This is one I was sent by Daniel of Exotic Noods, a subscription service specializing in instant noodles. I should note that this was something special he put in after a recent trip to Taiwan – thanks again! So these are manufactured by Wei Lih for TTL. TTL stands for Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor. Tobacco and liquor – what?! Indeed, this is a boozy noodle. It contains rice wine, something apparently that goes well in noodles and cooking. Ireviewed the bowl version of this a few weeks back.
Just to clarify when I get the question, this one won’t be found at your local Asian grocery store here in the United States. Ever. Well, unless there’s a huge shift in things as far as what’s allowed entry into the United States. First, it’s got chicken in it – real chicken. It’s near impossible to get real chicken imported into the USA from Southeast Asia. Second, it wouldn’t surprise me if people here would have a tizzy fit that kids would buy 20 of these packs and guzzle down the wine, the concerned parents would have a fit, and government inquiries would go crazy. It’s unfortunate as that’s just kind of how it works here.
Anyways, I think it’s time to open up this bowl. So let’s do it! Indeed, it’s time to try TTL noodles!
TTL Chicken Noodles With Chinese Shaoxing Wine – Taiwan
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken and rice wine. To prepare, add noodle block as well as add in dry sachet and dark liquid sachet to 500ml boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes. Add in rice wine and retort pouch contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The powder base.
Lots of little bits in here.
The paste sachet.
A liquid paste.
A wine sachet.
Oh yeah smells like alcohol.
A big retort pouch.
Lots of liquid and chicken.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are soft and bountiful; indeed, a lot of them. The broth is really nice – a nice chicken taste with the wine and oil – works extremely well. The chicken is of good quality and tastes, well… Like chicken! Everything went together nicely, as expected. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710199108963.