Category Archives: Sichuan Guangyou

#2547: Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Spicy Hot Noodles

#2547: Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Spicy Hot Noodles - China - The Ramen Rater - 重慶小麺 麻辣麺

I’ve tried Sichuan Guangyou noodles once before. Today, it’s a spicy and hot variety with a lot of 9’s. Found this one at Asian Food Center on Aurora in Seattle, WA a few months ago. It’s one of a whole slew of Chongqing noodle varieties that kind of leaped into the Chinese export market and headed to the west. Here’s some info about Chongqing from Wikipedia –

Sichuan, formerly romanized as Szechuan, is a province in southwest China occupying most of the Sichuan Basin between the Himalayas on the west, the Daba in the north, and the Yungui Plateau to the east. Sichuan’s capital is Chengdu.

In antiquity, Sichuan was the home of the ancient states of Ba and Shu. Their conquest by Qin strengthened it and paved the way for the First Emperor‘s unification of China under the Qin Dynasty. During the Three Kingdoms era, Liu Bei‘s Shu was based in Sichuan. The area was devastated in the 17th century by Zhang Xianzhong‘s rebellion and the area’s subsequent Manchu conquest, but recovered to become one of China’s most productive areas by the 19th century.

During the Second World War, Chongqing served as the temporary capital of the Republic of China, making it the focus of Japanese bombing. It was one of the last mainland areas to fall to the Communists during the Chinese Civil War and was divided into four parts from 1949 to 1952, with Chongqing restored two years later. It suffered gravely during the Great Chinese Famine of 1959–61 but remained China’s most populous province until Chongqing Municipality was again separated from it in 1997.

Today, we have a bowl which touts a spicy taste. Alright – let’s give this Sichuan Guangyou variety a try.

Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Spicy Hot Noodles – China

#2547: Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Spicy Hot Noodles - China - The Ramen Rater - 重慶小麺 麻辣麺

The import/distributor sticker (click to enlarge).

#2547: Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Spicy Hot Noodles - China - The Ramen Rater - 重慶小麺 麻辣麺

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in all sachet to bowl and add boiling water to fill line and cover. It doesn’t say how long to cover, but I’m going to figure 5~6 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2547: Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Spicy Hot Noodles - China - The Ramen Rater - 重慶小麺 麻辣麺

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2547: Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Spicy Hot Noodles - China - The Ramen Rater - 重慶小麺 麻辣麺

An included fork!

#2547: Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Spicy Hot Noodles - China - The Ramen Rater - 重慶小麺 麻辣麺

The wrapped noodle block.

#2547: Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Spicy Hot Noodles - China - The Ramen Rater - 重慶小麺 麻辣麺

A dry sachet.

#2547: Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Spicy Hot Noodles - China - The Ramen Rater - 重慶小麺 麻辣麺

Vegetable and powder.

#2547: Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Spicy Hot Noodles - China - The Ramen Rater - 重慶小麺 麻辣麺

Looks spicy to me !

#2547: Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Spicy Hot Noodles - China - The Ramen Rater - 重慶小麺 麻辣麺

Thick and flecked with sesame seeds.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and fried onion. The noodles are a little broad and floppy. They have a soft chew and really are quite wonderful in the way that they almost bring some extra broth to your mouth. The broth is oily and spicy – definitely Sichuan pepper going on here. A colorful sea of heat with little sesame seeds floating throughout. Impressed! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6914790160179.

#2547: Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Spicy Hot Noodles - China - The Ramen Rater - 重慶小麺 麻辣麺

Land of Plenty: A Treasury of Authentic S i c h u a n  Cooking

A short recipe video

#2503: Sichuan Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Sour-Hot Flavor

#2503: Sichuan Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Sour-Hot Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

Here’s one sent by Colin from Massachusetts – thanks! So this sour-hot sounds interesting. Usually with Chinese varieties, the sour often comes from black vinegar and the spicy from peppers. Let’s see what this one’s like!

Sichuan Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Sour-Hot Flavor – China

#2503: Sichuan Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Sour-Hot Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in all sachets and boiling water to fill line. Let steep 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2503: Sichuan Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Sour-Hot Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2503: Sichuan Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Sour-Hot Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

An included fork!

#2503: Sichuan Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Sour-Hot Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

The sweet potato noodle.

#2503: Sichuan Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Sour-Hot Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

A dry sachet.

#2503: Sichuan Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Sour-Hot Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

Looks like vegetables and possibly MSG.

#2503: Sichuan Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Sour-Hot Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

A liquid base sachet.

#2503: Sichuan Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Sour-Hot Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

A thick and oily paste.

#2503: Sichuan Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Sour-Hot Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

A second liquid sachet.

#2503: Sichuan Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Sour-Hot Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

Black vinegar.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, fried onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The sweet potato noodle cooks up swell. There’s a lot of it, too. The broth is another thing all together. This one just sends me into fits. I liked the chitterlings version from this brand much better. This one’s just so funky to me; not only that, the provided vegetables didn’t hydrated well at all. Scowls… 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6914790200264.

#2503: Sichuan Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Sour-Hot Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater

Land of Plenty: A Treasury of Authentic Cooking

A street food documentary in S i c h u a n .

The Ramen Rater’s Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

So today it’s the fifth annual The Ramen Rater’s Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time. On my other lists, I exclude varieties that no longer are on the market. On this list, everything’s fair game for the bottom ten. As I say in the video presentation, if you like some of these, there’s nothing wrong with you – I just find these detestable personally. These are my least favorite varieties of the over 2400 varieties posted to date. Without gurther ado, the bottom ten.

The Ramen Rater’s Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The full list video!

#10: Roland Ramen Japanese Style Quick-Cooking Alimentary Paste With Chicken Artificially Flavored Soup Base – United States

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Honestly, I expected this to be a kind of ‘run-of-the-mill’ variety. I review based on the base product as well as the provided cooking directions. Well, they call for 3 cups of water and they’re violently bland. In the nutrition facts, they mention that this pack contains 3 servings! I’m guessing this is so they can say the sodium level is low? I’m unsure. What I’m sure of is that I really disliked these. Original review

#9 – Sichuan Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Braised Spicy Chitterling Flavor – China

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The sweet potato thread was alright, but very gloppy. The flavor was kind of brutal; indeed, too strong for me. I think the soup direction might have been better. What’s more, the powder sachet contents didn’t work well as the peas didn’t hydrate whatsoever. Original review

#8 – Maruchan Spicy Tomato Salsa Ramen – Japan

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The noodles hydrated very nicely and have a standard flatness and thin character. The flavor was unfortunately something of a departure. It was a kind of spicy and putrid tomato melange – like homemade salsa left out overnight from binge drinking with a crew of chainsmokers – which just tastes like pure trainwreck. The bits of potato were interesting and hydrated well enough though – kind of liked that they had potato skins on. But yeah – this was just a fusion that should come undone. Original review

#7: Vedan Wei Wei A Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor – Taiwan

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The noodles were very ho-hum. While they hydrated well, they seemed like they just didn’t belong in the ‘food’ group; spongy and riddled with sadness. As for chicken flavor, that was definitely absent. I was really happy about the vegetables, but they were mushy. Original review

#6 – Master Kong Artificial Abalone Crab Flavor Instant Noodle – China

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The noodles were alright – plentiful too. Nothing to write home about. What is to write home about is the flavor. Write a warning letter home! I mean this was just plain funky; seemed initially like a crab stick kind of scent and essence but it just turned into this not food kind of taste that I just couldn’t stomach whatsoever. Couldn’t pour this down the drain fast enough. Original review

#5 – Koyo Reduced Sodium Garlic & Pepper Ramen – United States

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The noodles are thick – more like ramyun. They have an alright chew; although they seem almost doughy- and not Hakata style ramen noodle doughy. The broth does taste of garlic and pepper, but it’s so very bland. It really is like you could boil some pepper and a clove of garlic and achieve the same results. Not at all to my liking. Original review

#4 – Urban Noodle Authentic Street Food Black Bean – United Kingdom

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The noodles in this one were flat instead of round. They came out very nicely. The flavoring however was just strange. I expected maybe something of a Korean-Chinese fusion dish, but those are hearty and rich and not savory and sweet. In fact, this one was a little too sweet for me. The thinly sliced bamboo shoots don’t work for me either; leaving them whole would be nicer I think. What’s more, it has a kind of chemically aftertaste; like chlorine or soap. Original review

#3 – One Dish Asia Japanese Ramen Noodle – United States

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This one comes with a fresh noodle pouch. They didn’t have a very fresh texture; more mushy. The bamboo shoots (which more resembled overcooked carrot and I had to consult the ingredients to figure what they were) were mushy as well. The broth had an acidic and a flavor reminiscent of the teriyaki flavor I’ve encountered in bad teriyaki instant flavors. A hot mess. Original review here

#2 – Baijia Single Noble Black Bone Chicken Flavor Instant Sweet Potato Noodles – China

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I was told by a guy from the company that this indeed was believed to be medicinal and helpful to women having their ‘time of the month.’ I’m also been told by a reader that people generally don’t like black bone chicken soup even in China. Very slimy sweet potato noodles, thick, greasy broth and horrid veggies that didn’t hydrate well was just a flavor, texture, and complete food hole nightmare for me. This was just horrible stuff that I couldn’t stand. Original review

#1 – Dr. McDougall’s Vegan Pad Thai Noodle Soup – United States

Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

Wow – where do it begin. Well, first off when one in the United States thinks of Pad Thai, they think of what they might find at a domestic Thai restaurant. Okay so the rice noodles came out nicely – short, flat and broad and well hydrated. Now for the broth. Thin. Nothing like pad thai. Has a little lime taste and a kind of herbed taste. The floating bits of tofu are a lot like the marshmallows you get in the hot chocolate that comes with marshmallows. This is as far from pad thai as I can even express in words. It’s like someone gave a broken description of pad thai to someone who has short term memory problems and no taste buds a week prior and told them to make it. I kind of feel personally violated and offended. A new #1 on the Bottom Ten. Original review

#2406: Sichuan Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Braised Spicy Chitterling Flavor

#2406: Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Braised Sp[icy Chitterling Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Yet another package sent by Colin from Massachusetts – thanks again! Indeed, I’m curious about this one – chitterling flavor. I have an immediate need for wikipedia here:

Chitterling (/ˈɪtərlɪŋz/ or /ˈɪtlɪnz/; sometimes spelled/pronounced chitlins or chittlins) are a prepared food usually made from the small intestines of a pig, although the intestines of cattle and other animals are sometimes used.[1]

Both large and small intestine (typically pig) is eaten throughout China. Large intestine is called feichang, literally “fat intestine” because it is fatty. Small intestine is called zhufenchang, literally “pig powder intestine” because it contains a white, pasty or powdery substance. The character “zhu” or “pig” is added at the beginning to disambiguate. This is because, in Cantonese cuisine, there is a dish called chang fen which uses intestine-shaped noodles.

Large intestine is typically chopped into rings and has a stronger odor than small intestine. It is added to stir-fry dishes and soups. Also slow-cooked or boiled and served as a standalone dish. It releases oil that may be visible in the dish. Preparation techniques and serving presentations for both small and large intestine vary greatly within the country.

Okay this sounds more familiar now. So what we have here in a spicy braised fei chang sweet potato noodle. Let’s check out these Guangyou Chitterling flavor!

Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Braised Sp[icy Chitterling Flavor – China

#2406: Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Braised Sp[icy Chitterling Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Here’s the back of the 5 pack (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles and sachet contents to 600ml boiling water and cover for 4-6 minutes. For a dry version (how I’m going to do it) add noodles to a bowl and add boiling water to submerge. Cover for 4-65 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2406: Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Braised Sp[icy Chitterling Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

One of the five packs from the bag.

#2406: Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Braised Sp[icy Chitterling Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

The noodle block.

#2406: Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Braised Sp[icy Chitterling Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

A dry sachet.

#2406: Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Braised Sp[icy Chitterling Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Bit and powder.

#2406: Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Braised Sp[icy Chitterling Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

A paste sachet.

#2406: Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Braised Sp[icy Chitterling Flavor - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Thick and oily.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Chinese sausage and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The sweet potato thread was alright, but of course very gloppy. I used a pair of kitchen scissors to make a couple of crosscuts, making them more manageable with a fork. The flavor was kind of brutal; indeed, too strong for me. I think the soup direction might have been better. What’s more, the powder sachet contents didn’t work well as the peas didn’t hydrate whatsoever. 0.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6914790010504.

Land of Plenty: A Treasury of Authentic Sichuan Cooking

A street food documentary in Sichuan.

#2384: Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Artificial Beef Flavor Instant Noodle

#2384: Sichuan Guangyou 9999 Chongqing Artificial Beef Flavor Instant Noodle - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Here’s an interesting one I was sent by Colin recently – thanks again! A new brand to me – I mean wow – look at all those 9’s! This sounds interesting… Here’s a little something about Sichuan from Wikipedia –

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