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Meet The Manufacturer: #3017: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken – United States

Meet The Manufacturer: #3017: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken - United States

Today I review the last of the three Vite Ramen varieties. The first two were quite good and actually quite fascinating! Definitely something different – and good different. Let’s check out the third variety from Vite Ramen – Soy Sauce Chicken.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3016: Vite Ramen Garlic Pork – United States

Meet The Manufacturer: #3017: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken - United States

Here’s the information panel (click to enlarge). Note this was furnished by the company and not on the obverse side of the package shown above. Contains chicken. To prepare, add noodles to 2 1/2 cups boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add vegetables, seasonings and oil sachets and stir. Let soup cool to 160ºF (71ºC) then add the ‘Noodtrient packet’ for optimal nutrition. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3017: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken - United States

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3017: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken - United States

The soup base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3017: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken - United States

Lots of powder.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3017: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken - United States

A liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3017: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken - United States

Canola oil.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3017: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken - United States

A dry sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3017: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken - United States

Noodtrients!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3017: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken - United States

The vegetables sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3017: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken - United States

A nice mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, soft egg, and baked chicken with Salt For Life. The noodles again were very soft. What was disappointing this time around though was how bland things went with the broth. I should stress again that this is a prototype, so changes can always be made. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.  No bar code.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3017: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken - United States

Becoming Vegan: The Complete Reference to Plant-Based Nutrition (Comprehensive Edition)

Watch me cook this one up!

#3003: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Acid & Peppery Beef – China

#3003: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Acid & Peppery Beef - China

Here’s one we found at China World in Richmond, BC. The name definitely didn’t translate all that great. I think acid probably will be closer to something like tangy. I mean, acid and beef? Perhaps it could be referring to a process of cooking beef that uses something acidic? Either way I’m fascinated. Let’s see what happens when we open it and cook it!

Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Acid & Peppery Beef – China

#3003: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Acid & Peppery Beef - China

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and sachet contents as well. Cover for 5~8 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3003: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Acid & Peppery Beef - China

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3003: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Acid & Peppery Beef - China

The noodle block.

#3003: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Acid & Peppery Beef - China

The powder base.

#3003: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Acid & Peppery Beef - China

Light stuff.

#3003: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Acid & Peppery Beef - China

The paste sachet.

#3003: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Acid & Peppery Beef - China

Thick stuff!

#3003: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Acid & Peppery Beef - China

The vegetables sachet.

#3003: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Acid & Peppery Beef - China

Looks like mostly greenery.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added boiled beef, coriander, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Broth has a nice kind of spicy and tangy taste to it. The rice noodle is a little on the meh side though – it just doesn’t shake hands with the broth as much as I would have liked to be honest. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6911754102596.

#3003: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Acid & Peppery Beef - China

Oxford English Dictionary: 20 vol. print set & CD ROM

Watch me prepare this variety!

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

Alright so when I found this up at China World in Richmond, BC, I was curious. ‘What’s this torpid all about, anyway?’ Well, Thanks to my friend Kyle, that’s been cleared up. It’s a really bad translation. This really should be Sichuan Spicy Flavor. As far as torpid goes, here’s the definition –

tor·pid
tôrpəd/
adjective

mentally or physically inactive; lethargic.
“we sat around in a torpid state”

Spicy and lethargic beef flavor? Yummy! Translation is a seriously tough thing. It’s definitely an uphill battle for me – Google is of very little help. I’ve been asked in the past by companies what I would call a product and helped them with translating and making it sound like a good name for something sold in the west. I think that would be a neat job – helping companies with western translations. So I guess if you need help with someone proofreading a packaging bound to be on products for the west, contact me maybe I can help. Alright – let’s do up some spicy beef vermicelli!

Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef – China

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and sachet contents as well. Cover for 508 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

An included fork!

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

Rice vermicelli in its own separate bag.

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

A dry base sachet.

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

A tan powder.

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

A paste sachet.

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

Thick and oily.

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

A vegetables sachet.

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

A nice little mix.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. The rice noodle hydrated really well and ended up the perfect chew – just the way I like it. The noodles and broth worked together in harmony. The broth, with it’s deep red color and Sichuan peppercorn and beef taste has a nice oiliness and richness to it. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6911754102589.

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

Oxford English Dictionary: 20 vol. print set & CD ROM

My father had a full set of the Oxford English Dictionary. I remember looking in one of the volumes and just flipping to a random page, looking at the ceiling and dropping my finger on a spot. One time, I found the word nothing – which refereed to something called a nithing post. A nothing post would be erected in someone’s yard – someone who wouldn’t share their meat.

#1661: Chencun Senior Food Rice Noodle Fragrant Peppery Beef

Here’s one from low in the hamper that needs reviewing! I’m woindering if perhaps ‘senior’ isn’t the correct word in this one; the title as it is sounds like something for older folks. Perhaps they’re going for something more along the lines of ‘classic?’ I don’t know, but it’s time to review this one – let get to it!

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in all sachets and add boiling water to the indicated fill line. Let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail from the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The rice noodle block.

Dry base sachet.

A grainy mittle mixture.

A paste sachet.

Indeed it is a little peppery, a little beefy and fragrant.

The vegetables sachet.

A green mixture.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef, white onion and red bell pepper that were sauteed with Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Pepper and some spring onion on top. The noodles are broad and flat and have a good quality to them. They are rice noodles and hydrated just right. The broth has a nice beef taste and peppery heat to it which was very good and hearty. The vegetable bits hydrated nicely. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 6911754103426.

strong smell, stimulate taste, organic red sichuan peppers (2 oz.)

A great documentary about one of China’s greatest accomplishments – the Three Gorges Dam.

#1637: Thai Chef Instant Nudelsuppe Huhn Geshmack

Ahh what do we have here you ask? Well, this is a variety made by the same company that makes MAMA noodles – Thai President Foods. This one however is for the German market. Huhn? Chicken. Let’s check it out!

 Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, Add noodles and sachet contents to a bowl. Add 300ml boiling water, cover, and let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet of seasoning powder and chilli powder.

Here they are, hanging out with eachother.

Garlic oil sachet.

Has a strong garlic scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added broccoli, white onion, mung bean sprouts, corn and spring onion. The noodles are thin and light with a familiar chew. The broth has an alright chicken flavor – I liked the garlic oil aspect. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8852523206030.

Here’s one by Thai President Foods that hit my Top Ten List for 2014! MAMA Instant Noodles Yentafo Tom Yum Mohfai Flavour 60g.(10 Packs)

A MAMA instant noodles TV commercial.

#1436: Chencun Rice Noodle Beef With Brown Sauce

These little cups always are a nice surprise. I usually expect that they’ll be funky and gross but they usually have been very good! This one sounds interesting – I’m curious what ‘brown sauce’ means; like brown gravy? The pic on the front looks like wide rice noodles too. Well, it looks like fun to me – let’s crack this one open and see what’s going on inside.

The distributor’s sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.

Here’s detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). As far as instructions, I’m winging it. To prepare, emplty all seasoning sachets into cup and add boiling water to line. re-cover and steep 3-4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

Wide rice noodle block.

Soup base powder.

A very powdery seasoning.

The vegetable sachet.

Nice little assortment.

A sachet of paste.

Beefy and saucy.

 

Andy was all stoked to get a Maruchan Instant Lunch at the store. It’s funny; I have all these exotic noodles here and he wants the easiest to find ones!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef, sweet onion and bell pepper that was sauteed in a little soy sauce. The noodles are thin and broad rice noodles. They are slippery little suckers and not extremely fork friendly, but they’re very nice to eat. Not overly chewy – more like a thin egg noodle texture-wise. The broth is a salty onslaught of beefiness. It’s pretty good stuff. The veggies were pretty decent too with a coupe little crunchy pieces in there. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6911754103449.

Here’s a short instructional video on how to make Chinese Brown Sauce.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2014

China: the birthplace of the noodle. Billions of serving of instant noodles are consumed there every year – more than any other country in the world!  I thought today being Chinese New Year (more widely known as Lunar New Year), it would be an opportune time to release a list of my favorite instant noodles that are made in China. These are the most memorable and finest varieties I have enjoyed from China of the 1,290+ I’ve reviewed over the years.

#10: Chencun Noodle Spicy Beef

This variety features rice noodles and a really great spicy beef flavor. I would consider it hearty; something I don’t usually find in a rice noodle based variety. Original review here

#9: Dragonfly Instant Noodles Onion Flavor

This is one of the best onion flavored varieties I’ve ever had. Dragonfly’s noodles are plentiful and of good quality. The onion flavor is full and rich. A bowl I look back on fondly. Original review here

#8: Master Kong Spicy Beef

Spicy beef? You got it! Excellent beef flavor and thick broth along with a slew of great noodles. Original review here

#7: JML Instant Noodle Artificial Stew Beef Flavour

You may be sensing a theme here – beef! What I find most engaging about Chinese beef varieties is that they have this little bit of sweetness that sets them apart from other region’s varieties. This one’s no different and quite enjoyable. Original review here

#6: Uni-President Unif-100 Pickled Cayenne Flavor Beef Ramen

The broth is interesting; it has a sort of beef-vinegar-spicy triumvirate melding together. Usually I’m not a big fan of vinegar and beef, but this worked well. The little peppers? They’re salty and pretty hot. They’re like pickled peppers. Original review here

#5: Dragonfly Instant Noodles Artificial Pork Ribs Flavor

Excellent noodles. The broth has a really nice sweet and meaty flavor – rich and excellent. Original review here

#4: Master Kong Premium Taste Roasted Beef Noodle

Seriously excellent beef flavor in this one. Very rich! Original review here

#3: Dragonfly Instant Noodles Artificial Hot & Sour Shrimp Flavor

Combine full, almost buttery noodles with a broth that has an almost tom yum flavor. Truly unique. Original review here

#2: Dragonfly Artificial Beef Flavor Instant Noodles

Beef again? Yes. Beef is a great flavor and so good in this one. A great beef flavor with an almost bacon like finish. Not only that, the carrot and cabbage hydrate perfectly and add a little crunch. Original review here

#1: Master Kong Potatoes & Stewed Beef Instant Noodles

The broth and noodles come together masterfully and this honestly tastes so good I’m going to say I’m truly sad I don’t have any more of it! It literally tastes like a dish centering on beef and potatoes. I love it. Original review here

Thank you for reading! I hope that if you have a favorite variety from China I’ve not yet reviewed or represent a Chinese instant noodle company that you will contact me. I would definitely like to have a broader base of Chinese varieties to sample and share with the world!

#1188: Chencun Noodles Braised Pork Ribs

Here’s another from the trip to Canada my wife took me on for my birthday – thank you, Kit! Pork. Ribs. Let’s do this.

Detail from the lid (click image to enlarge).

Distributor’s sticks (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself.

Beneath the stickers (click image to enlarge).

Upon opening, one is greeted by a fork!

Rice noodles.

The powder soup base sachet.

Powder with small bits of vegetables.

Sauce sachet.

Looks odd but smells good!

Finished (click on image to enlarge). Added pork and sweet onion sauteed with a little soy sauce and green onions. The noodles are thin and rounded. They have a nice chew and with the little bit of potato starch added, a little more filling than many. Unfortunately, even with a good stir during the steeping, there were some spots where the noodles weren’t done enough. The broth has a nice pork flavor with that little sweet, salty and meaty coagulation with oil. It all works together nicely. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 6911754103838.

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A how-to on making Chinese style BBQ pork ribs.

#1108: Chencun Noodle Spicy Beef

Earlier today, I did an interview with NTDTV about the Bottom Ten list! Should be a link coming soon! Woo-hoo!!! In the meantime, here’s a Chinese rice noodle variety from Chencun. We got it during my birthday trip up to Canada! Thank you, Kit!

The distributor stickers (click image to enlarge). Unfortunately, the stickers won’t come off cleanly enough to take a picture of the underneath. Looks like it doesn’t contain meat.

An included fork!!!

The noodle block.

Dry soup base.

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Salty and beefy!

The seasoning paste.

Has a spicy scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge. Added green onions and roast beef. The noodles are pretty good with a mellow texture – not very chewy, not mushy. The broth has a nice beef and spicy flavor. Better than I expected! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 6911754103876.

A documentary about the Three Gorges Dam – China’s biggest project since The Great Wall.

#941: Ko-Lee Go Noodles Chicken Special Flavour

Here’s another one of the new ones that Joe & Gill sent me from the UK! Never tried this one before – they sent quite a few Ko-Lee varieties and sounded like they like them a lot. Let’s check out the chicken special!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). It mentions cooking them up in trhree different ways: instant (steeping), cooking (boiling) and ready to eaat. Ready to eat is crunching up the noodles in the bag and sprinkling the seasoning on and chowing down!

The block broke apart in the mail but did pretty well!

The powder seasoning.

Here’s the powder. It has a strong salty chicken taste. As I’m readying everything (I take the pictures and do everything up before I cook), there’s a distinct smell wafting around that’s reminiscent of boxed macaroni and cheese.

Seasoned oil.

I detect the scent of onion from this one.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a scrambled egg with a little Dua Belibis chili sauce, stir fry veggies, sweet onion, thin sliced turkey breast and a sprinkle of Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are thin and buttery. The broth is really nice – has a rich chicken flavor and has a bit of thickness to it – not a sauce, just heartier. I liked it! Quite nice for a chicken noodle. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 5023751101111 .

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Re-Review: Indomie Curly Noodle With Chicken & Chilli Paddi

This is one that ended up at second place on the Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time – that means its really hot! There are these tiny little peppers (chilli paddi) that are real scorchers and they’re small enough that when you happen to find one, you get quite a jolt! I reviewed this a while back this year – #732 and during the Meet The Manufacturer: Indomie special. This is one of the packs sent directly from Indofood in Indonesia – I am told they will be sending some new samples very soon! Can’t wait to try them!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onions, turkey breast, two scrambled eggs and some Dua Belibis chilli sauce. Noodles are quite good – same style as the #1 from the Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list. The flavor is nice – the noodles are coated with a slightly spicy but sweet flavor – and those little peppers pop up now and again and blow your head off – exhilarating! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 089686040692 .

How do they make Indomie? Watch and see! I believe this is an African plant but I’m sure its not much different in Indonesia.

Dua Belibis TV commercial

Meet The Manufacturer #888: Yamachan Ramen Nagasaki Sara Udon Chicken Flavor

Here’s something different. Sara Udon means plate noodles – what you have is a crispy noodle that is thin. You put them on the plate and crush gently, then add the sauce and during the meal, the noodles go from crisp to soft. It’s a texture sensation! Well, let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Notice the directions.

Here are the noodles. Like big nests of thin noodles.

Here are the packets of liquid seasoning.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added yellow onion, broccoli, green bell pepper, chicken, green onion and Ajishima Kimchi furikake. The noodles are of a very interesting nature; when they don’t have sauce on them, they are crunchy. When they do, they absorb the liquid and become increasingly soggy – in a good way! The sauce is a slightly thick lightly chicken flavored concoction. The flavor is very nice – definitely not too salty at all and really tasty. This is a uniquely Japanese dish that evolves as you eat it – from crisp to soft noodle texture. Loved this one – 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 767921016809 .

Yamachan Ramen factory!

This guy looks pretty happy!