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Re-Review: emart Dare You! Habanero Ramen

Was thinking about what to have for lunch and the big box of 48 packs of this stuff told me to have one! So I did. Here’s the original review I did recently.

Click image to enlarge. I added sweet onion, a little peanut butter, processed cheese and odeng. Adding all of those things still doesn’t put the heat down – pretty amazing! I still say this is the absolutely hottest stuff out there! Top of the Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time! The noodles are awesome – great quality and chew. The broth is so spicy; words are hard to describe other than by saying wow! The veggies are nice as well. I still am giving this one 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. This is a store brand by the Korean store emart (we’ve got Walmart, they’ve got emart). UPC bar code 8801073110564 – you can get it here.

#934: Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja Flamin’ Hot & Nutty Noodle Soup

I got a couple of these family packs sent as samples from Nongshim America the other day…

I’ve had tons of the version that they sell in Korea, but now they’re making it in the United States – specifically in Rancho Cucamonga, California! Today I’ll give this stuff a try and see if it’s as good as what I’ve tried from Korea.

The back of the package (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The powder seasoning packet.

Spicy powder!

Nutty seasoning!

Tastes like peanuts and has black sesame seeds in there.

The veggie packet.

Here are all the seasonings hanging out together.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some sweet onion. The noodles are great – plentiful and of a nice gauge. The slurp up just the right amount of broth and arrive at a very good consistency and chew. The broth is great – the peanut and spicy elements all combine to make a really fiery as well as hearty combination that is quite enjoyable. The veggies are plentiful and there’s a nice variety of them. This stuff is excellent, just like its Korean counterpart. Nice to see that everyone will get to try this stuff in the USA! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – wonderful stuff! UPC bar code 031146019526.


Here’s the Korean TV commercial for Jinjja Jinjja. These guys are known as Cultwo.

Here’s some of their Korea radio show.

#929: Vina Acecook Good Artificial Minced Pork Flavour Bean Vermicelli

Here’s the last of the ones my sister brought me back from Hawaii! Minced pork bean vermicelli… Sounds kind of interesting! A very dark day here – wet, cold and windy.

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

The bean vermicelli block.

The powder seasoning packet.

Interesting flavor… Salty and… Not sure!

Seasoned oil.

Has a nice onion and meat kind of scent – should liven things up…

The veggies! I must say that Vina Acecook usually does pretty good with their veggies.

Here’s the veggie mixture – a decent amount and looks nice.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some ham that I minced with a little Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce, some onions and some stir fry veggies. The noodles are decent – plentiful and not too hard to break by pursing the lips. Again as always, I recommend using a pair of kitchen scissors on these while still in the pot – just do a few snips and it’ll make a big difference. The broth is good – has a nice comfort food flavor and the veggies are plentiful and interesting. Good pack of bean vermicelli! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8934563308117

I really like this – a pretty cool overview of Vina Acecook’s company.

I saw an advert in a magazine yesterday for some enormous fans – some 24 feet across! Thought they were pretty awesome – and then the name – Big Ass Fans! How rad! Anyways, here’s a little video story about Big Ass Fans and what they do. Check out the Big Ass Fans website here!

Re-Review: MAMA Shrimp Creamy Tom Yum Flavour Oriental Style Instant Noodles

Went to 99 Ranch Market yesterday and picked these up. I reviewed them way back – #136 – over two years ago. I gave them 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. Many of your have commented on how much you enjoy it and so I think I’ll give it another chance. I’ve found varieties from back then are more to my liking now.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). These noodles like to be steeped.

The noodle block. Tight and this – and tasty by themselves!

The dry seasonings – soup base and chili powder.

Here’s the chili powder atop the soup base powder.

The liquid soup paste packet.

Strong citrus smell (of course).

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a fried egg with Krazy Mixed Up Salt, onions, Kizami Shoga (pickled ginger and extra lean ham on top. The noodles are nice – crumbly but good crumbly. I like how many of them there are too. The broth is excellent – a strong, crisp and sharp citrus ‘bite’ then leads to a fiery flavor. It’s definitely Tom Yum! I don’t detect a strong shrimp taste, but a more subtle one. Someone mentioned that the ‘creamy’ part in the name has to do with boiling whole shrimp – which makes a kind of creamy looking addition to the broth. Well, I don’t know what I was thinking when I had this the first time, but those of you who like this stuff, rejoice! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – this stuff is so tasty! UPC bar code 052066001378.


Awesome MAMA TV commercials.

Here’s another MAMA commercial.

#926: Ibumie Penang VegeMee Vegetarian Instant Noodle

Here’s the other new one I saw at 99 Ranch the other day. Sounds interesting… Vegetarian flavor instant noodles often have an odd flavor – we’ll see what this one’s like.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). I like step two – it says to stir ‘gently.’

The noodle block.

The seasoning powder.

Okay this is odd – I tasted the powder and it tastes like bacon to me!

Vegetable oil and sweet soy sauce.

The soy sauce was extremely thick in this one.

The veggie packet.

Not exactly sure what kind of veggies they are at this point – and the package just says they’re dehydrated vegetables.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added onions, two fried eggs with Cavendar’s Greek seasoning and some Dua Belibis chili sauce. The noodles are a little crumbly and stiff. The broth didn’t end up tasting like bacon so much; kind of a weird vegetable melange. Those dehydrated veggies? They appear to me to be spinach; kind of okay. Not the best that I’ve had from Ibumie. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 850248004069 .

An Ibumie TV commercial for HarMee.

Video about Malaysian street food – looks really good!

#925: emart Dare You! Habanero Ramen

Here’s something new from emart. emart (이마트) is the biggest store in Korea! They sent samples of their white broth ramyun a few months ago and now this, their ultra hot and spicy.

Wow look at all the flames, guy blowing his top and a thermometer!

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

I can’t reaqd this, but I’m going to guess its a little information on SHU. What are they? SHU is an abbreviation of Scoville Heat Unit, a measure of a spiciness of a pepper or anything spicy. Here is a chart of the heat levels of different peppers from Wikipedia (click image to visit Wikipedia article):

As you can see from the chart, habanero peppers are 100k-360k SHU. The noodles here claim to be 5,930 SHU, which is closer to a jalapeno. I can attest though that jalapenos are pretty hot and if these noodles were 100k-350k, they would only be palatable to a fraction of the population.

Here’s the noodle block – large and circular.

The seasoning packet!

Wow – some major stuff here. I gave the powder a taste – and a tiny one at that – and my tongue’s been burning for over a minute.

The veggie packet.

Nice amount and variety.

Last time, they sent me a couple hats!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added two slices of processed cheese, an egg, onion and odeng. The noodles are excellent – perfect example of tasty Korean ramyun noodles. I always taste everything before I add anything, and that’s where the review comes from – I don’t review what I add to the noodles. I can quite honestly say that this has the absolutely spiciest broth I’ve ever had. It’s ridiculous; I mean this stuff is sooooo spicy! That being said, the flavor other than hot is kind of hard to distinguish; not really salty, just really really hot! The veggies are excellent – plentiful and nice.  3.75 out of 5.0 stars – man I can’t tell you how absolutely fiery hot this is; if you like it spicy, this is for you! UPC bar code 8801073110564 – you can get it here.

Here’s a guy trying it for the first time – kind of funny – he says its not spicy enough at the end although he’s been dripping since the first bite from the heat!

This is absolute marketing genius; a QR code that boosts lunch time sales using the position of the sun in the sky.

It amuses me that this guy is surprised that a big supermarket in Korea doesn’t have a lot of American food. Hello! It’s A DIFFERENT COUNTRY!!! I would love to check out emart – I don’t care if I can’t read it – I think it would be a lot of fun to try things and figure out what they were afterwards; kind of like ‘grocery gambling!’ Of course, you could always ask someone for help – haven’t met any rude Koreans thus far.

#923: Ibumie Penang LadMee Hot Pepper Flavour Instant Noodle

Hey awesome! Went to 99 Ranch yesterday and found a couple I hadn’t reviewed before! With such a drought of new things to review, a couple 69 cent packs were a nice surprise! So here’s Ibumie LadMee from Malaysia!

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

Here’s the noodle block.

Here’s an unlabeled largish packet.

A fine, light powder.

Now here’s where it’s kind of confusing; wasn’t the last packet seasoning powder?

This one definitely has a strong pepper taste to it; not chili pepper but more attune to black pepper.

Oil on the left and sweet soy sauce on the right.

They mingle in the cup nicely.

Andy wanted to get some new kinds to try – so he dug into his piggy bank and picked all these out himself.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added chicken with Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning, stir fry veggies and some Dua Belibis chili sauce. The noodles are nice – good chew to them and well mannered insofar as they aren’t cheap or spongy. The broth is interesting; it has a strong pepper taste – not the chili kind but the salt and pepper kind. It’s an interesting experience; not like another black pepper flavored instant I had before but all to its own. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 850248004045 .

This is a pretty odd TV commercial – I like it!

A short video of travel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Re-Review: Paldo Namja Ramyun (Men’s Ramyun)

I have fallen ill with some kind of head cold it seems and I thought something spicy would be good. My lovely wife Kit was kind enough make me some noodles for breakfast – she’s so good to me! Thought I’d have these – they’re available in the US now, but this is a Re-Review of the pack that is sold in Korea. The version sold in the US will be being reviewed soon! Here’s the link to the original review I did during Paldo’s Meet The Manufacturer.

Finished (click to enlarge). She put some odeng and a slice of processed cheese in. The noodles are great, the flavor is superb. I still agree with the old review – 5.0 out of 5.0 stars! Thanks again to my wife for making me feel better while I feel crummy! I love you! UPC bar code 8809296771018 – get it here.

Dude looks quite serious! Namja commercial

Re-Review: Indomie Mi Instan Rasa Mi Cakalang

Of the re-reviews I’ve done recently, I would say this is one of the most recent. Here’s the link for it’s first review, #858. Cakalang is also known as Skipjack tuna.


Finished (click to enlarge). I added some sweet onion, a fried egg with some Krazy Mixed Up Salt and Dua Belibis chili sauce. This stuff packs from heat! The noodles are your standard Indomie – nice texture and spring. The broth is spicy and has a nice tuna flavor along. There was a packet of garnish, which was dried tuna bits and was quite tasty. I like this a lot! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 08968604302 .

This is about Indonesian musical intruments – very cool!

Here’s what happens when you have musicians playing!

#921: Ottogi Jjajang Bokki

Currently, I have only four new varieties in my noodle hamper and this in one of them. The ‘jjajang’ is a black bean and noodle dish which is brothless. Every Korean brand seems to have their own variation – here’s Ottogi’s bowl version.

Complete with drain spouts!

Here are the side panels (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The powder seasoning.

Tons of it!


Nice little mixture.

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles are pretty good – plenty of them and a decent consistency. The jjajang flavor is very nice – all the noodles are enrobed in a tasty black bean sauce. The Veggies could’ve been a little more plentiful. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code  645175571438 .

An Ottogi Ramen Bokki TV commercial with BEAST.

So what’s Ppushu Ppushu? See here!

#917: Vina Acecook Good Abalone Chicken Soup Flavour Bean Vermicelli

Here’s another ones of the Good line from Vina Acecook. My sister brought this one back to me from Hawaii! Thanks!

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

Here’s the bean vermicelli block.

Powder seasoning.

A decent amount.

Seasoning oil.

Kind of an onion scent.

This one’s soup paste.

I detect some soy with my nose and maybe some sesame?

The veggies.

A nice herb scent.

Four packets – looks pretty cool!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sweet onions, turkey breast, a little Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake and some Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce. I used a pair of kitchen scissors and cut the noodles before eating. I know this is done with Korean cold noodle dishes such as naengmyeon, so I figure it’s fine here as well. The noodles are decent – not usually a big fan of bean thread but these are okay with me. The broth was not overly strong but had a nice flavor of chicken and abalone. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8934563340117 .

Vina Acecook TV commercial.

Vina Acecook promotional video.

#915: Wai Wai Casserole Beef Flavour Oriental Style Instant Noodle

Here’s something new I found at H Mart. Casserole huh? Beef sounds good. By the way – underneath the sticker on the front it says ‘Beef Flavour.’ Let’s check it out.

Here’s the sticker the distributor puts on.

I really had a time scanning the back of the package. Inverting the colors had the best effect (click to enlarge).

Very thin, crunchy and tasty noodles at this point!

Powder on the left, oil on the right.

An interesting beef and slight sugary taste.

The oil has a strong onion scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added some stir fry veggies, onion, thin sliced rib eye, kizami shoga (pickled ginger), Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake and some green onions. The noodles are neat – thin, sort of crumbly and have a nice flavor. The broth is very light; almost bland. Has a good beef taste to it though. all in all, pretty good – 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8850100002488.

A Wai Wai commercial.

Sounds from the game Wai Wai World for the original Nintendo Entertainment System.