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.
In Hong Kong and Guangzhou, wonton noodles are usually in steaming hot soup with shrimp wontons and with leafy vegetables. There are plenty of variations of this popular Cantonese dish, with different toppings and garnishes. For example, the soup and wontons in a separate bowl, the noodles being served relatively dry, with the toppings and garnishes, dressed with sauce, dipping the noodles in the soup to eat it.
There are four distinct features: First, the wontons are predominantly prawn, with small amounts of minced pork, or no pork at all. Second, aficionados will insist on fresh, smooth thin noodles which are al dente, free from the taste and odor which is characteristic in many egg noodles when cooked. Third, the bouillon is light brown (prepared from dried flounder) and is usually steaming hot. Lastly, garlic chives are used as a garnish. The first two give the dish a wet but crunchy or crispy mouthfeel. The last two give the dish a unique bouquet.
In order to ensure that the noodles are perfectly al dente and free from “noodley” taste, the cooking process and sequence must be meticulously adhered to. The wonton is cooked first, and then placed in the bowl. The noodles are blanched for only 10 seconds, after which they are rinsed under cold water and placed in the serving bowl. Piping hot bouillon is then scooped into the bowl, on top of the wonton noodles. The bouillon must be tasty, yet not so strong as to overpower the delicate taste of the wonton and the noodles which it is meant to accompany.
When served, the spoon must be placed at the bottom, with the wontons above the spoon and the noodles on top. Because if the noodles soak in the soup for too long then it will be over cooked, this is strictly adhered to by the best wonton noodle establishments.
Although the “wonton noodle” is synonymous with wonton and noodles in piping hot bouillon, the dish may also be “dry”, as in lo mein (撈麵), where the wonton are on a large bed of noodles.
Let’s give this wonton noodle variety from Hong Kong a look.
Kamfen Noodle King Artificial Wonton Soup Flavoured – Hong Kong
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line as well as all the sachets. Let steep covered for 3-4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added fish ball and spring onion. So the noodles are very chewy with a very unique crumble. Indeed, they are very hearty and good. The broth has a very nice taste and body – good oiliness and a perfect compliment for the noodle. Finally, the vegetables included were mostly corn and seaweed which hydrated to perfection. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6920363400696.
Yet another left over from the Nissin HK Meet The Manufacturer! Slowly getting these all done – so many SKUs! This is one big bowl of tonkotsu! let’s get to it!
Nissin Demae Iccho Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle (Bowl Noodle) – Hong Kong
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add sachets market 1 and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes and stir. Add in liquid sachet and pickled vegetables. Stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles got nice and plump and had a good soft chew to them. The broth was a bit of a disappointment to be honest; I like the light creamy tonkotsu over this one and it kind of has an off taste to it to me; more shoyu like. The vegetable bits hydrated well and featured bits of scrambled egg as well which were prevalent and of good quality. The pickled vegetables were nice. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878120031.
Here’s what’s under the hood. Short noodles with seasoning infused.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added corn and adobo seasoned baked chicken. The noodles are short and thin with a nice slight crumble and good chew. The broth has a great fresh tomato taste with a chicken kind of back to it. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 7503020651045.
Another sent by Colin – thanks! So this is one of a new line from India within the last year or so. Looks to be vegetarian and to have peas in there. Here’s a little about the company from Wikipedia –
The Patanjali Ayurved Limited is an Indian FMCG company.Manufacturing units and headquarters are located in the indusrtial area of Haridwar while the registered office is located at Delhi. The company manufactures mineral and herbal products. It also has manufacturing units in Nepal under the trademark Nepal Gramudhyog and imports majority of herbs in India from Himalayas of Nepal. According to CLSA and HSBC, Patanjali is the fastest growing FMCG company in India. It is valued at ₹30 billion (US$450 million) and some predict revenues of ₹5,000 crore (US$740 million) for the fiscal 2015–16. Ramdev baba has stated in his interview with CNN-News18 that profit from Patanjali Products goes to charity.
Well, let’s check it out!
Patanjali Atta Noodles Jhatpat Banao Befikr Khao – India
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, break noodles into 4 pieces and add noodles and sachet contents to 250ml boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The seasoning sachet/.
Has a nice and strong spice scent with what looks like peas.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. Thee noodles were really good – plump with a slight crumble. The taste was like a tasty masala – very hearty and a nice bit of spicy taste. The peas hydrated wonderfully; some of the best hydrated peas I’ve had. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8904109409981.