A knock at the door and a package in my hand. Wasn’t sure what this is but let’s open it and find out!
Prima’s Juzz’s Mee Samples – United States
This (click to enlarge) is the version of the Creamy Chicken Juzz’s Mee that is available in the United States. The version I’ve reviewed in the past (which is on The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2016 Edition) is the version which contains chicken and this one does not. Curious to see how it stacks up compared to the Singaporean version., I wish Southeast Asian countries could sell varieties with chicken pork and beef freely here. It would be nice – and I think everyone would enjoy them! The noodle aisle would be transformed, that’s for sure! Thanks to Prima for sending this along! I’ll be reviewing it soon!
Products cooked according to package instructions. Product reviews done prior to adding any additional ingredients.
Here’s a cup I found at Carrefour in Taipei, Taiwan during my trip in November of 2016. I’ve never seen this one before and from what it looks like, it’s made for the Chinese/Taiwanese market. At least the packaging in Chinese gives that away. Also, I can see that it’s referencing www.nongshim.com – not a .cn or .tw, so these should be made in South Korea. It also has a little banner proclaiming ‘number one’ but unsure what that’s referring to. Anyways, let’s see what we have here and give these seaweed noodles a try!
Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup – South Korea
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure if it contains meat but check for yourself. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line and let steep covered for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
Looks to be onion and red pepper among other things.
A dry base sachet.
Has an interesting odor to it; kind of musty.
A tall narrow sachet.
Here is where the seaweed is hanging out, augmented with sesame seeds.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles were pretty good – definitely thinner than Nongshim’s ramyun. Not too bad. The broth had a little pinch of heat to it and otherwise everything was seaweed overload. I like seaweed, but generally not in this kind of extreme. In conclusion, if you love seaweed overload, this is for you. 0.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146263738.
One of the waning few left from the Nissin Foods Hong Kong Meet The Manufacturer – thanks again! Indeed, Nissin Hong Kong was more than generous in sending over 50 different varieties! Nothing better than a great big injection of noodle varieties into my noodle hampers. At one point, I had to have them staying in their original box since they wouldn’t fit into the containers I have under my desk. Today, we have a seafood Demae Iccho cup. Looks pretty good from the picture of the front -. Let’s have a look at this one.
Nissin Demae Iccho Seafood Flavour Instant Noodle (Cup Type) – Hong Kong
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added naturomaki, spring onion, fish ball, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shrimp, carved squid and pepper flake. The noodles are thin with a round shape. The broth has a great seafood flavor with a little hint of spicy from the included oil, as well as a sesame hint too. The included garnish was nice – discs of fishcake, abundant little bits of scrambled egg and more. A solidly tasty cup. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878150052.
So here’s something new I found at HMart. This is going to be battle for me, however you might wonder why. Well, much of the package is shiny gold colored. Unfortunately, shiny gold and silver packages are evil. I mean, not really, but really at the same time. Indeed they look nice, but they add a bit of an issue to my process. Indeed, scanning gold or silver foil packs presents a real problem. No matter what, there are wrinkles in the packaging, and ones I usually can use Photoshop to get rid of. However, these wrinkles when in a shiny foil wreak havoc with the scanner and the images come out extremely light and dark in spots. Anyway, just a little behind the scenes on what I do when putting out a post.
But back to the noodles. Pulmuone is kind of a health-minded company. Furthermore, I’m pretty sure all of their instant ramyun is non-fried. Initially, I remember talking to someone from their company mentioning that they have a big farm in South Korea where their vegetables come from. Moreover, they mentioned their founder many times and revered him. Finally, let’s have a look at this Pulmuone Non-Fried Spicy beef!
Pulmuone Non-Fried Ramyun With Spicy Beef Broth – South Korea
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). I also include this image. The one above is a photo and the second is a scan with a lot of filtering going on. Contains beef (how I am unsure; importing Southeast Asian beef, chicken and pork is against USDA, however exporting US beef, processing it in SE Asia and re-importing it isn’t – a lot of work but a way to get beef in your products). To prepare, add package contents to 2 1/2 cups boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
A liquid base.
The vegetables sachet.
A colorful mixture.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, beef, spring onion and egg. Starting with the noodles, they have a thicker and wider gauge than ramyun. Moreover, this is the ‘new style’ it seems that all of the South Korean companies are going with. However, the style works very well and has an excellent chew. The broth had its points. So it was spicy and had a kind of beefiness, but it seemed like it was missing a salty taste. Finally, the included vegetables are excellent – the mushroom in particular. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801114132227.
Well, this is it. Right now, I’m listening to the inauguration of Donald J. Trump. It’s January 20th, 2017 and kind of a weird day. I thought it would be fitting to review something from the United States today. Finally, after decades of sticking with the same recipe, Nissin has decided to go with something new. On Cup Noodles’ 45th anniversary here in the USA, they’ve changed it to make it healthier. Some changes are no added MSG and no artificial flavors. Furthermore they’ve lowered the amount of sodium in these cups from the previous versions using potassium chloride. So, let’s give this Hot & Spicy Shrimp a try!
Nissin Cup Noodles Hot & Spicy Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) – United States
Detail of the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, open lid halfway and add boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
The iconic cup! Although the recipe has changed, the cup hasn’t.
Some of the loose ingredients. In spite of being a shrimp variety, I couldn’t find any shrimp. Perhaps they are hiding out in the noodle block.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shrimp and Cholula Original hot sauce. The noodles are of the standard Cup Noodles gauge and softness that are found in the domestic United States varieties. A good quantity as well. The broth had a hint of spiciness and a shrimp taste. What was a letdown here was that there were no shrimp. Zero. Zilch. Nada. I’m guessing maybe they just missed this cup or they don’t put the little shrimp in these. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662030127.