Category Archives: Vietnam

#2213: Acecook Oh! Ricey Pork Flavour

Here’s another one sent by reader Colin – thanks again man! So it’s been a while since I’ve had any of these Vietnamese Acecook variants. Sounds like a good one for today – let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to prepare, add noodles and sachet contents to a bowl and cover with 400ml boiling water. cover for 5 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The thin rice noodles.

The soup base powder sachet.

Light stuff.

An oil sachet.

A seasoned oil with a pork scent.

The vegetables sachet.

Looks like chives and maybe some TVP?

Finished (click to enlarge). Added pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, and fried garlic. The vermicelli came out nice and soft. As always, I do a couple cross-cuts with a pair of kitchen scissors to make it easier to enjoy. The broth has a light pork taste to it, great oiliness, and the vegetables and TVP that were supplied hydrated nicely as an accompaniment. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8934563978150.

Oh! Ricey Instant Rice Noodles Hu Tieu Suon Heo Soup (Spareribs Flavor) – 2.5oz (Case of 24)

Looks like a contest involving Acecook products.

#2143: Thien Houng Food Lemon Chicken Flavour Instant Noodles

Here’s another one sent by a reader named Colin – thanks! He’s sent quite a few! This one’s from Vietnam – haven’t reviewed many from there in a while… Let’s have a look!

The distributor/import sticker.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add everything to a bowl. Add 400ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

Just letting you know – this is high grade soup.

A fine powder.

An oil sachet.

An orangish oil.

The vegetables sachet.

Looks like spring onion or chives.

A little chilli powder sachet.

Chilli powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, baked chicken, hard boiled egg and coriander. The noodles came out pretty well – a little on the softer side. The broth was a kind of spicy chicken with a note of lemon to it. I’m thinking the chilli powder kind of deadened the lemon taste a little bit. The oiliness was nice. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8934663101038.

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A Thien Houng Food TV spot.

#1906: Vifon Chicken Flavor Asian Style Instant Noodles

With my son Andy over here, it’s usually a good bet that he will like some chicken noodles with some nice garnish. His favorites include fish cake and cheese – which don’t always go with everything. I’d usually choose something like that combo for spicy Korean seafood ramyun. He did indeed get his cheese after the final picture of the noodles were taken today, and so all things are good in the world. Let’s check out this variety from Vietnam!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add package contents to a bowl and add 400ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A slightly granular powder with a chicken scent.

The vegetables sachet.

Small bits of greenery.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles hydrated well and had a comfort food kind of texture – soft and warm. They also hydrated very well. The broth was quite good – nice chicken taste and bits of vegetable were throughout. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 851683004195.

24 BAGS INSTANT RICE NOODLE CHICKEN FLAVOUR or PHO GA

A Vifon promotional film.

#1816: Vifon Asian Style Instant Noodles Artificial Beef Flavor

This one came by way of Michael over at EastLand Foods – thanks! I haven’t reviewed a Vietnamese instant noodle in ages it seems like – let’s see what we have here!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, put everything in the bowl and add 2 cups boiling water. Cover and let steep 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodles block.

A dry soup base sachet.

A light powder.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Deep orange.

The vegetables sachet.

A neat little array of vegetables.

Finished. Added beef, white onion and mushroom. The noodles hydrated pretty well, but had a slightly spongy texture I wasn’t super keen on. Quantity was alright though. The broth definitely had a decent beef flavor, but still was a little on the thinner side and due to that, wasn’t completely convincing. The vegetables hydrated nicely. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 851683004515.

Here’s the rice noodle beef pho version – Vifon Pho Bo Noodle Bowl, Beef, 2.4 Ounce (Pack of 12)

A Vifon TV commercial.

#1726: Vina Acecook Oh! Ricey Pho Ga

Been a while since I’ve done a pho review. I would definitely say I’m a fan of pho, but definitely the beef varieties. Where I live, there’s no end to the pho restaurants – I’m guessing there’s probably at least 20 within 5 miles of here. Anyways, let’s check this one out.

Detail from the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, open lid halfway and add in sachet contents. Add boiling water to the fill line and let steep for 3 minutes, covered. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

Rice noodles.

The powder soup base sachet.

Light powder with a chickenish scent.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Bright yellow color.

The vegetables sachet.

An interesting mixture.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added basil, baked chicken and mung bean sprouts.
The noodles are thin rice noodles with a flat wide gauge. They seemed a little on the
mushy side. The broth has a semi-decent chicken flavor, but didn’t seem as full bodied as it
should be. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8934563219147.

Case of 12 Delicious Complete INSTANT Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soup Bowls (only $2.49 each)—-Oh! Ricey INSTANT (Just Add Water) PHO NOODLES SOUP….BEEF FLAVOR….Product of Vietnam

A Vina Acecook TV commercial with dancing rice noodle people!

#1718: Vina Acecook Hao Hao Sate Onion Flavour

Here’s a cup from Vietnam’s Vina Acecook. It’s been sitting in my hamper a little while so thought today’d be a good day to give it a try.  So I looked up satay and found this:

Satay (/ˈsæt/, /ˈsɑːt/ sah-tay), modern Indonesian and Malay spelling of sate, is a dish of seasoned, skewered and grilled meat, served with a sauce.[1] Satay may consist of diced or sliced chicken, goat, mutton, beef,pork, fish, other meats, or tofu; the more authentic version uses skewers from the midrib of the coconut palm frond, although bamboo skewers are often used. These are grilled or barbecued over a wood or charcoal fire, then served with various spicy seasonings. Satay originated in Java, Indonesia.[2][3][4] It is available almost anywhere in Indonesia, where it has become a national dish.[5][6] It is also popular in many other Southeast Asian countries, including Malaysia, Singapore,Brunei, Thailand, the Philippines, as well as in Suriname and the Netherlands, as Indonesia and Suriname are former Dutch colonies.

Satay is a very popular delicacy in Indonesia; the country’s diverse ethnic groups’ culinary arts (see Indonesian cuisine) have produced a wide variety of satays. In Indonesia, satay can be obtained from a travelling satay vendor, from a street-side tent-restaurant, in an upper-class restaurant, or during traditional celebration feasts. In Malaysia, satay is a popular dish—especially during celebrations—and can be found throughout the country. In Southern Philippines it is known as satti.

Close analogues are yakitori from Japan, shish kebab from Turkey and the Middle East, shashlik from the Caucasus, chuanr from China, and sosatie from South Africa

What’s really missing here is mention of Vietnam, where this product hails from. So, I’ll see what I can do. Anyways, let’s check out this onion variety from Vina Acecook!

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

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The dry soup base sachet.

A granular mixture.

The oil sachet.

Has a nice color and an onion scent.

Some vegetables from the bottom of the cup.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added red bell pepper and white bell pepper. The broth indeed has a strong onion flavor. The noodles are alright. I would just say onion noodle. Not floating my boat. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8934563636135.

Hai Hao Mi Sate Hanh (Sate Onion Flavor Instant Noodle) 2.7oz (Pack of 30)

A bunch of Vina Acecook TV spots.

#1669: A-One Mì Ly Instant Noodles Mì Chay Vegetarian Flavor

Another one from the bottom of the hamper! A very plain looking label – but how’s it taste? Let’s check out this variety from Vietnam.

The side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, empty everything into the cup and add boiling water to the top. Re-cover and steep for 3 minutes. Stir and eat!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The powder soup base.

A granular mixture.

A chilli powder sachet.

Smells like chillies!

A seasoned oil sachet.

Has an odd scent.

The vegetables sachet.

Little bits.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added coriander, mung bean sprouts, broccoli, mushroom, white onion and red bell pepper. The noodles hydrated nicely – good gauge and chew to them for an instant cup. The broth however was a little different. It was sweet and buttery – didn’t taste at all like vegetables to me to be honest. It was really sweet. Also, I found a little piece of plastic in with this cup – looks like the little locking mechanism for the included fork, although the included fork was as usual with the locking mechanism, so guess this was an extra. Glad I caught it. 1.25 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 8934684029618.

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An A-One advertisement.

#1666: Vifon Curry Instant Noodle With Chicken

Once in a blue moon I find an instant noodle in my hamper of which I have absolutely NO CLUE WHERE IT CAME FROM. I mean, yeah – I know it’s made in Vietnam and that it’s a chicken curry variant, but I have no idea how it got into my hamper. Where did I get it? Hmmm… Well, it needs to be reviewed so here I am. Let’s check it out!

Details from the side panel (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add all sachets into up. Add 350ml water and microwave for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The powder soup base sachet.

Has a chicken scent.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Orange!

A vegetable sachet.

Wee little bits and pieces.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken with Lindberg-Snider Porterhouse & Roast Seasoning, tau pok, mung bean sprouts and coriander. The noodles were thin and could have used a little more time – they were a little under hydrated. The broth had a lightly spicy curry chicken flavor. It was very thin however and felt a little like less water would have done it justice. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8934561000662.

24 BAGS VIFON STYLE INSTANT RICE NOODLE BEEF FLAVOR

A Vifon TV commercial for their Ngon Ngon product.

#1665: Paldo Vina Koreno Premium Mushroom Flavor

Paldo Foods is a South Korean company, and it looks like they’ve expanded to Vietnam with Paldo Vina. Now mushroom isn’t generally my favorite flavor, but I’ve been surprised in the last year or so at how much I’ve liked many mushroom instants. Let’s see how this one pans out.

Here’s the back f the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free, but check for yourself. To prepare, boil 400-450ml water and add noodle block and sachet contents. Cook for 4 minutes and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The powder soup base sachet.

Has a musty mushroom kind of scent.

The vegetables sachet.

A smattering of vegetables.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts, mushrooms and spring onion. The noodles are pretty standard ramyun – thick with a little more chewiness. The broth had a little spicy hit and a kind of funky mushroom flavor. Not a fan of it as it reminded me of dirt. 1.,5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8936028640312.

Here you can get Paldo Vina Koreno Kimchi flavor!

Here’s a Koreno TV commercial.

#1663: Vina Acecook King Chef Authentic Kimchi Flavour

Here’s one from Vietnam. Vietnamese instants usually tend to be pho flavors for the most part, but a lot of them are Thai or in this case, South Korean styled. Let’s see why this one’s leaning South Korean, other than the flavor.

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

The noodle block – the noodles look to be thick like South Korean ramyun.

The soup base sachet.

Has a spicy and acidic scent.

The vegetables sachet.

A decent amount!

A chilli powder sachet.

Smells spicy!

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles definitely bulked up a lot like ramyun. They had a nice gauge and chew and were ample in portion. The broth was quite nice – kind of a creamy and spicy kimchi flavor ala Korean styles. A lot of hydrated vegetable matter was there and quite good. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8934563715205.

Oh! Ricey Instant Rice Noodle Pho Bo Soup (Beef Flavor) – 2.5oz (Case of 24)

Some Vina Acecook TV commercials.

#1659: United Instant Noodles Xi Gon Satay Onion Flavor

Here’s one of the ones sent by Marvin R. of Ft. Worth, TX – thanks again! So he originally asked me about identifying there. They look a lot like another Vietnamese brand, but the info on the back seems to show that it’s definitely not them. I’ve found in general that onion flavor is usually a good bet – but what about satay? Here’s what wikipedia has to say about satay:

Satay (/ˈsæt/, /ˈsɑːt/ sah-tay), modern Indonesian and Malay spelling of sate, is a dish of seasoned, skewered and grilled meat, served with a sauce.[1] Satay may consist of diced or sliced chicken, goat, mutton, beef,pork, fish, other meats, or tofu; the more authentic version uses skewers from the midrib of the coconut palm frond, although bamboo skewers are often used. These are grilled or barbecued over a wood or charcoal fire, then served with various spicy seasonings.

Sate Ponorogo being grilled in a foodstall inSurabaya, East Java,Indonesia

Satay originated in Java, Indonesia.[2][3][4] It is available almost anywhere in Indonesia, where it has become a national dish.[5][6] It is also popular in many other Southeast Asian countries, including Malaysia, Singapore,Brunei, Thailand, the Philippines, as well as in Suriname and the Netherlands, as Indonesia and Suriname are former Dutch colonies.

Satay is a very popular delicacy in Indonesia; the country’s diverse ethnic groups’ culinary arts (see Indonesian cuisine) have produced a wide variety of satays. In Indonesia, satay can be obtained from a travelling satay vendor, from a street-side tent-restaurant, in an upper-class restaurant, or during traditional celebration feasts. In Malaysia, satay is a popular dish—especially during celebrations—and can be found throughout the country. In Southern Philippines it is known as satti.

Close analogues are yakitori from Japan, shish kebab from Turkey and the Middle East, shashlik from the Caucasus, chuanr from China, and sosatie from South Africa. It is listed at number 14 on World’s 50 most delicious foods readers’ poll complied by CNN Go in 2011.[7]

Satay’s popular all over it seems! Let’s check out this satay onion variety from United of Vietnam!

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 and sachet contents to a bowl. Add 400ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The powder soup base.

A granular powder.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Bright colored oil.

The solid ingredients sachet.

Very green!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added spring onion. The noodles had a crumble to them; not too much, but one that was evident. They had a texture I didn’t completely enjoy. The broth had a good onion taste and a nice added spiciness to it. The provided vegetables hydrated alright. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8936061900183.

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Here’s a great recipe for Vietnamese beef stew!

#1646: New Way Spaghetti Instant Noodles

Here’s one I got this year up in Canada on my birthday! My wife spied this one on a lower shelf . She’s got a knack of finding ones that I don’t notice which is really quite handy! It’s also interesting how many spaghetti varieties come from Vietnam! Anyways, let’s check out this New Way variety.

 The import/distributor’s sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.

 Detail from the back of the package (click image to enlarge). To prepare, put the noodle block in the tray. Add boiling water to line, cover, and let steep for 4 minutes. Use the lid’s spout to drain. Add in liquid sachet contents, garnish with pepper sachet and enjoy!

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The sauce sachet.

Spaghetti sauce.

The pepper sachet.

Black pepper – made me sneeze!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added coriander, beef and white onion. The noodles are flat and slightly broad. They have a very nice texture and chew. The flavor is a very sweet tomato sauce. The black pepper adds a nice little peppery hit to it. A nice surprise in this one. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8936021031483.

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A New Way instant noodles TV spot.