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#3285: Aji-no-men Sabor Gallina Picante – Peru

#3285: Aji-no-men Sabor Gallina Picante - Peru

I received a package with a couple of varieties of Peruvian instant noodles last week, then one with even more the next as well as a TON of Brazilian ones! I have to say, I have the nicest readers and want to thank you for your continued support in sending samples I couldn’t source otherwise!

Today, it’s Gallina Picante, which is spicy chicken. Let’s hit it up!

Aji-no-men Sabor Gallina Picante – Peru

#3285: Aji-no-men Sabor Gallina Picante - Peru

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, boil noodles in 500ml water for 3 minutes. Add in soup base. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry sachet of soup base (watch me use this below on Instant Noodle Recipe Time).

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken with adobo, soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, fried garlic, and cilantro. Noodles have a nice, standard instant noodle chew to them. Broth is very much the usual salty chicken taste with a little tang and spice to the broth. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 7754487001670.

#3285: Aji-no-men Sabor Gallina Picante - Peru

Ajinomoto Ajipanda bottle 70g

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3262: Aji-no-men Sabor Carne Sopa Instantanea Con Fideos – Peru

#3262: Aji-no-men Sabor Carne Sopa Instantanea Con Fideos - Peru

A huge thanks to MLats for shooting this over! Love it when readers come through with varieties I’ve never gotten the chance to try and really want to.

So – a little background. Aji-no-men is produced by a company called Aji-no-moto. Here’s a little about the Japanese company from Wikipedia –

Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (味の素株式会社 Ajinomoto Kabushiki gaisha) is a Japanese food and biotechnology corporation which produces seasoningscooking oilsfrozen foodsbeverage,  sweetenersamino acids, and pharmaceuticals.

AJI-NO-MOTO (味の素, “essence of taste”) is the trade name for the company’s original monosodium glutamate (MSG) product.[2]

The origin of Ajinomoto Co., Inc. was a newly organized business unit in 1908 in Suzuki Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., founded in May 1907 by Saburosuke Suzuki II. This unit was organized at a request of Dr. Kikunae Ikeda (1864–1936), a Professor at Tokyo Imperial University, who invented a method for producing monosodium glutamate seasoning. He wanted to commercialize his discovery and by working with Sabururosuke Suzuki II to make this a reality in 1909. Under the general control of Saburosuke, Chuji Suzuki, a younger brother of Saburosuke, was in charge of the production and Saburo Suzuki, a son of Saburosuke, handled sales and marketing.[37] Dr. Ikeda was interested in the taste of kelp juice and when analyzing samples, he discovered the causative substance of its unique flavour, was monosodium glutamate (MSG). He named this specific taste “umami.”. Umami is now accepted around the world as one of the essential basic tastes, but it was not yet known at the time of discovery.[38] Ikeda further invented a method of manufacturing MSG, and acquired patents in Japan in 1908, France in 1909, the UK in 1910, and in the United States in 1912.[39] After obtaining a Japanese patent, Ikeda was inspired by an article written by a Japanese doctor, Hide Miyake, claiming that the flavour of umami facilitated digestion. Subsequently, in order to use umami to improve the health of the Japanese at that time, he asked Saburosuke Suzuki II to further commercialize it for general consumption.[40][41] The product name “AJI-NO-MOTO,” which continues to be used today, represents a seasoning that is made from vegetable proteins such as wheat and soybean. In November 1908, the company registered its trademark for ““AJI-NO-MOTO””. In parallel, in October 1908, prior to the start of manufacturing and in consideration of safety issues, the company conducted an evaluation test of monosodium glutamate at the Tokyo Sanitation Laboratory of the Ministry of the Interior. Test results and evaluations showed that the product was harmless and suitable for human consumption. As a result, full-scale production began in December 1908 and products were mass-produced by March the following year. After presenting the product at an exhibition at the first new product exhibition event held in Ueno, Tokyo, in April 1909,[41] sales for general consumers began on May 20th 1909.[42] This is the founding anniversary of the business.[43]

So yeah – this is a very old Japanese company and they have lots of different product ranges. I’ve always wanted to try their instants, and here’s some from their Peruvian line! Let’s give it a try!

Aji-no-men Sabor Carne Sopa Instantanea Con Fideos – Peru

#3262: Aji-no-men Sabor Carne Sopa Instantanea Con Fideos - Peru

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to contain beef. To prepare, boil noodles in 500ml water for 3 minutes. Add in soup base. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3262: Aji-no-men Sabor Carne Sopa Instantanea Con Fideos - Peru

A dry sachet.

#3262: Aji-no-men Sabor Carne Sopa Instantanea Con Fideos - Peru

A dry soup base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added thin sliced beef, an egg, spring onion, black sesame seeds, chili flake, and Cholula hot sauce. Noodles were your average instant. Broth was nice and beefy – nicely so. Broth was thin. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 7754487001700.

#3262: Aji-no-men Sabor Carne Sopa Instantanea Con Fideos - Peru

Ajinomoto Ajipanda bottle 70g

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Aji no men Peruvian Instant Noodles – Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater

Big thanks to mlats for shooting over a package of varieties from Peru! Never reviewed any from there before – you’ll be seeing them reviewed very soon!

Aji no men Peruvian Instant Noodles Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater

#2965: Ajinomoto Oyakata Soy Sauce Ramen Soup

#2965: Ajinomoto Oyakata Soy Sauce Ramen Soup

This is one that was sent to me by the Butlers from Illinois – thanks again! They got this and a few other varieties during a trip to Italy. Ajinomoto is the company that is best known for producing MSG. Check out the video at the bottom. This variety hails from Poland actually – kind of a surprise! Let’s crack it open and see what a Polish shoyu is like!

Ajinomoto Oyakata Soy Sauce Ramen Soup – Poland

#2965: Ajinomoto Oyakata Soy Sauce Ramen Soup

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2965: Ajinomoto Oyakata Soy Sauce Ramen Soup

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2965: Ajinomoto Oyakata Soy Sauce Ramen Soup

The noodle block.

#2965: Ajinomoto Oyakata Soy Sauce Ramen Soup

A dry base sachet.

#2965: Ajinomoto Oyakata Soy Sauce Ramen Soup

A granular powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, spring onion, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles definitely had a rubbery kind of feel that just was a disappointment. The broth wasn’t bad, but I wasn’t thrilled. Seemed like it could have used a little more ‘something.’ 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 5901384500603.

#2965: Ajinomoto Oyakata Soy Sauce Ramen Soup

Ajinomoto Ajipanda bottle 70g

It’s funny how people hear something is bad for them, believe it, and then hold onto that concept for dear life. It’s kind of like Splenda. Used to have cookies with it and then my mom and sister would eat them and thoroughly enjoyed them and wanted to have more. After the second cookie, I told them they were made with Splenda. Boom. ‘Oh – yeah they’re kind of strange. Oh we don’t like those. You wanted to eat all of them until you found out Splenda was in them. Same thing with MSG. As well as climate change not being real… As well as going blind by sitting close to a TV. Bombardment by misinformation is a powerful thing. Just look at who’s in the White House…

#2855: Yum Yum Tem Tem Tom Klong Pla Krob

A little while back, the kind folks at Yum Yum in Thailand sent me a box just packed with varieties I’d never tried before – thanks again! Today we’ve got one of them. What is tom klong pla krob you ask? Well, it’s a sour and spicy smoked fish soup. There, that wasn’t too hard, was it? Let’s pop it open and give it a try!

Yum Yum Tem Tem Tom Klong Pla Krob – Thailand

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish and possibly pork. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

Loose seasoning and bits from inside the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added carved squid, spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles hydrated great in 3 minutes and were plentiful with a nice chew. The broth had a spicy and smoky taste to it I found enthralling. Bits of what I figure are fish and vegetables throughout. A pleasant surprise! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8850250008989.

YUM YUM Cup Noodles Tom Yam Seafood Flavour 60g (Pack of 6)

A recipe for tom klong pla krob to make at home!

#2828: YumYum Tem Tem Tom Yum Seafood

#2757: YumYum Tem Tem Tom Yum Seafood

This one was sent to me by YumYum in December of 2017 – thank you! Nothing I like more than getting non-export versions of products. Why? Well, they’re more exotic to begin with. The non export varieties are the ones that can be found on store shelves in the country of origin. It’s not like I can walk down the street and go to a Thai grocery store in Thailand, so this is very helpful for me. Here’s a little about tom yum from Wikipedia –

Tom yum or tom yam (UK: /ˌtɒm ˈjæm/ or /ˌtɒm ˈjʌm/US: /ˌtɑːm ˈjɑːm/;[2] Thaiต้มยำrtgstom yampronounced [tôm jām] (About this sound listen)) is a type of hot and sour Thai soup,[2] usually cooked with shrimp (prawn).[3] Tom yum has its origin in Thailand. In recent years,[when?] tom yam has been popularised around the world.

The words “tom yam” are derived from two Thai words. Tom refers to the boiling process, while yam refers to a Thai spicy and sour salad. Indeed, tom yum is characterised by its distinct hot and sour flavours, with fragrant spices and herbs generously used in the broth. The basic broth is made of stock and fresh ingredients such as lemongrasskaffir lime leaves, galangallime juice, fish sauce, and crushed chili peppers.

Commercial tom yum paste is made by crushing all the herb ingredients and stir frying in oil. Seasoning and other preservative ingredients are then added. The paste is bottled or packaged and sold around the world. Tom yum flavored with the paste may have different characteristics from that made with fresh herb ingredients. The soup often includes meats such as chicken, beef, pork, or shrimp.

Alright – let’s check out this seafood variety!

YumYum Tem Tem Tom Yum Seafood – Thailand

#2757: YumYum Tem Tem Tom Yum Seafood

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2757: YumYum Tem Tem Tom Yum Seafood

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2757: YumYum Tem Tem Tom Yum Seafood

An included fork!

#2757: YumYum Tem Tem Tom Yum Seafood

The noodle block.

#2757: YumYum Tem Tem Tom Yum Seafood

Loose seasoning and garnish from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, carved squid, kamaboko, narutomaki and fishball. The noodles came out nicely – decent backbone but not a hard crumble to them. The broth is where the strength is – great spiciness and lemongrass hit – crisp and edgy. The seafood taste is right where it should be. Included vegetables hydrated very well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

EAN bar code 8850250006770.

#2757: YumYum Tem Tem Tom Yum Seafood

Yum Yum Jumbo Instant Noodles Pork 67g. Pack 10

A TV spot for YumYum

Unboxing Time: Italian Instant Noodles From Readers

Unboxing Time: Italian Instant Noodles From Readers

I got a text a few weeks back asking if I’d like some Italian instant noodles. A couple from Illinois was on vacation over in Italy and they wanted to get me some. My answer of course was yes – I’m still floored how mice my readers are! Thank you so much! Let’s take a look!

Unboxing Time: Italian Instant Noodles From Readers – Italy

You’ll probably notice that I’m a little worked up in this vide! A combination of being ecxcited about Italian instant noodles – something I’ve never gotten before – and a couple diet Mountain Dews I think are what did it lol. Thanks again!

#1715: Yum Yum Instant Noodles Minced Pork Flavour

Here’s another one I got at 7-11 on our recent trip to Thailand. There were so many varieties there; didn’t really know what was what, but luckily found some English text on the back of the package. Let’s have a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add contents of package to 360ml boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir and enjoy! Alternately, you can add everything to a bowl and add in 360ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes and stir, or add everything and 360ml water to a bowl and microwave for 5-6 minutes.

The noodle block.

A dual sachet of dry ingredients: soup base on the left and chilli powder on the right.

Chilli powder atop the seasoning base.

A liquid base sachet.

Has a satiny look on top.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fried egg, minced pork with coriander and bell pepper, white onion and coriander. The noodles are quite good – nice chew and quantity. The broth has a very good pork flavor with a little spiciness. The broth also had a good richness to it. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850250000730.

5 Packs – Yumyum Minced Pork Flavour Instant Noodles Thailand

A Yum Yum TV commercial for Minced Pork Flavour instant noodles.