This is a box I’ve been really excited about – and I think a lot of you will be excited as well. People have been asking me about Tseng/Zeng noodles and where to get them since they were #9 on my annual The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2016 Edition. They just made #1 on my Taiwan Top Ten list2 days ago. Well, I have it on good authority that they will be available in the United States at 99 Ranch Market in California around Christmas time – that’s all I know for now but if I hear more, I’ll let you all know!
I thought that after making The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2016 Edition and winning The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of all Time 2016 Edition, it would be nice to revisit this tasty noodle! What do you think? Let’s dig in!
Here’s the back of the 4 pack package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add one of the noodle blocks to 800ml boiling water and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes. Drain. Add in contents of sachets. Stir and enjoy!
Here’s one of the individual packages (there are 4 in the big bag).
Finished (click to enlarge). Added yakibuta pork belly and scallions. These noodles are simply amazing! They’re wide and have a scalloped edge to them. Excellent chew but not al dente – just right. The flavor is equally impressive: a nice and tasty salty soy and oil with a snappy Sichuan pepper hit to it which has a nice heat level. The heat works with the flavor, rather than against it though, making everything balance and sing together beautifully. Love this stuff! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4713008550021.
Here’s another new one from Tseng’s – shallot braised pork. Man, this sounds good – I really have high hopes. As I’ve opined before, Taiwanese braised anything is unbelievably good. Really, it isn’t just my opinion – I would mark it down as fact. If you don’t like Taiwanese braised anything, you just don’t know what tastes good and should have your tongue examined for mold or aliens. Let’s give this one a try and see how it translates to a rice noodle.
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat or not. To prepare, you can make it either with soup or dry. Dried: 250 c.c cook for 3 to 3.5 mins. Soup: 400 c.c cook for 2.5 mins to 3 mins (Recommended).
One of the individual servings – there are 4 per pack.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added tea egg, mushroom, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The vermicelli came out really nice – good gauge and texture. I used a pair of kitchen scissors to make 3 crosscuts to make it more easily manageable with a fork. The flavor is very good and tasty – definitely a pork taste with a shallot component. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4713008550267.
This one sounds curious to me. While I do like braised pork – a lot- I’m unsure about this Chinese mushroom. But hey – I’ve been pleasantly surprised in the mushroom department before, right? Let’s give it a go!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to prepare, you can make this in two different ways – with or without soup. Dried: 250 c.c cook for 3 to 3.5 mins (Recommended) Soup: 400 c.c cook for 2.5 mins to 3 mins.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, mushroom and spring onion. The vermicelli hydrated nicely – good gauge, good chew. The flavor was a real surprise to me. I’m generally not a fan of mushrooms but this was very hearty. Definitely got a nice braised beef taste and the soybean was like meat. Very tasty and nice. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4713008550243.
So this is definitely a first – I don’t think I’ve ever heard of laksa from Taiwan! It sounds good – I mean hey, I make laksa here in the United States quite often but I’m sure my neighbors haven’t a clue what they’re smelling ‘must be some off kind of Hamburger Helper’ probably going through their minds. But laksa is a seriously tasty thing and I’m keen on seeing what Tseng has come up with for us. Let’s have a look!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Guessing it contains seafood. To prepare, you can make it with soup or without soup. Dried: 280 c.c cook for 4.5 to 5 mins – Soup: 450 c.c cook for 4 mins to 4.5 mins (Recommended).
The large bag contains 4 smaller individual servings like this one.
The rice noodles. For the Tseng rice noodles, this one is 0.7mm whereas the rest of them are 0.5mm.
A sachet of delicious.
A paste sachet.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added basil, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, fried fishcake, fishball and tofu skin. The noodle was great – a little thicker than the other rice noodle varieties from Tseng. A little heartier which worked well here. The broth was a luxuriant sea of deep orange with a good coconut body. The flavor was not extremely strong in this one, but it was satisfying and quite good. Impressed at this being a Laksa coming from Taiwan. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4713008550236.