I was contacted by a representative of the Taiwanese company Wu-Mu a coiuple of months after returning from Taiwan last year. They were interested in sending me some samples and I asked if they’d like to participate in Meet The Manufacturer. They were and so here we are. Let’s begin with an interview.
THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for agreeing to this interview! To start, can you tell my readers about the history of WuMu?
WUMU> WuMu Ramen is a noodle brand of The SING-LIN FOODS CORPORATION, which was established in 1985. The corporation spent billions completing the very first automated factory of Asia. Facilitated with modern computer program controlled fully automatic machinery and equipment under strict quality and hygiene controls, we have passed The FSSC 22000 Food Safety System Certification, and we are able to offer the consumers high quality assured noodle products. Also, we have the largest market share in Taiwan during 2010-June 2017 No1.
TRR> Why the name WuMu?
WUMU> There were five working partners who funded for establishing the company, and the character of WU in Mandarin means“five“ in English.
TRR> Can you tell us about the varieties of noodles you make?
WUMU> We have two different types of products, dry noodle and steam ramen.
TRR> Your company is located in Taiwan. Can you tell us a little about your locale?
WUMU> Taiwan, formerly known as Formosa, is an island in East Asia. It has an area of 35,883 km2, and also it has a population of over 23 million. The weather here is like an eternal spring and the landscape is breathtaking. People in Taiwan are always gentle and friendly to others. Furthermore, Taiwan is paradise of gastronomy!
TRR> How does your noodle making process differ from other instant noodle manufacturers?
WUMU> The steam ramen that The SING-LIN FOODS CORPORATION produce differ from the FRIED instant noodles. Our ramen adopt a unique noodles steaming technique to replace to replace the traditional fried approach, which is much healthier because the total lipid content of it takes only 0.07% of the one of the fried instant noodles. The dry noodles are dried in 3 stages, the track of the drying passage is about 1 km and the whole drying process take 9 hours. Therefore, we are able to strictly control the temperature and the humidity of the noodles and to ensure that the noodles are not broken , not cracked and the surface of them are perfect, so that the quality is always stable and the best.
TRR> Do you make your own pastes, sauces and seasonings?
WUMU> Yes, we do.
TRR> How do you decide on what varieties to produce?
WUMU> We decide on varieties to produce depends on the market analysis and the demand of consumers or clients.
TRR> How many noodle products do you produce every year?
WUMU> Approximately 50 products per year.
TRR> Apart from noodles, are there other products you produce or plan to produce?
WUMU> No, we don’t.
TRR> Can you suggest pairings for your products, like meats, seafood or vegetables?
WUMU> Our noodle products have many possibilities of pairing with other ingredients, meats, seafood, vegetables are all suitable as pairings. Besides, the noodle itself can be seasoned as well (with eggs, spinach, buckwheat, all kinds of grains etc).
TRR> A lot of people are concerned with their sodium intake. How would you recommend people enjoy your product as part of a healthy meal?
WUMU> The sodium content of the salt that we add during the process of making noodle products is lower than daily/meal intake. Normally speaking, the sodium content of our noodle products won’t be a point to worry.
TRR> Are you involved in in your local community or participate in charities?
WUMU> Yes, we do, for example, we have sponsored and participated for 13 years in an activity called elderly reunion dinner, in which we organize a reunion dinner before Chinese New Year especially for the elderly who live alone.
TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?
WUMU> Yes, for an example there is a brand-new flavor coming soon named Ma Jiou Lao Jyiou Mian Xian (Seafood).
TRR> In what countries are your products available?
WUMU> In the United States, Canada, Australia and China…etc. Our products are available all over the world.
TRR> When you make noodles for yourself, what do you like to add to them to make them extra special?
WUMU> By adding the ingredients (such as eggs, spinach, buckwheat, all kinds of grains etc.) to season the noodle itself, the noodle products have diversity of flavor and value added.
THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for the opportunity for me and my readers to learn more about WuMu!