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#2352: Uni-President Minced Pork Flavor Instant Noodles

#2352: Uni-President Minced Pork Flavor Instant Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - 統一肉燥麵

Here’s one I got at 7-Eleven in Taiwan. I’ve seen these for so long with the stripes and they’re very popular in Taiwan. Here’s a little about Uni-President, the company that makes these – from Wikipedia –

Uni-President Enterprises Corporation (TWSE: 1216) (traditional Chinese: 統一企業公司; simplified Chinese: 统一企业公司; pinyin: Tǒngyī Qǐyè Gōngsī; Wade–Giles: T’ung-i Chi-yeh) is an international food conglomerate based in Tainan, Taiwan. It is the largest food production company in Taiwan as well as Asia, and has a significant market share in dairy product, foods and snacks, and beverages markets. It is also responsible for running Starbucks, 7-Eleven, Mister Donut and Carrefour in Taiwan. In addition, Uni-President also has subsidiaries in Mainland China and Thailand.[1]

Furthermore, Uni-President is also the owner of Uni-President Lions, a professional baseball team in Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League.

The export versions I’ve tried haven’t been my favorite, so curious how this one will be. Let’s find out!

Uni-President Minced Pork Flavor Instant Noodles – Taiwan

#2352: Uni-President Minced Pork Flavor Instant Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - 統一肉燥麵

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

#2352: Uni-President Minced Pork Flavor Instant Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - 統一肉燥麵

The noodle block.

#2352: Uni-President Minced Pork Flavor Instant Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - 統一肉燥麵

The dry seasoning sachet.

#2352: Uni-President Minced Pork Flavor Instant Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - 統一肉燥麵

A speckled mixture.

#2352: Uni-President Minced Pork Flavor Instant Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - 統一肉燥麵

A liquid base sachet.

#2352: Uni-President Minced Pork Flavor Instant Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - 統一肉燥麵

Oily.

#2352: Uni-President Minced Pork Flavor Instant Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - 統一肉燥麵

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, chilli oil, chilli powder, Chinese sausage and white onion. The noodles were alright – standard instant noodles with a light sponginess but not enough to mind. The broth was bland and had a slight bitterness reminiscent of coffee. Expected so much more flavor for something so popular in its country of origin. 1.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710088410115.

#2352: Uni-President Minced Pork Flavor Instant Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - 統一肉燥麵

Unif-100 Instant Noodles -Artificial Stewed Pork Chop Shrimp Flavor 3.63oz/103g

A TV spot for this product line.

#2260: Uni-President Science Noodle (X’Mas Edition)

Since Christmas is just around the corner, I thought I ought to review this one that I found in Taiwan during my visit to Mom’s Dry Noodle in mid-November! This usually has a different packaging actually – a wizard with a wand.

Here’s where I got these (click to enlarge). There are over 2,000 7-Eleven stores in Taiwan (hell, at a train station we saw at least three of them)! Unlike the ones here in the USA, a lot of stuff can be done there – pay your water bill for example. Your cellphone bill; get licenses I believe. Lots of tie-ins make it an indispensable kind of place. Like the one I visited in Thailand, I gave the people there a couple of my cards and told them how stoked I was to be in a foeign 7-Eleven. They thought it was funny and then I think they recognized me after reading the card. Well anyways, this is a snack noodle – crush it, sprinkle the stuff, shake it. Let’s take a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge) Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, crush noodles inside package. Open and add in seasoning sachet contents. Close up package and shake to distribute seasoning. Open and enjoy!

The whole noodle block before smashing.

The seasoning sachet.

I read that this is supposed to be a kind of black pepper flavor.

Finished (click to enlarge). I’ve been blinded by science noodle! Well actually I had really bad eyesight before I tried the science noodle.. So the noodles are crunchy and really tasty – very light and crisp. The taste has a nice pepper taste and I think maybe a hint of fish? It works and is a nice snack noodle for sure. For a snack noodle, it gets 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710088410191.

Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir – Eddie grew up in theme-park America, on a could-be-anywhere cul-de-sac in suburban Orlando, raised by a wild family of FOB (“fresh off the boat”) hustlers and hysterics from Taiwan. While his father improbably launched a series of successful seafood and steak restaurants, Eddie burned his way through American culture, defying every “model minority” stereotype along the way. He obsessed over football, fought the all-American boys who called him a chink, partied like a gremlin, sold drugs with his crew, and idolized Tupac. His anchor through it all was food—from making Southern ribs with the Haitian cooks in his dad’s restaurant to preparing traditional meals in his mother’s kitchen to haunting the midnight markets of Taipei when he was shipped off to the homeland. After misadventures as an unlikely lawyer, street fashion renegade, and stand-up comic, Eddie finally threw everything he loved—past and present, family and food—into his own restaurant, bringing together a legacy stretching back to China and the shards of global culture he’d melded into his own identity.
Funny, raw, and moving, and told in an irrepressibly alive and original voice, Fresh Off the Boat recasts the immigrant’s story for the twenty-first century. It’s a story of food, family, and the forging of a new notion of what it means to be American.

So here’s a TV commercial for this one in it’s normal packaging. I found lots of others including this one which appears to be a girl group called the Uni Girls. I always find it interesting when instant noodle companies have their own music groups.

#1616: Unif-100 Instant Noodles Artificial Spicy Beef Flavor (New Package)

Last month at the Chinese New Year celebration I went to hosted by the Seattle Singaporeans Meetup Group, I was talking to Clement, one of the event organizers. Og course, the topic of conversation was instant noodles (I will happily admit I rarely talk about anything else) and he had mentioned that there are these Chinese sausages that are good in beef instant noodles. I’d been wanting to give that a try, and today was the day! Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add everything to a bowl and add in 500ml boiling water. Cover and let steep 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The powder base sachet.

A fine light powder.

The liquid sachet.

A little spicy and beefy scent.

The vegetables sachet.

A decent amount!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Kam Yen Jan Chinese Style Sausage, sweet onion, spring onion, red pepper flakes and mung bean sprouts. The noodles are so-so – not the most backbone, but have a good quantity. I think a little chewier would have been nice. The broth was pretty good – nice beef flavor but a little light on the spicy. I think it would’ve been better with 400cc water. The veggies hydrated well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. The Chinese sausages went well – they had a nice texture and a sweet flavor. EAN bar code 6920077418024.

Unif Instant Noodles, Artificial Spicy Beef Flavor, 3.80 Ounce (Pack Of 24)

A Unif-100 TV advertisement.

#1166: Unif Man Han Feast Sichuan Chili Eel Flavor Instant Noodle

Here’s one from T&T Supermarket up in Vancouver, BC! Many Taiwanese extolled the virtues of these Man Han Feast varieties, especially a beef version. I had the Spring Onion Eel flavor a while back and this is the only other one I’ve seen available in North America. So what does Man Han Feast mean? Wikipedia says:

Manhan Quanxi, literally Manchu Han Imperial Feast was one of the grandest meals ever documented in Chinese cuisine. It consisted of at least 108 unique dishes from the Manchu and Han Chinese culture during the Qing Dynasty, and it is only reserved and intended for the emperors. The meal was held for three whole days, across six banquets. The culinary skills consisted of cooking methods from all over Imperial China.[1]

If you want to read more about the myriad of exotic dishes, here’s the full Wikipedia article. Let’s check this unique variety out!

There were three large import/distributor stickers on the side of the outer packaging of the bowl (click image to enlarge). Contains eel!

Lots of info on the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The dry seasoning sachet.

A big packet with a lot inside!

Liquid base sachet.

Thick and oily.

A large retort pouch.

Spicy eel – and a lot of it. Smells excellent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed green onion, Fresno chili pepper and Walla Walla sweet onion. The noodles are flat and broad. They have a nice quality to them; not too chewy but very good for a bowl noodle. The broth is rich with a good spiciness. The added bonus with this is the eel – it’s really good! Everything is rich and hearty and it’s definitely a feast to behold and consume. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4710088100528.

Here’s a Unif advertisement featuring the beef bowl.