Category Archives: Sweden

#1554: ICA Asia Fast Noodles Snabbnudlar Räksmak

Here’s another one that was sent by a kind reader in Sweden – thanks! This is my second or third Swedish instant noodle. It’s been interesting to translate the packaging too. The little dots over the ‘a’ in Räksmak are interesting. I tried it in Google and without the dots got straight flavor, and with them got shrimp flavor. Of course, once I opened the pack I found that the seasoning sachet said ‘prawn flavor,’ so that kind of sealed the deal on correct translation for me. Anyways, let’s have a look at this one!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). To prepare, add noodle block to 5dl (500ml) or boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add in contents of sachet and stir. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

An almost fluffy powder with a light prawn scent.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added prawns, sweet onion and sliced spring onion. The noodles are unique – flat and a little broad. Also, they are slightly thicker than most too. They have a nice texture to them, although not very chewy. The broth has a prawn flavor to it 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 7318690029564.

A Concise History of Sweden (Cambridge Concise Histories) – (from Amazon) Neil Kent’s book sweeps through Sweden’s history from the Stone Age to the present day. Early coverage includes Viking hegemony, the Scandinavian Union, the Reformation and Sweden’s political zenith as Europe’s greatest superpower in the seventeenth century, while later chapters explore the Swedish Enlightenment, royal absolutism, the commitment to military neutrality and Pan-Scandinavianism. The author brings his account up to date by focusing on more recent developments: the rise of Social Democracy, the establishment of the welfare state, the country’s acceptance of membership in the European Union and its progressive ecological programme. The book successfully combines the politics, economics and social and cultural mores of one of the world’s most successfully functioning and humane societies. This is an informative and entertaining account for students and general readers.

So ICA (pronounced ‘eek-ka’) is a Swedish supermarket chain. This is a great spoof commercial they made in 2014.

#1517: Katoz Instant Noodles Spicy Chili

Here’s another one sent to me by a reader in Sweden – thank you! This is a Swedish brand – Katoz and is manufactured by MAT Kompaniet. Swedish instant noodles are a new thing to me; this is the second review I’ve ever done involving instant noodles from Sweden. One unique thing about Swedish instant noodles – they are really into the metric system. Usually on the instruction for preparation, the amount of water is called for by cups (more Western) or cc (cubic centimeter) or mL (milliliter). Well, in Sweden the go with decaliter, which is 100cc. This one requireds 4 dl of water, or 400cc/400ml. I’ve NEVER seen decaliters used before, and the only reason I knew what was going on was from elementary school. Yes kids, I know it seems ridiculous at the time, but you will use this information later in life – especially when making Swedish instant noodles! But I digress. Let’s check out these Katoz Spicy Chili noodles from Sweden!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles and seasoning sachet contents to 4 dl boiling water (400ml as stated in above rant). Cook for 3 minutes. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

Seasoning sachet.

Has a light chili scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sliced green onion, barbecue pork, hard boiled egg and Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Pepper. The noodles are broad and flat. They have a very crumbly thing going on and a buttery kind of texture. The broth is very light – again with the buttery, but with a hint of spiciness. What was interesting were a few small bits of what I would consider to be chilli pepper flesh – no skin – floating around. They were spicy and pretty decently hydrated. Kind of different and pretty good. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 7392022615236.

Here is a book filled with the sights and sounds of a people steeped in a background of fine old traditions. It is a charming account of Swedish customs that goes beyond their democratic monarchy, their progressive social-welfare programs, their avant-garde movies, and their excellence of design.

A documentary about Stockholm, Sweden.

#1487: ICA Asia Fast Noodles Snabbnudlar Kycklingsmak

Here’s another one that was sent by a kind reader in Sweden – thanks! This is pretty exciting – my first Swedish instant noodle review. I wouldn’t have thought of a connection between Sweden and instant noodles really; until I realized something a while back. You’ll see lots of Taiwanese instant noodles that have Scandinavian words ending in -smak a lot – that’s flavor in Swedish. So, here we are with kycklingsmak, which means chicken flavor. Anyways, let’s see how the chicken instant noodles sold in Sweden are!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook 2-3 minutes. Add in sachet contents, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A soup base sachet.

Has a strong chicken scent.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added grilled chicken, bell pepper and sweet onion with a couple sprinkles of Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Pepper. The noodles a kind of rubbery feel to be honest; although there is a lot of them. The broth has a surprisingly good chicken taste – like a lightly salted chicken broth and really quite nice. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN 7318690029557.

This recipe book looks like it’ll take you on a tour of the cuisine of Sweden!

This a great spoof commercial ICA did recently. Then again, I’ve never been to Sweden. European countries do seem to be ahead of the curve in a lot of ways… Nah, I’m sure they don’t bolt digital mind control glasses to your head!did recently

A Donation From Sweden!

I was contacted by a reader from Sweden that wanted to send me some instant noodles I hadn’t tried before! Thank you very much! Here they are!

The package was wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper put on backwards. Thought it was neat so I scanned it.

Under the wraps.

Wow – Master Kong! I don’t know why we don’t really get any of these here in the United States. These looks good!

Some varieties made in Sweden as well as a few that aren’t. Neat! Thanks again!