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#2357: Kamfen Noodle King Artificial Wonton Soup Flavoured

#2357: Kamfen Noodle King Artificial Wonton Soup Flavoured - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - wanton mee - instant noodles

Got this bowl quite a while back – I’ve got lots of new varieties and still trying to clear out the ones that are close to expiration! So let’s ask Wikipedia about wonton noodles –

Wonton noodles (pinyin: Yúntūn miàn; Cantonese Yale: wàhn tān mihn, sometimes called wanton mee (“wanton” is a Cantonese word for dumpling while noodles in Hokkien is “mee” or in Cantonese, “min”) is a Cantonese noodle dish which is popular in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The dish is usually served in a hot broth, garnished with leafy vegetables, and wonton dumplings. The types of leafy vegetables are usually kai-lan also known as Chinese kale. Another type of dumpling known as shui jiao is sometimes in place of wonton. It contains prawns, chicken or pork, spring onions with some chefs adding mushroom and black fungus.

In Hong Kong and Guangzhou, wonton noodles are usually in steaming hot soup with shrimp wontons and with leafy vegetables.[1] There are plenty of variations of this popular Cantonese dish, with different toppings and garnishes. For example, the soup and wontons in a separate bowl, the noodles being served relatively dry, with the toppings and garnishes, dressed with sauce, dipping the noodles in the soup to eat it.

There are four distinct features: First, the wontons are predominantly prawn, with small amounts of minced pork, or no pork at all. Second, aficionados will insist on fresh, smooth thin noodles which are al dente, free from the taste and odor which is characteristic in many egg noodles when cooked. Third, the bouillon is light brown (prepared from dried flounder) and is usually steaming hot. Lastly, garlic chives are used as a garnish. The first two give the dish a wet but crunchy or crispy mouthfeel. The last two give the dish a unique bouquet.

In order to ensure that the noodles are perfectly al dente and free from “noodley” taste, the cooking process and sequence must be meticulously adhered to. The wonton is cooked first, and then placed in the bowl. The noodles are blanched for only 10 seconds, after which they are rinsed under cold water and placed in the serving bowl. Piping hot bouillon is then scooped into the bowl, on top of the wonton noodles. The bouillon must be tasty, yet not so strong as to overpower the delicate taste of the wonton and the noodles which it is meant to accompany.[2]

When served, the spoon must be placed at the bottom, with the wontons above the spoon and the noodles on top. Because if the noodles soak in the soup for too long then it will be over cooked, this is strictly adhered to by the best wonton noodle establishments.

Although the “wonton noodle” is synonymous with wonton and noodles in piping hot bouillon, the dish may also be “dry”, as in lo mein (撈麵), where the wonton are on a large bed of noodles.

Let’s give this wonton noodle variety from Hong Kong a look.

Kamfen Noodle King Artificial Wonton Soup Flavoured – Hong Kong

#2357: Kamfen Noodle King Artificial Wonton Soup Flavoured - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - wanton mee - instant noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line as well as all the sachets. Let steep covered for 3-4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2357: Kamfen Noodle King Artificial Wonton Soup Flavoured - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - wanton mee - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2357: Kamfen Noodle King Artificial Wonton Soup Flavoured - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - wanton mee - instant noodles

An included fork!

#2357: Kamfen Noodle King Artificial Wonton Soup Flavoured - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - wanton mee - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2357: Kamfen Noodle King Artificial Wonton Soup Flavoured - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - wanton mee - instant noodles

The dry soup base sachet.

#2357: Kamfen Noodle King Artificial Wonton Soup Flavoured - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - wanton mee - instant noodles

A light colored powder with flecks of herbs.

#2357: Kamfen Noodle King Artificial Wonton Soup Flavoured - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - wanton mee - instant noodles

The vegetables sachet.

#2357: Kamfen Noodle King Artificial Wonton Soup Flavoured - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - wanton mee - instant noodles

A colorful mixture.

#2357: Kamfen Noodle King Artificial Wonton Soup Flavoured - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - wanton mee - instant noodles

An oil sachet.

#2357: Kamfen Noodle King Artificial Wonton Soup Flavoured - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - wanton mee - instant noodles

A yellow oil.

#2357: Kamfen Noodle King Artificial Wonton Soup Flavoured - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - wanton mee - instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). Added fish ball and spring onion. So the noodles are very chewy with a very unique crumble. Indeed, they are very hearty and good. The broth has a very nice taste and body – good oiliness and a perfect compliment for the noodle. Finally, the vegetables included were mostly corn and seaweed which hydrated to perfection. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6920363400696.

#2357: Kamfen Noodle King Artificial Wonton Soup Flavoured - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - wanton mee - instant noodles

The Hong Kong cookbook;: A new kind of authentic Chinese cookery adapted to the American kitchen,

A walk around a Hong Kong street market.

#2286: Kamfen Noodle King Artificial Abalone And Chicken Soup Flavoured

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I haven’t generally been a fan of abalone and chicken instant noodles. I’m crossing my fingers here though. 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 3-4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The powder base.

A light powder.

A sauce sachet.

Tick and oily.

The vegetables sachet.

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Lots of bits in there.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Dodo fishball and spring onion. The noodles are really good in this one – nice gauge and the chew – very sturdy and hearty. The broth is definitely leaning more towards chicken than abalone, something I enjoyed. The flavor was rich and the oiliness was very good.  The vegetables hydrated well and worked nicely here. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6920363400702.

The Hong Kong cookbook;: A new kind of authentic Chinese cookery adapted to the American kitchen,

A walk around a Hong Kong street market.

#2258: Kamfen Instant Wonton Noodles Scallop Lobster Soup Flavor

Been a while since I’ve had a Kamfen bowl… Scallop and lobster wonton favor? Definitely Hong Kong. It’s a seriously rainy day today and we’re going to have a power outage I predict. Ahhh. It’s not like we live in the middle of nowhere; we’re in the city! Weird. Noodle time!

The distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge).

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shellfish and crustacean. To prepare, add in contents of sachets and boiling water to fill line. Cover and let steep for 3-4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The powder soup base.

Definitely has a seafood scent.

A paste sachet.

Thick and oily.

The vegetables sachet.

Lots of greenery amongst other things.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onions and fishballs. The noodles are very al dente and have quite a chew to them. They worked very well with the broth which has a nice seafood taste to it. Very impressed! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6920363401020.

The Wonton Coobkook: 50 Delicious Wonton and Asian Dumpling Recipes

A video showing how to find the best Wonton Noodles.

#2061: Kamfen Dried-mix Noodles Scallop Seafood Flavoured

Here’s one I picked up at 99 Ranch Market a couple months ago. I have a couple brands that I have as ‘reserves’ – if I run low on instant noodles, I know certain stores have always had certain varieties and I can get them at any time. This is one of them. At that point I was running low (although now I’m not). Let’s crack this tray open and give it a try!

The distributor/import stickers (click to enlarge).

From the bottom of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.

A card with preparation details (click to enlarge). To prepare, add in vegetable sachet and 500ml boiling water. Cover and let stand for 3 minutes. Use cover drain spout to draiun off excess water. Add in liquid sachet and stir well. Enjoy!

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The liquid sachet.

Thick and dark.

The vegetables sachet.

A nice mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp and carved squid. The noodles are broad and flat with a very light chew to them. The sauce covers well and gives a nice sweet and salty seafood flavor throughout. The included vegetables were more than ample and really made this one feel premium. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6920363402218.

Instant Noodle Wonton (Beef Flavor) – 82g

A video about travelling to Shenzhen, China – where this product is produced.

#2032: Kamfen Noodle King Artificial Beef Soup Flavored

A couple of months ago, I experienced an instant noodle drought. I was looking in my hampers and there were maybe 10 varieties left! We hit 99 Ranch and I found about 10 or so varieties to review (later after putting a call out on the site, I ended up with people sending all sorts of varieties and now my hampers runneth over – my thanks!). Here’s one I found at 99 Ranch – let’s check it out.

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in all sachet contents and fill to line with boiling water. Let stand covered for 3-4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A powder soup base sachet.

Smells beefy!

A paste sachet.

An oily concoction.

The vegetables sachet.

A nice selection.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, beef, sweet onion and crushed red pepper. The noodles are more easily enjoyed with a couple of crosscuts with a pair of kitchen scissors as the are particularly long. They have a a very dense nature and robust chewiness. The broth indeed has a beef flavor but isn’t extremely strong. The included vegetables hydrated quite nicely – especially the corn which was nice and sweet. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6920363400689.

Instant Noodle Wonton (Beef Flavor) – 82g

A short film about Shenzhen, China – the city where these noodles are produced.

#2006: Kamfen Wonton Noodles Beef Flavor

Being low on instant noodles to review, I went to 99 Ranch to see if I could find anything I’d not reviewed yet. I ended up at the bottom end of the noodle aisle and found a ton of Kamfen stuff I haven’t gotten to yet. I always knew it was there, just didn’t get to the point of checking it out really. So being at that point, we’ll start trying these here and there. This one’s beef flavor wonton. Let’s give it a looksie.

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

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). To prepare, add in all sachet contents and fill to line with boiling water. Let stand covered for 3-4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block. Mentions ‘electrical drying Fresh and clean.’

A powder base sachet.

A tan powder.

A sauce sachet.

More of a paste.

A vegetable sachet.

A nice mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander and beef. The noodles are fascinating ;they have a different kind of chewiness that I very much enjoyed. The broth has a nice beef taste with a good oiliness. I hoped for a tad more flavor. The vegetables hydrated well and were of excellent quality – especially the corn which was nice and sweet. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6920363401013.

Instant Noodle Wonton (Beef Flavor) – 82g

A short film about Shenzhen, China – the city where these noodles are produced.

#1133: Kamfen E-Men Noodles Abalone Soup Flavor

Here’s one that is manufactured in Shenzhen, China and distributed in Hong Kong. Let’s check it out!

The import stickers (click image to enlarge). Contains wheat and abalone.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge).

Here’s the noodle block, more like a thick disc.

The soup base.

Has a seafood scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge. Added kamaboko, narutomaki, broccoli, red bell pepper and Walla Walla sweet onions. The noodles are broad and chewy – enjoyable so. There are lots of them, so that’s a good thing! The broth has a very nice seafood taste and the noodle and broth compliment each other very well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 6920363401822.

 

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#942: Kamfen Lobster Soup Flavor E-Men Noodles

While scouring local Asian markets for varieties I hadn’t yet reviewed, I came upon these. They’re Chinese and in a really big package!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Nowhere does it say how much water to use. When I made this in the past I used very little and treated it as a stir noodle.

The noodles are very wide and in their own cellophane package.

A single seasoning packet.

Has an interesting flavor – buttery along with slight seafood.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added stir fry veggies, sweet onion, kamaboko, narutomaki and a little Urashima Sesame and Salt furikake. The noodles are pretty good – flat and broad. The flavoring? It works – these end up being very mello noodles. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars – pretty good. UPC bar code 6920363401839 .

A speaker factory in Shenzhen where these noodles are made.

A trip to a French museum with old videocamera – pretty amazing!

#931: Kamfen Dried-Mix Noodles Soya Bean Paste Flavored

Here’s another of these neat trays. This one’s soybean paste flavored. Interesting again how they use upper and lower case all willy-nilly.

Here’s a scan of the bottom of the box (click image to enlarge).

There were two stickers on the bottom of the box (click to enlarge).

Weird – again two little copies of the instructions are inside (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

Thin, broad noodles – their color is interesting too!

Soybean paste packet!

Has a nice smell – tasty too!

Veggies!

Looks like corn and onions and greenery.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added stir fry veggies, sweet onion, turkey with a little Texas Pete hot sauce and a little Dua Belibis chili sauce. The noodles are good – very enjopyable consistency and lots of them – broad and thin. The flavoring is great – salty and full of flavor – that Chinese spiced taste of anise and ginger is prevalent. The veggies were okay too. I think I like this one almost as much as the minced pork variety – 3.75  out of 5.0 stars !UPC bar code 6920363402225 .

Video of Shenzhen (where these noodles come from)

The Shenzhen Smartphone Market – you must watch this.

#928: Kamfen Dried-Mix Noodles Artificial Spicy Pork Flavored

Here’s one I got the other day at 99 Ranch Market. Was hoping they had a few more varieties, but they had two – two closer to the #1000th review! I’m not going to stop, just can’t wait to hit it! I think this one would win the prize for interesting use of upper and lower case characters.

Here’s a scan of the bottom (click to enlarge).

Here are the export stickers (click to enlarge).

Here are the instructions on how to make this (click to enlarge). Going to add the mustard stem at the end as they’re not dehydrated.

An included fork!

The noodles look interesting enough.

Sauce eh?

A paste.

Hey – its mustard stem!

Yeah these don’t look dehydrated – I think I’ll add them at the end.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added some sweet onions, Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake, ham and Krazy Mixed Up Salt. The noodles are kind of like slightly underdone egg noodles, but I don’t think they are at all. Plus, they’re really good – broad and thin. The flavor is quite nice – a little spicy and a nice Chinese pork flavor. The mustard stem goes with it quite well. I like this stuff – 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 6920363402218 .

An old Sesame Street clip about how Chinese noodles are made.

I couldn’t find anything but thisw video about a really off pot/wok/frying pan.

Indigestion: Reader’s Digest Article Way Off The Mark

This was found, given to my sister and passed along to me. This is from a Reader’s Digest. I haven’t seen the Lucky Peach yet but boy is this stuff screwed up. I really liked how Nong Shim was just a Californian company – no mention of the fact that it’s Korean.  The Myojo Chukazanmai is a line of noodles by Myojo and has such an array of types (some are even to be served cold) that this broad review makes no sense. I think everyone knows how I feel about the GreeNoodle – try and try again I find them detestable. The Kamfen was the kicker for me though. Which one was reviewed? There’s a ton of varieties… Finally the article’s name kind of peeves me, but at least someone might go ahead and see f people review instant noodles online. The kicker? Not any mentions of anything from Indonesia, Thailand or Vietnam. Shameful!

#486: Kamfen Japanese U-Don Noodles Lobster & Scallop Soup Flavor

So here’s the first Kamfen fresh udon I’ve tried.  So something new for today!

Left is a powdered soup base and on the right is a seriously funky looking seasoned oil.

The powder seasoning had one serious reek to it when I put it on the bowl and the seasoned oil looked really nasty… But I trudged on!

Click image to enlarge. The horrible smell of the powder seasoning was quickly replaced by a nice smell of cooked soup and noodles once i was done. The noodles are nice and chewy and all in all enjoyable. The broth was good too – a nice flavor and not extremely too much or too little flavor, but it was light. I liked it – 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.

This is what I found when I searched for ‘Kamfen TVC’ on Youtube.

Thai 7-11 Commercial