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#846: Vifon Mi Kim Chi Kim Chee Instant Noodle Seafood Flavour

My friend Todd T, clued me in the other day about a new Asian grocery on 99 in south Everett and we checked it out. Well, I found this interesting one. Vietnamese kimchi ramn! Check it out!

Importer sticker.

Back of the package. Click to enlarge.

The noodle block.

Seasoning powder.

Chili powder.

Chili powder on top of the seasoning powder.

Seasoned oil.

Lots of little bits in there.

Veggie packet.

Looks like veggies and seafood – smells like seafood at least.

I want to take a minute to talk about kimchi. As you can see, I like it! Got this jar maybe three weeks ago. Basically, it’s cabbage and a couple other things like onion, green onion, salt, anchovy soup broth and chili paste. The recipe differs from person to person that makes it, but from what I’ve seen it’s usually pretty close to that.

I knew I wanted to buy some, but I had no idea which one to get. If you go to an Asian grocery, you’ll find a lot of different kinds and brands. I found this one at a place called KS Mart in the Lynnwood, Washington area. KS Mart is awesome – they’ve got everything you could need that is Korean – great instant noodle selection, veggies, candy and chips – if you’re in the area, this is great! Anyways, We went there and got a small amount, then the next time we were hooked and got this enormous one. Check out the price – not too bad for so much of it! This would be considered ‘store brand.’Just seems fresher, which is kind of a funny thing to say…

See, when you get a big jar like this, you should first off know that the contents are going through the process of fermentation. The jar should be opened over a sink to prevent any of the ‘juice’ from spilling out – which I’ll let you know will stain your clothes really well! It’s pretty neat to see though; the top of the stuff can even be bubbling from the gases escaping! It’s not like a vigorously shaken soda or anything, but you should just be mindful of it.

What’s it taste like? Well, it’s crunchy, a bit spicy, kind of acidic and just really good. I highly recommend it!It’s on the list of top healthy foods of the world. Koreans eat it as a traditional food – usually with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Anyways, that was my yammering about kimchi. Now, on with the noodles!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some kimchi, onions, odeng (Korean fish cake), Ajishima Kimchi Furikake and Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce. The noodles are very thin and light for wheat flour noodles and exceedingly good! The broth is excellent – spicy and flavorful with a lot of color. The veggies were good too – and the bit and pieces re-hydrated well and crunchy! Good stuff – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8934561240181 – get it here.

Vifon TV commercial

Center for Research and Development of National Music. Hanoi, Vietnam – tranditional Vietnamese music

#831: Vifon Instant Porridge Chicken Flavour

I don’t usually review these but I saw this one and I thought it looked kind of interesting. Basically, take instant rice and shred it up and then use instant noodle packets and steep it for a few minutes. Basically it’s like rice noodle mush!

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

Here are some of the little bits this bag is full of.

The chicken flavored seasoning.

Veggie packet. I noticed at the end there was also an oil packet – oops!

Andy ate the 7-11 Shoyu I reviewed in #830 earlier! Check out his blog! Andy’s LEGO Stuff!

Finished (click image to enlarge). So this is interesting stuff. Kind of like a mushy rice soup with bits of veggies and chicken flavor. Kind of lumpy too – but it works! Not bad! 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8934561030003 – get it here.

Vifon TV commercial.

A mix of interviews and commercials.

#716: Vifon Hủ Tiếu Cá Asian Style Rice Noodles With Stewed Fish

Stewed fish huh? Found this one at Uwajimaya in Seattle around my birthday. It says there’s fish in there… Hmm.

Here’s a closeup of the text on the top (click image to enlarge). Basa fish it says… Hmmm… What’s Basa fish? Well, Wikipedia says:

The basa fish, Pangasius bocourti, is a type of catfish in the family Pangasiidae. Basa are native to the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam and Chao Phraya basin in Thailand.[1] These fish are important food fish with an international market. They are often labeled in North America and Australia as “basa fish” or “bocourti”.[2] In the UK, the species is known mainly as “river cobbler”,[3] with “basa” also being used on occasion. In Europe, these fish are commonly marketed as “pangasius” or “panga“.[4] Other related shark catfish may occasionally be falsely labeled as basa fish, including Pangasianodon hypophthalmus (iridescent shark) and Pangasius pangasius (yellowtail catfish).

Wow – that’s interesting! So its like catfish eh? Here’s a link to the full Wikipedia article.

Kind of looks like a bunch of tape! This is going to be an interesting bowl of noodles!

Hey – an included fork! Already found one of these in another Vifon bowl a while back.

Here’s some powdered seasoning.

Very light powder.

Veggie packet.

Onions and such.

A retort pouch! I’m really curious how this will go here. .. Well, only one way to find out!

Finished (click image to enlarge). So these noodles – they have to be the broadest rice noodles I’ve ever seen – pretty amazing that they stay together being so wide and thin! They’re not too chewy and no mushy either. The broth is very interesting – kind of salty and kind of buttery – but absolutely not fishy. It’s got a thickness to it – not an overly greasy kind of thickness either. Lots of green onion bits here and there – they look nice and maybe add a little flavor to the broth. The Basa fish? Well, there’s not a huge amount of it but it’s good – not really fishy at all – like a whitefish. I will say that I do like Vietnamese catfish instant noodles! Unique, different and pretty good! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8934561260325 – get it here!

This is how I react when I see Asian groceries…

An informational video about Vietnamese catfish farming