Category Archives: Vegetable

#2284: Nissin Korean Kimchi Flavour Vermicelli

Another one sent by Nissin Hong Kong for the Meet The Manufacturer they participated in! Thanks again! This is a lower calorie option instant cup – rice vermicelli is usually fat-free, which definitely cuts the calorie. Let’s give a Hong Kong product with a Korean skew a try!

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

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge ).

The vermicelli block.

The dry soup base sachet.

A slightly granular concoction.

The vegetables sachet.

Surprise – kimchi!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprout s, spring onion and beef sauteed with a little soy sauce. The noodles hydrated well. I made 2 cross-cuts with a pair of kitchen scissors to make them a little more manageable. But yeah – nice gauge and quality. The broth definitely had a kimchi taste and the included bits of vegetable (primarily kimchi) were really great = I like it when cabbage that’s hydrated comes out crunchy. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4897878170005.

Hong Kong House Cook Book

A street market in Hong Kong!

#2272: Nissin Demae Iccho Spicy Kimchi Pot Flavour Instant Noodle

Here’s one big bowl of noodles! I like these – they kind of remind me of what we have here in the US – Nissin makes a line called the ‘Souper Bowl’ and it’s big too. OF course, there aren’t any Black Garlic Tonkotsu or Kimchi Pot flavored ones here. I always wish there were, but tthe fact that every country has it’s own flavors is what I really love about reviewing, and since the USA is a country, we’ve got our own. Anyways, Spicy! Kimchi! A friend of mine sent me a jar of kimchi in the mail and I go t it yesterday! Perfect timing! Let’s check this one out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork, chicken and fish. To prepare, add in the sachets marked with a 1 and fill to line with boiling water. Let steep for 3 minutes covered. Add in liquid sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

Powder soup base.

A lot of powder!

The vegetable sachet.

Looks like kimchi, spring onion and maybe some green beans and egg.

The liquid sachet.

A kimchi scented oily concoction.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, beef, hard boiled egg and kimchi. The noodles are plentiful and of decent quality. The broth does have a slightly spicy kimchi taste to them, however I’m not a super huge fan. The included bits are very good – the kimchi hydrated nicely and tasty as well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878120093.

Nissin Demae Ramen Noodle Bowl, Sesame Oil Pack of 12

A Nissin Cup Noodles advertisement from Hong Kong.

#2269: Wai Wai Instant Noodles Veg Masala Flavour

Here’s another one that was sent by Marvin R. of Fort Worth, TX – thanks again! So you may have seen Wai Wai before coming from Thailand. This is a Wai Wai for India – by the Chaudhary Group. Let’s have a look!

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 1 1/2 cups boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Add in seasoning sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet – dry on the left and wet on the right.

The dry base.

Onion flavored oil.

A small sachet.

Chilli powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, spring onion and tofu puff. The noodles are sturdy with a nice gauge and interesting chew. They have a kind of sesame hit to them as well. The broth has a kind of salty earthy spicy kind of thing going on with lots of depth to it. Although thin, it’s rich and flavorful. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8906013030022.

Delicious Journey. Cuisine of Goa State. India.

A Wai Wai TV commercial for their XPress line.

#2264: Unif Tung-I Instant Vegetarian Beehoon Rice Vermicelli

I think I should explain the symbol in the upper right hand corner before anything else. While the symbol may bring up thoughts of World War II, this actually has nothing to do with oppression; this is a Buddhist symbol denoting that it is safe for those who practice strict vegetarianism. Here’s a little from wikipedia about it:

In China, Korea and Vietnam, monks are expected to abstain from meat. In Taiwan, Buddhist monks, nuns, and most lay followers eat no animal products or the fetid vegetables – traditionally garlic, Allium chinense, asafoetida, shallot, and Allium victorialis (victory onion or mountain leek), although in modern times this rule is often interpreted to include other vegetables of the oniongenus, as well as coriander – this is called Su vegetarianism. Some Zhaijiao lay adherents do not eat any meat.

As for the symbol, it is considered an ancient symbol of auspiciousness in Hindu and Buddhist culture. It is immediately recognizable in the West however with Nazi Germany. Here’s some about that –

At the end of 20th century, and early 21st century, confusion and controversy has occurred when consumer goods bearing the Buddhist symbol have been exported to North America, and mistakenly interpreted by Western consumers as a Nazi symbol.

When a ten-year-old boy in Lynbrook, New York, bought a set of Pokémoncards imported from Japan in 1999, two of the cards contained the left-facing Buddhist swastika. The boy’s parents misinterpreted the symbol as a Nazi swastika, which is right-facing with 45 degree rotation, and filed a complaint to the manufacturer. Nintendo of America announced that the cards would be discontinued, explaining that what was acceptable in one culture was not necessarily so in another; their action was welcomed by the Anti-Defamation League who recognised that there was no intention to be offensive but said that international commerce meant that “isolating [the Swastika] in Asia would just create more problems”.[135]

In 2002, Christmas crackers containing plastic toy red pandas sporting swastikas were pulled from shelves after complaints from consumers in Canada. The manufacturer, based in China, said the symbol was presented in a traditional sense and not as a reference to the Nazis, and apologized to the customers for the cross-cultural mixup.[136] In 2007, Spanish fashion chain Zara withdrew a handbag from its stores after a customer in Britain complained swastikas were embroidered on it. The bags were made by a supplier in India and inspired by commonly used Hindu symbols, which include the swastika.[137]

I think it’s a little sad that instances such as this could have been times when the public in the West could have been made to understand that this symbol has been used by religions to denote auspiciousness and vegetarianism for a lot longer than in WWII. But instead of learning, it gets pulled from sight in the marketplace. Let’s give this vegetarian rice vermicelli a try.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Does not contains meat. To prepare, add package contents to a bowl and add 500ml boiling water. Cover for 2 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The rice vermicelli.

A dry base sachet.

Powder and vegetables.

An oil sachet.

Smells like sesame oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and tofu puff. The vermicelli didn’t hydrated as it should have in two minutes and was a little stiff and kind of had that dry spiderweb kind of quality I dislike. The broth was nicely accommodated by seaweed but the sesame oil and earthy flavor just didn’t work for me at all. 0.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888217006105.

Buddhism in Taiwan: Religion and the State, 1660-1990

A little short showing fun in Taiwan.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2200: Mr. Lee’s Noodles Shaolin Monk Vegetables

I think I was talking about Kung Fu Theater and David Carradine’s career the other day. He played Grasshoppe – a pupil of the Shaolin on that show. Still bugs he; why didn’t they get, oh – I don’t know… A more fitting person to play a Chinese martial arts student? Maybe someone.. Chinese? Anyways, it’s veggie time – let’s get it on!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to prepare, add boiling water to ridge line (just below lip of the cup) and stir. Cover for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Bits from the bottom of the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles hydrated very well. As with the other varieties, they’re flat and medium breadth rice noodles. The broth is light with a slight sweetness to it. The real star of this one are the vegetables, of which there are a multitude. This probably has more real estate taken up by vegetables than any instant anything I’ve ever had – something I really liked with this one. Good show! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 0641243998725.

Best of British Cooking

A short presentation on the differences of dehydration versus freeze drying.