Category Archives: President Rice Products

Meet The Manufacturer: #2184: President Rice Coriander Instant Rice Noodles

As we wind down this Meet The Manufacturer, I’ve been saving one that I found very interesting to be towards the end. I use coriander in the ‘finished’ photo of many instant noodle varieties – but never have I seen an instant noodles whose primary flavor is coriander. I’m very curious about this one – 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 all seasoning sachets to the bowl and boiling water to fill line. Let steep covered for 4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodles.

The soup base sachet.

A very light powder.

The garnish sachet.

Coriander!

An oil sachet.

Has a bright yellowish hue.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and coriander. The noodles hydrated very well. They are wide and flat and have a decent chew to them but not overly chewy for a rice noodle. The broth is a kind of salty and chicken like one, augmented by a nice oiliness. The sachet of dried coriander can be seen flecked throughout here. To be honest, I expected this to be an onslaught of coriander flavor, but it was a little drowned out so to speak by the broth’s saltiness. I think it could be served better with more coriander and less saltiness. Still, it was a tasty bowl of rice noodles. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8851876001491.

Thailand: The Cookbook

A short and beautiful on harvesting and transporting coriander in northern Thailand.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2183: MAMA Instant Rice Noodles Moo Nam Tok Flavour

I thought the first thing to do would be to look this up on Wikipedia. I found an entry for nam tok and here’s some of what it said:

Nam tok can refer to two different kinds of preparation:

  • In Central Thailand, nam tok is mainly a spicy soup stock enriched with raw cow blood or pig’s blood. Blood is often used in Thailand to enrich regular noodle dishes. One of the most popular variants of the nam tok noodle soup is known as kuai-tiao mu nam tok. It includes broth, blood, noodles, bean sprouts, pieces of liver, pork, dumplings, green vegetables and spices. This type of soup has an intense, rich and pleasant taste and is often served by streetside vendors in small food stalls.[1]

  • Nam tok can be also an Isan and Lao meat dish which is similar to lap (larb). This dish is known in Lao as ping sin nam tok (Lao: ປິ້ງຊິ້ນນ້ຳຕົກ) and in Thai as nuea yang nam tok (Thai: เนื้อย่างน้ำตก, “waterfall grilled beef”), if made with beef, and as mu nam tok (Thai: หมูน้ำตก, “waterfall pork”), if made with pork. The name supposedly refers to the fact that there is still “water”, or liquid, in the meat, that is, blood. The “dressing” of this meat-based salad is made with ground roasted rice, ground dried chillies, fish sauce, lime juice, shallots and mint leaves. It can also feature spring onions. It is traditionally eaten with sticky rice and comes with raw vegetables such asthua fak yao (Thai: ถั่วฝักยาว, yardlong beans) and kalam pli (Thai: กะหล่ำปลี, cabbage).[2]

Ah ha – so from the second bullet point it looks as though this is a pork variety. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add everything to a bowl and add 300ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The rice noodles.

A large sachet.

Has a rich scent.

A liquid sachet.

A dark, oily paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, fried garlic, thin sliced chashu pork, coriander and chilli flake. Really like the gauge of these noodles yet again – good stuff! Hydrated well in the time allotted. The broth has a kind of mysteriousness to it; dark in color with a sour and spicy taste and other tastes lingering about. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8851876001132.

Instant Mama Rice Vermicelli Noodles Moo Nam Tok Pork Flavor – Pack of 6

A short video showing the preparation of moo nam tok in Thailand by a hawker.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2182: MAMA Instant Rice Vermicelli Clear Soup

I’ve always been curious about the clear soups; where are they enjoyed and who enjoys them and with what? Well, let’s find out what it’s like!

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 a bowl and add 350ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!

The vermicelli block.

A dual sachet.

Chilli powder atop soup basr.

An oil sachet.

Has a strong garlic scent!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, tofu puff, coriander, fried garlic and chilli flake. The vermicelli is ultrafine stuff. I used a pair of kitchen scissors to make a couple cross cuts, allowing easier ease in consumption. The broth has a salty component, a little sweet and a bit of spicy. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8850987201295.

Thai Mama Instant Rice Vermicelli Clear Soup 55g – 12 Packs

A travel and tourism video about Thailand.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2180: MAMA Pho Ga Rice Noodles With Artificial Chicken Flavour

Here’s the seond of the pho bowls – chicken! 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 everything to the bowl and add boiling water to the fil lline. cover for 4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodles.

A dry soup base sachet.

A powder with herbs mixed in.

An oil sachet.

Lots of little bits in there!

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Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, basil, baked chicken, fried garlic and chilli flake. The noodles hydrated nicely and were of good nature. The broth was alright – kind of on the lighter side. I noticed a lot of floating bits that were much like TVP and seemed rubbery – I’m guessing fake chicken. This just didn’t work for me and really bummed me out. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8851876001316.

Mama Instant Pho Ga Rice Noodles, 2.29 Ounce Bowl — 6 per case.

A really old video by Mark Wiens of a floating market in Thailand.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: MAMA Instant Rice Vermicelli Bihun Goreng Perisa Asli

Today, we bid a fond farewell to the President Rice instant series with this Bihun Goreng. This product is probably self-explanatory to many, but I’ll give a little more to those who are unfamiliar. Mee goreng is a noodle that is boiled, drained and then seasoned and garnished. Bihun goreng is basically the same, however done with rice vermicelli. Let’s give it a try – and my thanks to President Rice Products for making this Meet The Manufacturer happen!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add vermicelli to a bowl and cover with boiling water. cover and let steep for 3 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. stir and enjoy!

The rice vermicelli.

The dry seasoning sachet.

A slightly granular powder.

A liquid sachet.

Dark and oily.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shrimp, coriander, tofu puffs, fried garlic and chilli flake. The vermicelli is thin and has a nice little chew to it. I gave it a few cuts with kitchen scissors to make it more manageable. The flavor is kind of a sweet, salty and spicy affair – just as bihun goreng should be! I really like this stuff a lot – a great change from a fried wheat noodle. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8851876000234.,

Instant Rice Vermicelli Bihun Goreng (Perisa Asli) – 1.94oz (Pack of 30)

Hanging out, cruising along the Kwai to the Mekong Delta last year.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2178: MAMA Instant Tom Yam Rice Noodles

A few days back I reviewed the flat noodle version of this one. What will this one be like? Let’s find out!

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 a bowl. Cover with 350ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet.

Chilli powder atop soup base.

A liquid sachet.

A garlic scented concoction.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added basil, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, fishball, fried garlic and chilli flakes. The rice noodles came up well – tender but not too soft. The broth was spicy and a little sugary which I’ve found to be the trait of tom yam in these rice versions – and I like it a lot. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8850987201035.

Thai Mama Instant Tom Yam Rice Noodles 55g – 12 Packs

A promo video for MAMA rice vermicelli.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: MAMA Pho Bo Rice Noodles With Artificial Beef Flavour

It’s been a while since I’ve done any re-reviews and there will be a couple in this Meet The Manufacturer. This is from a long time ago – last time I had this bowl was in review #304 which I posted February 20th, 2011. Yep – very old review and should be interesting to see how I like it now as opposed to back then. I know it’ll look nicer than back then – I used to drop two fried eggs in with EVERYTHING and a lot of the time it looked like a hideous trainwreck. Let’s revisit this one!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. cover and let steep for 4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

Dry soup base.

A light powder flecked with herbs.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Lots of bit in there.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, star anise, coriander, beef and chilli flake. The noodles came out nicely – wide and with a nice level of hydration – not mushy, not underdone. The broth has a food oiliness and great pho flavor to it. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8851876001309.

Mama Instant Pho Bo Rice Noodles, 2.29 Ounce Bowl — 6 per case.

What was neat in Thailand was that the steering wheel in cars is on the opposite side. As many of you know, I have really bad eyesight and don’t drive – so this was a rare chance for me to sit in what I’m used to being the driver’s seat – in a moving vehicle!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2177: MAMA Instant Rice Noodles Vegetable Flavour

Here’s another from the line that looks to be for export to northern Europe. Vegetables! Let’s 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, put everything in a bowl and add 350ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry soup base sachet.

A light powder, flecked with herbs.

Seasoned oil.

Has a pleasant scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, spring onion, tofu puff, mushroom and chilli flake. The rice noodles hydrated very well. They have a very good gauge and nice quantity. The broth was really good too – a kind of vegetable and black pepper flavor. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8851876201778.

Instant Rice Vermicelli Noodles (Pack of 3)

Beautiful Ratchaburi province – home of President Rice.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2176: MAMA Instant Rice Vermicelli Yentafo Tom Yam Mohfai

The wheat noodle version of MAMA’s Yentafo Tom Yam Mohfai has been on the annual The Ramen Rater Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list as well as the cups list for the cup version before. Very curious how the rice vermicelli will be! Looking forward to it – let’s give it a try!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains squid. To prepare, add everything to a bowl and add 350ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The vermicelli.

The soup base sachet.

A granular mix, flecked with herbs.

A liquid sachet.

Dark and oily.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, kamaboko, Dodo fish ball, tofu puff, fried garlic, chilli pepper flake and coriander. The vermicelli hydrated very well. I gave it my usual two cross cuts with a pair of kitchen scissors. The vermicelli has an ultra thin gauge. The broth is spectacular. It has a spiciness and a strong sweet and kind of sour taste to it which is very bright and refreshing. This is one of those that I just couldn’t stop enjoying until it was gone! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars! EAN bar code 8851876000128.

Instant Mama Rice Vermicelli Noodles Yentafo Tom Yum Mohfai Flavor

We took a bus to the President Rice factory in Ratchaburi. I was just amazed the whole time how the motorbikers would take advantage of any and every opening in traffic – sliding by the bus in such a narrow spot! I don’t think I saw a single accident or any police doing anything but directing traffic. A very busy place but everything seemed to flow so much better than at home.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2175: MAMA Instant Flat Noodles Clear Soup

It’s been fun trying these rice noodles – I don’t often have a bunch of them in a row and I was curious how it would be after a couple days but I’ve really enjoyed it thus far. Usually Meet The Manufacturers can honestly be a little trying – the same brand for a couple weeks. But I’m definitely enjoying this one! On with the show!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 350ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet – chilli powder and soup base.

The chilli powder atop the soup base.

A liquid sachet.

Garlic infused oil!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, Dodo fish ball, fried garlic and chilli flake. The noodles are wide and flat with a nice texture. As usual, I did a couple crosscuts with a pair of kitchen scissors to make them more manageable. The broth is a kind of salty, garlicky and spicy affair with a good oiliness. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850987201165.

Thai Mama Instant Flat Noodles Clear Soup 50g – 6 Packs

A MAMA TV commercial for a rice noodle that curls up when you cook it!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2174: MAMA Cup Rice Noodles Tom Saab Flavour

Most of you have probably heard of tom yum soup, but tom saab you might not have heard of. Tom Saab is a spicy pork soup from northern Thailand. Let’s give this a try!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Stir and let steep covered for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodles.

The dry seasoning sachet.

A speckled mixture.

A liquid sachet.

A spicy paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, mushroom, chashu pork, lime and fried garlic. The noodles come out really good – like the same hearty gauge as rice stick – plus they hydrated very well. The broth is rich and spicy – really fit the bill. Very impressed! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8851876001231.

Instant Mama RICE NOODLES (Pho) Tom Saab Flavor – Pack of 10 by MAMA Instant Noodles

During my trip to Thailand last year, we spent one day at the President Rice factory. It was great – I got to be a guest judge for a special Iron Chef!

Meet The Manufacturer #2173: MAMA Instant Rice Noodles Stew Beef Flavour

By looking at the front of this package, it looks to me like it’s definitely for the European marketplace – northern Euope in particular. Time to take some beef out and make some noodles!

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Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add everything to a bowl and add 350ml boiling water. Cover and let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry soup base.

A powder with herbs.

A liquid sachet.

A dark liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sauteed beef with garlic and NuTek Salt For Life, mushrooms and spring onion. The noodles in this one are a little wider than the vermicelli I’m used to and have a little more of a chew. I think this worked very well with the broth, which was kind of like a beef pho with a few less spices. All in all, a nice beef noodle soup. 3.5 out of 5.,0 stars. EAN bar code 8851876201761.

Mama Pho Bo ( Beef Noodle Soup) 6 Bowls in a Packs

A tour of the Chaophraya river in Bangkok, Thailand.