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Meet The Manufacturer: #1097: Amianda Noodle Homely Dried Noodles – Sesame Paste

Today, we have the last of the Amianda noodles. I’d like to thank Amianda for doing the interview and sending the great samples! Sesame paste – let’s get to it.

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

The noodle block.

Sauce packet.

Has a soy scent.

The sesame paste packet.

Has a peanut and sesame scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a little Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are nice – elastic and a little chewy. The flavor is that of sesame paste with a nice peanut butter after taste. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.

<iframe width=”420″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/zhETS4fdU0w” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>Here’s how to make your own sesame paste!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1096: Amianda Noodle Tachia Noodles – Hot & Spicy Sauce

As we wind down this spotlight on Amianda, we arrive at a hot and spicy variety of their Tachia noodles. Let’s have a look.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The sauce packet.

Has a soy scent.

The second liquid packet – presumably the spicy one.

Oh yeah – this stuff is spicy!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a fried egg with a little Louisiana Hot Sauce and some beef, garlic and Vidalia sweet onion sauteed with soy sauce. The noodles are great – nice elasticity, chew and texture. The flavor is salty, spicy and soy. A pretty good flavor and texture. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/bpWp9i-sow8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>Here’s some footage of part of a night market in Taipei.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1095: Amianda Noodle Tachia Noodles – Fried Shallot

Today it’s fried shallot. Shallots are really quite enjoyable; like an onion and a garlic had a child – strong flavor! Let’s give this one a try!

The back of the packaging (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The sauce packet.

Has a soy sauce scent.

The fried shallot packet.

Wow – pungent shallot!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added roast beef and Vidalia sweet onion sauteed in a little Worcestershire sauce. The noodles were really good – texture and chew were great. The flavoring wasn’t as I expected though; the shallot taste was there, but almost seemed burnt. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.

Scallion Pancakes in Taiwan – man that soiunds really good!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1094: Amianda Noodle Thin Noodles – Sesame Oil

Thin noodles! Let’s have a look.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge).

They’re not kidding – these are really thin and wispy.

The sauce packet.

Has a soy scent.

The sesame oil packet.

Has a sesame oil scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed beef, Vidalia sweet onion, red bell pepper and minced garlic with a little Worcestershire sauce. The noodles are great – fluffy and soft with a comfort food texture. The flavor is really mystical; it’s got the sesame oil there, but then there’s this flavor hovering around – like cinnamon or pumpkin spice – not sure what it is but it’s really great! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.

In Taiwan, they have these ‘Night Markets’ – tons of different sellers of absolutely everything from merchandise to food. This is the Fong Jia Night market.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1093: Amianda Noodle Hakka Flat Noodles – Satay Sauce

I don’t know what made me do it, but I felt a need to consult Wikipedia on satay and Taiwan. So I did and found this:

Shacha sauce (Chinese: 沙茶; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: sa-te; also spelled sa cha sauce), or paste is a Chinesecondiment primarily used in Fujian, Teochew, and Taiwanese cuisines. It is made from soybeanoil, garlic, shallots, chilis, brill fish, and dried shrimp.[1] It has a savory and slightly spicy taste.

The ingredient has multiple uses:

  • as a base for soups
  • as a rub for barbecued meats
  • as a seasoning for stir fry dishes
  • as a component for dipping sauces, for example as used in hot pot meals

Shacha sauce is also known as sa-te sauce in the Hokkien dialect, reflecting its origin back to the satay sauce introduced by expatriate Chinese returning from South East Asia. It is however quite different from the peanut-based satay sauce popular in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore.

Was glad I did – I thought that this might be more of a chicken or beef kind of flavor, but I would’ve been completely wrong. So, satay or shacha, here it is!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). May contain seafood.

The noodle block. Note that these are hakka noodles – wide!

The sauce packet.

The sauce has a soy sauce scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Vidalia sweet onions. The noodles are broad and have such a nice texture – so like an egg noodle but not eggy! The flavor is light; and has a seafood taste that’s very enjoyable. Reminds me of shrimp shumai. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

A fish market in Taiwan.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1092: Amianda Noodle Tachia Dried Noodles – Rou Zhao Meat Sauce

Today, we have the Tachia noodles again but with rouzao. What is rouzao? Wikipedia mentioned that it involves minced pork (Amianda mentioned this one includes it in the sauce) and minced pork rice is the common rouzao:

While Minced pork rice is referred to as one important icon in typical Taiwanese folk cuisine, the variety of methods to customize flavors is so wide that it creates considerable differences between regions. In southern Taiwan, where people name it by the sauce “bah-sò-pn̄g (肉燥飯)” instead of the meat, Minced pork rice is preferably served with pork with less fat. People in the north of Taiwan favor a greasier version of meat sauce with rice.

In southern Taiwan, while “bah-sò-pn̄g” is seen on the menu indicating Minced pork rice, “ló͘-bah-pn̄g (滷肉飯)” remains on the very same menu, referring to another dish where braised pork belly covers the rice. The same rice with braised pork belly is known as “khòng-bah-pn̄g (焢肉飯)” in northern Taiwan.

Minced pork rice can also be found in China, and a wider selection of vegetables such as corn is eaten along with it.

Sounds good – let’s check it out.

Back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains pork.

The noodle block.

This time there’s no info on the sauce packet.

A little thicker than the past few. Has a really nice sweet pork scent.

Andy joined me for a bowl of noodles.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a fried egg and ham I minced, garlic, sesame oil and a little soy sauce and sauteed for a few minutes. The noodles are spectacular – elastic and perfect chewiness. The flavoring is awesome! Has a sweet and salty braised pork flavor that is just out of this world. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Video on how to make Rou Zao Mian – kind of what we have here. Mian means noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1091: Amianda Noodle Homely Dried Noodles – Original Flavor

Today I’ll be reviewing a thinner gauge noodle by Amianda. I thought it was funny that they were called ‘homely,’ as here in the US homely usually means ugly, but I think this time it’s meant to be more along the lines of homemade or home-style.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block. A very thin gauge.

The liquid sauce packet.

In the provided literature, it says ‘the most classic flavor of all, sauce with hand-made soy sauce can serve you the original sweetness of noodle.’

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a fried egg and some ham. The noodles are very thin and have a nice elasticity and texture. The flavoring while light has a very nice soy flavor and sweetness. These are excellent! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

The differences in soy sauces around Asia are discussed, centering in Taiwanese soy sauce.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1090: Amianda Noodle Dried Noodles – Spicy Sauerkraut

Today it’s a spicy sauerkraut – kind of interesting to see sauerkraut as a popular addition in Taiwanese noodles, but this isn’t the first time I’ve seen it – I think it’s about the fourth. Anyways, let’s give it a look!

The back of the packaging (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block. They look about the same as the Tachia variety I reviewed for #1088.

A sauce packet.

Has a nice sesame oil scent.

Another liquid packet – the spicy component perhaps?

Yep – has some heat!

The sauerkraut pouch.

A decent amount and has a nice scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green onions. The noodles are excellent – nice texture and chew. The flavoring is a little oily and bland. There’s a bit of spiciness there. The sauerkraut’s kind of interesting – a nice crunch to it but not a strong flavor. Left wanting a little more flavor. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.

About making sauerkraut.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1089: Amianda Noodle Hakka Flat Noodles – Fried Bean Sauce

Today it’s hakka noodles, a variety I have only very recently found out about. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the Hakka people in Taiwan:

In Taiwan, Hakka people comprise about 15 to 20% of the population and are descended largely from Guangdong immigrants: they form the second-largest ethnic group on the island.

Taiwan’s Hakka population concentrates in Hsinchu City and Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, and around Chungli in Taoyuan County, and Meinong District in Kaohsiung City, and in Pingtung County, with smaller presences in Hualian and Taitung County. In recent decades[when?] many Hakka have moved to the largest metropolitan areas, including Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung.

Many people in Taiwan are of mixed Hoklo, Hakka, and Taiwanese aborigines heritage. Approximately half of the population of Hakka in Taiwan also speaks Taiwanese Hokkien, and it is highly likely[original research?] that many Taiwanese-speaking households descend from Hakka families in Taiwan who lost their language a few generations back.

The Taiwanese variant of the Hakka language resembles other variants of Hakka spoken in other parts of the world, but differs vastly in terms of pronunciation due to the influence of Taiwanese Hokkien.[citation needed] Therefore it is difficult, though not impossible, for speakers of other Hakka variants to understand Taiwanese Hakka.[citation needed]

So these people are known for their simple cuisine and thus, the Hakka  noodle. With that, let’s check this one out!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The noodles are wide a a little thick.

The fried bean sauce packet.

Has an interested scent – beans are what come to mind.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added chopped ham, Vidalia sweet onion and minced garlic to a little soy sauce and sauteed and a fried egg. The noodles have a very nice chew and perfect texture. The flavoring is nice with a little heartiness. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.

Hakka Performance by Vancouver Taiwanese Hakka Association

Meet The Manufacturer: #1088: Amianda Noodle Tachia Dried Noodles – Peppery

To start things off, we have tachia noodles. It sounds like Tachung county is where a city called Tachia is, so I’m guessing this is a local version. Anyways, let’s check ’em out!

Back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block. This is really interesting as it is like the noodles are short and woven in a lattice; the whole thing can flex a little.

The peppery sauce.

Has a peppery and slightly acidic scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef and Vidalia sweet sauteed with some soy sauce. The noodles are nice – flat and a little broad with great texture and chew. The flavoring is that of a very strong black pepper – to the point of being hot and spicy. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.

A dragon dance that spans 330km in 8 days!

Meet The Manufacturer: Samples From Amianda Noodle

A great big box of noodles from Taiwan! Let’s open it!

I really like it when companies send printed instructions like this – makes it easier for me when there’s very little English on the packaging if any.

Wow look at them all! Can’t wait to start reviewing! Thanks again!

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Amianda Noodle

Interview * Samples From Amianda * Amianda Noodle Tachia Dried Noodles – Peppery * Amianda Noodle Hakka Flat Noodles – Fried Bean Sauce * Amianda Noodle Dried Noodles – Spicy Sauerkraut * Amianda Noodle Homely Dried Noodles – Original Flavor * Amianda Noodle Tachia Dried Noodles – Rou Zhao Meat Sauce * Amianda Noodle Hakka Flat Noodles – Satay Sauce * Amianda Noodle Thin Noodles – Sesame Oil * Amianda Noodle Tachia Noodles – Fried Shallot * Amianda Noodle Tachia Noodles – Hot & Spicy Sauce * Amianda Noodle Homely Dried Noodles – Sesame Paste

When the 2013 edition of the Top Ten Instant Noodles In The World list came out, people in Taiwan were surprised that there were no varieties on the list from their beloved homeland. People visited The Ramen Rater by the tens of thousands and voiced their disapproval. I asked the companies of Taiwan to contact me so I could try more varieties. Amianda accepted my request and decided to take part in Meet The Manufacturer. Here is an interview I conducted with Amianda via email.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for agreeing to this interview! To start, can you tell my readers about the history of Amianda?

AMIANDA> 公司致力於五穀食品類的生產,目前正生產關於小麥類的相關食品尢以麵條類係屬民生常需食品,於是發展”阿麵達美食館”更以多種風味醬料及麵條種類搭配,提供消費者多樣選擇
Our company is committed to the production of five grains food products, and is currently producing wheat related foods, especially noodles, as they are a staple food, therefore we have developed the “Amianda Gourmet House”, with variety of flavored sauces to combine with different types of noodles, and provide multiple choices to consumers

TRR> What was the first product you made?

AMIANDA> 我們第一個研發生產的產品為:大甲乾麵-香辣醬口味
The first product we developed and produced is: Tachia dried noodles with hot and spicy sauce.

TRR> Your company is located in Taiwan. Can you tell us a little about your country?

AMIANDA> 台灣是一個麵食多元化的地區,有非常多的麵食配合不同的生產方式,研發出台灣獨特的麵食風味,『阿麵達乾麵』便是其中之一。『阿麵達乾麵』位於台灣中部的大安區,是一個富有文化氣習的聖地,因為我們臨近的「鎮瀾宮」,每年一次的媽祖繞境,便是世界三天宗教聖事之一,同時,中部也是糕餅的故鄉,出產許多特色甜點美食,在這美食之都裡,『阿麵達乾麵』也成了特色麵食之一。
Taiwan is a region with a very diverse pasta culture, there are many types of pasta with different production methods, developing Taiwan’s unique pasta flavors, and the “Amianda dried noodles” is one of them. “Amianda dried noodles” is located in Central Taiwan’s Da-An district, it is a holy land rich in cultural atmosphere, because we are close to the “Jenn Lann Temple”, and the yearly Dajia Mazu Procession is one of the world’s three biggest religious events, at the same time, Central Taiwan is also the hometown of baked goods, producing many specialty gourmet desserts, so in this culinary capital, “Amianda dried noodles” has become one of the pasta specialties.

TRR> Can you tell us about the varieties of noodles you make?

AMIANDA> 『阿麵達乾麵』目前有四種麵體,由寬到細分別為客香粄條、大甲乾麵、家常乾麵、粉絲麵線
十種口味:原味、麻辣、麻醬、素沙茶、油蔥、麻油、沙茶、香辣醬、極地肉燥,以及最新研發出
的全新口味:勁辣酸菜。『阿麵達乾麵』的麵體是精選高級小麥粉+純淨海塩+RO純水調和而成,
麵體透過多層次壓延,(經過七道壓延手續),因此能讓麵體呈現更加Q彈的口感
“Amianda dried noodles” currently has 4 different types of noodles, from the widest to the narrowest are respectively Hakka rice lath, Dajia dried noodles, homemade dried noodles, bean vermicelli. Ten different flavors: original, hot and spicy, sesame, vegetarian shacha, fragrant spices, polar braised pork, and the newest developed all new flavor: fresh spicy pickled cabbage. “Amianda dried noodles” is made from blending selected high grade wheat+pure sea salt+RO water, the noodles, and multi-level rolling process (after 7 rolling processes), the noodles are more chewy and “al dente”.

TRR> What does the name ‘Amianda’ mean?

AMIANDA> 會取名為『阿麵達』起因於三個念頭’:

  • 第一:以台灣在地發音的”麵擔”(麵攤的台語)
  • 第二:「達」字有到意思,因此『阿麵達』有麵來了的意思
  • 第三:Amianda英文為最愛,也就是麵是我的最愛!

The origin for the brand name “Amianda” comes from three ideas::

  • First: local Taiwanese pronunciation for “noodle stand”
  • Second: “Da” means also “arrive”, so “Amianda” also means “the noodle has arrived”
  • Third: “Amianda” also means “favorite”, and noodles are my favorites!

TRR> I notice the mascot on your logo – does he have a name and can you tell us a little about him?

AMIANDA> 小公仔的帽子上字樣為『阿麵達』
“Amianda” is written on the small doll’s cap

TRR> In what countries are your products available?

AMIANDA> 目前『阿麵達乾麵』有銷往美國、澳洲、中國大陸,因此在這些國家均可購買到我們的產品
Currently “Amianda dried noodles” are exported to the US, Australia, Mainland China, so you can buy our products in these countries, too

TRR> How does your noodle making process differ from other instant noodle manufacturers?

AMIANDA> 我們是一家通過ISO22000 HACCP品質認證的製造廠,對於原料的品質把關,更是要求完美,我們的麵粉,是精選高品質的小麥粉,水源均用RO逆滲透過濾,並選用天然海塩調和而成,因此每塊麵體均為高品質的產品。
We are a manufacturing plant that has been certified with ISO22000 HACCP, we check rigorously our raw materials’ quality and ask for perfection, our flour is made with selected high grade wheat flour, the water we use is all filtered through Reverse Osmosis, and w use only selected natural sea salt for seasoning, so each and every of our noodle packs are high quality products.

TRR> Are noodles the only products you make?

AMIANDA> 我們的麵體百分之百為自行生產製造,包括醬包也是斥資千萬機器設備,自製調配醬料,且不添加任何化學成份及防腐劑,為的就是要求品質的管控及口感的一致性。
Our noodles are 100% our own production, including our sauce packets, as we have spend millions in machinery and equipment to produced our own sauces, without any chemical additives and preservatives, as we request quality control and taste consistency.

TRR> A lot of people are concerned with their sodium intake.

AMIANDA> 首先以麵體來說,我們採低塩度海塩製造,除了以醬料調味,我們更推廌消費者在烹煮麵體的同時,可加入適量蔬菜及其他副食品,混合一起食用,可增添麵食的豐富性以及營養原素。
First of all regarding the noodles, we use low salinity sea salt in the production, so in addition to flavoring with the sauce, we recommend the consumer, when cooking the noodles, they can add the right amount of vegetable and other additional food to cook and eat together, and prepare a bountiful and nutritious meal.

TRR> Are you involved in in your local community or participate in charities?

AMIANDA> 我們除了公司正常經營外,也很重視關懷弱勢團體,例如:紅十字會、地方社會局的救助機構,不定時捐贈愛心物資。
Besides operating our company, we also value caring for the disadvantaged groups, for example: from time to time we donate supplies to the Red Cross and relief agencies from local Social Affairs Bureaus.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

AMIANDA> 有的,目前正積極研發新產品,例如:以台灣特有米食加入麵條,除了讓口感獨特,更能讓台灣農產品和麵條充份結合並推廣至世界,也能讓消費者品嚐到更多天然穀物產品。
Yes, currently we are actively developing new products, such as: adding Taiwan’s unique grains into the noodles, in addition to create unique tastes, we can also fully integrate Taiwan agricultural products with our noodles and promote these products to the whole world, and also allow customers to enjoy more natural cereal products.

TRR> When you make noodles for yourself, what do you like to add to them to make them extra special?

AMIANDA> 我們的麵粉,是精選高品質的小麥粉,水源均用RO逆滲透過濾,並選用純淨天然且有品牌的海塩,阿麵達以消費者的健康為第一考量,因此製造過程中絕不添加任何化學藥劑及防腐劑。
Our flour is from selected high grade wheat flour, the water we use is all filtered through Reverse Osmosis, and we use selected pure, natural and branded sea salt, Amianda puts consumer’s health as the first consideration, so during manufacturing process we do not add any chemical additives and preservatives.

TRR> Thank you for this opportunity to learn more about Amianda!

AMIANDA> 希望上述的介紹及陳述能讓您更了解及親近我們的產品,如您還有不了解的地方,歡迎您與我們連繫接洽,謝謝您
We hope that the above presentation will help you to understand more and get closer to our products,

Interview * Samples From Amianda * Amianda Noodle Tachia Dried Noodles – Peppery * Amianda Noodle Hakka Flat Noodles – Fried Bean Sauce * Amianda Noodle Dried Noodles – Spicy Sauerkraut * Amianda Noodle Homely Dried Noodles – Original Flavor * Amianda Noodle Tachia Dried Noodles – Rou Zhao Meat Sauce * Amianda Noodle Hakka Flat Noodles – Satay Sauce * Amianda Noodle Thin Noodles – Sesame Oil * Amianda Noodle Tachia Noodles – Fried Shallot * Amianda Noodle Tachia Noodles – Hot & Spicy Sauce * Amianda Noodle Homely Dried Noodles – Sesame Paste

Thank you to Amianda Noodle for participating in Meet The Manufacturer!