NOTE: At the bottom, there is a kind of documentary about how I review instant noodles – from picking the variety to photography, editing, research, cooking and reviewing. Hope you enjoy it!
So here’s one I found while coming back from our big family drive to California this summer. I found it in the Beaverton Uwajimaya actually. I got about 10 varieties or so there during our pit stop on the way home.
Hitting traffic in Portland is probably the worst thing in the universe and we hit it and hit it hard. Two plus hours basically at a standstill. We’ve come to the conclusion that we dislike Portland because of this.
It was our first time attempting this – a two-year-old and an 8-month-old. That was a long drive and they’re great in the car, but the drive from the Seattle area down to the Bay Area took about 18 hours. The drive home was split over two days and ended up taking I think over 20 hours. Was fun though.
So this is the review which I did a little quick ‘how I do my things video of.’ I am videotaping myself very groggy at 4 am getting this post ready for later today! Fun stuff. Alright – here’s a spicy one from Taiwan – let’s get to it.
Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Spicy Hot Noodle – Taiwan
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to the 600ml boiling water. Cook for 4 minutes. Drain. Mix in liquid sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block – in its own package.
A sauce sachet.
The liquid looks to be oily and oy with a spicy element to it coming through my nose.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added fried garlic, spring onion, chashu pork and chilli oil. The noodles had a nice chew to them – definitely what I would consider a ‘dry noodle’ or more traditional style Taiwanese variant. They were flat and broad which was agreeable. Good gauge and chewiness. The flavoring was kind of a sweet and soy with a bit of spiciness to it. I wouldn’t say it was enough to put most folks off it, but it definitely had some heat. I will say I didn’t see this as Sichuan pepper heat but more of a red chili heat. Liked this one. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710110232050.