Here’s the last of the A-Sha line of instant noodles they sent. These are a leaner line; not with the different gauges that the other products they make have. Not to say they don’t taste good, though! Let’s see how original this one is!
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Mentions that it’s vegetarian friendly. To prepare, boil noodles for 3 minutes. Drain. Add contents of sachet, stir and enjoy.
The noodle block.
The liquid sachet.
Has a strong soy scent.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added shrimp. The noodles are good – decent chewiness, elasticity and bulk. The flavor is a sweet and sesame like soy amalgam – pretty good! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4715635851502.
Here are some Taiwanese people talking about what I’d had for breakfast a couple nights before – this was in mid 2013.
Here’s a new one from A-Sha. They decided to come out with a stright instant variety. You cook it a little differently, too. Shallots! Let’s give this a try!
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Mentions that it is non-vegetarian. To prepare, boil about 400ml water. Put noodle block in a bowl that will hold the water, add noodles and cover (what I do is boil the water in a pan, remove it from the stove, drop the noodles in and put the lid on). Let sit for 3 minutes. Drain off water, add liquid sauce sachet and stir. Done!
The noodle block comes in it’s own inner wrapping. Here it is unwrapped.
The sauce sachet.
Has a great shallot scent.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, thinly sliced big ugly carrot and chicken that was baked with Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning. The noodles are nice – slightly fluffy and of good character. The sauce gives everything a nice coating of soy, sweetness and shallot flavors which are balanced nicely. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4715635851519.
Here’s a Taiwanese news clip about when I did a Meet The Manufacturer with A-Sha about 6 months ago.
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Mentions ‘non-vegetarian sauce.’
The noodle block.
The spicy sauce sachet.
A very deep red color and a strong chili oil scent.
My boy and his pumpkin!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed beef, sweet onion and garlic and garnished with green onions. The noodles are really nice – flat and very broad – and thick. They are so scant on ingredients and have such a nice texture and chewiness – as I’ve said before, they are masterful in their simplicity. The flavor? This stuff is really spicy – the oily liquid base coats every nook and cranny of the noodles with extreme heat and a nice balance of soy. I think the oil really spreads the heat into the palate and gives it a nice long burn. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.
Back in May, this news story came out in Tasiwan. I asked if Taiwanese companies would contact me and send samples – A-Sha was one of those and I’ve really enjoyed their stuff!
Been a little while since I reviewed anything by A-Sha. I did a Meet The Manufacturer in May, but nothing new since then. Well, today’s the day! Curry. It’s always been a favorite flavor of mine and I think this is the first time I’ll be trying a Taiwanese take on it. Let’s give it a try!
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Says non-vegetarian in the top left corner, so I’m assuming there’s meat or fish in this one. Cook noodles for 3 minutes in boiling water, drain, then stir in liquid sachet.
The noodle block. Very light weight to it.
The liquid sachet.
Has a very nice sweet curry scent.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion and baked chicken. The noodles are nice – very fluffy actually and a springy texture. The curry? It has a slightly spicy, slightly sweet rich taste. It really reminds me of the curry my mom used to make with chicken livers! It’s very tasty and enjoyable. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4715635851526.
Here’s a video from Taiwanese news about my Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles list.
Here’s the last of the varieties that A-Sha sent. This has been a really interesting Meet The Manufacturer – I’ve immersed myself in Taiwan documentaries and listening to music from Taiwan and checking out the architecture. I really never knew anything to speak of about Taiwan, but I must say it looks like an amazing place! Today, I’ll try the original flavor – A-Sha told me it’s their most popular.
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). I must say that is a short list of ingredients!
The noodle block.
You can see the little jewels of oil dancing atop the liquid.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added bell pepper, sweet onion and beef that was sauteed in beef as well as a fried egg. These noodles have an excellent texture and chewiness I enjoyed. The flavoring was of soy and sesame. It is truly amazing how these few ingredients come together so well! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4715635850314.
I thought I’d end things with some funky music from Taiwan. This is from 1978 and by Zou Juan Juan / 邹娟娟.
The A-Sha Meet The Manufacturer is winding down here is the next to last of the varieties I’ll be reviewing. Spicy and sesame – two words I like! Let’s check it out.
The back of the package (click image top enlarge).
The noodle block. These Hakka noodles are wide!
The seasoning sauce.
Has a sesame scent, reminiscent of peanut butter.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added onion and beef that I sauteed and then added scrambled egg to with a little soy sauce on top. The noodles are thick, wide, chewy and delicious. The flavoring is a little oily and has a sesame flavor and a little heat to it. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.
This is a documentary about a Hakka person named Lee Teng Hui (1923-), President of Republic of China (1988-2000) and the first popularly-elected president in Chinese history. 李登辉 (1923-), 中华民国总统 (1988-2000) 和中华历史上第一位民选总统.