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#2941: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

A-Sha’s US distributor messaged me a little while ago about these new varieties about to hit the US market that are very popular in Taiwan right now. Guanmiao noodles hail from southern Taiwan in the agricultural heartland. Hotter weather and lot of noodles! Let’s crack it open and have a look!

A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion – Taiwan

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

The distributor sticker (click to enlarge).

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

Here’s the back of the four pack packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, cook noodles for 5 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

The noodle block.

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

A liquid sachet.

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

Smells good!

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

A garnish sachet.

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

Chives, perhaps?

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork and sesame seeds. The guanmian noodles were pretty good – a pinch softer than the more traditionally made varieties but that’s alright. The flavor however was just way too salty for me. I know – in Taiwan, they put salt on everything – even oatmeal is enjoyed like congee! But it was saltier than I could manage. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4715635852998.

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

Asha Healthy Ramen Noodles, medium width noodles (5 individual 95g pouches) (Original, 1 pack)

An interesting competition!

Unboxing Time: Guanmiao Noodle Samples From A-Sha Of Taiwan

Unboxing Time: Guanmiao Noodle Samples From A-Sha Of Taiwan

five years ago, there was a big kerfuffle involving myself and the entire island of Taiwan. They weren’t on the Top Ten 2013 Edition and they were angry – to put it mildly. I decided that a little noodle diplomacy was the ticket here and so put out a call for Taiwanese companies to contact me, send me samples and see how it goes. A-Sha was the first company to come calling and since then they’ve kept me updated on their new offerings – let’s have a look at their new Guanmiao noodle!

Guanmiao Noodle Samples From A-Sha – Taiwan

These new varieties will be available in the United States come May! Thanks to the folks down at A-Sha Dry Noodle USA in California!

#2216: A-Sha Chow Mein Spicy Flavor

Here’s the third of the A-Sha microwavable tray varieties – let’s give it a looksie!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in vegetables sachet and noodle block to tray. Add water to fill line and microwave uncovered at 800W for 4 minutes. Use lid to drain off excess water and add in liquid sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The tray under the cardboard outer.

A wrapped noodle block.

The back of the package (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The vegetables sachet.

A liquid sachet.

Spicy sauce!

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles just didn’t cook right in this one and what kind of surprised me was that I used the exact same microwave settings as the last one of these I cooked. Really bummed. I do know that if these were cooked in a pot normally, they’d be 5 stars. The flavor is great – nice soy sauce and spiciness augmented by a great selection of veggies. Really unfortunate. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4715635852950.

A-Sha Chow Mein – Spicy Sauce

This looks really good!

#2158: A-Sha Chow Mein Original Flavor

Here’s another one of the newer A-Sha tray designs. This one’s original flavor, which is kind of a soy sauce flavor I believe. 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 prepare, add noodle block and vegetable sachet contents to tray. Fill to line with water. Microwave uncovered for 4 minutes at 800W (for different wattage microwaves, use this handy tool). Put lid on and use spout to drain off excess water. Add in liquid sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

Here’s the tray underneath the cardboard outer.

The bag of noodles.

Detail of the back of the package (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The vegetables sachet.

A nice little mixture.

A liquid sachet.

Kind of a slightly thick soy sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles came out extremely well – beautiful gauge and texture. Again, these are the noodles that when I first tried them cooked I considered to be ‘masterful in their simplicity,’ using very few ingredients and delivering a fine chew and mouthfeel. They don’t disappoint here whatsoever. As for the flavoring, it’s a salty soy which coats everything well. The vegetables are a very nice addition to this product. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4715635852943.

A-Sha Chow Mein – Original Sauce

A video clip with news coverage about A-Sha Dry Noodle of Taiwan.

#2156: A-Sha Chow Mein Oyster Sauce BBQ Flavor

The next edition of The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time will be coming out in about a month, and so I’ll be cramming in as many late ones to arrive as possible. Today, one of a trifecta by A-Sha Dry Noodles – microwavable trays! Definitely something I’ve not seem out of Taiwan before that I can think of. Anyways, let’s give it a whirl in the ol’ microwave!

Here’s the back of the cardboard outer (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodle block and vegetable sachet contents to tray. Fill to line with water. Microwave uncovered for 4 minutes at 800W (for different wattage microwaves, use this handy tool). Put lid on and use spout to drain off excess water. Add in liquid sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

Here’s the tray, unopened as seen under the cardboard outer.

A noodle block.

The back of the included noodle package (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The vegetables sachet.

A nice selection.

The liquid sachet.

Has a sweet scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles came out a little on the al dente side but were still quite good. the issue I had with this was the profoundly salty nature of the flavoring. It was just too much and just didn’t work right here; kind of like the sauce was at adds with the noodle. The vegetables did well. 2.25 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4715635852936.

A-Sha Chow Mein – Oyster Sauce (Hoisin)

An A-Sha Dry Noodle promotional video.

#2071: A-Sha Tainan Noodle Original Sauce

Here’s something from Taiwan today. A-Sha makes quite a few different sauces and styles of noodles and this is one I don’t see very often. They’re very thin as you’ll see, and they come with the original sauce which has a nice soy sauce component. Let’s check it out!

The sticker from the side of the multipack (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 3 minutes then drain. Add in contents of sauce sachet. stir and enjoy!

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

The noodle block – notice the really thin noodles.

The sauce sachet.

Has a nice soy scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, pork and spring onion. The noodles are awesome – superthin and of really great quality! They are sturdy yet soft. The flavor is great too – a nice, simple soy flavor which is just the right strength. Excellent! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4715635851137.

[LIMITED EDITION FLAOR] Rated Best Tasting and Award Winning [Taiwan No.1] A-sha Tainan Noodle – Original Flavor [限量口味] 台灣第一名:#1 阿舍食堂 – 台南乾麵(原味)

A competition involving A-Sha Dry Noodle.

#2036: A-Sha Hakka BBQ Sauce Noodle

A-Sha’s noodle come in a few different gauges, this one being the thickest, Hakka style. They’re wide, flat and chewy. I looked in the hamper and immediately thought this sounded good today. Let’s check it out!

The distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodle block to a pot of boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain. Add in contents of sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The back of the package (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The liquid sachet.

An oily liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added a large shrimp and some spring onion. The noodles are very nice in gauge and chew. As I’ve said before, the Taiwanese use very few ingredients in their noodles; they’re masters of simplicity. The sauce has an alright taste to it – a little on the salty side but not too much so. Another good one from this company. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4715635851601.

Rated Best Tasting and Award Winning [Taiwan No.1] A-Sha Hakka Flat Noodle – BBQ Flavor 台灣第一名:#1 阿舍食堂 – 客家板條(沙茶)

A video by A-Sha Dry Noodle showing how to make a noodle sandwich!

#2005: A-Sha Dry Noodle Hakka Spicy BBQ Sauce

Here’s one the folks at A-Sha sent recently. Hakka noodles from Taiwan are on the broad side and use very few ingredients. This one should pack some heat! Let’s check it out!

The distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add noodle block to a pot of boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and add in contents of liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The pack of the package (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A liquid sauce sachet.

A deep color with a spicy scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, hard boiled egg, barbecue pork and nanami togarashi. A-Sha’s Hakka noodles are broad, thick and chewy – so nicely so! There’s a good amount of them as well. The spicy barbecue flavor is nice and coats everything well. The heat is there and a welcome fieriness. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4715635851618.

Rated Best Tasting and Award Winning [Taiwan No.1] A-sha Hakka Noodle – Spicy BBQ Flavor 台灣第一名:#1 阿舍食堂 – 客家粄條 (沙茶-辣)

An A-Sha promotional video.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Snacks Of All Time 2016 Edition

Instant noodle… snacks? Yeah! Snacks of all kinds have come from instant noodles – candy, crunchy bits, you name it. They’re popular all over Asia and also the United States; have you ever taken a pack of instant noodles, crushed them and added in the seasoning and shaken the bag up and eaten them like potato chips or popcorn? Well, this is popular elsewhere as well! Let’s check out my favorite instant noodle snacks from over 1,900 reviews. Enjoy!

#10: Wei Lih What’s That? Leisure Meatballs Spicy Chicken Flavor – Taiwan

They’re crunchy and light. They have a slight sweetness and a spiciness that is very slight but builds the more you eat. Original review

#9: Mamee Monster Snek Mi Perisa Ayam – Malaysia

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The noodles are nice and crunchy. They have that lightness you would expect from an uncooked instant noodle, but not really oily as some can be. The flavoring is light and has a salty and almost sesame oil kind of flavor to it. Original review

#8: A-Sha Prince Katsu Snack Noodles – Taiwan

They’re very light and crunchy and have a nice salty and crunchy appeal to them. There’s a bit of a sweet and garlic or onion kind of thing going on as well as a hint of spiciness. Original review

#7: J.J. Snek Mi Perisa BBQ – Malaysia

The noodles are crunchy and have a nice flavor to them – very much reminding me of fried chicken from a well known restaurant chain. These were very good! Original review

#6: Samyang Foods Star Popeye Ramyun Snack – South Korea

It’s very crunchy and the noodles have a very light cinnamon note to them. The sugaryness of the rock candy brings this out in a nice way. Original review

#5: Mama Rangers Snack Noodles Shrimp Tom Yum Flavour – Myanmar

The snack noodle pieces are very short. The have a nice crunch to them. The flavor is that of a sweet tom yum, with a hint of spiciness, an unmistakable hit of lemongrass, and definitely tastes like sugary tom yum. It’s a nice flavor and was enjoyable. Original review

#4: Oyatsu Baby Star Snack Noodle Yakisoba Flavor – Japan

These short lengths of noodle are great. They’re light and crunchy. The flavor is that of yakisoba, so a little Worcestershire and salt and spices. It’s great stuff! Original review

#3: Ve Wong Little Prince Bacon – Taiwan

These little crunchy bits of noodles have a great bacon flavor. The big bag comes with a ton of little bags. My wife and I found these at an Asian grocery near Disneyland during our honeymoon – bacon snacks!  Original review

#2: Komforte Chockolates Savory Ramen – United States

The chocolate was exceedingly good – a really nice 53% dark chocolate I enjoyed thoroughly – premium stuff. It’s not so dark that it will put off the milkies and not so light on cacao that it lacks richness. The bits of noodles were nice and crunchy, and not hard like a rock. The soy, onion and garlic flavors were very much muted by the rich chocolate flavor, but that wasn’t a horrible thing. Original review

#1: Mamee Monster Snek Mi Perisa Pedas – Malaysia

I really like the crunch of the noodles; they seem a little different than the other Mamee Monster varieties; they’re really crispy, but maybe have a little more give to them. They have a nice spicy flavor to them which was great and a little bit of sweetness and more spiciness from the seasoning – excellent snacks. Original review

#1725: A-Sha Veggie Noodle Black Sesame Noodle

This year, Taiwan made The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2015 edition for the first time with A-Sha’s Veggie Noodle Tomato variety. This one is part of the same line, which also includes carrot and ‘baby grass’ flavors which I’m also hoping to try soon! Let’s have a look at this interesting variety.

Here’s the back of the pack (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to a pot of boiling water and cook 4 minutes. Drain. Add in contents of liquid sachet and stir. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The flavoring base sachet.

Has a sesame paste scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles have a wide and flat character to them and a nice chewiness. The flavor of the dish is of sesame paste; sesame and peanut notes. It had a bit of an acidic hit to it I wasn’t too, kind of like tahini I noticed. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4715635852080.

Here’s another variety by A-Sha: Hakka Flat Noodle Spicy Sesame Oil

After watching this, you might want to travel to Taiwan!

Product Samples From A-Sha Dry Noodle

Got a box from A-Sha yesterday – let’s see what’s inside!

Hey neat – from left to right, we have a new black sesame variety, hakka noodle with za jiang sauce and a new tomato variety. Sounds interesting!

Hey rad – No. 10! I have to say that this is one of my favorite packaging motifs I’ve seen in any instant. Black peeper flavor! Thanks!

#1411: A-Sha Prince Katsu Snack Noodle

Woot – snack noodles! This is one of the last ones I got at my old apartment. Really looking forward to seeing new stuff arrive at our new place! Anyways, this is a big bag with twenty little bags inside of it. That’s a lot of snacking! Let’s check it out!

Here’s the big English sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, open one of the little bags, tilt towards mouth and eat.

Here’s the back of the big package without the large sticker (click image to enlarge).

One of the small bags contained within the big bag – there are twenty of them!

Here’s the back of one of the mini bags (click image to enlarge).

Finished (click image to enlarge). So it’s exactly what it looks like – dry noodles. They’re very light and crunchy and have a nice salty and crunchy appeal to them. There’s a bit of a sweet and garlic or onion kind of thing going on as well as a hint of spiciness. For a snack, this one gets 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4715635851632.

This is a neat little video on how to make a burger with A-Sha noodles.