Category Archives: Four Seas

#2134: Four Seas Chicken Flavour Instant Noodle

Another one from the series of Hong Kong reviews I did for HK’s Apple Daily news. They sent a few varieties for me to try and review for a feature story – what’s nice is I haven’t reviewed any of them before so that’s pretty cool! Anyways, this one’s chicken flavored – let’s crack it open and see what we have here.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add noodle block to 600ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry soup base sachet.

Has a chicken scent.

A liquid sachet.

An oily concoction.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sesame seeds, baby corn and baked chicken with salt and pepper. The noodles hydrated nicely and had a decent gauge; not spongy either. The broth has a kind of chicken broth/natural chicken taste to it I liked. It had a little oiliness which was good too – like that cooked for hours kind of chicken broth we all like. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4892616015433.

Easy Hong Kong Cooking at Home

A nice stroll through the streets of Hong Kong showing the food available.

#2065: Four Seas Kung Tak Lam Vegetarian Noodle (Mushroom)

I had a bit of trouble figuring out what this variety was called – until I scanned the back of the package and noticed it on the top left corner. This is one that I received from Apple Daily of Hong Kong for a special news feature. Kung Tak Lam is a popular vegetarian restaurant in Hong Kong. Let’s crack it open and give it a try!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add package contents to 600ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base powder.

A granular mixture.

The sauce sachet.

Methinks I see mushrooms.

The vegetables sachet.

A very nice varied mix of vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added tofu puff, spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles have a good gauge and chew to them – a skosh larger than the baseline instant. The broth is a light one, with a mushroom taste throughout. It’s kind of what you would call a delicate flavor – and not salty, however it has a nice oil to it. The supplied vegetables hydrated very well – especially the little pieces of mushroom. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4892616015815.

Om Cooking…Tempting Vegetarian Appetizers

A little travelog diary someone put on YouTube featuring Kung Tak Lam restaurant in Hong Kong.

#2059: Four Seas Beef And Radish Flavour Instant Noodle

Here’s the first in the special series I did for Apple Daily of Hong Kong. I’ve reviewed varieties from Four Seas in the past – in fact, this looks kind of like a bowl version I’ve had before. Beef and radish, huh? Sounds interesting – let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add noodles and sachet contents to 600ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base powder sachet.

Has a kind of beef scent.

The sauce sachet.

Oily and thick.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, beef and sweet onion. While the noodles were of a good gauge and light chew, the broth left me underwhelmed. I usually expect stronger flavors from something beef flavored, but this was on the bland end of the stick. Sadly disappointed – I liked the flavor, just wish there was more of it. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4892616015594.

Easy Hong Kong Cooking at Home

A nice stroll through the streets of Hong Kong showing the food available.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time Hong Kong 2015 Edition

I thought to myself recently that it would be great to end 2014 and start 2015 with a new top ten list – but from where? A couple places came to mind, and Hong Kong sounded like a good one. I’ve found a lot of excellent instant noodles that have been from Hong Kong. Been hoping to see more arrive here in the United States, but many of the ones on this list I’ve found up in Canada. I would definitely like to reach out to instant noodle companies in Hong Kong to take part in Meet The Manufacturer; there’s not been a Hong Kong participant yet! With that, here’s the top ten instant noodles of Hong Kong – the best and most memorable – from the last 1,553 reviews. Enjoy and Happy New Year, Hong Kong!

#10: Nissin Demae Iccho XO Sauce Seafood Flavour

The noodles are pretty good with a very standard gauge and quality. The broth however is quite nice. The XO sauce gives it a very rich seafood flavor that is most enjoyable and hearty. The inclusion of a decent amount of veggies and narutomaki rounds things out well. Original review

#9: Four Seas Seaweed Hot & Spicy Instant Noodle (Mushroom & Beef Flavour)

The noodles were pretty good – nice gauge and a good mouthfeel. The slight crumble gave them a kind of nice texture with the broth. The broth has a definite spicy beef flavor and then the mushroom flavor which is kind of in the background and very good. As for the seaweed, it really complimented things quite a bit and made for a fitting garnish. Original review

#8: Doll Instant Noodle Pickled Vegetable Flavour

Doll’s noodles always look very nice – not bleached white but a nice warm rich wheaten yellow color. They are excellent as far as texture and flavor go too.  The broth was perfect – not strong but not weak. It was just right. I added the two fried eggs and all together this was a fantastic bowl of noodles for a early evening nosh while studying for a computer tech certification. Original review

#7: Doll Instant Noodle Spicy Tonkotsu Flavour

First, the noodles are very nice, high quality and very tasty. The broth has a nice flavor to it and was perfect. I really like Doll products and this is no exception. Original review

#6: Nissin Cup Noodles Seafood

So first off the veggies rehydrated quite nicely. Also, there are bits of seafood in there – real ones! Apparently its pollack, but also there is nondairy creamer in it! Weird… The noodles are great, the broth is great, everything is great! Original review

#5: Nissin Cup Noodles Seafood Curry

The noodles steeped perfectly. The vegetables and little bits of dehydrated fish came out just perfect, and the broth was very curry. My only complaint was that the curry flavor overwhelmed the seafood taste so that there was really none at the end of the day. I really liked this one though. This one was in the 2013 Top Ten Cups list, the first for Hong Kong. Original review

#4: Doll Instant Noodles Artificial Chicken Flavour

This is absolutely spot on – possibly the best chicken instant noodle I’ve ever had – here’s why. The noodles are in the way that Doll’s usually are – great texture and firmness, not bleached but golden. The broth is very hearty, and flavorful. Original review

#3: Nissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Flavour Noodles With Soup Base

The noodles are neat – thin and very elastic with a great consistency – some of the best I’ve ever had from a big cup. The broth is quite good too – a nice sesame flavor and rich body. The vegetables were excellent as well – great re-hydration and quality and the narutomaki was plentiful. Original review

#2: Fuku Superior Soup Instant Noodle

This stuff is EXACTLY like Nissin Chikin except it has a little extra powder with it! Originally, my favorite noodles were Nissin ‘Roasted Ramen,’ a product they came out with in the USA when I was a kid. They stopped making it so we hunted for it and they were able to help us out at Uwajimaya in Seattle where they clued my folks in about the Nissin Chikin. This is exactly like that stuff and I’m quite happy. Original review

#1: Nissin Demae Ramen Shoyu Tonkotsu Artificial Pork Flavour

The noodles are great – gauge and chew are very good. The broth is wonderful – has a very rich pork and soy flavor that was well balanced and deep. Hooray for Hong Kong! Original review

#1483: Four Seas Seaweed Hot & Spicy Instant Noodle (Mushroom & Beef Flavour)

Here’s yet another one from a trip to Canada. This company is particularly interesting – they always include a big sachet of seaweed in their packs and bowls of instant noodles. What’s more, their bowl have two noodle blocks instead of just one – they sport some of the largest instant noodle meals I’ve ever seen! This one’s mushroom and beef flavored hot and spicy – which you find out by reading the back of the packaging. Anyways, sounds like an interesting one – let’s give it a try!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). I removed the color for readability. Looks to contain beef. To prepare, boil 600ml water and add noodle block as well as sachet contents. Cook for 3 minutes. Add seaweed and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The powder soup base sachet.

Definitely has a kind of mushroom and beef scent.

A paste sachet.

Has a spicy scent.

The seaweed garnish sachet.

That’s quite a bit of seaweed!

 

My pal Matt B. sent me a pic of some noodles he made today with his cellphone. They’re prawn noodles and he cooked them so long the broth literally cooked off! Curious how that came out… He’s sent me some interesting ones over the years – once a picture of an instant noodle block that he fried – I believe in bacon grease. That reminds me of a story. About 15 years ago or so, we used to hang out and make this stuff called Glomar. Basically it was saltine crackers, butter and bacon, but like Chex Mix in the microwave. What was insane was after eating a handful of the stuff it had so much fat and salt in it that I felt like I was going to pass out.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, sliced green onion, thin sliced beef, mung bean sprouts and Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Pepper seasoning. The noodles were pretty good – nice gauge and a good mouthfeel. The slight crumble gave them a kind of nice texture with the broth. The broth has a definite spicy beef flavor and then the mushroom flavor which is kind of in the background and very good. As for the seaweed, it really complimented things quite a bit and made for a fitting garnish. I’m impressed with this one – 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 4892616008473.


A book of images showing over 200 varieties of seaweed.

Someday!

#1365: Four Seas Seaweed Hot & Spicy Instant Noodle Mushroom & Beef Flavour

I’ve always found these quite interesting. Why? Well for starters, they seem to always have a pack of seaweed with them, and not a small one but a decent portion. Also, the noodle blocks are unique as well. How? Well, read on and you’ll see. This one is from Hong Kong – let’s check it out!

Here’s the distributor / import sticker. Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.

Here is detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). To prepare, empty sachets into bowl, add boiling water to line, steep for 4 minutes, stir and enjoy.

Here’s detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

Included fork!

So what’s the hubbub about the noodle block? The fact that there are two of them! I’ve never seen this elsewhere – lots and lots of noodles in this one!

The powder soup base sachet.

A very fine powder.

The paste sachet.

Has a nice artificial beef scent.

The other unique thing about these bowls are the seaweed sachets.

That’s quite a bit of seaweed there!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef and sweet onions as well as a dash of Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles have a very familiar instant noodle gauge – kind of squareish. Decent consistency although very light. The broth has a very good flavor, and although not extremely hot or spicy, is full and good. The seaweed is everywhere and works well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4892616018915.

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcY2VyAUXwI]Here’s a video about seaweed farming and supporting areas hit by the Indian Ocean tsunami.

#1254: Four Seas Sesame Oil Chicken Flavour Instant Noodle

Here’s one we got while up in Canada for my birthday. Let’s give it a try.

The distributor’s sticker (click image to enlarge). Contains chicken.

The side panels (click image to enlarge).

The lid (click image to enlarge). To prepare, open lid halfway andf add contents of all the sachets. Fill to line indicated on the side of the bowl and let sit for 3 minutes, stir, and enjoy.

Included fork!

These Four Seas bowls are the only instance I’ve ever seen dual noodle blocks in one bowl.

Dry powder base sachet.

A very fine powder.

The sesame oil sachet.

Has a nice scent.

The solid ingredient sachet.

A nice little mix of veggies.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, green onions and rotisserie chicken meat. The noodles are very fluffy; overly so. They aren’t exactly spongy, but on the cusp of it. The flavor of the broth isn’t bad though, with a nice level of sesame flavor. The veggies were so-so. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4892616010889.

Wow.

#1005: Four Seas Chicken Flavour Instant Noodles

Here’s another one from my wife and I’s trip to Canada for my birthday! Only had a Four Seas instant once before – my sister had brought it back from Canada for me – see a theme here? Let’s check out this chicken big bowl.

The distributor’s sticker.

Side panel details (click image to enlarge).

A fork!

This one’s got two bricks of noodles in the big cup!

Powder seasoning.

Has a strong smell.

Liquid packet.

Has a odor of chicken gravy almost.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added broccoli, green bell pepper, sweet onion, baked chicken and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are amazingly plentiful, but rather spongy and weak with very little resistance or chewiness. The broth has a nice ton of chicken flavor but also has a really artificial taste – which is odd seeing as in the ingredients that actual chicken powder and chicken ‘oil’ are present. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4892616018908.

This is really fascinating – check it out!

#712: Four Seas Seaweed Instant Noodle

Here’s one my sister brought me down from Canada! Thanks, Sue!!! Seaweed flavor, huh? Well, let’s check it out!

Side panels (click image to enlarge).

This is a first! There are two separate noodle blocks!

Plus a folding fork!

It’s like a Transformer! Kkkk-kkk-kkk-kkk… Yeah.

Powder seasoning…

A pretty good amount and very powdery.

Sesame oil!

Nice strong odor.

Finally, the star of the show – seaweed. Looks like a pretty decent amount.

Yep – a lot of seaweed – layers of it!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some store brand stir fry veggies with a little turkey breast and some Ajishima Kim Chi furikake, a dash of Krazy Mixed Up Salt and a few pieces of narutomaki. The noodles are good but very weak and borderline mushy – eat this one before they get mushy would be my advice. The broth is full of sesame oil flavor but not a whole lot of flavor other than that. Seaweed is extremely prevalent – its everywhere! It’s good too! I like this one – although it definitely could be better. It seemed almost watery; kind of a weird thing to say about soup, but there it is. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 4892616010872 .

All about seaweed farming!

Eating seaweed straight from the ocean in Korea