Another Loblaw’s variety found at the Canadian SuperStore. I like shrimp. Sounds interesting and lacking a name which I enjoy. My wife’s favorite color is yellow. Let us begin.
No Name Shrimp Flavour Oriental Noodles And Soup Mix – Canada
Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, boil noodles in 500ml water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy! There is an alternate method on this one which I think sounds interesting so that’s what we’re going to do today – cook noodles in 500ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain. Add a pat of butter, sachet contents and stir. Add seafood and vegetables. Enjoy!
The noodle block.
A dry sachet.
A tan powder.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp, spring onion, and pepper flake. Noodles came out as expected; a standard baseline instant varity. The flavor was pretty good – a salty kind of shrimp. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 060383030100.
Another one from the Real Canadian SuperStore! Man, I just ran my knee into a metal bar that supports my desk. That really hurt. I’ve been doing a lot of walking yesterday – on my birthday last week I did 18,000+ steps – yesterday I did over 15,000. I’m knee deep into trying to walk as much as possible. I think by the time this post comes out I’ll have lost a lot more weight. I started in November, 2018. I was wearing size 48 pants – yeah… It’s March and I’m down to 42, so we shall see where I’m at then… Been trying to stick around 1,200 calories a day too… I’m going to bake some chicken to go with this one. I like chicken. Let’s look at this one.
Rooster Chili Chicken Flavour Noodle Soup – Canada
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add 280ml boiling water and sachet contents. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, chicken baked with Neo~Essence Pepper Salt & NuTek Salt For Life, spring onion, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles are pretty good – nice gauge and hydrated well – not spongy. The broth has a satisfying chili flavor to it – not extremely spicy by any stretch. Works well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 061483036801.
Found this at Dollarama, a dollar store up in Canada. A cup of beef. See the little microwave icon on the lower right? We don’t have a microwave currently. Our old one was 20 years old, give or take a year and I though ‘hey – we should get a new one.’ It seemed to be cooking things inconsistently so we went and ordered a new one. It was all screwed up so we returned it last night. Found another one which was really neat! Got it home, lugged it in, opened it up to see this –
Cracked front. So tomorrow we’ll be heading to the store again to return another stupid microwave. Thanks, Best Buy. Anyways I’ll do this one the old fashioned way. Let’s give it a try!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge).Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in sachet contents and fill to line with boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and beef. Noodles are as spongy as can be – maybe instead of 3 minutes these would be better steeped for 5. Soup is incredibly salty. Sorry, no. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 667888287277.
Made for Loblaw’s Canada, these Rooster varieties have been surprisingly good. In fact, despite having a very plain and generic look to them, they’ve all been really quite good. Will this bowl continue on in this way? Let’s find out!
Rooster Hot & Spicy Flavour Noodle Soup – Canada
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add sachet content and 350ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, soft egg, baked chicken with Neo-Essence pepper salt and NuTek Salt for Life, coriander, Cholula Original hot sauce, and black sesame seeds. Sadly, the noodles just didn’t hydrate enough in the alotted time, leaving them spongy. However the broth was really great. Five minutes would have dome this one much better. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 061483036641.
Here’s another one found at The Real Canadian SuperStore up in Richmond, BC. These are made in China for Loblaw’s, a Canadian company that has a huge empire of supermarkets.
Back in the 70’s, William Shatner did some ads for Loblaw’s – don’t know how I happened upon them a few years back, but they’re pretty funny to see. Okay – let’s give this a go!
Suraj Masala Noodles – Canada
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block (broken into quarters) and sachet contents to 250ml boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
There are four of these packs in the large package.
The noodle block.
A dry sachet.
Definitely smells like masala.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added grilled chicken and spring onion. The noodles were your standard instant with a slightly thinner gauge. Masala flavor was a little muted – definitely not what I was hoping for in an Indian-style masala. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 061483059190.
Here’s one of the many varieties I still have from Rooster, a range made in China for Canada’s Loblaw’s company. Loblaw’s owns The Real Canadian SuperStore, and that’s where I found these. Just think of Walmart, but slightly different and Canadian owned – not American. Let’s check this one out – the others in this range have been surprisingly good despite the very plain look to them.
Rooster Chili Chicken Flavour Noodle Soup – Canada
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add sachet contents and 350ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, baked chicken with NuTek Salt For Life, coriander and fried onion. Noodles were soft and definitely done well after a 3 minute sit in the boiling water. They have a kind of flatness to them and work well with the broth. Flavor of the broth is a kind of chicken and cumin with a tinge of spiciness and a tastiness I quite enjoyed. Bits of corn here and there. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 061483036627.
Oh – Canada! How you doin’? So we went up to Canada as we usually do about once a month and we’d been seeing the place called ‘The Real Canadian Super Store’ every time but never visited. So it’s part of Loblaw’s, a mega supermarket group in Canada – the have lots of different stores up there under different names like T&T Supermarket, Loblaw’s, – I think London Drug? Anyways, yeah. This store was like a mega Walmart – but the difference is that it’s real and it’s Canadian. Great noodle aisle – lots of things I’ve not seen elsewhere. Let’s give this one a try – it’s made in China for the Canadian company.
Rooster Chili Seafood Flavour Noodle Soup – Canada
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodles to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
Prawn flavor eh?
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shrimp, narutomaki, carved squid and red pepper flakes. The noodles were decent – light and fluffy to a degree and very soft on the tooth. The broth has this almost chili cheese kind of thing to it. Lots of cumin. A thought of seafood it in there – kind of like the buttery taste seafood varieties often had. Worked surprisingly well – not bad! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 061483038672.
Oh yeah are you ready? Are you? Man, you’re going to think I’m nuts, but I’m a huge fan of store brand instant noodles. Why? Simple – I love the hunt. I really like to go somewhere and say ‘ah ha – I haven’t tried this one,’ put it in the handbasket and move on. Well a few weeks ago we went to Lansdowne Centre, a neat mall in Richmond, BC. We keep finding different places to visit up there which totally rocks. In the mall, there’s a bunch of store of course. The mall really is kind of a blast from the past – very Canadian and looks like it was built in the 70’s – lots of mirrored things abound. What got us there was that we saw this sign saying ‘Dollarama’ when we’d go up to Richmond every time and I thought ‘hmmm… A Canadian dollar store sounds interesting…’ So we check it out and they had their own store brand. They’re made in China for the chain of Dollarama stores and called Bowlfull. Sounds interesting. Yeah – if it sounds interesting, I’, all in. I don’t care if I like it or not – it’s something new, and that’s what my whole instant noodle journey has been about. Let’s crack open this 25 cent pack of noodles and see how things turn out.
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. For soup, add in sachet. For side dish, drain and add in seasoning. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
A light powder.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander and spring onion. Prepared according to package ‘side dish instruction.’ Basically, cook,m drain, seasoning sachet. The noodles were alright – nothing to write home about really. However I would say the one thing to write home about would be the flavor – and maybe an angry tone to thje letter might be in order. It’s salty and tastes like a drunken teen got a hold of the pizza seasonings. I mean really – I don’t even think the idea of this being drained should be on the package as it turns into a real trainwreck of a thing. I can’t think of a lot of things that would be more of a bummer than looking forward to this, making it this way, then eating it. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 667888102167.
While we were in Canada, the G7 summit was coming to a close and boom – lots of turmoil. President Trump (still hard to type that) just blasts Trudeau with idiotic banter about how Canada is ruining the USA and how Justin Trudeau is such a horrible guy. Well, I’d just like to say here that The Ramen Rater likes Canada a lot. Trump is a jerk – I apologize for his comments.
Here’s another one we found at the Real Canadian Superstore in Richmond, BC. The last one was found in the more domestic area while this one was found with the more Asian food varieties. They have tons of this Rooster branded stuff in bowls, packs, cups – singles, multi packs and cases. It’s pretty impressive. they did also have a nice selection of other things. Cool store! Let’s check this kimchee variety out!
ooster Kimchee Flavour Noodle Soup – Canada
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, open lid halfway, add 350ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in powder sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, processed cheese, and beef for Korean BBQ. The noodle is thin and flat. It came out quite well – soft and in the comfort realm. The broth has a slightly piquant kind of taste with a moderate saltiness. Didn’t expect I’d like this as much as I did. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 061483036658.
Found this one at the Real Canadian Superstore in Richmond, BC. Was impressed – ended up with a ton of varieties from there. Kind of like a super Walmart but real and Canadian! Well, these are called No Name so that’s kind of funny. Let’s check ’em out!
No Name Chicken Vegetable Flavour Oriental Noodles And Soup Mix – Canada
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle cup to 2 cups water and boil for 3 minutes. Add in dry sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
A light powder.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, coriander, and hard boiled egg. The noodles came out pretty well – a little gummy but not too bad compared with other Canadian instant noodle experiences I’ve had. The broth tasted like a slightly milder than normal chicken flavor – comfort food style. Very domestic North American. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 060383758509.
Wait… What? Yep. I saw an article on one of my news feeds mentioning this odd sounding concoction a week or so ago. Turns out it’s in Richmond, BC – a place we go all the time just over the Canadian border! So Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there – this beer ramen’s for you!
Beer Ramen – Yuu Japanese Tapas – Richmond, BC – Canada
Not going to do a full review today, but wanted to get this out there as soon as possible. I don’t know how long this will be an item at this new restaurant but definitely interesting! So you get your beer ramen – and no, it does NOT contain beer – that would just be wrong. This is more for visual effect. A bonito broth with nice chewy noodles and an egg-white top to simulate a heady foam. You get either vegetable tempura with it or for a buck more, their fried chicken. I will say that was some of the best pieces of boneless fried chicken I’ve had in a while – nice coating and crispness while very juicy. A small tray or garnish for ramen alongside fits well. But yeah beer ramen!? Their menu is just awesome – lots of really amazing drinks, good looking ramen and noodle dishes and tapas. Here’s the info in case you want to hop the border or if you’re up there you’re wanting to check ’em out!
A big thanks to my wife Kit – she’s not one who likes to be on camera so she was a good sport and to my kids. Today is Father’s Day and I’m really stoked about my children. They’re really neat people – with their own distinct personality. They make me laugh all the time. I love my family very much and proud to be a dad.
Well, here we are. This is one I found at Walmart up in Richmond, BC Canada. I’ve never had a lot of luck finding enjoyment of this brand but always gotten a lot of mail/questions about it. People have asked me many times how they can complain to the company that makes thes. I don’t know exactly why – I think a lot of the time people will store instant noodles and they’ll get banged up or the packs will get opened and after a long time will go bad. But my complaint usually has been that they’ve usually not had very strong flavors and the noodles come out funny when you follow the directions.
Directions are very important to follow. Not only that, they’re exceedingly important to get right. If you’re going to be doing up an instant noodle and you put instructions on a package that aren’t perfect, they’re not going to come out perfect – although many people will just cook them the way they like. I live in a kind of noodle bubble with some weird constraints. For fairness, I have to follow the directions exactly as the manufacturer puts on the package when I review. People will often comment on my reviews saying ‘use less water than called for’ or ‘cook an extra minute.’ I agree – this may taste better, but unless I treat every variety the same, my reviews would be kind of skewed in an odd way.
Many people complain that my reviews are too ‘subjective’ – that giving a score just based on what I like or dislike personally and not some kind of scientific method isn’t fair. Well, to them I say this: it’s fair for me. I’m not a scientist. I’ve always written about noodles and their flavor with the findings of my own personal mouth. I will look at my early reviews and see varieties I’ve tried again – Sichuan Chinese varieties for example. I thought they were horrendous and disgusting – how could anyone eat that? Over the years, I’ve learned to appreciate them though and found enjoyment there.
This one immediately screams ‘dude, you’re probably not going to like it.’ That’s the knee-jerk of experience. Why would I get it to give it a try? Simple – I haven’t had it. I end up getting a lot of varieties that I have a pre-conceived notion about; that I think probably won’t be to my liking. But unless I try them, I’ll never know. I fear no noodle really. I have to shut my brain up and then give them a try. So let’s shed the thought of past experience and give this a shot.
Mr. Noodles Pho Noodle Soup Simulated Beef Flavour – Canada
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add everything to the bowl and cold water to fill line. Microwave for 3~4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander (no basil, sorry), Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Huy Fong sriracha, jalapeno slices, and beef. The noodles were horrible. After 3.5 minutes in the microwave, they didn’t even seem close to done. I took this shot a minute or so later and then tested those noodles 5 minutes later. Still crap. I don’t know how a noodle can be made so un-noodley. The broth was a very watered down one with some pho taste to it. However, with half the water it might have tasted better. The included garnish was mostly fluffy TVP. Here’s what I get for keeping an open mind and my hopes up. Call if you’d like help. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 059491009412.