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#3250: Jinmailang Cup Noodles Chicken & Mushroom Flavor – United States

#3250: Jinmailang Cup Noodles Chicken & Mushroom Flavor - United States

This is an interesting one. Made in China for the US market. I found this one at a Fred Meyer supermarket here in Lynnwood – the last place I’d expect to see something like this. It’s nice to see stores expanding these kinds of things. Let’s give it a try!

Jinmailang Cup Noodles Chicken & Mushroom Flavor – United States

#3250: Jinmailang Cup Noodles Chicken & Mushroom Flavor - United States

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 line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3250: Jinmailang Cup Noodles Chicken & Mushroom Flavor - United States

An included fork!

#3250: Jinmailang Cup Noodles Chicken & Mushroom Flavor - United States

The noodle block.

#3250: Jinmailang Cup Noodles Chicken & Mushroom Flavor - United States

A dry soup base sachet.

#3250: Jinmailang Cup Noodles Chicken & Mushroom Flavor - United States

A wet seasoned oil sachet.

#3250: Jinmailang Cup Noodles Chicken & Mushroom Flavor - United States

A vegetables dry sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, baked chicken, sansyo, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and spring onion. The noodles were on the spongy side which was unfortunate. The broth had a slight chiekn flavor that was overridden by funky mushroom. Not among my favorites. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 6921555527252.

#3250: Jinmailang Cup Noodles Chicken & Mushroom Flavor - United States

JML INSTANT NOODLE Artificial Spicy BEEF FLAVOR-5 small bags

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#3241: Acecook Super Cup Okinawa Island Soba – Japan

#3149: Acecook Super Cup Okinawa Island Soba - 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 – ‘This super cup contains 1.5 times the normal amount of noodles! Okinawa has a few famous dishes but this one is the most unmistakable for anyone visiting the islands. Yummy chewy noodles in a slightly sweet and spicy dash is perfect for summer.”

Sounds good – let’s check it out!Acecook Super Cup Okinawa Island Soba – Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken, pork, and fish. To prepare, add everything but the wet sachet. Fill to line with boiling water and cover for 5 minutes. Add in wet sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3149: Acecook Super Cup Okinawa Island Soba - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3149: Acecook Super Cup Okinawa Island Soba - Japan

The noodle block.

#3149: Acecook Super Cup Okinawa Island Soba - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3149: Acecook Super Cup Okinawa Island Soba - Japan

A fluffy powder.

#3149: Acecook Super Cup Okinawa Island Soba - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3149: Acecook Super Cup Okinawa Island Soba - Japan

Smells like rice wine.

#3149: Acecook Super Cup Okinawa Island Soba - Japan

A dry garnish sachet.

#3149: Acecook Super Cup Okinawa Island Soba - Japan

Interesting mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbecue pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, crispy fried garlic, and habanero togarashi. Noodles are sadly very spongy. They support a broth which has a very odd flavored broth – well, it’s not bad but the aftertaste is just not very good. Lots of fish cake and bits of vegetable throughout aren’t enough to put this one in my good graces. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901071231552.

#3149: Acecook Super Cup Okinawa Island Soba - Japan

Acecook Super Cup mini vegetables Chanpon 42g ~ 12 pieces

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#3229: Buitoni Yakisoba Gusto Classico – Italy

#3229: Buitoni Yakisoba Gusto Classico - Italy

One of the very last varieties sent by the Butlers from their trip to Italy – thanks again! Yup – Italian yakisoba! Not something you’d expect, eh? Well here it is and I think we’ll just have to crack it open and take a look – let’s do it!

Buitoni Yakisoba Gusto Classico – Italy

#3229: Buitoni Yakisoba Gusto Classico - Italy

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Unsure whether this one contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add sachets and 250ml water to a pan and dissolve for a minute. Add in noodles and cook until water is absorbed or for 4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3229: Buitoni Yakisoba Gusto Classico - Italy

The noodle block.

#3229: Buitoni Yakisoba Gusto Classico - Italy

A dry sachet.

#3229: Buitoni Yakisoba Gusto Classico - Italy

A coarse powder.

#3229: Buitoni Yakisoba Gusto Classico - Italy

A wet sachet.

#3229: Buitoni Yakisoba Gusto Classico - Italy

Yakisoba sauce.

#3229: Buitoni Yakisoba Gusto Classico - Italy

A dry garnish sachet.

#3229: Buitoni Yakisoba Gusto Classico - Italy

A ton of vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sauteed beef, micro arugala. Noodles were alright but seemed a little funny. The flavor of the yakisoba sauce was definitely different. It was very acrid and acidic; not one that I liked. The sheer cavalcade of included vegetables wasn’t the best either. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 7613035103320.

#3229: Buitoni Yakisoba Gusto Classico - Italy

Buitoni short pasta No.5 farfalle 500gX12 bags

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#3217: Bowlfull Beef Flavour Instant Noodle Soup – Canada

#3217: Bowlfull Beef Flavour Instant Noodle Soup - Canada

Found this at Dollarama, a dollar store up in Canada. A cup of beef. See the little microwave icon on the lower right? We don’t have a microwave currently. Our old one was 20 years old, give or take a year and I though ‘hey – we should get a new one.’ It seemed to be cooking things inconsistently so we went and ordered a new one. It was all screwed up so we returned it last night. Found another one which was really neat! Got it home, lugged it in, opened it up to see this –

#3217: Bowlfull Beef Flavour Instant Noodle Soup - Canada

Cracked front. So tomorrow we’ll be heading to the store again to return another stupid microwave. Thanks, Best Buy. Anyways I’ll do this one the old fashioned way. Let’s give it a try!

Bowlfull Beef Flavour Instant Noodle Soup – Canada

#3217: Bowlfull Beef Flavour Instant Noodle Soup - Canada

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

#3217: Bowlfull Beef Flavour Instant Noodle Soup - Canada

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3217: Bowlfull Beef Flavour Instant Noodle Soup - Canada

The noodle block.

#3217: Bowlfull Beef Flavour Instant Noodle Soup - Canada

A dry sachet.

#3217: Bowlfull Beef Flavour Instant Noodle Soup - Canada

A light powder.

#3217: Bowlfull Beef Flavour Instant Noodle Soup - Canada

A clear sachet.

#3217: Bowlfull Beef Flavour Instant Noodle Soup - Canada

Vegetable matter.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and beef. Noodles are as spongy as can be – maybe instead of 3 minutes these would be better steeped for 5. Soup is incredibly salty. Sorry, no. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 667888287277.

#3217: Bowlfull Beef Flavour Instant Noodle Soup - Canada

Common Ground

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

It’s that time again – time to run down the worst varieties I’ve ever had. That’s no small task either – this list is current as of review #3180. These are the ten worst ones, in my opinion, leaving a lasting negative impression on my taste buds. With that, I again give you what you want.

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

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

Definitely a knock-off of sorts. Although I see these as Master Kong/Kang Shi Fu often, they most definitely aren’t. Moreover, the broth has an absolutely foul taste to it. I’m sure it’s safe to eat, but I would never want to cross paths with this one again. Original review

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

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

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

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

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

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

#6 – Acecook Super Cup Pringles Sour Cream & Onion Yakisoba – Japan

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

I love yakisoba and Japan offers many different versions. This one however gets no love from me. This viral monstrosity might be neat to look at but for me it stopped there. Imagine taking a butter knife and scraping off the powder from every chips in a tube of sour cream and onion chips. Then sprinkle over noodles. Just gross – I think these two products should never come together. Original review

#5 – Isoyama Shoji 18 Prohibited / Restricted / Only La-Men Curry Taste – Japan

First, this is a lot of food. There’s reason for the warning on this pack. 700cc water and a few minutes cooking brings you a huge bowl of noodles. While in general that’s not a complaint, the flavor is. It’s violently spicy for starters. It does have a curry flavor, which at first glance is great. Then you have to taste it. You’d think all that water would dilute the sachet that comes with it but no dice here. Too much flavor and heat are the theme here, and it’s a bitter song to swallow. Original review

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

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’ve 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

#3 – Maruchan Bariuma Goboten Udon – Japan

Do you like earthy things? Like dirt? Maybe throw a ton of salt on it – does that do the trick for you? This one has just huge amount of burdock root. Burdock is great in small amounts, but this much just turns this variety into a bowl of something that just screams salty dirt. A full frontal assault on the taste buds that leaves me wondering if when they made this if they tasted it. Original review

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

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

Where do I begin. Well first off, when one in the United States thinks of Pad Thai, they think of what they might find at a Thai restaurant. Okay so the rice noodles came out nicely – short, flat and broad and well hydrated, but they’re short and cut like egg noodles.. Now for the broth. Thin. Nothing like pad thai. Has a little lime flavor and a kind of herbal 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. Never thought this would slip to 2nd on this list.. Original review

#1 – Simply Asia Singapore Street Noodles Classic Curry – United States

A nice looking package with the enticing words of ‘classic curry’ brings an image of something really special. This isn’t the case though. Rice noodles come out very mushy, but curry with sligtly soggy noodles wouldn’t be so bad if it tasted like curry. Basically the flavor is a lot of lemongrass and strongly lacks authenticity. It’s like if you went to a restaurant, ordered some french fries, and they brought you a soda that said french fries on it. Just wrong on so many levels. Offensive in the highest. Original review

 

#3158: Simply Asia Singapore Street Noodles Classic Curry – United States

#3158: Simply Asia Singapore Street Noodles Classic Curry - United States

So near us we have this interesting grocery store called WinCo Foods. Everything’s pretty cheap there and they’ve got a pretty good selection. Last time when we were in the checkout lane, I noticed these sitting on the sideline. I’ve known some pretty serious people when it comes to Singapore street food and the heritage it portends. Not only that, when it comes to curry, I’m very particular. Could this little box hold within a reason for ex-pats and hawkers to stay home and not bother visiting Singapore again or going to work? Guess I’d better find out!

Simply Asia Singapore Street Noodles Classic Curry – United States

#3158: Simply Asia Singapore Street Noodles Classic Curry - United States

Detail of the outer cardboard (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodles and vegetables to tray. Pour sauce sachet contents over noodles and add 2 tablespoons of water. Cover loosely with lid and microwave for 2 minutes. Let stand 1 additional minute. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3158: Simply Asia Singapore Street Noodles Classic Curry - United States

The tray under the cardboard outer.

#3158: Simply Asia Singapore Street Noodles Classic Curry - United States

The noodle pouch.

#3158: Simply Asia Singapore Street Noodles Classic Curry - United States

A wet sachet of sauce.

#3158: Simply Asia Singapore Street Noodles Classic Curry - United States

A dry sachet.

#3158: Simply Asia Singapore Street Noodles Classic Curry - United States

Vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, squid, fish ball, tofu puff and coriander. What were they thinking? Rice noodles come out light and fluffy to the point that they break too easily. The flavor is acidic and wrong. Lemongrass overpowers and becomes the main flavor. I knew going in that this might not be the best but this was far more terrible than I think I ever expected it could possibly be. Incensed. Disgusted. Ashamed. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 854285010304.

#3158: Simply Asia Singapore Street Noodles Classic Curry - United States

Simply Asia Classic C u r r y Singapore Street Noodles, Gluten Free Noodles, 9.24 oz (Pack of 6)

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#3133: Myojo Mellow Miso Ramen – Japan

#3133: Myojo Mellow Miso Ramen - 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 -“Mellow and rich miso ramen with noodles which are easy to eat. Great smell of roasted vegetables and special flavor oil will fill your mouth!”

I like how this one is mellow but on the cup it says ‘Extremely Ramen Noodles!’ Let’s check it out!

Myojo Mellow Miso Ramen – Japan

#3133: Myojo Mellow Miso Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork, chicken, beef, and shrimp. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3133: Myojo Mellow Miso Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3133: Myojo Mellow Miso Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3133: Myojo Mellow Miso Ramen - Japan

Loose bits from the cup.

#3133: Myojo Mellow Miso Ramen - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3133: Myojo Mellow Miso Ramen - Japan

Almost sparkly!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbecue pork, soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, and shichimi. The noodles aren’t bad – flat and plentiful. However the broth was one that made me recoil. A dingy kind of miso that just sang sour notes to me. Corn was alright. 0.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902881414807.

#3133: Myojo Mellow Miso Ramen - Japan

Myojo 7Premium Instant Cup Ramen Famous restaurants”Tomita” Tonkotsu Taste 95g (Set of 4cups) Japan Import

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#3129: Acecook Super Cup Pringles Sour Cream & Onion Yakisoba – Japan

#3129: Acecook Super Cup Pringles Sour Cream & Onion Yakisoba - 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 – ‘To celebrate 50 years in business for the iconic chip brand, and 30 years for Japan’s instant noodle brand Super Cup, they collaborate as Sour Cream & Onion Pringles Yakisoba! A mouthful of soft noodles with the crunch of onion crates a fantastic textural sensation that works to enhance all the punchy flavors.’

I’m really unsure what to expect with this one. It seems kind of gimmicky to say the least, but then again fascinating. Well, only one way to find out!

Acecook Super Cup Pringles Sour Cream & Onion Yakisoba – Japan

#3129: Acecook Super Cup Pringles Sour Cream & Onion Yakisoba - Japan

Detail of side and bottom panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, Add boiling water to line and cover 3 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3129: Acecook Super Cup Pringles Sour Cream & Onion Yakisoba - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3129: Acecook Super Cup Pringles Sour Cream & Onion Yakisoba - Japan

The noodle block.

#3129: Acecook Super Cup Pringles Sour Cream & Onion Yakisoba - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3129: Acecook Super Cup Pringles Sour Cream & Onion Yakisoba - Japan

Lots of light powder.

#3129: Acecook Super Cup Pringles Sour Cream & Onion Yakisoba - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3129: Acecook Super Cup Pringles Sour Cream & Onion Yakisoba - Japan

Oily; smells like sou cream and onion.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. So… Have you ever wondered what sour cream and onion powder and oil would taste like with yakisoba? Well, here you go. It’s pretty boring, really. A monotony of saltiness and wrongness. It was fun to try, I’ll give it that – but it’s just not something I found palatable. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901071207588.

#3129: Acecook Super Cup Pringles Sour Cream & Onion Yakisoba - Japan

Acecook JANJAN yakisoba Kokusosu 104g ~ 12 pieces

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#3093: Sichuan Baijia Green Curry Shrimp Flavor Instant Vermicelli – China

#3093: Sichuan Baijia Green Curry Shrimp Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China

Here’s one I found up in Canada – can’t remember where. Green curry is one of my favorite flavors, however not one that I think I’ve ever seen coming out of China. Sichuan Baijia has been coming out with more and more different varieties – and different little cartoon characters on their packaging. Let’s give this one a try and see how it fares.

Sichuan Baijia Green Curry Shrimp Flavor Instant Vermicelli – China

#3093: Sichuan Baijia Green Curry Shrimp Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add everything from pack to a bowl and add 500ml boiling water. Cover for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3093: Sichuan Baijia Green Curry Shrimp Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China

This is not rice vermicelli, but vermicelli from sweet potatoes.

#3093: Sichuan Baijia Green Curry Shrimp Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China

Here’s a dry sachet.

#3093: Sichuan Baijia Green Curry Shrimp Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China

A light powder – non-dairy creamer perhaps?

#3093: Sichuan Baijia Green Curry Shrimp Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China

A wet sachet.

#3093: Sichuan Baijia Green Curry Shrimp Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China

Curry paste.

#3093: Sichuan Baijia Green Curry Shrimp Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China

A dry sachet.

#3093: Sichuan Baijia Green Curry Shrimp Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China

Looks live chives and peppers.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, fried garlic, shrimp, lemongrass fried tofu and togarashi. The sweet potato vermicelli was crosscut a couple times with a pair of kitchen scissors to make them easier to manage. They has a standard kind of sloppy character and cooked up nicely. The broth on the other hand was such a letdown! I was really anticipating that this would be my new favorite variety from this company, but the blandness just was too much to bear. Not a salty component to be found, so while it tasted like green curry and had a nice thickness, it just didn’t have what it needed. Sad. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6926410334952.

#3093: Sichuan Baijia Green Curry Shrimp Flavor Instant Vermicelli - ChinaSichuan Baijia Instant Sweat Potato Thread/Noodle Hot Spicy Flavor 3.70 Oz (Pack of 8)

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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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#2972: Bowlfull Vegetable Flavour Instant Noodle Soup

#2972: Bowlfull Vegetable Flavour Instant Noodle Soup

Oh yeah are you ready? Are you? Man, you’re going to think I’m nuts, but I’m a huge fan of store brand instant noodles. Why? Simple – I love the hunt. I really like to go somewhere and say ‘ah ha – I haven’t tried this one,’ put it in the handbasket and move on. Well a few weeks ago we went to Lansdowne Centre, a neat mall in Richmond, BC. We keep finding different places to visit up there which totally rocks. In the mall, there’s a bunch of store of course. The mall really is kind of a blast from the past – very Canadian and looks like it was built in the 70’s – lots of mirrored things abound. What got us there was that we saw this sign saying ‘Dollarama’ when we’d go up to Richmond every time and I thought ‘hmmm… A Canadian dollar store sounds interesting…’ So we check it out and they had their own store brand. They’re made in China for the chain of Dollarama stores and called Bowlfull. Sounds interesting. Yeah – if it sounds interesting, I’, all in. I don’t care if I like it or not – it’s something new, and that’s what my whole instant noodle journey has been about. Let’s crack open this 25 cent pack of noodles and see how things turn out.

Bowlfull Vegetable Flavour Instant Noodle Soup – Canada

#2972: Bowlfull Vegetable Flavour Instant Noodle Soup

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. For soup, add in sachet. For side dish, drain and add in seasoning. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2972: Bowlfull Vegetable Flavour Instant Noodle Soup

The noodle block.

#2972: Bowlfull Vegetable Flavour Instant Noodle Soup

The soup base sachet.

#2972: Bowlfull Vegetable Flavour Instant Noodle Soup

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander and spring onion. Prepared according to package ‘side dish instruction.’ Basically, cook,m drain, seasoning sachet. The noodles were alright – nothing to write home about really. However I would say the one thing to write home about would be the flavor – and maybe an angry tone to thje letter might be in order. It’s salty and tastes like a drunken teen got a hold of the pizza seasonings. I mean really – I don’t even think the idea of this being drained should be on the package as it turns into a real trainwreck of a thing. I can’t think of a lot of things that would be more of a bummer than looking forward to this, making it this way, then eating it. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 667888102167.

#2972: Bowlfull Vegetable Flavour Instant Noodle Soup

Common Ground

While we were in Canada, the G7 summit was coming to a close and boom – lots of turmoil. President Trump (still hard to type that) just blasts Trudeau with idiotic banter about how Canada is ruining the USA and how Justin Trudeau is such a horrible guy. Well, I’d just like to say here that The Ramen Rater likes Canada a lot. Trump is a jerk – I apologize for his comments.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Here’s another one I received from a University student in Taiwan – thanks again! She’s working on her Master’s thesis and wanted info from me on a few products and what I thought of them – an honor! Let’s check out this variety with a Korean influence.

Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle – Taiwan

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add everything but the large retort pouch to 500ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in retort pouch contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

The noodle block.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

A dry base sachet.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Powder with bits of vegetable.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Another dry base sachet.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Unsure – white pepper?

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

A large retort pou ch.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

Rich color and lots of beef.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles were just plain weird here. I don’t know why, but they really did not feel right compared to the other varieties I’ve had in this premium range. The broth had a ramyun kind of taste with a decent kick of spiciness. The beef was of good quality, however was also just not quite right. I think the issue here might be that Koreans do Korean food best while Taiwanese do Taiwanese foods best. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710110232883.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

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I don’t know much about this guy other than he’s pretty popular – does a lot of promo for Vedan.