Category Archives: Seafood

#3179: Nagatanien Tom Yum Kung Rice Vermicelli – Japan

#3179: Nagatani Tom Yum Kung Rice Vermicelli - Japan

Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.

So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety -“Enjoy the two worlds of hot and sour with tom yum this season. With notes of pakuchi (coriander) and lemongrass, this Japanese take on Thai fried noodles will leave your stomach full and taste buds satisfied.”

Alright – so they recommend bacon with this. I’m going to take the leap and go with chashu. Let’s give it a try!

Nagatanien Tom Yum Kung Rice Vermicelli – Japan

#3179: Nagatani Tom Yum Kung Rice Vermicelli - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure but probably contains shrimp. To prepare, add vermicelli to a skillet with 200ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in liquid base. Stir and enjoy!

#3179: Nagatani Tom Yum Kung Rice Vermicelli - Japan

The vermicelli.

#3179: Nagatani Tom Yum Kung Rice Vermicelli - Japan

A wet sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, black sesame seeds and habanero togarashi. The vermicelli came out pretty well – very thin and a nice chew. I liked also the fact that they were in semi-short lengths, making them easier to manage with a fork from the outset. The flavor was definitely a Japanese take on a Thai tom yum as it definitely was different. A lot of sweetness here and some lemongrass. It just didn’t rub me the right way. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902388014890.

#3179: Nagatani Tom Yum Kung Rice Vermicelli - Japan

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Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

This is my list of my all time favorites (compiled up to review #3132). These are the best and most memorable varieties – some you’ll be able to find easily, some you won’t. In the images you see, you’ll see garnished bowls of noodles. Note – reviewing is done BEFORE products have anything externally added by myself, and I follow directions on the package – for better or for worse. I should also note that going forward, the official last day for companies to submit varieties to be considered for the annual top ten will be January 31st. That’s enough – let’s have a look at The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

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#10: Indomie Real Meat Mi Instan Goreng Rendang – Indonesia

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

The first Indomie variety on the list in years and it’s really amazing. Basically take their Mi Goreng Rendang and include a sachet of real rendang in a retort pouch. This comes after recently hearing that Indomie Rendang is hard to find here in the United States, something I was surprised to hear since it’s such a popular product and such a good one. Original review

#9: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ramen – Hong Kong

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I’ve become enamored and thrilled with the straight ramen noodle varieties in recent years – especially ones from Hong Kong which have been on the last two The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time lists. This is Sau Tao’s first appearance on the list. A Thai flavor is delivered masterfully – broth has a great richness and crispness of tom yum kung – spicy and lemongrass and shrimp notes play together very well. Original review

#8: Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle – Taiwan

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

It’s second year on The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time, Mom’s Dry Noodles’ Dan Dan Noodle is just wonderful stuff. A broth-free offering with gourmet Taiwanese dry noodles, and myriad sauces that harmonize, salty, spicy, sweet and other flavors masterfully. Flavorful and deep. Original review

#7: Red Chef Green Tom Yum Soup Noodles – Malaysia

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

Another one returning to The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list, Red Chef’s Green Tom Yum Soup Noodles feature a fried noodle with a great mouthfeel and quantity. They work well with the broth which is like a mashup of tom yum and green curry. The spiciness and flavors are just great – it might seem like a strange gimmicky kind of thing but definitely not. I love the new and this is a new flavor for the instant noodle world. Original review

#6: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian – Singapore

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

Since a very young age when my mother would cook curried chicken livers over rice, I’ve absolutely loved curry. This one is just mind blowing and has been on the top ten for years and years. The noodles are thick and chewy  – and have a rustic kind of feel to them. Marry that to the broth which comes from a large sachet of curry paste and one full of coconut milk powder, you end up with a rich, luxuriant experience you’ll love. I should note they also have a version with non-wholegrain noodles which is also very impressive. Original review

#5: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa – Malaysia

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

Back again with their rich curry noodle, CarJEN brings something very special to the table in their Nyonya Curry Laksa. You dip the paste seen on the spoon into the broth to flavor it and it has little bits of shrimp in there that really are a nice addition. Sweetness, spiciness, richness from coconut milk powder, and a nice plump noodle makes this so tasty and memorable. Original Review

#4: A-Sha Gourmet Braised Beef Noodle Soup – Taiwan

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This is the highest position a Taiwanese variety has achieved in The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time before – congratulations, Taiwan! For a long time, I’ve really enjoyed this style of noodle from Taiwan. It’s wide, with a center line which is thicker, and the sides are thinner – which gives them a very unique and wonderful mouthfeel. I’ve also always thought that these would just sing is in a broth (usually they are presented with a combination of sauces but no broth). The soup is rich with a strong beef flavor and hint of Sichuan peppercorn that do not overwhelm. The nice part is the inclusion of real beef in here. It should be noted that there is a special version of this that comes out during Lunar New Year which includes Wagyu beef – very expensive at a whopping $15USD per serving!, but very tasty as well. Original review

#3: Liangchengmei Biang Biang Men – China

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My wife Kit saw this while we were up in Canada and it piqued my curiosity so thought hey let’s give it a try. Noodles are very broad – over an inch. The flavoring is just superb – to use a word I normally don’t, this is yummy. What’s interesting too is that they included meat – at least I thought it was meat – it’s made from soy protein! Unique, delicious, and the highest a Chinese variety has achieved on The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time to date. Congratulations! Original review

#2: Red Chef Spicy Sakura Prawn Soup Noodles – Malaysia

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Let the prawn-slaught begin! Returning to the #2 spot this year, we have a Red Chef variety that just gives and gives when it comes to sweet and savory prawn flavor. This umami bomb has a nice chewy noodle that is complimented by just the sweetest, strongest prawn broth with an excellent thickness and just the right amount of spiciness. What’s more they include a sachet of crispy onions to put on top that round things out so well. If you want to have a prawn freak out, this is an indispensable tool. Original review

#1: Prima Taste Singapore Wholegrain Laksa La Mian — Singapore

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For the fourth year in a row, Prima Taste wins with it’s excellent Wholegrain Laksa. If  abandoned on an island with only a life supply of instant noodles, I’d want them to be these, period. Hearty artisan noodles which are thick and of good quantity are combined with a broth which has a strong flavor and richness from coconut milk powder. A flavorful and striking noodle dish. Original review

What’s New

Instant Noodle Recipe Time

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In the last year, I’ve decided to start doing videos for each on of my reviews and as of April 3rd, I’ve done 295 episodes. You can watch me cook and garnish everything as I sit at my stove. People have commented ‘why do you sit?’ Well, it’s a lot easier to record the show that way. Why do you wear sunglasses all the time? I’m legally blind and light sensitive. I answer a lot of questions about what I do from reader questions as well as talk about what I’m up to and give opinions and chatter about anything that crosses my mind. The show comes out every single day at 2pm Seattle time. Check out the show here.

The Chocolate Break

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What began as something to try once has become a project my wife Kit and I do regularly. The Chocolate Break is where we try chocolate from around the world – and give our opinions on them. I’m proud to announce that www.thechocolatebreak.com is up and has rundowns of every single episode! Check it out and let us know what you think!

Big Changes For Me

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

Some of you have been noticing I’ve been losing weight – thank you! In fact I’ve been working hard on that. Reviews I do are usually involving me eating maybe 5% of a bowl of noodles, if that. Everything else goes down the drain.

I keep my regime to around 1200~1500 calories a day. I’ve also been doing a lot of walking with my daughter Miriam. With her stroller decked out with lots of lights and a really loud speaker (I usually play a lot of Primus, Herbie Hancock, Sepultura, Deodato, and Tobacco), we walk all over town. My feet hurt, too! If you put together our walking from April 1st and April 2nd, it comes to 21.12 miles (33.989km)! No, that is NOT a typo. My doctor told me I had high cholesterol back in October and I decided to make some changes. I’ll find out how I’ve done later this month and let you guys know how I’ve done so far.

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli – Hong Kong

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

Found this up in Canada at Osaka Supermarket at Yaohan Centre in Richmond, BC. I must admit that the first time I tried one of Sau Tao’s Tom Yum Kung varieties I was kind of surprised. Tom Yum from Hong Kong? That’s a way for Thailand! But one of my favorites lately has been their straight noodle variety. This one’s a rice vermicelli – sounds interesting. Let’s check it out!

Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli – Hong Kong

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

The distributor/export sticker (click to enlarge).

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp and fish. To prepare, add one pouch of rice vermicelli to 500ml boiling water. Cook for 2 minutes, loosening noodles. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

One of the 3 servings of noodles.

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

A dry sachet.

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

A coarse powder.

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

A wet sachet.

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

A thick paste.

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Dodo shrimp and fish ball, coriander and fried garlic. The noodle wasn’t what I expected. They have the same gauge as yellow noodle and a kind of odd chew to them. Not entirely to my liking. The broth however is very tasty – bright and flavorful with the notes of shrimp, lemongrass and a respectable spiciness. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 087303866885.

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

Sautao Dried Mix Rice Vermicelli Non Fried (Tomyum Kung) – 3 Pack

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Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour – Australia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

To start things off, I thought I’d go with this seafood laksa. I like laksa – curious what it will be like. Here’s a little about laksa from Wikipedia –

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]

Alright – let’s kick things off with this laksa!

Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour – Australia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add paste and coconut powder sachet. Add 400ml boiling water and cover for 2 minutes. Stir. Add in the rest of the sachets. Stir and cover for an additional 2~3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

An included fork!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

One of four sachets.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

Coconut powder.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

A wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

A thick paste.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

A dry garnish sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

Peppers and mushrooms.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

A final dry sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

Looks like chili powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, coriander, tofu puff, soft egg, shrimp and fish ball, squid flowers, fried onion,  and shrimp. Noodles are gren – nicely hydrated and have a hearty bite to them. Broth is super thick and lavish with strong seafood flavor and a bright color. Impressed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.   EAN bar code 9310155009645.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3136: Suimin Origins Premium Noodle Bowl Seafood Laksa Flavour - Australia

Suimin Cup 70g Prawn & Chicken

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#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles – China

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

This one is from a box from Exotic Noods. Exotic Noods has subscription boxes you can get every month! Use coupon code BOOM for an added discount!

This looks like a really good one – it certainly has enough sachets! Let’s check it out.

Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles – China

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

The distributor/export sticker (click to enlarge).

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add sachet contants and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

An included fork!

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

The noodle block.

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

A dry sachet.

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

Dry soup base.

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

A wet sachet.

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

A paste.

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

Another wet sachet.

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

Sesame oil.

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

A final dry sachet.

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

Lots of vegetables and seafood.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp, soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, barbecue pork, and spring onion. The noodles are great – flat and plentiful. The broth is rather interesting with a nice shrimp taste, a hint of spiciness and a rich taste. I found it quite fascinating – and then the garnish was good too with little shrimp balls and vegetables. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.   EAN bar code 6900873093335.

#3130: Master Kong Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles - China

Master Kang(kangshifu) Instant Noodle (5 small packs inside) (Artificial Seafood)

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#3124: Maruchan Kitsune Udon (Eastern Japan Version) 40th Anniversary – Japan

#3124: Maruchan Kitsune Udon (Eastern Japan Version) 40th Anniversary - Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one –

‘Maruchan’s Kitsune Udon marked the 40th anniversary in August, 2018. For the celebration, they have recreated the label to the the same as when it was first released. There are two versions for Kitsune Udon, Eastern Japan and Western Japan, which have a little difference in the taste of the soup. The Eastern Japan version mainly uses bonito broth and has a strong taste of soy sauce. Enjoy the original taste of Kitsune Udon with Eastern Japan feelings!’

Hey, don’t tell me how I feel!! Well, actually scratch that – rolled out of bed this morning feeling a little Eastern Japanese-y… Let’s check it out.

Maruchan Kitsune Udon (Eastern Japan Version) 40th Anniversary – Japan

#3124: Maruchan Kitsune Udon (Eastern Japan Version) 40th Anniversary - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add everything to the bowl and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3124: Maruchan Kitsune Udon (Eastern Japan Version) 40th Anniversary - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3124: Maruchan Kitsune Udon (Eastern Japan Version) 40th Anniversary - Japan

The noodle block.

#3124: Maruchan Kitsune Udon (Eastern Japan Version) 40th Anniversary - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3124: Maruchan Kitsune Udon (Eastern Japan Version) 40th Anniversary - Japan

A light powder.

#3124: Maruchan Kitsune Udon (Eastern Japan Version) 40th Anniversary - Japan

Kamaboko (fishcake) and other bits loose in the bowl.

#3124: Maruchan Kitsune Udon (Eastern Japan Version) 40th Anniversary - Japan

A slab of fried tofu.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shichimi, and spring onion. Udon was particularly good – nice and wide with a decent tooth to it. The broth has a sweet bonito hit and it salty. Fried tofu is very sweet and satisfying. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990361569.

#3124: Maruchan Kitsune Udon (Eastern Japan Version) 40th Anniversary - Japan

12 pack Akai kitsune Udon (6pack) and Midori no Tanuki Soba (6pack) set

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#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon – Japan

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.

So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety -“A fan of seafood? This hot udon soup is for your with its shrimp tempura and notes of seaweed and bonito (tuna) infused in the broth.”

Actually, I’m a big fan of seafood! Let’s see what’s inside.

Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon – Japan

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodle pouch and boiling water to bowl for 1-2 minutes. Separate noodles. Drain. Add boiling water and sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

The two sides of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

The udon pouch.

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

A powder flecked with dark bits.

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

A disc of tempura.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sansyo pepper, and spring onion. The udon is the standard pouch udon – thick and chewy. The broth really hits me more as a bonito broth than a shrimp one, however the tempura disc has a nice shrimp taste to it which when sopped up with the broth lends itself nicely. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726010549.

#3113: Itsuki Ebi Tempura Udon - Japan

ITSUKI Ramen Spicy Curry Tonkotsu 115g×5 pieces

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#3105: Maggi Pedas Giler Perisa Tom Yummz Mi Goreng – Malaysia

#3105: Maggi Pedas Giler Perisa Tom Yummz Mi Goreng - Malaysia

This was one in a box sent by Mohd from Selangor, Malaysia – thank you again! So I was trying to figure out how to translate this one. Basically, Pedas Giler is ‘crazy spicy.’ I’m all in on this one- after reviewing the Ayam Bakar version, people said this one was even spicier. Let’s check it out!

Maggi Pedas Giler Perisa Tom Yummz Mi Goreng – Malaysia

#3105: Maggi Pedas Giler Perisa Tom Yummz Mi Goreng - Malaysia

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 3 minutes and drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3105: Maggi Pedas Giler Perisa Tom Yummz Mi Goreng - Malaysia

The noodle block.

#3105: Maggi Pedas Giler Perisa Tom Yummz Mi Goreng - Malaysia

A dry sachet.

#3105: Maggi Pedas Giler Perisa Tom Yummz Mi Goreng - Malaysia

A granular mixture.

#3105: Maggi Pedas Giler Perisa Tom Yummz Mi Goreng - Malaysia

A wet dual sachet.

#3105: Maggi Pedas Giler Perisa Tom Yummz Mi Goreng - Malaysia

A sweet soy sauce.

#3105: Maggi Pedas Giler Perisa Tom Yummz Mi Goreng - Malaysia

A spicy and oily mixture.

#3105: Maggi Pedas Giler Perisa Tom Yummz Mi Goreng - Malaysia

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp, soft egg, coriander, fried onion, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles have a nice gauge and chew to them. They end up completely coated in the sauce. The flavor is definitely tom yum, but unfortunately it ends up with a very bitter taste which dulls the bright and crisp aspects of its namesake. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9556001259073.

#3105: Maggi Pedas Giler Perisa Tom Yummz Mi Goreng - Malaysia

Maggi 2 Minute Noodles Tom Yam Flavour – 80g – Pack of 5 (80g x 5)

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#3097: Yum Yum Tem Tem Squid With Lime – Thailand

#3097: Yum Yum Tem Tem Squid With Lime - Thailand

Here’s a variety from Yum Yum – really interested in this one since I really like squid. I even have a brand new pack of frozen carved squid to delve into! Let’s squid it up!

Yum Yum Tem Tem Squid With Lime – Thailand

#3097: Yum Yum Tem Tem Squid With Lime - Thailand

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3097: Yum Yum Tem Tem Squid With Lime - Thailand

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3097: Yum Yum Tem Tem Squid With Lime - Thailand

An included fork!

#3097: Yum Yum Tem Tem Squid With Lime - Thailand

The noodle block.

#3097: Yum Yum Tem Tem Squid With Lime - Thailand

Seasoning and bits from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added squid, Salad Cosmo mung beans sprouts, fried garlic,  and coriander, Light, thin noodles are abundant and have a standard Thai tooth to them. A little firmness and a slight crumble. The broth has a very nice lime aspect to it that works well, and little squid sticks are ubiquitous. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8850250009153.

#3097: Yum Yum Tem Tem Squid With Lime - Thailand

Yum Yum Jumbo Instant Noodles Pork 67g. Pack 10

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#3096: Prima Taste Singapore Black Pepper Crab Flavoured La Mian – Singapore

#3096: Prima Taste Singapore Black Pepper Crab Flavoured La Mian - Singapore

Here’s something pretty cool – I was contacted by the folks at Prima Taste who said they had a new product. Now their Whole Grain Laksa has been number one on my top ten for 3 years now, so naturally I want to try something new from them. They don’t come out with new stuff often and never had anything I didn’t like.

I’ve had quite a few black pepper crab flavored instant varieties actually – from Singapore and Hong Kong and elsewhere. Curious how this will stack up as I honestly haven’t been a huge fan. Let’s find out!

Prima Taste Singapore Black Pepper Crab Flavoured La Mian – Singapore

#3096: Prima Taste Singapore Black Pepper Crab Flavoured La Mian - Singapore

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains fish, crustaceans, shellfish and chicken. To prepare, take two pots. In one boil 500ml water in the other boil water and add sachets (unopened). Add noodle block to pot with 500ml water and cook 6 minutes. Leave the sachets in the first pot during noodle cooking. Take sachets out of pot and remove water. Add sachet contents to the pot as well as 4 tablespoons of water from the pot the noodles cooked in and stir. Drain the noodles and add to the pot with the sachet contents and 4 tablespoons of water mixture. Finally, stir until combined and enjoy!

#3096: Prima Taste Singapore Black Pepper Crab Flavoured La Mian - Singapore

The noodle block.

#3096: Prima Taste Singapore Black Pepper Crab Flavoured La Mian - Singapore

This one comes with two large wet sachets – notice these are pre-release samples.

#3096: Prima Taste Singapore Black Pepper Crab Flavoured La Mian - Singapore

Unprepared liquid from two sachets.

#3096: Prima Taste Singapore Black Pepper Crab Flavoured La Mian - Singapore

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, surimi, black sesame seeds, and crispy fried garlic. The noodles came out extremely well – thick, chewy noodles with a round shape. The black pepper crab flavor was very good. The black pepper aspect of it was in the forefront, but it played well with other flavors; a sweetness of crab taste was easily noticed. The spiciness of black pepper was just right. The sauce coats everything evenly and has an excellent richness to it. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8886350067731.

#3096: Prima Taste Singapore Black Pepper Crab Flavoured La Mian - Singapore

Prima Taste Wholegrain Laksa Lamian 185g Pack of 6

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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

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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)

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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

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