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Meet The Manufacturer: #2176: MAMA Instant Rice Vermicelli Yentafo Tom Yam Mohfai

The wheat noodle version of MAMA’s Yentafo Tom Yam Mohfai has been on the annual The Ramen Rater Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list as well as the cups list for the cup version before. Very curious how the rice vermicelli will be! Looking forward to it – let’s give it a try!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains squid. To prepare, add everything to a bowl and add 350ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The vermicelli.

The soup base sachet.

A granular mix, flecked with herbs.

A liquid sachet.

Dark and oily.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, kamaboko, Dodo fish ball, tofu puff, fried garlic, chilli pepper flake and coriander. The vermicelli hydrated very well. I gave it my usual two cross cuts with a pair of kitchen scissors. The vermicelli has an ultra thin gauge. The broth is spectacular. It has a spiciness and a strong sweet and kind of sour taste to it which is very bright and refreshing. This is one of those that I just couldn’t stop enjoying until it was gone! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars! EAN bar code 8851876000128.

Instant Mama Rice Vermicelli Noodles Yentafo Tom Yum Mohfai Flavor

We took a bus to the President Rice factory in Ratchaburi. I was just amazed the whole time how the motorbikers would take advantage of any and every opening in traffic – sliding by the bus in such a narrow spot! I don’t think I saw a single accident or any police doing anything but directing traffic. A very busy place but everything seemed to flow so much better than at home.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2175: MAMA Instant Flat Noodles Clear Soup

It’s been fun trying these rice noodles – I don’t often have a bunch of them in a row and I was curious how it would be after a couple days but I’ve really enjoyed it thus far. Usually Meet The Manufacturers can honestly be a little trying – the same brand for a couple weeks. But I’m definitely enjoying this one! On with the show!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 350ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet – chilli powder and soup base.

The chilli powder atop the soup base.

A liquid sachet.

Garlic infused oil!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, Dodo fish ball, fried garlic and chilli flake. The noodles are wide and flat with a nice texture. As usual, I did a couple crosscuts with a pair of kitchen scissors to make them more manageable. The broth is a kind of salty, garlicky and spicy affair with a good oiliness. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850987201165.

Thai Mama Instant Flat Noodles Clear Soup 50g – 6 Packs

A MAMA TV commercial for a rice noodle that curls up when you cook it!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2174: MAMA Cup Rice Noodles Tom Saab Flavour

Most of you have probably heard of tom yum soup, but tom saab you might not have heard of. Tom Saab is a spicy pork soup from northern Thailand. Let’s give this a try!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Stir and let steep covered for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodles.

The dry seasoning sachet.

A speckled mixture.

A liquid sachet.

A spicy paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, mushroom, chashu pork, lime and fried garlic. The noodles come out really good – like the same hearty gauge as rice stick – plus they hydrated very well. The broth is rich and spicy – really fit the bill. Very impressed! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8851876001231.

Instant Mama RICE NOODLES (Pho) Tom Saab Flavor – Pack of 10 by MAMA Instant Noodles

During my trip to Thailand last year, we spent one day at the President Rice factory. It was great – I got to be a guest judge for a special Iron Chef!

#1731: MAMA Instant Noodles Shrimp Creamy Tom Yum Flavour

Some of you are going to say ‘hey this is a re-review!’ But actually, it isn’t. This is the MAMA Shrimp Creamy Tom Yum for the Cambodian market! Yup – Cambodia. A lot of new countries lately which is awesome! I got these sent to me when I saw them during my visit to Thailand at the Thai President Foods European Agent Meeting in May! Let’s have a look at this one for the Cambodian market.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). I don’t see it on the package, but I’m guessing this contains shrimp. To prepare, add contents of package to a bowl. Add 300ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry soup base sachet.

Has a spicy and shrimp scent.

A liquid sachet.

Has a spicy scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added shrimp, Thai chillies, mung bean sprouts, white onion and coriander. The noodles hydrated very nicely, with that trademark gauge and slight crumble that MAMA noodles always have. The broth is spectacular – brilliant looking and with a slightly sweet, spicy, lemongrassy, shrimpy, creamy balance that’s just superb. Love this stuff! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850987128301.

5 Packs – MAMA Shrimp Creamy Tom Yum Flavour Instant Noodles Thailand

An older MAMA Shrimp Creamy Tom Yum TV commercial.

#1691: MAMA Instant Cup Noodles Minced Pork Flavour

I got this one during my trip to Thailand. I was absolutely stoked to find out there was a 7-11 right next to the Chatrium hotel in Bangkok! To many, this will be a ‘so what?’ but to me, visiting Asian 7-11 stores have been something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time.

You might say it looks like the ones we have here in the US, just with some Thai on the door, right?

Ah – a little different! This is right across from the Slurpee machine! How awesome is that? I think in the local 7-11 here there might be 3 or 4 instant noodles in the whole store. Anyways, one this that’s pretty awesome about this cup is that I got it home at all. Pork, chicken and beef isn’t usually let through customs – but they waved me through so I didn’t hassle them. In fact, it was the easiest re-entry ever coming home which rocked – I weas really tired! Let’s have a look at this popular minced pork cup from MAMA!

Here’s detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, open lid halfway and take everything out. Add in sachet contents and add boiling water to fill line. Re-cover for 3 minutes, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet of soup base and chilli powder.

The chilli powder atop the soup base.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Has a kind of strong garlic and other herbs scent.

A sachet of solid ingredients.

Pork amongst other things.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed pork, white onion and red bell pepper and some coriander. The noodles are thin and have a decent backbone. The broth is thin with a nice pork taste and good spiciness. It’s got a decent oiliness to it as well. The bits of pork were a nice addition. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850987101472.

Instant MAMA Noodles Minced Pork Flavor – 10 Cups

Here’s a TV commercial for MAMA Minced Pork instant noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: MAMA Instant Noodles Yentafo Tom Yum Mohfai Flavour

Here’s a good one – it’s on The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2014 Edition! Seriously good. One thing that will confuse many is the name – it certainly did confuse me. Yentafo? Mohfai? Tom Yum – that I knew, but the others…  Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about yentafo:

Yong tau foo ( also spelled yong tao foo, yong tau fu, or yong tau hu yong tofu; yentafo in Thailand) is a Hakka Chinese food consisting primarily of tofu that has been filled with either a ground meat mixture or fish paste (surimi). Variation of this food include vegetables and mushrooms stuff with ground meat or surimi. Yong tau foo is eaten in numerous ways, either dry with a sauce or served as a soup dish.

It is commonly found in China, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, and in cities where there are large Teochew and Hokkien populations.

South East Asia

In South East Asia, the term “yong tau foo” is used to described a dish instead of the stuffed tofu item exclusively. The dish can contain a varied selection of food items, including young tau foo, fish balls, crab sticks, bitter melons, cuttlefish, lettuce, ladies fingers, as well as chilis, and various forms of fresh produce, seafood and meats common in Chinese cuisine. Vegetables such as bitter melon and chilis are usually filled with surimi. The foods are then sliced into bite-size pieces, cooked briefly in boiling broth and then served either in the broth as soup or with the broth in a separate bowl. The dish is eaten with chopsticks and a soup spoon and can be eaten by itself or served with a bowl of steamed rice, noodles, or Rice vermicelli . Another variation of this dish would be to serve it with laksa gravy or curry sauce. Essential accompaniments are a spicy, vinegary chili sauce, originally made with red fermented bean curd and distantly similar in taste to Sriracha sauce, and a distinctive brown sweet bean sauce or hoisin sauce for dipping.

It took me a lot of digging, but mohfai seems to be a special pot, the hot pot shown on the packaging. Let’s check it out again!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). It’s tough to scan these shiny foil packs, so I found that putting them in grayscale and changing the contrast helps somewhat. Contains squid powder. To prepare, put everything in a bowl. Add 300ml boiling water and cover. Steep for 3 minutes and stir. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The powder soup base sachet.

Has an interesting scent – smells pretty good.

The paste sachet.

Has a kind of meaty scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fried tofu sliced in half and stuffed with sauteed beef, ginger, bell pepper, garlic and soy sauce. Also added fried fishball, sliced squid, shrimp, bell pepper, green nira and coriander. The noodles are the standard ‘brown noodle’ that MAMA makes – they have a bit of seasoning and have a firm yet agreeably crumbly texture. The broth has a light spiciness and sweetness to it with just a skosh of heartiness from the oil that works perfectly. I was extremely pleased with this one the first time I tried it – extremely pleased yet again. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars! EAN bar code 8850987142611.


Get it here!

A TV commercial for MAMA Yentafo Tom Yum Mohfai.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1468: MAMA Instant Cup Noodles Seafood Pad Kee Mao Flavour

I’ve seen Pad Kee Mao on the menu at our local Thai restaurant but never ordered it. Hmmm. What’s wikipedia have to say about it I wonder?

Drunken noodles (or pad kee mao, less frequently pad ki mao or pad kimao, Lao: ຜັດຂີ້ເມົາ; Thai: ผัดขี้เมา, RTGS: phat khi mao,  [pʰàt kʰîːmaw]) is a Chinese-influenced dish that was made popular by the Chinese people living in Laos and Thailand. In Thai khi mao means drunkard. It is a stir friednoodle dish very similar to phat si io, but with a slightly different flavor profile. It is normally made with broad rice noodles, soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic, meat, seafood or tofu, bean sprouts or other vegetables, and various seasonings. Chili, unripe drupes pepper and holy basil give rise to its distinctive spiciness. “Drunken fried rice” or khao phat khi mao is a similar dish.

Several theories exist on the naming of this dish. One states that it is because of the use of rice wine in preparing this dish, but no alcohol is added in any of the original Thai recipes. Another states that it was devised by someone who came home drunk but still wanted something to eat that could be made easily with whatever ingredients were available. Or someone find remainder in their fridges to cook a side dish for their alcohol drinking. As such it should actually be renamed “drunkard’s noodles.” Yet another theory states that this dish is so spicy that one needs to drink beer to temper the heat.[1][2][3]

Drunken Noodles! Awesome! Now what I found interesting about this cup was that it contains ‘holy basil,’ an ingredient I’ve never heard of. Again, wikipedia:

Ocimum tenuiflorum, also known as Ocimum sanctum, holy basil, or tulasī, is an aromatic plant in the family Lamiaceae which is native to the Indian Subcontinent and widespread as a cultivated plant throughout the Southeast Asian tropics.[1][2] It is an erect, much branched subshrub, 30–60 cm tall with hairy stems and simple opposite green or purple leaves that are strongly scented. Leaves have petioles and are ovate, up to 5 cm long, usually slightly toothed. The flowers are purplish in elongate racemes in close whorls.[2] The two main morphotypes cultivated in India and Nepal are green-leaved (Sri or Lakshmi tulasi) and purple-leaved (Krishna tulasi).[3] (See Tulsi in Hinduism.)

The leaves of holy basil, known as kaphrao in the Thai language (Thai: กะเพรา), are commonly used in Thai cuisine.[18]Kaphrao should not be confused with horapha (Thai: โหระพา), which is normally known as Thai basil,[18] or with Thai lemon basil (maenglak; Thai: แมงลัก). The best-known dish made with this herb is phat kaphrao (Thai: ผัดกะเพรา) — a stir-fry of Thai holy basil with meats, seafood or, as in khao phat kraphao, with rice.

I’m curious about this stuff… I wonder if I can find it anywhere around here… Well, let’s check this one out!

Here’s detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, take oput all the sachets and put in the dehydrated seafood/vegetable sachet. Fill to line and steep three minutes. Open other side of lid and drain. Add in paste and powder sachets and stir well. Enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

Powder base on the left and chilli powder on the right.

The chilli powder atop the base. Has a very interesting scent – I’m guessing the holy basil.

The paste sachet.

Has a nice aroma too.

The vegetable and seafood ingredients sachet.

A nice little mixture.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added coriander, sliced squid, mung bean sprouts, sweet onion, shrimp, seafood flavored tofu and Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Pepper seasoning. The noodles are thin and light with a decent little bounce to them. They aren’t like the ones you’d experience in MAMA Tom Yum packs that are pre-seasoned with a nice crumble, but different. The flavor is really quite good and can be summed as kind of a sweet seafood taste with a great bite of spiciness and then this lingering flavor from the holy basil. It’s got a really different flavor I wish was present more often instant noodle varieties. The dehydrated carrot and seafood hydrated very nicely. This was a very pleasant surprise! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850987144943.


Get it here!

Gotta say there’s nothing better than vintage instant noodle TV advertisements!

#1320: MAMA Instant Noodles Cup Seafood Flavour

My nose is running, my throat is sore and I feel pretty crummy. Sneezing, sore eyes and sore everything – I’ve got a cold and a bad one at that. Not a fun day, that’s for sure – it’s raining and windy outside as well which makes taking our dogs out a real chore, especially when they’re pugs. Pugs don’t like to get wet; they (at least the pugs we have) aren’t very rugged creatures; they like to sleep and be constantly comfortable.

Here’s what they’re doing right now. Now they’re back to sleep. Professional nap takers. Anyways, I’m sick and the dogs are sleeping. I thought maybe some spicy seafood noodles would be nice – especially since I’m in the mood for some seafood. Spicy things usually make me feel better. Let’s check out this cup from MAMA and let the dogs sleep.

Here’s the distributor’s sticker (click image to enlarge). Contains fish.

Details of the side panels (click image to enlarge).

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge). To prepare, open lid, add seasoning, add boiling water to line for 3 minutes. Stir it up and then (yes it says this) “enjoy your delicious MAMA.”

The miraculous included fork! A fitting three-tined trident to harpoon the seafood noodles.

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A granular powder with little bits of vegetable within.

Corn and carrot bits from inside the cup.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fish balls, chikwara, shrimp, kamaboko, shitaraba, sweet onion and BonCabe Level 10 chilli seasoning. The noodles are quite good – in fact they’re about the same as the pack varieties by MAMA. The broth has a nice and rich seafood flavor which was quite good, although it wasn’t spicy whatsoever. It didn’t say that it was spicy in the first place, but usually if it’s Thai and by MAMA, it’s spicy – at least a little bit. The vegetables hydrated well but could’ve been better. A very nice seafood cup. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8850987123405.

A MAMA noodles TV commercial from Thailand.

#1302: MAMA Instant Noodles Yentafo Tom Yum Mohfai Flavour

Here’s one with a flavor I’ve never heard of – well, except for the tom yum part. Here’s what Wikipedia had to say about the yentafo:

In Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, the Malay Muslims have taken to yong tau foo in a big way. As pork consumption is prohibited for Muslims, halal yong tau foo is generally soy based or stuffed vegetable fritters or steamed bean curd with fish paste stuffing. To prepare the dish, these, a steamed rice-flour roll (similar to that used for chee cheong fun) and a vegetable called kangkong are boiled to heat and soften them. The food items are drained and eaten with sprinkled toasted sesame seeds, chili sauce and a hoisin based sauce. Another version commonly found in Perak state is the soup type where the food items are served in a broth and provided with chili sauce and hoisin based sauce dipping. Halal yong tau foo is normally sold by Malay vendors at night markets (pasar malam) and at halal food courts by non-Muslim vendors.

I really couldn’t find anything about the mohfai, so if anyone’s got any thoughts, please comment and I’ll include it! Let’s check this out.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, put the noodles and sachet contents in a bowl. Add 300ml water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy.

The noodle block.

The dry base sachet.

Very grainy and an interesting color.

The oil/paste sachet.

Interesting.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fish balls, sweet onion, Fresno chilli pepper and green onion. The noodles are the standard ‘brown noodle’ that MAMA makes – they have a bit of seasoning and have a firm yet agreeably crumbly texture. The broth has a light spiciness and sweetness to it with just a skosh of heartiness from the oil that works perfectly. I was extremely pleased with this one – extremely. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 8850987142611.

This is pretty awesome – first heard this tune last week. Reminds me a lot of the old Kool And The Gang grooves.

#1251: MAMA Instant Noodles Tom Saab Flavour

Here’s something I’ve never heard of – ‘tom saab.’ Sounds like someone named after a car… But what is it?  looked around online and found that it is a hot spicy soup popular is northern Thailand. Usually contains pork. Sounds interesting – let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Not sure if it contains meat or not. To prepare, put the noodles and sachet contents in a bowl. Add 300ml boiling water, cover, and let site for 3 minutes. Give a stir and enjoy.

The noodle block.

The powder base sachet.

Has a spicy pork scent.

The oil sachet.

Smells… oily.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed pork and green onion. The noodles are thin and have that standard seasoned noodle taste that MAMA noodles usually do. These are quite good uncooked as well. Kind of a sesame oil kind of taste to them. The broth is a combination of spicy, citrus (although not the same as tom yum) and a pork flavor. Very rich taste and very strong. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 8850987141201.

Here is Isaan in northeastern Thailand.

#1237: MAMA Instant Noodles Creamy Tom Yum Minced Pork Flavour

Hey something from Thailand! Sounds good to me! Lime, pork, spiciness… Let’s get to it!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to me meat-free but check for yourself. To prepare, put noodle block and sachet contents in a bowl. Add 300ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Give it a stir and it’s ready.

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a peanut and spicy scent.

The oil sachet.

Has a citrus scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added minced ham, lime, Fresno chilli pepper and Lee Kum Kee Sriracha sauce. The noodles are thin and have a nice texture. They’re pre seasoned with a slight sesame oil hint. The broth is really odd. I thought it smelled bad at first, but when I tasted it I quite enjoyed it. Pork, chilli, lime and other flavors come in and duck out when you taste its flavor. Fascinating. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 8850987143618.

Not exactly sure, but it looks to be a little shop you can go into in Thailand and pick the instant noodle and then they gussy it up for you real nice!

#1205: MAMA Instant Noodles Pork Flavour With Black Pepper

Here’s one that was sent from Germany by a fellow named Samonporn – thank you! I am really happy to be trying these since it’s been a few days since I had any pork on hand to pair anything with. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A dual dry seasoning sachet: chili powder on the left and soup base on the right.

The chili powder atop the soup base.

The seasoned oil sachet.

Has a black pepper scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added thin cut pork butt and sweet onion sauteed with black pepper and some cilantro (cardamom). The noodles are thin and enjoyable crumbly with their own flavor with a nice sesame hint. The broth is definitely full of black pepper flavor and has a nice finish. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

A MAMA TV spot.