Stir well. Add on fried onion. Enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

Dry base.

A light powder.

A triple sachet of liquid components – from left to right: sweet soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce and seasoned oil.

Cold in here this morning – makes everything stiff.

The garnish sachet.

Fried onion.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, fried egg and ABC sweet chilli sauce. The noodles came out alright – a little crumbly. The flavor was a lightly spicy and sweet one. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9337944000386.

Australian Cooking From Down Under: 70 Amazingly Delicious Australian Cooking Recipes From the Outback and Beyond

A short video about Australian street food.

#2251: Ottogi Ramyon Sabor Camaron

Here’s another one sent to me by a reader named Colin from the east coast – thanks again! This is one he got on a recent trip to Mexico. 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 everything to 550ml boiling water and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A light powder with a strong shrimp scent.

The vegetables sachet.

A very green mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, shrimp and red pepper flake. The noodles in this are some of my favorite ramyun – thick and a really nice chew to them. The broth has a spicy taste with a hint of shrimp. The vegetables hydrated well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 645175155133.

Ottogi brand Jin Ramyon Hot Flavor. 4.23oz package (Pack of 20)

A video about Ottogi ramyon from Mexico.

#2250: Nissin Demae Iccho Spicy XO Sauce Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle

Here’s yet another leftover from the Nissin HK Meet The Manufacturer! This is a really large bowl and sounds pretty good! If you’re unsure about what Xo sauce is, here’s an excerpt from Wikipedia:

Developed in the 1980s in Hong Kong for Cantonese cuisine, XO sauce is made of roughly chopped dried seafoods, including scallops, dried fish and shrimp, and subsequently cooked with chili peppers, onions, and garlic. This dried seafood-based sauce bears similarity to the Fujianese Shacha sauce. Spring Moon, the Peninsula Hong Kong‘s Chinese restaurant, is often credited with the invention of XO sauce, although others claim the sauce’s origin in the urban area of Kowloon.[2] The name XO sauce comes from fine XO (extra-old) cognac, which is a popular Western liquor in Hong Kong and considered by many to be a chic product there. In addition, the term XO is often used in the popular culture of Hong Kong to denote high quality, prestige and luxury. In fact, XO sauce has been marketed in the same manner as the French liquor, using packaging of similar colour schemes.[3]

Alright – let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add in all but the liquid sachet and add boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The powder soup base sachet.

Lots of powder!

The vegetables sachet.

Looks like veggies and a little seafood perhaps.

The liquid sachet.

A thick sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, shrimp, carved squid, crab claw fishcake and nanami togarashi. The noodles are thin and round with a nice chew and quantity. The broth has a nice taste a thickness – a seafood taste with a spicy note. The included additions like the egg hydrated very well and were enjoyable. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4897878120055.

Nissin Demae Ramen Noodle Bowl, Sesame Oil Pack of 12

A Nissin Demae Ramen/Iccho TV commercial.