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#2238: Asian Thai Foods Rumpum Gundruk Flavour

Here’s one sent by Marvin R. from Texas – thanks again! This one’s from Nepal and says it’s ‘gundruk’ flavor. Gundruk? Wikipedia?

Gundruk (Nepali: गुन्द्रुक, (Pickled Leafy Vegetables) About this sound Listen ) is fermented leafy green vegetable and is a popular food in Nepal and claimed to be one of the national dishes. It is popular not only in Nepal but also in every gorkhali or Nepalese diaspora household worldwide.[1] The annual production of gundruk in Nepal is estimated at 2,000 tons and most of the production is carried out at the household level.[2] Gundruk is obtained from the fermentation of leafy vegetables (saag; Nepali: साग). It is served as a side dish with the main meal and is also used as an appetizer. Gundruk is an important source of minerals particularly during the off-season when the diet consists of mostly starchytubers and maize which tend to be low in minerals.[2]

Wow – getting interesting around here – yesterday’s review was bagna cauda, today’s is gundruk. 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 to 240ml boiling water and cook stirring occasionally for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy! Altervately, you can eat it straight from the bag as a snack.

The noodle block.

A dual sachet.

A powder base with some bits in there.

Seasoned oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sous vide chicken, coriander and chilli flake. The noodles were alright; they had a good chew and a nice backbone. The flavor though. I really can’t say this is a flavor I can savor. The little broth the noodles didn’t soak up was this army green color with an acidic and earthy taste. Not to my liking at all. 0.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9506000022574.

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Asian Thai Foods also make a line called Preeti – and looks like they have pizza varieties now!

#1151: Meet The Manufacturer: Asian Thai Foods Fatafat Vegetable Flavor

Here’s the last of the Asian Thai Foods Meet The Manufacturer. Fatafat means fast fast! Let’s check it out.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be vegetarian but check for yourself.

This one got pretty crunched up during shipping – here’s one of the larger chucks.

The dual packet: soup base and onion flavored oil.

Chilli powder!

The chilli powder atop the soup base.

As always, has a nice onion scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added red, yellow and orange bell pepper, minced garlic, cooked shrimp, Walla Walla sweet onion, jalapenos, carrots, broccoli, Fresno peppers,cashews, almonds and peanuts – all sauteed with a little Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Salt, hot sauce and soy sauce and topped with ketchup, mayonnaise and hard boiled egg. The noodles are good – nice chew and texture. The flavor is very vegetable with many notes of India snacks I have enjoyed in the past – namkeens. This was good stuff. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 9504000021146.

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#1149: Meet The Manufacturer: Asian Thai Foods Preeti Instant Noodles Chicken Soup Base

The vegetable version of Pretti was really good and got very high marks – curious how the chicken flavor will stack up! Let’s check it out.

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

The noodle block.

The dual packet – chilli powder on the left and soup base on the right.

Here’s the chilli powder atop the soup base.

Onion flavored oil.

Has an onion scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken with garlic salt, hard boiled egg, mayonnaise and Urashima Vegetable furikake. The noodles are pretty good – nice texture and chew as usual. The broth is really nice – a good chicken flavor which is rich and savory with nice spices. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 9504000021986.

A video about Nepal and it’s unique cuisine.

#1148: Meet The Manufacturer: Asian Thai Foods Miteri Instant Noodles Vegetable Flavor

Here’s another variety of the Miteri noodles. Vegetable! Let’s check it out.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be vegetarian but check for yourself.

The noodle block.

A dual packet: soup base and onion flavored oil.

Chilli powder!

The chilli powder atop the soup base.

The onion flavored oil.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added red, yellow and orange bell pepper, Fresno chili peppers, broccoli, Walla Walla sweet onions, grape tomatoes, Urashima Vegetable furikake, coriander (cilantro), tomato ketchup and mayonnaise. The noodles are nice with a decent chew and texture. The broth has an alright veggie flavor with nice spices and a little heat. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 9506000022307.

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#1147: Meet The Manufacturer: Asian Thai Foods Rumpum Chicken Soup Base

Chicken sounds good – This is an example of a vitamin fortified instant noodle. In areas of the world where many people eat a large amount of instant noodles, vitamins are added to make them healthier. Let’s check these out!

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

The noodle block.

The soup base powder.

Has a chicken scent.

Onion flavored oil.

Has an onion scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added chicken I baked with Mexcene and Urashima Vegetable Furikake, coriander (cilantro), grape tomatoes, ketchup, mayonnaise, Walla Walla sweet onion and hard boiled egg. The noodles are of a decent character – a bit crumbly but nicely so. The broth has a nice chicken flavor and a ‘comfort food’ feel. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 9506000022405.

Maha Shivaratri 2068 in Biratnagar, where Asian Thai Foods is located. From Wikipedia: “Maha Shivratri is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in reverence of Lord Shiva. It is also known as padmarajarathri. Alternate common names/spellings include Maha Sivaratri, Shivaratri, Sivarathri, and Shivaratri. Shivaratri literally means the great night of Shiva or the night of Shiva. It is celebrated every year on the 13th night/14th day of the Maagha month of the Hindu calendar. Since many different calendars are followed by various ethno-linguistic groups of India, the month and the Tithi name are not uniform all over India and Nepal. Celebrated in the dark fortnight or Krishna Paksha(waning moon) of the month of Maagha according to the Shalivahana or Gujarati Vikrama or Phalguna according to the Vikrama era.[3][4] The festival is principally celebrated by offerings of Bael or Bilva/Vilvam leaves to Lord Shiva, all-day fasting and an all-night-long vigil. All through the day the devotees, chant the sacred Panchakshara mantra dedicated to Lord “Om Namah Shivaya”. In accordance with scriptural and discipleship traditions, penances are performed in order to gain boons in the practice of Yoga and meditation, in order to reach life’s summum bonum steadily and swiftly. A week-long International Mandi Shivratri Fair held at Mandi in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh every year is one of the major tourist attractions in the state.[5]

In Nepal,Millions of hindu attend shivaratri together from different part of the Globe at Famous Pashupatinath Temple. Thousand of devotees also attend Mahasivaratri at Different Famous Shiva shakti peetham of Nepal.

On Mahashivratri, Nishita Kala is the most perfect time to observe Shiva Pooja. On this day, in all Shiva temples, the most auspicious Lingodbhava puja is performed during this time.”

#1146: Meet The Manufacturer: Asian Thai Foods 2pm Precooked Noodles Chicken Curry Delight

Nope – this is not a reference to the popular South Korean K-Pop group – it’s a reference to the time of day. 2pm is a common time for a quick bite to eat in the afternoon. Let’s have a look.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains chicken powder.

Here’s the precooked block – you can eat it straight or boiled.

Here’s the soup base powder.

A packet of chilli powder.

Chilli powder sitting atop the base powder.

Onion flavored oil.

Has a nice onion scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added grape tomatoes, hard boiled egg with Urashima Vegetable Furikake, coriander (cilantro), and chicken with Walla Walla sweet onion I sauteed in garlic salt and black pepper. The noodles have a slightly less crumbly texture than the other varieties and seem slightly thinner. The broth all but disappears as it’s only a scant 225ml – but it turns into a very nice sauce that makes everything so nice! A little spiciness and a very luxurious curry flavor run all through these noodles and I found it excellent. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 9504000021047.

Here’s a TV advert for 2pm noodles.

#1145: Meet The Manufacturer: Asian Thai Foods Fatafat Chicken Flavor

I think this is one of my new favorite packages – those kids are rockin’ out! Fatafat means ‘fast fast,’ referring to the fact that you can just pop it open and eat it as well as a smaller size for a quick meal. I decided to try the only cooking method I’ve seen this brand mention that I hadn’t tried yet: cook, drain, fry and add seasonings. Let’s check it out!

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

The noodle block.

Packets with soup base and oil.

You guessed it – chilli powder!

Here’s the chilli powder atop the soup base.

Here we have the seasoned oil.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, sauteed chicken with Mexcene, coriander (cilantro, grape tomatoes, mayonnaise, peas, carrot and Walla Walla sweet onion. The noodles came out really nice with the frying – very reminiscent of yakisoba or mi goreng. The flavor was nice as well with a little punch of chilli coming through. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 9504000021290.

Not only is the package graphic awesome, but this is a pretty rockin’ commercial, too!

#1144: Meet The Manufacturer: Asian Thai Foods Krrish Instant Noodles Vegetable Curry Flavour

Here’s another journey into something different. It was mentioned that a lot of people will have these noodles uncooked with the seasoning/oil packets mixed in. Adding tomato ketchup and mayonnaise as well was mentioned. I enquired as to whom the fellow on the package was: “Well it’s the superhero for India. It’s actor Hrithik Roshan on the package. You can Google the movie. Krrsh 3 will be releasing soon this year. Do watch the trailer on YouTube. This product was made to attract kids.” Wow cool! I figured let’s try this out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself.

The noodle block.

A combo packet of seasoning and onion flavored oil.

A packet of chilli powder.

Here’s the base with the chilli powder on top.

Here’s the onion scented oil.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added coriander (cilantro) , grape tomatoes, cashews, raisins and mayonnaise. The noodles have a nice crunch to them. They’re quite easily pulverized to an easily chompable size. The dry and oil seasonings do quite well. The additions make it really extra nice – like a crunchy salad. Again as before, I only rate the base product. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 9504000021989.

Here’s a TV advertisement for Krrish.

#1143: Meet The Manufacturer: Asian Thai Foods Rumpum Vegetable Soup Base

Here’s another brown noodle variety from ATF. Rumpum is the flagship product for them. Let’s check it out.

Here’s the back of the packaging (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free.

A neat little surprise – a little trading card to collect!

The brown noodles.

The dry seasonings – soup base on left and chilli powder on the right.

Chilli powder atop the seasoning base.

Onion flavored oil.

Has a nice onion scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added peas, carrot, broccoli, red, orange and yellow bell peppers, Walla Walla sweet onion, sliced grape tomatoes, cardamom (cilantro) and jalapeno. The noodles are chewy with a little crumble and a nice thickness. The broth has one of the best vegetable flavors; it’s very rich and flavorful with nice notes of masala. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 9504000021320.

Here’s a TV advert for Rumpum.

#1142: Meet The Manufacturer: Asian Thai Foods Miteri Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor

This one is called Miteri and it comes from Nepal. The makers of this product mentioned that coriander is a good garnish for all of their varieties.. I went to the store looking for the stuff and found coriander powder so tried that on the review before last. Then I had a thought to look on Google for coriander as the powder just didn’t seem right. Well guess what? Coriander is known here in the US as cilantro. Needless to say, I went and got some and will use it today! As it turns out, miteri means friend in Nepalese.. Let’s check it out!

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

You can eat these noodles straight or cooked.

Here are the dry packets – soup base on the left, chilli powder on the right.

Here’s the chilli powder atop the soup base.

A packet of onion flavored oil.

Has a nice onion scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Walla Walla sweet onion and chicken I sauteed with Mexcene seasoning, cardamom (cilantro), hard boiled egg and grape tomatoes. The noodles seem a little thinner than the ones I’ve tried previously and had a nice firmness to them. The broth is great – has a rich flavor and a little hit of spiciness that is just right. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 9504000021887.

Here’s a TV spot for a different one, Preeti.

#1141: Meet The Mnufacturer: Asian Thai Foods Joker Ready To Eat Noodles Chicken Flavor

Today, I’ll be reviewing something different. I’ve reviewed snack noodles before that have been made into various shapes, ones that start as a block and you crush and add seasoning, but none quite like these. These are in a small packet and in a block – they’re also noodles that have been seasoned already. Asian Thai Foods said that you can simply crush the noodles and have them that way; in fact, it is common that people eat many of their varieties this way – including mixing the seasoning packets and oil packets as well – and eating straight. What I’m going to do with it is add a couple things I’ve found before in namkeens. Namkeens are basically savory snack foods that are kind of like trail mix – they usually contain nuts, seeds, raisins and all sorts of different things depending on the region. Let’s have a try!

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

Here’s the seasoned noodle block. You simply crush ’em up and eat them!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Got a new plate today from my lovely wife Kit! Thank you! Added raisins and cashews. The noodles are crunchy and have a chicken flavor. They’re not heavy or oily. I found it much more appealing with the cashew and raisin – pairing with such things really make this snack noodle come to life. You could add sunflower seeds, dehydrated fruits and a myriad of other things. I only give scores based on the original content. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code

Here’s a TV advert for a different snack Asian Thai Foods makes called

#1140: Meet The Manufacturer: Asian Thai Foods Preeti Instant Noodles Veg Soup Base

Here’s another one from Nepal! Preeti translates to ‘love.’ I love instant noodles, so what better name for them? Let’s check this pack out!

Here’s the back of the packet (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself.

The noodles block. Pre-seasoned noodles that can be eaten uncooked as a snack as well.

A dual packet – soup base and chlili powder.

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

A packet of onion flavored oil.

Has a nice onion scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added red, orange and yellow bell peppers, broccoli, jalapeno peppers, Walla Walla sweet onion and some ground coriander on top. The noodles are crumbly, but also have a wonderful chew to them – decent backbone and something I thoroughly liked. The flavor is wonderful – garlic, cumin and a bit of heat and other flavors come together in an exotic and perfect way. It’s funny; my wife’s parents came up to be with us while my wife had surgery and her mom brought me a bag of bujia. Bhujia is a kind of snack mix that is very popular in India about Nepal. It’s dry and crunchy and all around great stuff with strong coriander, garlic and other spices. The flavor of these noodles and broth is very reminiscent of this. It’s no wonder on the back of the package it says you can just crush the block and eat it straight like bhujia! Here’s a recipe for aloo bhujia. I don’t know if it’s grammatically correct, but I must say I preeti Preeti! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 9504000021993.

Here’s a TV spot for Preeti.