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Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

Today, we bid a fond farewell to this great series of products from Way Premium Foods of Malaysia with a Malaysian favorite, Asam Laksa. Here’s some info about it from WIkipedia –

Asam laksa is a sour, fish and tamarind-based soup. Penang Asam Laksa listed at number 26th on World’s 50 most delicious foods compiled by CNN Go in 2011.[12] Asam is the Malay word for any ingredients that makes a dish tastes sour (e.g. tamarindgelugur or kokum). Laksa typically uses asam keping, known as kokum in the English speaking world, which is a type of dried slices of sour mangosteens. The modern Malay spelling is asam, though the spelling assam is still frequently used.

The main ingredients for asam laksa include shredded fish, normally kembung (small mackerel of the Rastrelliger genus), and finely sliced vegetables including cucumber, onions, red chillies, pineapple, lettuce, common mint, daun kesum (Vietnamese mint or laksa mint), and pink bunga kantan (torch ginger). Asam laksa is normally served with either thick rice noodles or thin rice noodles (vermicelli). And topped off with petis udang or “hae ko” (蝦膏), a thick sweet prawn/shrimp paste.[1]

Variants of asam laksa include:

Penang laksa (Malay: Laksa Pulau Pinang), also known as asam laksa from the Malay for tamarind, comes from the Malaysian island of Penang. It is made with mackerel (ikan kembung) soup and its main distinguishing feature is the asam or tamarind which gives the soup a sour taste. The fish is poached and then flaked. Other ingredients that give Penang laksa its distinctive flavour include lemongrassgalangal (lengkuas) and chilli. Typical garnishes include mintpineapple slices, thinly sliced onion, hε-ko, a thick sweet prawn paste and use of torch ginger flower. This, and not ‘curry mee’ is the usual ‘laksa’ one gets in Penang. Penang Laksa is listed at number 7 on the World’s 50 best foodscompiled by CNN Go in July 2011

Time to cook – let’s go!

Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, boil noodles for 3~4 minutes. Drain and set aside. add liquid sachet to 200ml water and bring to a boil. Add noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

A pillow pack of instant noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

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

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

A large wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

A spicy and sour scented paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added pineapple, hard boiled egg, fried tofu with lemongrass, lettuce, fried garlic, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. This was just delightful. The broth has a tangy and sour hit to it with a nice tomato kind of taste. The noodles marry to it so well and it just sings of Penang flavor. Very impressed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555861000861.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

Enchanting Penang (Enchanting Asia)

Watch me put this together on the 150th episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

Yesterday, we looked at Singapore Laksa. Today we look at another well-known Singaporean dish – Chili Crab. Here’s some info from Wikipedia –

Chilli crab is a Singaporean seafood dish. Mud crabs are commonly used and are stir-fried in a semi-thick, sweet and savoury tomato and chilli based sauce. Despite its name, chilli crab is not a very spicy dish. It is listed at number 35 on the World’s 50 most delicious foods compiled by CNN Go in 2011.[1]

Chilli crab has been promoted by The Singapore Tourism Board as one of Singapore’s National Dishes, and can be found in seafood restaurants all over the island. It is traditionally eaten with bare hands as a means to savour the juicy crab meat with its sweet and spicy chilli sauce. Restaurants often provide wet towels or a washing bowl with lime in order to cleanse your hands after the meal.

Chilli crab sauce is described as “sensuous” and “sweet, yet savoury”, with a “fluffy texture”.[4] Mud crabs ( Scylla serrata ) are the most common type of crabs used for the dish, although other species of crab can be used too.[4]

It’s true – Chili Crab is indeed scrumptious when I’ve had it in Southeast Asia. Let’s check this one out!

Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles – Malaysia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, boil noodles for 3~4 minutes. Drain. Boil liquid sachet for 1 minute. Add to noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

A pillow pack of instant noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

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

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

Non-fried noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

A large wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

Thick sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added crabstick, coriander, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are thick and chewy but not overly so. They were happily enveloped by the sauce – a sticky and spicy flavored one with great chili crab flavor. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9555861000504.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

A Touch of Tropical Spice: From Chili Crab to Laksa: 75 Fabulous Recipes from Monsoon Asia

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Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

Bringing us to the midpoint of this special Meet The Manufacturer series is some Singapore Laksa. Here’s some info about it from Wikipedia –

Laksa is a spicy noodle soup popular in Peranakan cuisine.[1][2] Laksa consists of rice noodles or rice vermicelli with chicken, prawn or fish, served in spicy soup based on either rich and spicy curry coconut milk or on sour asam (tamarind or gelugur). Laksa is found in Malaysia,[3] SingaporeIndonesia,[4] and Southern Thailand.[5]

There are various theories about the origins of laksa. In Indonesia, the dish is believed to have been born from the Chinese coastal settlements and the mixing of cultures between Chinese merchants and the local cooking practices.[6] Historians believe laksa is a dish that was born from actual intermarriage.[7] In early coastal pecinan (Chinese settlement) in maritime Southeast Asia, it was only Chinese men that ventured abroad out from China to trade. When settling down in the new town, these Chinese traders and sailors set out to find local wives, and these women began incorporating local spices and coconut milk into Chinese noodle soup served to their husbands. This creates the hybrid Chinese-local (Malay or Javanese) culture called Peranakan culture.[7] As Peranakan Chinese communities have blended their ancestors’ culture with local culture, Peranakan communities in different places now demonstrate diversity according to the local flavour.[8]

In Malaysia, the dish is believed to have been introduced by Chinese immigrants in Malacca.[9] In Singapore, the dish (or its local “Katong” version) is believed to have been created after interaction between the Peranakans with the local Singaporeans.[10][7]

Because laksa has different varieties across the region, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact origin of the dish. Nevertheless, numbers of laksa recipes has been developed along the trade channels of Southeast Asia—where the ports of PenangMedanMalaccaSingaporePalembang, and Batavia (now Jakarta) are the major stops along the historic spice route. The intensive trade links among these port cities enables exchanges of ideas to took place, including sharing recipes.[7]

Well now that you have some background, let’s make some laksa!

Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish and shrimp. To prepare, boil noodles for 3~4 minutes. Drain and set aside. add liquid sachet to 160ml water and bring to a boil. Add noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

A pillow pack of instant noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

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

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

Non-fried noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

A very large sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

There was more, but it would have overflowed my cup!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, coriander, fried tofu with lemongrass, Dodo Shrimp & Fish ball, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and fried garlic. The noodles have a tooth on them which is just right for this bowl. They work very well with the soup – ah, the soup. It’s thick, rich and exceedingly tasty. It has heat, depth of flavor – it’s just excellent. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555861000481.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

Penang Heritage Food: Yesterday’S Recipes for Today’s Cook

Join me as I cook this on an episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee - Malaysia

One thing’s for sure – when I visited Penang, Malaysia in 2014, I tried a lot of prawn mee. A lot. I think upwards of 5 different bowls from different hawkers and restaurants. It’s serious business, folks! Strong prawn flavors, a sweetness, just plain amazing stuff that’s delicious and addictive. When it comes to prawn mee, I’m very interested. Let’s delve into this new one from Malaysia and see what makes it tick.

Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee - Malaysia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish and shrimp. To prepare, cook noodles for 3~4 minutes and drain. Add sachet contents to 200ml water and bring to a boil. Add in noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee - Malaysia

A noodle blockin its own packaging.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee - Malaysia

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

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee - Malaysia

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee - Malaysia

A wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee - Malaysia

A thick paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, baked chicken, shrimp, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, spring onion, and fried onion. The noodles are excellent – very strong and enjoyable backbone yielding a great mouthfeel. The broth is just in your face – good spiciness and excellent sweetness. Extremely impressed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  9555861000467.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3089: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Prawn Mee - Malaysia

Enchanting Penang (Enchanting Asia)

Watch me cook this one up on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

 

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

Well here’s something new to me – Thai laksa. I’ve had Singapore and Malaysian laksa befroe, but never Thai. Here’s a bit about laksa from Wikipedia –

Laksa is a spicy noodle soup popular in Peranakan cuisine.[1][2] Laksa consists of rice noodles or rice vermicelli with chicken, prawn or fish, served in spicy soup based on either rich and spicy curry coconut milk or on sour asam (tamarind or gelugur). Laksa is found in Malaysia,[3] SingaporeIndonesia,[4] and Southern Thailand.[5]

There are various theories about the origins of laksa. In Indonesia, the dish is believed to have been born from the Chinese coastal settlements and the mixing of cultures between Chinese merchants and the local cooking practices.[6] Historians believe laksa is a dish that was born from actual intermarriage.[7] In early coastal pecinan (Chinese settlement) in maritime Southeast Asia, it was only Chinese men that ventured abroad out from China to trade. When settling down in the new town, these Chinese traders and sailors set out to find local wives, and these women began incorporating local spices and coconut milk into Chinese noodle soup served to their husbands. This creates the hybrid Chinese-local (Malay or Javanese) culture called Peranakan culture.[7] As Peranakan Chinese communities have blended their ancestors’ culture with local culture, Peranakan communities in different places now demonstrate diversity according to the local flavour.[8]

In Malaysia, the dish is believed to have been introduced by Chinese immigrants in Malacca.[9] In Singapore, the dish (or its local “Katong” version) is believed to have been created after interaction between the Peranakans with the local Singaporeans.[10][7]

Because laksa has different varieties across the region, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact origin of the dish. Nevertheless, numbers of laksa recipes has been developed along the trade channels of Southeast Asia—where the ports of PenangMedanMalaccaSingaporePalembang, and Batavia (now Jakarta) are the major stops along the historic spice route. The intensive trade links among these port cities enables exchanges of ideas to took place, including sharing recipes.[7]

So many kinds and styles of laksa…Let’s take a look!

Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa – Malaysia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge).  Contains fish and shrimp. To prepare, boil noodles for 3~4 minutes. Drain and set aside. add liquid sachet to 160ml water and bring to a boil. Add noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

A sealed noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

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

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

A very large wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

A thick and aromatic sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added starfruit, pineapple, baked chicken, egg, prawn, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander and fried garlic. The noodles are just right – greatest chew and gauge. The broth is seething with rich flavor – a nice smack of lemongrass and spiciness here. Very impressed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9555861000474.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3088: Way Premium Foods Authentic Thai Laksa - Malaysia

A Touch of Tropical Spice: From Chili Crab to Laksa: 75 Fabulous Recipes from Monsoon Asia

Check this one out on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3087: Way Premium Foods Premium Scallop Noodles – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3007: Way Premium Scallop Noodles - Malaysia

Today we begin a special spotlight series of six different and new varieties from Malaysia. We start with this scallop noodle. Here’s a little something about scallops from Wikipedia –

Scallops are a cosmopolitan family of bivalves which are found in all of the world’s oceans, although never in fresh water. They are one of very few groups of bivalves to be primarily “free-living”, with many species capable of rapidly swimming short distances and even of migrating some distance across the ocean floor. A small minority of scallop species live cemented to rocky substrates as adults, while others attach themselves to stationary or rooted objects such as sea grass at some point in their lives by means of a filament they secrete called a byssal thread. The majority of species, however, live recumbent on sandy substrates, and when they sense the presence of a predator such as a starfish, they may attempt to escape by swimming swiftly but erratically through the water using jet propulsion created by repeatedly clapping their shells together. Scallops have a well-developed nervous system, and unlike most other bivalves all scallops have a ring of numerous simple eyes situated around the edge of their mantles.

Many species of scallops are highly prized as a food source, and some are farmed as aquaculture. The word “scallop” is also applied to the meat of these bivalves, the adductor muscle, that is sold as seafood. The brightly coloured, symmetrical, fan-shaped shells of scallops with their radiating and often fluted ornamentation are valued by shell collectors, and have been used since ancient times as motifs in art, architecture, and design.

Owing to their widespread distribution, scallop shells are a common sight on beaches and are often brightly coloured, making them a popular object to collect among beachcombers and vacationers.[2] The shells also have a significant place in popular culture, including symbolism.

Cosmopolitan, eh? Very good – that’s what I know about them – they taste very good. Let’s give this a try!

Way Premium Scallop Noodles – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3007: Way Premium Scallop Noodles - Malaysia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish, scrimp, and scallops. To prepare, boil noodles for 3~4 minutes. Drain. Boil liquid sachet for 1 minute. Add to noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3007: Way Premium Scallop Noodles - Malaysia

An individual package of noodles inside the box.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3007: Way Premium Scallop Noodles - Malaysia

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

Meet The Manufacturer: #3007: Way Premium Scallop Noodles - Malaysia

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3007: Way Premium Scallop Noodles - Malaysia

A wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3007: Way Premium Scallop Noodles - Malaysia

An XO Scallop sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Dodo fishballs, coriander, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and fried garlic. Noodle are chewy and just right – nicest mouthfeel. The flavor is strong and excellent – scallop and other flavor mingling. Chunky sauce with tastiness throughout. Wow! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9555861000498.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3007: Way Premium Scallop Noodles - Malaysia

Greater Than a Tourist- Subang Jaya Selangor Malaysia: 50 Travel Tips from a Local

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Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Way Premium Foods – Malaysia

Here we go with a big box of samples from a company that has it’s main roots in sauces and now makes a range of noodle products! Let’s check it out!

“We initially started with a set of pre mixed pastes focused around the Nyonya flavours that formed the basis of the founder’s forte. Expanding on these, we started to incorporate more local flavours and then regional South East Asian flavours. The latest line is our Hawker Fare range of instant noodles which are all-natural and authentic in taste.” – Benson Tan, Business Development Manager, Way Premium Foods

Interview With Way Premium Foods – Malaysia

Interview With Way Premium Foods * Product Samples From Way Premium FoodsWay Premium Foods Premium Scallop Noodles *

I was contacted by a fellow from Malaysia about his company’s new line of noodle products. I never miss a chance to try new things from Malaysia, and so we are. Let’s start this Meet The Manufacturer by learning about Way Sauce Sdn Bhd’s Premium Foods line from Benson Tan, Director of Business Development.

THE RAMEN RATER> Can you start by telling me a little bit about the history of Way – how did you start?

WAY FOOD> Mrs Tan the founder and my mother is a fantastic cook. Has hosted dinner parties for decades and always to rave reviews. 15 years ago, opened a small restaurant featuring recipes which were passed down to her and she perfected over years. It was very well received and ever since she has wanted to produce and sell the pastes that are core to all the recipes. 5 years ago after finding a suitable location, a factory was set up and the rest is history!

TRR> For my readers who aren’t familiar with your product lines, can you tell a little about them?

WAY FOOD> We initially started with a set of pre mixed pastes focused around the Nyonya flavours that formed the basis of the founder’s forte. Expanding on these, we started to incorporate more local flavours and then regional South East Asian flavours. The latest line is our Hawker Fare range of instant noodles which are all-natural and authentic in taste. This just launched 4 months ago.

TRR> I hear you have a new premium product line. Can you tell my readers about it and why is it special?

WAY FOOD> We have a few lines of products now. The premium line consists of 3 types of XO Sauce, which originates from Hong Kong. This is WAY’s personal interpretation of XO sauce and while they share the same base, there are 3 variants:- XO Value which consists of scallops and dried shrimp, XO Original which is a pure scallop version, and finally the XO Masterpiece which uses only 100% Hokkaido Scallops and even has a whole XL sized Hokkaido Scallop floating right at the top!

TRR> Do you produce products other than instant noodles?

WAY FOOD> Our Noodle range is our homage to the diverse and award winning hawker fare that is so synonymous with Malaysia and our cuisine. It was only launched a few short months ago.
We initially started with producing pre-mixed pastes/sauces such as chicken curry sauce, sambal sauce, chilli crab sauce and even briyani sauce just to name a few. Currently our total number of SKUs is around 30.

TRR> How do you noodle products differ from those by other manufacturers?

WAY FOOD> As with all our retail products, we pride ourselves on authenticity of taste/flavours coupled with all natural ingredients. Our noodle range maintains these high standards and contains absolutely ZERO artificial additives, preservatives or MSG.

TRR> Can your products be purchased outside of Malaysia?

WAY FOOD> Yes indeed. We currently are available in Singapore, Brunei, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, China, Netherlands and Germany.

TRR> Where do you make your noodles?

WAY FOOD> Our noodles are produced in Malaysia.

TRR> What was your first product?

WAY FOOD> Our first line of products consisted of 5 flavours in 200g bottle format and the flavours were Sambal Sauce, Sambal Spicy Sauce, Turmeric Vegetarian Sauce, Turmeric Garlic Sauce and Chilli Crab Sauce. The Turmeric V and Turmeric Garlic Sauce were and are still unique with no other product like it in the market! They remain bestsellers to this day!

TRR> People are concerned with health more than ever. Instant noodles are generally higher in sodium. How can one balance the enjoyment of instant noodles and their health in your opinion?

WAY FOOD> Convenience is playing an increasingly larger role today when it comes to food choices and we recognized that instant noodles are here to stay. This is why we decided to tackle this segment by offering a completely all-natural solution for those who are indeed more health conscious but without compromising on the taste factor.
With respect to the sodium level, even in this regard we are ensuring that it isn’t excessive. In broad terms, WAY noodles contain roughly 1/3 of the sodium of most typical instant noodles available in the market. Having said that, a balanced diet is always key but if you enjoy noodles (which we all do) then why not opt for a healthier version such as WAY noodles and not worry about compromising on your enjoyment!

TRR> Are you involved in the local community/charity?

WAY FOOD> We work very closely with an NGO called Food Aid Organisation here in Malaysia. They are involved in foodbanking and more details of their work can be seen at http://www.foodaidfoundation.org/ . We have also done various other charity and CSR initiatives such as https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/community/2015/10/15/shopping-treat-for-ppr-folk-100-families-from-kota-damansara-get-chance-to-shop-with-rm200-coupons/

TRR> How many packs of instant noodles do you produce annually?

WAY FOOD> Currently as we have only just launched 4 months ago, the production is still small but we are seeing phenomenal growth and interest in various international markets. We expect this new line to help grow WAY brand overseas at a much quicker pace.

TRR> Have you ever thought about varieties like macaroni and cheese or pizza flavored instant noodles?

WAY FOOD> Currently our forte and expertise centres around Malaysian and Nyonya flavours. We do do R&D for large corporations who request different, more Western flavours so definitely never say never. For example, we have just finished three new flavours for Food Service:- Malaysian Pesto Sauce, Malaysian Paella Sauce and Malaysian Pasta Sauce. These may form the foundation of a new range of noodles in the near future so keep a look out!

TRR> Which is your personal favorite variety of WAY noodles and what (if anything) do you add to them?

WAY FOOD> Being from Penang originally, my favourite is the WAY Authentic Penang Prawn Mee (Or Hokkien Mee as its affectionately and more commonly known to locals in Penang). I used to make a trip back ( a 4 hour drive) just to have a good bowl once a year or once every 18 months but now that we’ve produced it I can have it in the comfort of my own home anytime I wish! As per how it is served originally, I just add a few prawns, a few stalks of morning glory, some beansprouts and half a boiled egg with a small garnish of fried shallots to top it off. Perfect.

TRR> To most in the USA, Malaysia sounds like a very exotic place – can you tell us a little about daily life there?

WAY FOOD> For Malaysians, food is life. Our daily life really does revolve around food and eating. Good food is abundantly found at all times of day (although not necessarily the healthiest hahah). It would not be uncommon to have 4 or 5 meals interspersed throughout the day and because we are a multiracial country, it is very normal for those meals to comprise 3 different cuisines and cultures (namely Chinese, Indian and Malay) and also a fusion of any or all of the above.
Penang especially is very well known for the hawker fare but each of the 13 states has their own charm and cuisine.
As anyone who ever comes to Malaysia will find out, our national dish Nasi Lemak is a MUST.

TRR> Why the name Way?

WAY FOOD> The reason for the name WAY is two-fold. First of all it is a family endeavor and the name is a part of me and my siblings actual names. The second reason is that Way (the homonym as well as the actual word we use for the brand in chinese) means taste. It falls back to how we believe that taste is paramount and that cannot be achieved if we cut corners in terms of ingredients and process.

TRR> Are there any new products on the way from WAY? Can you give my readers a ‘sneak peek?’

WAY FOOD> As I mentioned a little earlier, our 3 new flavours of Malaysian Pesto, Malaysian Paella and Malaysian Pasta Sauce which we developed specifically for our Japanese food service market have received very good feedback after initial testing. We are also coming up with a range of hotpot/steamboat base soup pastes. So watch this space!!!

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn more about your company! I and my readers thank you very much!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce – Garlic & Sesame Flavor – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

We bid a fond farewell to Fu Chung today and I hope we will see more of their products in the future! Let’s try this one – sesame and garlic!

Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce – Garlic & Sesame Flavor – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.  To prepare, add noodle block to a large pot of boiling water. After one minute, separate noodles gently. Continue cooking 5~6 minutes. Drain. Add wet sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

One of the four individual packs.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

A dark wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

Soy sauce going on in this one.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

A light wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

A creamy looking liquid.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

A clear wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

Oil.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, baked chicken with NuTek Salt For Life, scallions, Fu Chung Spicy Chili Sauce, and sesame seeds. As always, the noodle are great – chewy and have a great mouthfeel. The flavor though was definitely a lot of garlic, however it was very bitter and I would have liked more saltiness in this one. Just not appealing to me. 1.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710887929900.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

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Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce – Basil & Clam Flavor – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

Here we have the second of three varieties from Fu Chung – a basil and clam flavor! Sounds interesting – let’s hit it up!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to a large pot of boiling water. After one minute, separate noodles gently. Continue cooking 5~6 minutes. Drain. Add wet sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

One of the four packs.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

A wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

Seasoned oil.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

A dry sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

Chili flakes and seeds.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Fu Chung garlic chili oil, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and soft egg. The noodles are great – gauge and chew are just perfect. I was surprised though; the basil and clam flavor were just destroyed by the overly spicy flavor. It just didn’t make any sense to me to do this. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710887929122.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3080: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Basil & Clam Flavor - Taiwan

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Meet The Manufacturer: #3079: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce – Spicy Sichuan Pepper With Vinegar – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3079: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Spicy Sichuan Pepper With Vinegar - Taiwan

Here’s the first of a trio from Fu Chung – a spicy Sichuan variety with vinegar. No doubt this includes Sichuan pepper. Now, it’s not like a fleshy chili pepper – it’s a peppercorn. Here’s a little about Sichuan pepper flavor from Wikipedia –

Sichuan pepper’s unique aroma and flavour is not hot or pungent like black, white, or chili peppers. Instead, it has slight lemony overtones and creates a tingly numbness in the mouth (caused by its 3% of hydroxy alpha sanshool) that sets the stage for hot spices. According to Harold McGee in On Food and Cooking, they are not simply pungent; “they produce a strange, tingling, buzzing, numbing sensation that is something like the effect of carbonated drinks or of a mild electric current (touching the terminals of a nine-volt battery to the tongue). Sanshools appear to act on several different kinds of nerve endings at once, induce sensitivity to touch and cold in nerves that are ordinarily nonsensitive, and so perhaps cause a kind of general neurological confusion.”

I think this is a very apt description of what Sichuan pepper is like. Let’s give this a try!

Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce – Spicy Sichuan Pepper With Vinegar – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3079: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Spicy Sichuan Pepper With Vinegar - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to a large pot of boiling water. After one minute, separate noodles gently. Continue cooking 5~6 minutes. Drain. Add wet sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3079: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Spicy Sichuan Pepper With Vinegar - Taiwan

One of the four included packages.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3079: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Spicy Sichuan Pepper With Vinegar - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3079: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Spicy Sichuan Pepper With Vinegar - Taiwan

The first of two wet sachets.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3079: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Spicy Sichuan Pepper With Vinegar - Taiwan

A dark liquid.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3079: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Spicy Sichuan Pepper With Vinegar - Taiwan

The second of two wet sachets.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3079: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Spicy Sichuan Pepper With Vinegar - Taiwan

A seasoned oil with a Sichuan peppery scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Fu Chung Minced Pork & Scallion Sauce, scallions, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and soft egg. The noodles are just great – flat, broad, just right. An apt balance in the flavor as well – not overuse of anything – works very well. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. As for the sauce, I’m really happy with that – meaty and savory – if I were to score it I’d give it a 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6710887929894.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3079: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Spicy Sichuan Pepper With Vinegar - Taiwan

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Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Fu Chung – Taiwan

When I received them, I did an unboxing video showing what came in the box from Fu Chung. Let’s see what’s inside!

Product Samples From Fu Chung – Taiwan