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#2049: Ottogi Ramyon Sabor a Res

Here’s another one sent by Colin, a reader from back east – thank you! He went to Mexico recently and sent me a ton of varieties that he found there. You’d think with Mexico being next door I’d be able to find more varieties, but actually it’s been really hard. This one’s made in South Korea for the Mexican market. Instant noodle are hugely popular in Mexico, and with spicy flavors coming out of South Korea, it’s a pretty good fit. 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 package contents to 550ml boiling water and cook for 4-6 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The enormous noodle block!

The soup base sachet.

Has a beef and spicy scent.

The vegetables sachet.

A standard assortment for ramyun.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, sweet onion, processed cheese, ito togarashi and beef. The noodles are Ottogi’s standard thick and chewy ramyun – came out just right. The broth was about as baseline and standard ramyun as you can get – spicy, beef and the vegetable bits hydrated well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 645175150022.

Ottogi brand Jin Ramyon Hot Flavor. 4.23oz package (Pack of 20)

A recipe which sounds fascinating…

#1873: Vedan Wei Wei A Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor

The last one from the trip we took to Canada for my birthday. This is a Taiwanese variety I found up there. I see a picture of a chicken on the package, but that’s as far as it goes as the serving suggestion doesn’t look very ‘chickenny.’ Let’s see how it goes!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, open lid halfway and add in sachets. Here’s where this one seems a little different: it says to fill water to the ‘brim.’ I’m going to surmise that the brim is below the absolute edge of the bowl since that would cause the whole thing to be very precarious and then stirring would be a messy endeavor. Let steep for 3 minutes, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Dry soup base.

Dry powder and vegetables.

A paste sachet.

A thick paste with an oiliness to it.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. The noodles were very ho-hum. While they hydrated well, they seemed like they just didn’t belong in the ‘food’ group; spongy and riddled with sadness. As for chicken flavor, that was definitely absent. I was really happy about the vegetables, but they were mushy. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 810477010255.

Here’s the sausage I use – Chinese Style Sausage (Lap Xuong Thuong Hang) – 14oz [Pack of 3]

A Vedan TV spot from Vietnam.

Our First Experience With Kamaboko & Narutomaki

I’ve seen many times mentions of Kamaboko and Naruto in ramen dishes and looked all over for them. This last Saturday we went to Uwajimaya and I found both! Hah! First, let’s check out Kamaboko. It’s surimi, which comes in many ways – for example, imitation crab is one form of surimi.

Here’s how it comes – on a little piece of wood! You slice it thinly and it can be eaten unheated since it’s steamed previously. It’s slightly rubbery and chewy – kind of like a cold-cut version of calamari. t has a very light flavor.

This is Naruto. There’s a popular anime character with the same name…

He’s got a little spiral on his head; he’s a ramen fan.

Hey look – the same little spiral! So it’s like a log of fish that you slice thinly. It is a lot like the Kamaboko except not as chewy and has a more fishy flavor.

Today I had some noodles with my son. He had a bowl of Nissin Dmae Ramen – the sesame oil flavor.

He was very interested in trying the Naruto and Kamaboko! The fearless Andy didn’t question ‘what’ it was, but was very interested as it’s from Japan – he’s in a club at school called ‘Nakano Club’ – they’ll have visiting students soon from Nakano, Japan and so he’s interested in all things Japanese. He liked the Kamaboko a little more than me – was hoping for a bit more flavor, but it was nice. I liked the Naruto better than he did. It had a slightly fishier taste and was less chewy. He ate the whole bowl of noodles though with all the additions! Not bad!

#623: Wei-Wei “A” Series Instant Noodles Vegetarian Flavor

Here’s another one that was sent to me by Michelle L. of New York! I know… Yep – it’s a swastika, the symbol of the national socialist party of Germany in WWII, the Nazis. Well, Wei-Wei isn’t a Nazi company or has anything to do with oppression. On the complete opposite side, in the far east it represents the whole of creation as well as Buddhism. Wikipedia says:

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 onion genus, as well as coriander – this is called Su vegetarianism. Some Zhaijiao lay adherents do not eat any meat.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge).

Veggies on the left, seasoned oil on the right.

The block and the seasonings. This one asks you add 400cc water and cover for a few.

Finished (click image to enlarge) – added a two egg omelet with a slice of Monterey Jack, a couple thin slices of deli turkey and some Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning.  One thing I like about these noodles – they suck up most of the water and really get nice and bulky! Very filling. The noodles aren’t bad. The vegetable flavor? Well, not too bad either. The actual vegetables were everywhere which is nice. Not very crunchy though. All in all not bad – 3.25 out of 5.0 stars! Get some here.

Wow – this looks good!

#610: Wei-Wei “A” Series Instant Noodles Artificial Chicken Flavor

Here’s yet another from Michelle L. of New York. I am really digging the “A” series so far!

Here’s the back of the packaging (click image to enlarge).

Powder on the left and oily base on the right.

Again like #609, the block is very angular and flat – you could rest a Slurpee on top of this without worry that it would fall over!

Dry seasoning on the left, oil seasoning on the right. This stuff was steeped with the noodles under an 80’s yearbook for four minutes…

Finished (click image to enlarge). So I made a couple eggs, scrambled them in the pan, put a touch of Colby cheese and some ketchup, turned it into an omelet, and finally a few pinches of Cavender’s Greek seasoning. Not bad – was a little greasy and the chicken flavor wasn’t super good. The noodles were nice though. Didn’t finish the broth though. Good amount of veggies. Last “A” was better. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. Find it here.

Yay! Chicken nuggets!