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#2329: Patanjali Atta Noodles Jhatpat Banao Befikr Khao

#2329: Patanjali Atta Noodles Jhatpat Banao Befikr Khao - India - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Another sent by Colin – thanks! So this is one of a new line from India within the last year or so. Looks to be vegetarian and to have peas in there. Here’s a little about the company from Wikipedia –

The Patanjali Ayurved Limited is an Indian FMCG company.Manufacturing units and headquarters are located in the indusrtial area of Haridwar while the registered office is located at Delhi. The company manufactures mineral and herbal products. It also has manufacturing units in Nepal under the trademark Nepal Gramudhyog[4] and imports majority of herbs in India from Himalayas of Nepal.[5][6] According to CLSA and HSBC, Patanjali is the fastest growing FMCG company in India. It is valued at ₹30 billion (US$450 million) and some predict revenues of ₹5,000 crore (US$740 million) for the fiscal 2015–16.[7][8][9] Ramdev baba has stated in his interview with CNN-News18 that profit from Patanjali Products goes to charity.[10]

Well, let’s check it out!

Patanjali Atta Noodles Jhatpat Banao Befikr Khao – India

#2329: Patanjali Atta Noodles Jhatpat Banao Befikr Khao - India - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge).

#2329: Patanjali Atta Noodles Jhatpat Banao Befikr Khao - India - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, break noodles into 4 pieces and add noodles and sachet contents to 250ml boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

#2329: Patanjali Atta Noodles Jhatpat Banao Befikr Khao - India - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2329: Patanjali Atta Noodles Jhatpat Banao Befikr Khao - India - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The seasoning sachet/.

#2329: Patanjali Atta Noodles Jhatpat Banao Befikr Khao - India - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Has a nice and strong spice scent with what looks like peas.

#2329: Patanjali Atta Noodles Jhatpat Banao Befikr Khao - India - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. Thee noodles were really good – plump with a slight crumble. The taste was like a tasty masala – very hearty and a nice bit of spicy taste. The peas hydrated wonderfully; some of the best hydrated peas I’ve had. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8904109409981.

#2329: Patanjali Atta Noodles Jhatpat Banao Befikr Khao - India - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

12 x P atanjali Atta Noodles, 70 gms each (840 gms)

A Patanjali Atta Noodles advertisement.

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon Instant Noodle

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s a new jjajangmyun from Paldo of South Korea sent by Yongmin Park of Paldo. Thank you very much!  For those of you unfamiliar with jjajangmyeon, here’s some info from wikipedia:

Jajangmyeon (자장면; 짜장면; jjajangmyeon) is a noodle dish topped with a thick sauce made of chunjang (salty black soybean paste), diced pork and vegetables, and sometimes also seafood.

The dish originated from zhajiangmian (, literally “deep fried sauce noodles”) in China’s Shandong region.[1] The start of jajangmyeon can be traced back to the Joseon Dynasty. When the Joseon opened the Incheon port, many Chinese people from the Shandong region moved to a town in Incheon, which is now known as Incheon China Town.[2] these people created chines returant and made a é* The pronunciation of the dish’s name is nearly identical to that of its Korean counterpart. However, Korean jajangmyeon differs from Chinese zhajiangmian, as Korean jjajangmyeon uses black Korean chunjang including caramel, and onions.

Curious how this one will stand up compared to others. Only one way to find out!

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon – South Korea

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

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 vegetables sachet to 600ml boiling water and cook for 4 1/2 minutes. Drain well. Add in contents of large sauce sachet. Stir and enjoy!

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The jjajang sauce sachet.

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A lot of sauce and it smells really good!

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The vegetables sachet.

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Looks like peas and cabbage.

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). The ramyun is great – thick and chewy just like I like it. The sauce is really awesome. I like the fact that it’s a sauce and isn’t mixed from a powder, although those kinds are really good too. This one has lots of nice bits of vegetables in the sauce. Solid. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8809296883098.

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s Paldo’s other version – Paldo Jjajangmen Chajang Noodle Vegan No MSG 16-pack

A TV commercial for Paldo Jjangjangmyun.

#2323: Ogasawara Kirin Giraffe Shio Ramen

#2323: Ogasawara Kirin Giraffe Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s one I got at the Carrefour store in Taipei at the bottom of the Miramar Entertainment Park mall. It was on sale and definitely something I didn’t expect to see. There was a bunch of articles that came out about this variety a while back – it was popular many years ago and discontinued and then brought back to the delight of consumers. Noodles with a picture of a giraffe in a bow tie on the front? Yeah; this sounds neat. Let’s check out this revisited classic from Japan!

Ogasawara Kirin Giraffe Shio Ramen – Japan

The import/distribution sticker (click to enlarge).

#2323: Ogasawara Kirin Giraffe Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure as to meat contents. To prepare, add noodle block to 400ml boiling water for 2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

#2323: Ogasawara Kirin Giraffe Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The large bag pictured above contains 6 of these individual servings.

#2323: Ogasawara Kirin Giraffe Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2323: Ogasawara Kirin Giraffe Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The soup base sachet.

#2323: Ogasawara Kirin Giraffe Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The powder base.

#2323: Ogasawara Kirin Giraffe Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles come out with a rather exceptional chew for an instant; perhaps it’s the two minute cook time, but they’re very good. The shio broth is just all around tasty. I like how sesame seeds were present – even though only one sachet. Clean and lovely. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4982504863403.

#2323: Ogasawara Kirin Giraffe Shio Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

“KIRIN SALT Ramen 6packs”

A short video showing the product at a food expo from 2014.

#2321: Sau Tao Black Pepper XO Sauce Flavour

#2321: Sau Tao Black Pepper XO Sauce Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s another one from Colin – thanks! So, wwhat’s CXO sauce? Here’s some info 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]

Typical ingredients of XO sauce include dried scallop, red chili pepper, Jinhua ham, dried shrimp, garlic and canola oil.[4] Some other recipes also call for salted cured fish and diced onion.

This looks interesting – a stir noodle with black pepper XO sauce sounds neat – let’s check it out!

Sau Tao Black Pepper XO Sauce Flavour – Hong Kong

#2321: Sau Tao Black Pepper XO Sauce Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and let steep for 4 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

#2321: Sau Tao Black Pepper XO Sauce Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2321: Sau Tao Black Pepper XO Sauce Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

An included fork!

#2321: Sau Tao Black Pepper XO Sauce Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2321: Sau Tao Black Pepper XO Sauce Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The seasoning sachet.

#2321: Sau Tao Black Pepper XO Sauce Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Thick black sauce!

#2321: Sau Tao Black Pepper XO Sauce Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, carved squid, fried tofu puff and diced chashu pork. Wow. The noodles are great – good quantity and nice chew – soft but with backbone. The flavor is really quite nice. A strong black pepper hit greets the palate and then all that tasty XO sauce flavor. I’m in love. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 087303866106.

#2321: Sau Tao Black Pepper XO Sauce Flavour - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Sao Tao – Chicken & Abalone Sichuan Noodle Soup 5.6 Oz (Pack of 1)

A TV spot for Sau Tao instant noodles.

#2318: Happy Cook Sichuan Spicy Flavor

#2318: Happy Cook Sichuan Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

This is one I brought back with me from Taiwan! Happy Cook is a brand that one of the factories in Taichung makes.

#2318: Happy Cook Sichuan Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Hanging out and taking tea after touring the factory with the guys from Hung Guang. noodle company! I put the video I made while touring the factory at the bottom of the post so check it out! Let’s give the finished product a try!

Happy Cook Sichuan Spicy Flavor – Taiwan

#2318: Happy Cook Sichuan Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to a pot of boiling water and cook for 5-6 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

#2318: Happy Cook Sichuan Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2318: Happy Cook Sichuan Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The first of two sauce sachets.

#2318: Happy Cook Sichuan Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Has a soy scent.

#2318: Happy Cook Sichuan Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The second sachet – oil this time.

#2318: Happy Cook Sichuan Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Spicy stuff!

#2318: Happy Cook Sichuan Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Chinese sausage and sweet onion. The noodles are very wide and thin with an excellent chew – light and giving. The sauce is the fiery breath of Mala, whose Sichuan pepper heat means business. I like how the peppery oil has a kind of pinelike note to it – very good! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4717904326025.

#2318: Happy Cook Sichuan Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Made In Taichung City. Cool Gift – Mug

Here’s the factory I ‘m talking about. They use fans and heat to dry out the noodles.