Category Archives: Taiwan

#3278: Uni-President Imperial Big Meal Beef Flavor – Taiwan

#3278: Uni-President Imperial Big Meal Beef Flavor - Taiwan

This is a big and somewhat heavy bowl from Taiwan. I’ve reviewed the version not made for export (this one usually goes to Hong Kong). What was funny about this one is that I found it up in Canada at a store in Aberdeen Centre – defintely not where this belongs. It’s full of beef and import restrictions would bar it from Canada. What a nice surprise! Let’s check out this one with Australian and New Zealand beef!

Uni-President Imperial Big Meal Beef Flavor – Taiwan

#3278: Uni-President Imperial Big Meal Beef Flavor - Taiwan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add in powder and liquid sachets and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in large retort pouch. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry sachet (watch these sachets get used on the episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time below).

A wet sauce sachet.

A large retort pouch full of beef and sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, sesame seeds, egg, and chili flake. The noodle is thick and has a slight brittleness and chewyness at the same time. The broth is a very thick and tasty beef. Included beef is on point and the gravy it comes in really add a lot of rich flavor to the soup. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710088412201.

3 Bowls – New Uni-President Chili Beef Flavor Instant Noodle 來一客杯麵 川辣牛肉風味 (3碗)

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#3265: Mom’s Dry Noodle / Blue Elephant Green Curry – Taiwan

#3328: Mom's Dry Noodle / Blue Elephant Green Curry - Taiwan

One of my favorite styles of curry would have to be green curry. It’s very different from the others – a kind of crisp and savory flavor rolled into one. This is really exciting to try – curry from Taiwan in collaboration with a company from Thailand. Very curious. Been waiting a couple weeks to hit this up, so let’s go!

Mom’s Dry Noodle / Blue Elephant Green Curry – Taiwan

#3328: Mom's Dry Noodle / Blue Elephant Green Curry - Taiwan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Unsure if it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to boiling water and cook for 6 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3328: Mom's Dry Noodle / Blue Elephant Green Curry - Taiwan

An individual serving – there are three inside the large package.

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A wet sachet of green curry.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken, fresh basil, red and green bell pepper, white onion, and crispy fried garlic. As with the red curry, the noodles are soft and plentiful. The green curry flavor is throughout and just the right balance. Another excellent Thai style variety in this new range. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4717011158205.

Moms Dan Dan Dry Noodle 17.36 Oz.

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A-Sha Sends Rainbow Noodles & Nuts From Taiwan

Like colorful things? Looks no further! These are a trip to be sure – and there are some tasty treats other than noodles in here as well! Let’s check em out!

A-Sha Sends Rainbow Noodles & Nuts – Taiwan

#3254: Mom’s Dry Noodle / Blue Elephant Red Curry – Taiwan

#3327: Mom's Dry Noodle / Blue Elephant Red Curry - Taiwan

Two weeks. Two long weeks. I haven’t done a review in two weeks!! Our apartment got remodeled, plus I had a sinus infection that basically knocked out my sense of taste. Yeah – that wasn’t cool at all. But I’m back – back to walking, and today back to reviewing. The remodel is done and I’m enjoying my noodles once again!

I think the fact that I love curry is probably on my sleeve. This is something I am very fascinated with – a collaboration between a Thai company and a Taiwanese company. How’s it going to taste? I’ve not a clue, but if it’s anything like Mom’s Dry Noodle has put out before, I know I’m in for a treat. Let’s find out!

Mom’s Dry Noodle / Blue Elephant Red Curry – Taiwan

#3327: Mom's Dry Noodle / Blue Elephant Red Curry - Taiwan

Detail of the outer packaging (click to enlarge). Unsure if it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 6 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3327: Mom's Dry Noodle / Blue Elephant Red Curry - Taiwan

Inside the large outer package are three individual servings.

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A wet sachet of red curry.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sauteed beef, red and green bell pepper, white onion, pineapple, and fresh basil. Noodles are soft and a very large quantity. They’re a perfect match for the red curry which is aromatic and tasty, however not overwhelming. A very apt pairing with an elegant balance. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4717011158304.

Moms Dan Dan Dry Noodle 17.36 Oz.

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#3252: Shin Horng Lukang Thin Noodles Ginger & Sesame Oil Flavor – Taiwan

Shin Horng Lukang Thin Noodles Ginger & Sesame Oil Flavor - Taiwan

I often end up at 99 Ranch Market to pick up mung bean sprouts, other produce, and other things once every week or so. It’s a chain of Asian markets that started on the west coast but after looking at their site, they’ve popped up all over the United States – which is good – they’ve got lots of neat stuff.

It’s neat because The Ramen Rater and 99 Ranch Market have some special history. When I first started the site, I lived far from any Asian grocery stores. I got about 60 reviews in and had a five or six year hiatus. When I met my wife and I moved to Edmonds in 2010, we lived about a five minute walk from one. That rekindled my flame for instant noodles and reviewing and really was the reason you’re seeing this review today; if we hadn’t moved to that spot, I’m unsure the site would’ve ever gone forward.

I see new products popping up there all the time in the noodle aisle. Taiwanese products in particular. I saw this one last visit and thought ‘this looks interesting.’ Never seen this brand before and ginger sesame sounds good. So I got it. The hunt for the noodle is something I really love. The obscure, the never before seen. Honestly, it’s a thrill for me – perhaps in the same way some people spend their kids’ college savings at the racetrack. On the upside, this gamble is not going to break the bank. Anyways, yeah it’s something I thoroughly enjoy and here is the fruit of my search – something new.

Shin Horng Lukang Thin Noodles Ginger & Sesame Oil Flavor – Taiwan

The import/distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge).

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles 1~2 minutes. Drain. Add 70ml water. Add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Shin Horng Lukang Thin Noodles Ginger & Sesame Oil Flavor - Taiwan

This was a nice surprise – shelf-stable fresh noodles.

Shin Horng Lukang Thin Noodles Ginger & Sesame Oil Flavor - Taiwan

A large wet sachet.

Shin Horng Lukang Thin Noodles Ginger & Sesame Oil Flavor - Taiwan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sauteed beef, egg, scallion, pickled ginger, sesame seeds, and pepper flake. I used a pair of kitchen scissors to make two crosscuts of the noodles. The noodles are indeed thin with a sturdy tooth. The flavor is just excellent. A strong showing of both ginger and sesame oil taste – super savory and delicious. Hard not to put this one down. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710575369995.

Mama Lieu’s Kitchen: A Cookbook Memoir of Delicious Taiwanese and Chinese Home Cooking for My Children

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#3240: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar – Taiwan

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Recently, I heard about a variety from Tseng that I guess has been around for a little while but I’d never heard of it. A lot of confusion for me about this one. The biggest issue is the variety itself – what the heck is spicy dolar anyway? Nothing I could find on Wikipedia or elsewhere. But dolar must be a pretty common concept because there’s a restaurant in Canada I saw in Richmond that mentions it – something like Dolar Hotpot or something. Well, let’s check it out!

Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar – Taiwan

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 4.5~5.5 minutes. Drain, saving some cooking water. Add noodles and reserved water to a bowl along with sachet contents. Finally, stira nd enjoy!

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

One of the 4 servings in the pack.

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Thin noodles.

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

A wet sachet.

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Liquid and paste.

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

A second wet sachet.

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Smells like soy sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and barbeque pork. The noodles have a nice gauge – thick and a little wide. They are chewier than I expected with the cook time. They went well with the sauce, which at the outset smelled extremely sweet, had a good balance of spiciness. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4713008550359.

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Tseng Noodles Variety Pack 3 Flavors (Pack of 3)

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#3230: Ve Wong Dah Wei Wang Instant Noodles Artificial Premium Garlic Pork Flavor – Taiwan

#3230: Ve Wong Dah Wei Wang Instant Noodles Artificial Premium Garlic Pork Flavor - Taiwan

During my 2017 trip to Taiwan, I visited a 7-Eleven in Taipei. I pointed out a variety and my friend corrected my speech. I thought for years this brand was Ve Wong – pronounced vee wong. Actually, it’s more like way wong. It appears I was way wrong on this. But now I know! Yeah, poor joke. Roll your eyes and let’s have a look at this neat variety!

Ve Wong Dah Wei Wang Instant Noodles Artificial Premium Garlic Pork Flavor – Taiwan

#3230: Ve Wong Dah Wei Wang Instant Noodles Artificial Premium Garlic Pork Flavor - Taiwan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare,  add in everything and boiling water to 80% of full. Cover for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3230: Ve Wong Dah Wei Wang Instant Noodles Artificial Premium Garlic Pork Flavor - Taiwan

The noodle block.

#3230: Ve Wong Dah Wei Wang Instant Noodles Artificial Premium Garlic Pork Flavor - Taiwan

A dry sachet.

#3230: Ve Wong Dah Wei Wang Instant Noodles Artificial Premium Garlic Pork Flavor - Taiwan

A lot of fine powder.

#3230: Ve Wong Dah Wei Wang Instant Noodles Artificial Premium Garlic Pork Flavor - Taiwan

A wet sachet.

#3230: Ve Wong Dah Wei Wang Instant Noodles Artificial Premium Garlic Pork Flavor - Taiwan

Seasoned oil.

#3230: Ve Wong Dah Wei Wang Instant Noodles Artificial Premium Garlic Pork Flavor - Taiwan

A dry garnish sachet.

#3230: Ve Wong Dah Wei Wang Instant Noodles Artificial Premium Garlic Pork Flavor - Taiwan

Vegetables and other bits.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added boiled pork, sesame seeds, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, scallions, and Kiki Restaurant spicy seasoning. The noodles came out very well – good gauge and feel and really worked well with the soup. The soup was surprisingly rich and had a thickness t it I didn’t expect but thoroughly enjoyed. This one was very true to name – it tasted like garlic and pork that had been stewed and I enjoyed that. In addition, a nice amount of vegetables in there including cabbage was very good. From the package, I didn’t expect this to be very good, however I’m thoroughly impressed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710008217558.

#3230: Ve Wong Dah Wei Wang Instant Noodles Artificial Premium Garlic Pork Flavor - Taiwan

Kung-Fu Oriental Style Instant Noodle Soup Base (Vegeterian Flavor) 3oz (Pack of 20)

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Mom’s Dry Noodle / Blue Elephant Curries From Taiwan!

Mom's Dry Noodle / Blue Elephart Curries From Taiwan!

Check this out! Top Ten listers Mom’s Dry Noodles have collaborated iwth a Thai company to make a couple neat curry varieties! They’ve not done anything non-Taiwanese styled before, so this should be interesting – check out the unboxing video!

Mom’s Dry Noodle / Blue Elephart Curries – Taiwan

#3201: Tian Ling Ling Dried Noodles With Shallot Sauce – Taiwan

#3299: Yonghai Dried Noodles With Shallot Sauce - Taiwan

The second of two varieties sent by Yonghai – thanks again! The first had a wide noodle, this one looks to be much thinner. Let’s give it a try!

Tian Ling Ling Dried Noodles With Shallot Sauce – Taiwan

Detail of the outer packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil for 3~5 minutes and drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

One of the four packs.

Thin non-fried noodle.

A wet sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, black sesame seeds, pepper flake,  tea egg, and chashu pork. After a four minute boil, noodles are very nice. Sauce is oily which works great – slippery noodles head. A nice mouthfeel and chew here. The flavor is on the light side, but it has a certain charm to it I enjoyed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4713510260852.

#3160: Mazendo Noodles With Chili Mala Sauce - Taiwan

The Food of Taiwan: Recipes from the Beautiful Island

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#3198: Tian Ling Ling Dried Noodles With Chili & Shallot Sauce – Taiwan

#3295: Yonghai Dried Noodles With Chili & Shallot Sauce - Taiwan

Here’s something new from Taiwan! I really like spicy and definitely like shallot. Let’s check it out!

Yonghai Dried Noodles With Chili & Shallot Sauce – Taiwan

#3295: Yonghai Dried Noodles With Chili & Shallot Sauce - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 3~5 minutes. Drain. Add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The pack contains four of these individual serving packs.

A wet sachet of spicy oil.

The shallot component.

#3295: Yonghai Dried Noodles With Chili & Shallot Sauce - Taiwan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, spring onion, and sliced chashu. The noodle has a thicker vein down the center and a flanged outer line which is thinner giving a dual texture. Flavor was a spicy Sichuan peppercorn hit which was really nice although it was strong anwould have liked to have felt the  the shallot element a little more. Nevertheless, it’s very good and I enjoyed this one a lot! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4713510260869.

#3160: Mazendo Noodles With Chili Mala Sauce - Taiwan

The Food of Taiwan: Recipes from the Beautiful Island

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Unboxing Time: Two Taiwanese Companies Unite To Send Four New Varieties – Taiwan

Two companies. One goal – to have me evaluate their products on here. Watch me crack open this big box from Taiwan and see what’s inside!

Unboxing Time: Two Taiwanese Companies Unite To Send Four New Varieties – Taiwan

#3192: A-Sha Gourmet Wagyu Beef Noodle Soup – Taiwan

#3192 - A-Sha Gourmet Wagyu Beef Noodle Soup - Taiwan

I reviewed the red boxed version previously – and it blew my mind. This one has ultra fancy Australian Wagyu beef in the mix! Yeah! One thing you should note though, you’re going to pay for it. This is super premium stuff and goes for 499$NTD (that’s $15USD). On top of that, this is only out during the holiday season, so Lunar New Year. Maybe Mid Autumn Festival too? I’ll say one thing, if it’s that much better than the other version, it’s going to be existential. Let’s check it out!

A-Sha Gourmet Wagyu Beef Noodle Soup – Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, in a pot add 700ml water and bring to a boil. Cook noodles for 5~6 minutes (I did 5 1/2). In nother pot, empty large sachet of soup and heat. Drain noodles and then add to broth. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The large pouch of soup.

A dry sachet of greenery.

Finished (click to enlarge). Nothing added. Noodle is exquisite dry noodle – very broad with a thicker centrer and thinner outer edge giving a dual mouthfeel which is just great. The broth is rich and full with a strong beef flavor – very hearty and complex. Lots of spices in there. The beef is of superb quality – and it’s like butter. Included greenery is a nice finishing touch. This is definitely a fine gourmet bowl. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4715635853896.

#3175: A-Sha Beef Noodle Soup - Taiwan

Rated Best Tasting and Award Winning [Taiwan No.1] A-sha Hakka Noodle – Spicy BBQ Flavor

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