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#2139: Fuku Superior Soup Instant Noodle (Made In Thailand)

Here’s a special one sent by Apple Daily news of Hong Kong. They asked if I’d do a comparison between this, the Thai version and the Vietnamese version of the Fuku Superior Soup for a special news story. Now these are both made in different places, but they’re for the Hong Kong market. anyways I figured hey – why not? This sounds interesting – let’s take a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free. to prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in contents of sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A granular powder with flecks in it.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion in the shape of a letter ‘T.’ The noodles in this one have a nice gauge but are on the softer side; not a bad thing, but a little more chewiness would have been nice. The broth has a very tasty kind of salty, eggy, sweet and garlic taste to it. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878650019.

The rice noodle version – NISSIN FUKU SUPERIOR SOUP INSTANT RICE NOODLE 65gX5

Nissin HK surprises people at the airport – man, now I want to visit HK even more…

#2138: Fuku Superior Soup Instant Noodle (Made In Vietnam)

This is the second of two – they’re both sold in Hong Kong, yet made in different places – Thailand and Vietnam. This is the one manufactured in Vietnam. I was sent this along with quite a few other to review as part of a special feature for Apple Daily HK. So, let’s crack this one open and see what we have here.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A powdery mixture with little flecks throughout.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion in the shape of a ‘V.’ The noodles are good – decent gauge and a little soft. The broth has a kind of sweet but sour aftertaste which I have found present in many Vietnamese instant varieties; maybe different garlic, maybe different sugar – unsure. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878650019.

The rice noodle version – NISSIN FUKU SUPERIOR SOUP INSTANT RICE NOODLE 65gX5

Nissin HK surprises people at the airport – man, now I want to visit HK even more…

#2137: Nissin Demae Ramen Spicy Curry Flavour Instant Noodle

Here’s the first in the special series I did for Apple Daily of Hong Kong.I have always been a fan of curry, especially spicy curry. However, lately it’s pretty far and few between I get to review ones that are this far east – usually they’ve been from Singapore or Malaysia and not Hong Kong. Sounds good to me! Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Certainly smells like curry!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, carved squid and ito togarashi. The noodles come out in that nice Nissin way – good gauge and chew. The curry variety I’ve been able to purchase in the USA that’s from Hong Kong over the years is very similar. It’s got a nice kind of British curry taste to it – unlike the sweet curry you find in Japan, this one has just the light edge of black pepperiness to it. It’s a flavor I remember when my mom would make curried chicken livers when I was a kid. The spiciness is there – not extreme but a little reminder that it does say spicy on the package. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878000043.

Nissin Demae Ramen, Curry, 3.5 oz (30 packs)

A Nissin Demae Ramen TV commercial.

#2136: Nissin Demae Ramen Roast Beef Flavour Instant Noodle

Here’s another I reviewed as part of a collaboration with Apple Daily news. Nothing like a good beef instant noodle! I remember a couple years ago being told that Chinese sausage is popular to put in with beef instant noodles, so I think that’ll be what gets put in today – haven’t used it in a long time. Just to reassure you, nothing gets scored after I put any external ingredients in. That’s the way I always review; I think you’ll agree that’s the only fair way to do it. anyways, let’s get started!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains beef and pork. To prepare, cook noodles in 500ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in contents of sachets. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Smells reasonably beeflike!

Liquid sauce sachet.

A nice beefy little paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sptous, chilli flake, baby corn, spring onion, Chinese sausage and coriander. The noodles come out with the most standard gauge of them all. Good chew and nice quantity. The broth has a nice oiliness to it. It has a good beef flavor and the slightest tease of spiciness. A great beef flavored instant. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4897878000104.

Nissin Demae Ramen Variety Pack (6 Flavors)

A series of Nissin Demae Itcho TV spots – pretty freakin’ awesome!

#2135: Doll Instant Noodle Supreme Abalone And Chicken Flavour

Another one I reviewed as part of a series of Hong Kong varieties in conjunction with an interview by Apple Daily news of HK. I have a feeling if you dig through my reviews for the word abalone, you’re not going to find scads of varieties I’ve been very fond of. I’m hoping this might be one I enjoy, but I have my doubts. I guess the only way to find out it to try it with an open mind and mouth. Let’s give it a go!

The back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish and chicken. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook for 1 1/2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

These noodles look different from the ones I’ve been sampling from Hong Kong – much thinner.

The dry soup base sachet.

A granular mixture with little flecks throughout.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Looks very abalone!

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are thinner and have a sturdier chew than the rest of the instant I’ve been sampling from Hong Kong lately. The broth though is more chicken than abalone I think and the whole thing just rubs me the wrong way. Like I said, I wasn’t expecting this would be to my liking from the outset, and with an open mind and a sad tongue, this one gets 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4892333102348.

Doll Instant Noodles, Artificial Chicken, 36.63 Ounce (Pack of 5)

An older Doll instant noodle TV commercial.

#2134: Four Seas Chicken Flavour Instant Noodle

Another one from the series of Hong Kong reviews I did for HK’s Apple Daily news. They sent a few varieties for me to try and review for a feature story – what’s nice is I haven’t reviewed any of them before so that’s pretty cool! Anyways, this one’s chicken flavored – let’s crack it open and see what we have here.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add noodle block to 600ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry soup base sachet.

Has a chicken scent.

A liquid sachet.

An oily concoction.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sesame seeds, baby corn and baked chicken with salt and pepper. The noodles hydrated nicely and had a decent gauge; not spongy either. The broth has a kind of chicken broth/natural chicken taste to it I liked. It had a little oiliness which was good too – like that cooked for hours kind of chicken broth we all like. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4892616015433.

Easy Hong Kong Cooking at Home

A nice stroll through the streets of Hong Kong showing the food available.

#2065: Four Seas Kung Tak Lam Vegetarian Noodle (Mushroom)

I had a bit of trouble figuring out what this variety was called – until I scanned the back of the package and noticed it on the top left corner. This is one that I received from Apple Daily of Hong Kong for a special news feature. Kung Tak Lam is a popular vegetarian restaurant in Hong Kong. Let’s crack it open and give it a try!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add package contents to 600ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base powder.

A granular mixture.

The sauce sachet.

Methinks I see mushrooms.

The vegetables sachet.

A very nice varied mix of vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added tofu puff, spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles have a good gauge and chew to them – a skosh larger than the baseline instant. The broth is a light one, with a mushroom taste throughout. It’s kind of what you would call a delicate flavor – and not salty, however it has a nice oil to it. The supplied vegetables hydrated very well – especially the little pieces of mushroom. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4892616015815.

Om Cooking…Tempting Vegetarian Appetizers

A little travelog diary someone put on YouTube featuring Kung Tak Lam restaurant in Hong Kong.

#2063: Mamee Pepper Noodles Vegetarian

Here’s the third one I’m reviewing as part of a special thing with the Apple Daily news folks in Hong Kong! They sent a few varieties to review and this one is sold in Hong Kong, however it’s made in Malaysia. Curious about this one – let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to repare, add noodle block to 2 cups boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Add in sachet contests. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A grainy concoction.

An oil sachet.

Corn oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, tofu pok and spring onion. The noodles are very good – standard gauge and nice tension to them. The broth has a black pepper taste alongside a kind of buttery taste, one that I’ve experienced in many vegetarian instants. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 051325110226.

The Taste of Old Hong Kong: Recipes and Memories From 30 Years on the China Coast

A cartoon showing how Mamee makes their noodles.

#2059: Four Seas Beef And Radish Flavour Instant Noodle

Here’s the first in the special series I did for Apple Daily of Hong Kong. I’ve reviewed varieties from Four Seas in the past – in fact, this looks kind of like a bowl version I’ve had before. Beef and radish, huh? Sounds interesting – let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add noodles and sachet contents to 600ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base powder sachet.

Has a kind of beef scent.

The sauce sachet.

Oily and thick.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, beef and sweet onion. While the noodles were of a good gauge and light chew, the broth left me underwhelmed. I usually expect stronger flavors from something beef flavored, but this was on the bland end of the stick. Sadly disappointed – I liked the flavor, just wish there was more of it. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4892616015594.

Easy Hong Kong Cooking at Home

A nice stroll through the streets of Hong Kong showing the food available.

The Ramen Rater Apple Daily Hong Kong Interview

I got an email a few weeks back from a reporter at Apple Daily News of Hong Kong asking if I’d like to do an interview. I said sure – and then she asked if I’d also review some Hong Kong varieties – which I agreed to as well. Over 4 days, I tried 11 different packs of noodles! This is the video from the news article and here’s the link to the story! Was a lot of fun! Special thanks to Winnie Wong for contacting me on this unique project! Here’s the unboxing of the samples, and the full reviews of each one will come in the next few weeks.

Here’s the box from apple Daily News of Hong Kong!

Under the outer wraps…

A lot of noodles!

Two of each variety (click to enlarge). I’ll post all the video I did for the interview (I did a lot of recording).

A STATEMENT REGARDING THE TAIWANESE RESPONSE TO THE RAMEN RATER’S BOTTOM TEN INSTANT NOODLES OF ALL TIME 2013 EDITION

NOTE: Another site has translated this for Chinese readers – see it here.

注:另一幅为中国读者翻译 – 在这里看到它

Thanks to Colors Colers for notifying me of this!

Here’s the video interview with me on NTD TV – LINK

A STATEMENT REGARDING THE TAIWANESE RESPONSE TO THE RAMEN RATER’S BOTTOM TEN INSTANT NOODLES OF ALL TIME 2013 EDITION

After being asked for a list of my least favorite instant noodles of all time, plenty came to mind. I find noodles that are of poor character to be mushy, non-elastic, or not enjoyable to my palate. Broths with poor taste also are not to my liking. I believe the varieties that I have listed in the Bottom Ten List are of this nature.

As stated at the top of the list, these are my opinions. In my years of sampling packaged noodle varieties, I have learned quite a bit about them and most importantly, the differences between one type and another, as well as the importance of following the directions on each and every variety as well as sampling them before adding any external ingredients.

It has been said that my reviews of the Taiwanese varieties on the Bottom Ten List were conducted incorrectly. This is not the case.

During the last two days, I have received a large response to the list from people in Taiwan. Many of the responses were kind and thoughtful, however many were rude, disrespectful and geared towards insulting me.

To those kinder responders, thank you – I very much enjoy reading and responding to your comments. To those sending insults, you’re not only disrespecting me but the people of your country. I want people who have seen these comments to know that not all Taiwanese are disrespectful and rude – in fact I have met many people from Taiwan recently that are kind and pleasant to converse with.

I would also like to send a message to the Taiwanese media. I have watched video of your reporting on both the Top Ten list and the Bottom Ten list. I am at a loss as to why you have not contacted or interviewed me on these matters. Of course, you are more than welcome to and I would be happy to grant an interview. I think it would be the right thing to do.

With this said, I hope no one finds the words of some few to color their opinion of Taiwan, a country I have never visited, but hope to someday as it looks quite amazing.

In closing, as with the Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2013 Edition, I stand by my list and my taste buds. Appeasing them is my one and only agenda.

Thank you,

Hans Lienesch
The Ramen Rater
www.theramenrater.com