A couple little bits of fishcake with Winnie The Pooh on them and other bits of garnish from the cup.
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles came out alright – very light and a slight slight sponginess. The broth definitely tastes like seaweed – and is augmented with lots of seaweed as well. The little Pooh fishcake bits were a neat touch and bits of spring onion popped up now and again. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8852528000657.
It’s been a really really long time since I’ve reviewed any of these FF bowls. My friend Matt B. was saying he got one and really liked it, and so I found this one to try out. Let’s have a look!
Detail of a side panel (click to enlarge). I hoped I could scan this one but had no luck as you can see! Here’s the nutrition info. Contains shrimp. To prepare, add in all sachet contents to bowl and add boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
An included fork!
The noodle block in it’s own bag.
The dry seasonings.
A very light powder.
The solid ingredients sachet.
Looks like spring onion, crab stick and carrot.
A liquid sachet.
Finished (click to enlarge). This one steeped in it’s own plastic bowl, and in the past I’ve found these things to be kind of gimmicky – hey – it comes with a plastic bowl and lid. Well, I did like this one. The noodles steeped well and came out with a good chew and tension. The broth has a nice creamy tom yum taste to it as well. I do have to say though that carrot and crab stick seemed a little weird in this, but all in all it wasn’t bad. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850412271500.
I’m really excited about these – got 5 different varieties from Nissin Thailand – always looking for anything kid related when it comes to instant noodles! The fact is that there’s a market all over the world for instant noodles for kids; think about it – we have adult breakfast cereal here and then ones marketed to kids. Same with instant noodle abroad. Let check it out!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish and possibly other meat. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles hydrated nicely – thin and a light chew. The broth was sweet and light with a little bit of meatiness to it. Tasty little bits floated around and the Pooh fishcake was fun to eat. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8852528001609.
As we wind down this Meet The Manufacturer, I’ve been saving one that I found very interesting to be towards the end. I use coriander in the ‘finished’ photo of many instant noodle varieties – but never have I seen an instant noodles whose primary flavor is coriander. I’m very curious about this one – let’s check it out!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add all seasoning sachets to the bowl and boiling water to fill line. Let steep covered for 4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and coriander. The noodles hydrated very well. They are wide and flat and have a decent chew to them but not overly chewy for a rice noodle. The broth is a kind of salty and chicken like one, augmented by a nice oiliness. The sachet of dried coriander can be seen flecked throughout here. To be honest, I expected this to be an onslaught of coriander flavor, but it was a little drowned out so to speak by the broth’s saltiness. I think it could be served better with more coriander and less saltiness. Still, it was a tasty bowl of rice noodles. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8851876001491.
I thought the first thing to do would be to look this up on Wikipedia. I found an entry for nam tok and here’s some of what it said:
Nam tok can refer to two different kinds of preparation:
In Central Thailand, nam tok is mainly a spicy soup stock enriched with raw cow blood or pig’s blood. Blood is often used in Thailand to enrich regular noodle dishes. One of the most popular variants of the nam tok noodle soup is known as kuai-tiao mu nam tok. It includes broth, blood, noodles, bean sprouts, pieces of liver, pork, dumplings, green vegetables and spices. This type of soup has an intense, rich and pleasant taste and is often served by streetside vendors in small food stalls.
Nam tok can be also an Isan and Lao meat dish which is similar to lap (larb). This dish is known in Lao as ping sin nam tok (Lao: ປິ້ງຊິ້ນນ້ຳຕົກ) and in Thai as nuea yang nam tok (Thai: เนื้อย่างน้ำตก, “waterfall grilled beef”), if made with beef, and as mu nam tok (Thai: หมูน้ำตก, “waterfall pork”), if made with pork. The name supposedly refers to the fact that there is still “water”, or liquid, in the meat, that is, blood. The “dressing” of this meat-based salad is made with ground roasted rice, ground dried chillies, fish sauce, lime juice, shallots and mint leaves. It can also feature spring onions. It is traditionally eaten with sticky rice and comes with raw vegetables such asthua fak yao (Thai: ถั่วฝักยาว, yardlong beans) and kalam pli (Thai: กะหล่ำปลี, cabbage).
Ah ha – so from the second bullet point it looks as though this is a pork variety. 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 a bowl and add 300ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
The rice noodles.
A large sachet.
Has a rich scent.
A liquid sachet.
A dark, oily paste.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, fried garlic, thin sliced chashu pork, coriander and chilli flake. Really like the gauge of these noodles yet again – good stuff! Hydrated well in the time allotted. The broth has a kind of mysteriousness to it; dark in color with a sour and spicy taste and other tastes lingering about. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8851876001132.