Category Archives: Vietnam

#2143: Thien Houng Food Lemon Chicken Flavour Instant Noodles

Here’s another one sent by a reader named Colin – thanks! He’s sent quite a few! This one’s from Vietnam – haven’t reviewed many from there in a while… Let’s have a look!

The distributor/import sticker.

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. Add 400ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

Just letting you know – this is high grade soup.

A fine powder.

An oil sachet.

An orangish oil.

The vegetables sachet.

Looks like spring onion or chives.

A little chilli powder sachet.

Chilli powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, baked chicken, hard boiled egg and coriander. The noodles came out pretty well – a little on the softer side. The broth was a kind of spicy chicken with a note of lemon to it. I’m thinking the chilli powder kind of deadened the lemon taste a little bit. The oiliness was nice. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8934663101038.

The Banh Mi Handbook: Recipes for Crazy-Delicious Vietnamese Sandwiches

A Thien Houng Food TV spot.

#1906: Vifon Chicken Flavor Asian Style Instant Noodles

With my son Andy over here, it’s usually a good bet that he will like some chicken noodles with some nice garnish. His favorites include fish cake and cheese – which don’t always go with everything. I’d usually choose something like that combo for spicy Korean seafood ramyun. He did indeed get his cheese after the final picture of the noodles were taken today, and so all things are good in the world. Let’s check out this variety from Vietnam!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add package contents to a bowl and add 400ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A slightly granular powder with a chicken scent.

The vegetables sachet.

Small bits of greenery.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles hydrated well and had a comfort food kind of texture – soft and warm. They also hydrated very well. The broth was quite good – nice chicken taste and bits of vegetable were throughout. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 851683004195.


A Vifon promotional film.

#1816: Vifon Asian Style Instant Noodles Artificial Beef Flavor

This one came by way of Michael over at EastLand Foods – thanks! I haven’t reviewed a Vietnamese instant noodle in ages it seems like – let’s see what we have here!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, put everything in the bowl and add 2 cups boiling water. Cover and let steep 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodles block.

A dry soup base sachet.

A light powder.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Deep orange.

The vegetables sachet.

A neat little array of vegetables.

Finished. Added beef, white onion and mushroom. The noodles hydrated pretty well, but had a slightly spongy texture I wasn’t super keen on. Quantity was alright though. The broth definitely had a decent beef flavor, but still was a little on the thinner side and due to that, wasn’t completely convincing. The vegetables hydrated nicely. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 851683004515.

Here’s the rice noodle beef pho version – Vifon Pho Bo Noodle Bowl, Beef, 2.4 Ounce (Pack of 12)

A Vifon TV commercial.

#1726: Vina Acecook Oh! Ricey Pho Ga

Been a while since I’ve done a pho review. I would definitely say I’m a fan of pho, but definitely the beef varieties. Where I live, there’s no end to the pho restaurants – I’m guessing there’s probably at least 20 within 5 miles of here. Anyways, let’s check this one out.

Detail from the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, open lid halfway and add in sachet contents. Add boiling water to the fill line and let steep for 3 minutes, covered. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

Rice noodles.

The powder soup base sachet.

Light powder with a chickenish scent.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Bright yellow color.

The vegetables sachet.

An interesting mixture.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added basil, baked chicken and mung bean sprouts.
The noodles are thin rice noodles with a flat wide gauge. They seemed a little on the
mushy side. The broth has a semi-decent chicken flavor, but didn’t seem as full bodied as it
should be. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8934563219147.

Case of 12 Delicious Complete INSTANT Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soup Bowls (only $2.49 each)—-Oh! Ricey INSTANT (Just Add Water) PHO NOODLES SOUP….BEEF FLAVOR….Product of Vietnam

A Vina Acecook TV commercial with dancing rice noodle people!

#1718: Vina Acecook Hao Hao Sate Onion Flavour

Here’s a cup from Vietnam’s Vina Acecook. It’s been sitting in my hamper a little while so thought today’d be a good day to give it a try.  So I looked up satay and found this:

Satay (/ˈsæt/, /ˈsɑːt/ sah-tay), modern Indonesian and Malay spelling of sate, is a dish of seasoned, skewered and grilled meat, served with a sauce.[1] Satay may consist of diced or sliced chicken, goat, mutton, beef,pork, fish, other meats, or tofu; the more authentic version uses skewers from the midrib of the coconut palm frond, although bamboo skewers are often used. These are grilled or barbecued over a wood or charcoal fire, then served with various spicy seasonings. Satay originated in Java, Indonesia.[2][3][4] It is available almost anywhere in Indonesia, where it has become a national dish.[5][6] It is also popular in many other Southeast Asian countries, including Malaysia, Singapore,Brunei, Thailand, the Philippines, as well as in Suriname and the Netherlands, as Indonesia and Suriname are former Dutch colonies.

Satay is a very popular delicacy in Indonesia; the country’s diverse ethnic groups’ culinary arts (see Indonesian cuisine) have produced a wide variety of satays. In Indonesia, satay can be obtained from a travelling satay vendor, from a street-side tent-restaurant, in an upper-class restaurant, or during traditional celebration feasts. In Malaysia, satay is a popular dish—especially during celebrations—and can be found throughout the country. In Southern Philippines it is known as satti.

Close analogues are yakitori from Japan, shish kebab from Turkey and the Middle East, shashlik from the Caucasus, chuanr from China, and sosatie from South Africa

What’s really missing here is mention of Vietnam, where this product hails from. So, I’ll see what I can do. Anyways, let’s check out this onion variety from Vina Acecook!

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

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The dry soup base sachet.

A granular mixture.

The oil sachet.

Has a nice color and an onion scent.

Some vegetables from the bottom of the cup.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added red bell pepper and white bell pepper. The broth indeed has a strong onion flavor. The noodles are alright. I would just say onion noodle. Not floating my boat. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8934563636135.

Hai Hao Mi Sate Hanh (Sate Onion Flavor Instant Noodle) 2.7oz (Pack of 30)

A bunch of Vina Acecook TV spots.