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Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

Yesterday, we looked at Singapore Laksa. Today we look at another well-known Singaporean dish – Chili Crab. Here’s some info from Wikipedia –

Chilli crab is a Singaporean seafood dish. Mud crabs are commonly used and are stir-fried in a semi-thick, sweet and savoury tomato and chilli based sauce. Despite its name, chilli crab is not a very spicy dish. It is listed at number 35 on the World’s 50 most delicious foods compiled by CNN Go in 2011.[1]

Chilli crab has been promoted by The Singapore Tourism Board as one of Singapore’s National Dishes, and can be found in seafood restaurants all over the island. It is traditionally eaten with bare hands as a means to savour the juicy crab meat with its sweet and spicy chilli sauce. Restaurants often provide wet towels or a washing bowl with lime in order to cleanse your hands after the meal.

Chilli crab sauce is described as “sensuous” and “sweet, yet savoury”, with a “fluffy texture”.[4] Mud crabs ( Scylla serrata ) are the most common type of crabs used for the dish, although other species of crab can be used too.[4]

It’s true – Chili Crab is indeed scrumptious when I’ve had it in Southeast Asia. Let’s check this one out!

Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles – Malaysia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, boil noodles for 3~4 minutes. Drain. Boil liquid sachet for 1 minute. Add to noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

A pillow pack of instant noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

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

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

Non-fried noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

A large wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

Thick sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added crabstick, coriander, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are thick and chewy but not overly so. They were happily enveloped by the sauce – a sticky and spicy flavored one with great chili crab flavor. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9555861000504.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3091: Way Premium Foods Authentic Chili Crab Noodles - Malaysia

A Touch of Tropical Spice: From Chili Crab to Laksa: 75 Fabulous Recipes from Monsoon Asia

Watch me cook this up on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

Bringing us to the midpoint of this special Meet The Manufacturer series is some Singapore Laksa. Here’s some info about it from Wikipedia –

Laksa is a spicy noodle soup popular in Peranakan cuisine.[1][2] Laksa consists of rice noodles or rice vermicelli with chicken, prawn or fish, served in spicy soup based on either rich and spicy curry coconut milk or on sour asam (tamarind or gelugur). Laksa is found in Malaysia,[3] SingaporeIndonesia,[4] and Southern Thailand.[5]

There are various theories about the origins of laksa. In Indonesia, the dish is believed to have been born from the Chinese coastal settlements and the mixing of cultures between Chinese merchants and the local cooking practices.[6] Historians believe laksa is a dish that was born from actual intermarriage.[7] In early coastal pecinan (Chinese settlement) in maritime Southeast Asia, it was only Chinese men that ventured abroad out from China to trade. When settling down in the new town, these Chinese traders and sailors set out to find local wives, and these women began incorporating local spices and coconut milk into Chinese noodle soup served to their husbands. This creates the hybrid Chinese-local (Malay or Javanese) culture called Peranakan culture.[7] As Peranakan Chinese communities have blended their ancestors’ culture with local culture, Peranakan communities in different places now demonstrate diversity according to the local flavour.[8]

In Malaysia, the dish is believed to have been introduced by Chinese immigrants in Malacca.[9] In Singapore, the dish (or its local “Katong” version) is believed to have been created after interaction between the Peranakans with the local Singaporeans.[10][7]

Because laksa has different varieties across the region, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact origin of the dish. Nevertheless, numbers of laksa recipes has been developed along the trade channels of Southeast Asia—where the ports of PenangMedanMalaccaSingaporePalembang, and Batavia (now Jakarta) are the major stops along the historic spice route. The intensive trade links among these port cities enables exchanges of ideas to took place, including sharing recipes.[7]

Well now that you have some background, let’s make some laksa!

Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish and shrimp. To prepare, boil noodles for 3~4 minutes. Drain and set aside. add liquid sachet to 160ml water and bring to a boil. Add noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

A pillow pack of instant noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

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

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

Non-fried noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

A very large sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

There was more, but it would have overflowed my cup!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, coriander, fried tofu with lemongrass, Dodo Shrimp & Fish ball, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and fried garlic. The noodles have a tooth on them which is just right for this bowl. They work very well with the soup – ah, the soup. It’s thick, rich and exceedingly tasty. It has heat, depth of flavor – it’s just excellent. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555861000481.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3090: Way Premium Foods Authentic Singapore Laksa - Malaysia

Penang Heritage Food: Yesterday’S Recipes for Today’s Cook

Join me as I cook this on an episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#2920: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour

#2920: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour

I’ve been a tom yum fan for a while now, however in my very early days of reviews I wasn’t so much. It was either too spicy or too this, too that… But now I love the stuff. Here’s a little about it 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.

Sounds good to me – it’s been a little while since I reviewed a tom yum – let’s check it out!

Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour – Thailand

#2920: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Removed color in order for easier reading – apologies for the clipping. Contains shrimp. To prepare, add everything to a bowl and add 360ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2920: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour

The noodle block.

#2920: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour

The soup base sachet.

#2920: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour

A granular powder.

#2920: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour

A liquid base sachet.

#2920: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour

An oily paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, tomato slices, 31-40ct shrimp, and coriander. The noodles are thin and have that brittle goodness that Thai noodles often have. The broth is a nice full tom yum – lemongrass and spiciness are well represented. A tasty bowl. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8852018102014.

#2920: Yum Yum Authentic Thai Style Instant Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour

10 Packs of 2 Flavors YumYum Jumbo Instant Noodles, Pork Flavour and Shrimp Tom Yum

Early morning Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater

#2161: Nongshim Chal Bibim Myun

After perusing Nongshim America’s website, I saw these noodles I hadn’t heard of before. A quick message to my contact at Nongshim and these magically arrived in a couple days! This is what you would call a Summer variety – the noodles are served cold with a spicy sauce. It’s made in South Korea, but definitely in packaging for the United States. Let’s 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 noodle block to 2.5 cups of water and cook for 3 minutes. Drain and run under cold water. Add in contents of liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The liquid sauce sachet.

Has a spicy and sweet scent to it.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and hard boiled egg. The noodles are nice and thick with a great chew – ramyun through and through. The sauce works extremely well; it’s sweet and spicy and works perfectly with a cold noodle. Best bibim myun I’ve ever had! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 031146034802.

Nongshim Chal Bibim Myun 4.58oz (130g) x 10 pack

Looks like this product has been around for a while in South Korean.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1933: Love Cook Guanmiao Dried Noodles With Authentic Sauce

So you might be wondering what ‘authentic sauce’ might be. I think this will be more like a soy based variety – with a few added spices. I think this is also referred to as Taiwanese sauce. The second review is ready to go!

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 a pot of boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Drain. Add contents of sachet. stir and enjoy!

One of the five packs in the big bag shown at the top of this post.

The noodle block.

The sauce sachet.

Has a soy sauce scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Chinese sausage, hard boiled egg and coriander. The noodles had a good chewiness and gauge. I really liked the flavor of the sauce on this one – definitely soy, but with some nice notes to it. Again, it seems like the Taiwanese can bring out excellent nuances in simple flavors with aplomb. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4719863231167.

The Rough Guide to Taiwan

A vacation guide to Tainan, Taiwan.

#1663: Vina Acecook King Chef Authentic Kimchi Flavour

Here’s one from Vietnam. Vietnamese instants usually tend to be pho flavors for the most part, but a lot of them are Thai or in this case, South Korean styled. Let’s see why this one’s leaning South Korean, other than the flavor.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free, but check for yourself. To prepare, boil 500ml water and add noodle block. Cook 3 minutes, then add in contents of sachets. Cook another 2 minutes, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block – the noodles look to be thick like South Korean ramyun.

The soup base sachet.

Has a spicy and acidic scent.

The vegetables sachet.

A decent amount!

A chilli powder sachet.

Smells spicy!

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles definitely bulked up a lot like ramyun. They had a nice gauge and chew and were ample in portion. The broth was quite nice – kind of a creamy and spicy kimchi flavor ala Korean styles. A lot of hydrated vegetable matter was there and quite good. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8934563715205.

Oh! Ricey Instant Rice Noodle Pho Bo Soup (Beef Flavor) – 2.5oz (Case of 24)

Some Vina Acecook TV commercials.

#1579: Curry Prince Penang Authentic White Curry Instant Noodle

Hooray for White Curry! What’s great is that there are so many new brands coming out and I like curry so much. This is Curry Prince – looks interesting! Let’s check out Curry Prince!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, boil 380ml water in a pot and add in everything. Cook for 3 minutes and enjoy!

The noodle block.

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The dry seasoning sachet.

Has a shrimpy scent.

The non dairy creamer sachet.

A very light powder.

The paste sachet.

Has a very nice curry scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added tau pok (tofu puff), fishball, coriander and mung bean sprout. The noodles are of a good gauge, but I didn’t like the chewq of them. They seemed slightly rubbery and stiff even after 3 minutes at a strong boil. The broth is pretty good – a little bit of heat and a kind of gentle curry flavor. This is a good one for those who can’t handle a lot of heat. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555174900812.

Madhur Jaffrey’s Ultimate Curry Bible – (from Amazon) – This is the most comprehensive book ever published on curries, written by Madhur Jaffrey, the world’s bestselling Indian cookery author. The influence of the Indian curry has been far-reaching: Indian immigrants and traders influenced the cooking of many other great cuisines of the world, including those of Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and China. History blends with recipes in this meticulously researched book, which will prove fascinating reading for food lovers everywhere. With over 150 mouthwatering recipes,

A short presentation on Penang street art. On the Curry Prince package, you can see a little picture of two children on a bicycle – which is a famous piece of Penang street art.

#961: Trident Chow Mein Soft Noodles

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Here’s one of the packs that came from Australia! Thanks go to Melanie I. of Jannali, NSW for sending these and also thanks to Mark K. for getting her to do it! The last one was a ‘2 Minute Noodle’ while this one says they’re soft noodles. I wonder what the difference is?

Here’s the back of the pack and the answer to my above question (click image to enlarge). These get drained and then the seasonings stirred in.

The main chunk of the noodle block.

Powdered seasoning.

Not a huge amount.

Seasoned oil packet.

The oil has a light onion scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken, fried egg, stir fry veggies and some Krazy Mixed Up Salt. The noodles aren’t bad – flat and thin. The glavoring however is kind of boring; not like any chow mein instant I’ve had before. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 93101182300043

#948: Trident Hot & Spicy 2 Minute Noodles

Hey check this out! This is the first ever package of instant noodles I’ve reviewed from Australia! Thanks go to Melanie I. of Jannali, NSW for sending these and also thanks to Mark K. for getting her to do it! This is an interesting pack – let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). I really like how in the lower left corner it tells you to “Beware – chili powder is very hot.” A spiciness warning on a pack of noodles that isn’t from Korea! Wow!

The noodle block. On the pack they call it a ‘cake.’

The dry seasoning powder.

Interesting – has a sweet and citrussy flavor to it – I did notice that it says this stuff was made in Thailand for Trident – I wonder if this will be Tom Yum like?

Seasoned oil eh?

Looks more like a paste to me – has a definitespiciness and yet a little more citrus hints.

Finally, we have the one we were told to beware – the chili powder packet. It’s actually much smaller than the other two.

A little taste and… bah – you call that hot? Actually, yes it is pretty hot and – wow it kind of creeps up on you! Okay yeah this is spicy chili powder!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added onion, green bell pepper, ham with some Apinya Thai Chili sauce on top (check it out here), and a sprinkle of Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles were good – what you’d expect in a pack of instant noodles. The broth was excellent and as I expected, it was full of heat and citrus and definitely a Tom Yum flavor. Great stuff – 3.5 out of 5.0 stars! I also want to mention the hot sauce. Apinya sent me a sample the other day and I’ve really fallen for this amazing concoction! It blends the heat of peppers and the crisp depth of ginger in a great way – it’s definitely a premium hot sauce and if I were still running The Sauce Rater, it would get 5.0/5.0 hot peppers! UPC bar code 9310182300012 .

Couldn’t find much on YouTube about this brand but here’s a train going by in JAnnali, NSW Australia!

#845: Nongshim Doong Ji Authentic Korean Cold Noodles in Chilled Broth

Well, time for another try with cold noodles! Been really enjoying them recently – curious how these will fare – look pretty fancy!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). So it’s a little different cooking this one, but shouldn’t be too tough.

Buckwheat noodles!

This is one big packet – won’t fit into one of my little cups.

Veggies!

An interesting looking mixture.

This is put on at the very end. Interesting…

Another one of the new bowls from the President of Nongshim America! Thank you again! I decided it would only be right to try each one out the first time with a Nongshim product.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a little roast beef and some hard boiled egg with Krazy Mixed Up Salt. Okay first things first… A while back, I tried Naengmyeon at a Korean restaurant and really didn’t like it. The noodles were really very hard to eat. I read about it on Wikipedia and it mentioned that a lot of times the servers would use big scissors to cut the noodles into shorter more manageable lengths. As I took the first bite of these noodles, I found myself in the same situation, so I tried the scissors – big difference! With that out of the way… The noodles are thin and have an almost gel-like coating. I don’t like this when it comes to bean thread, but it’s different here. The broth is sweet and tasty. No heat like a ramyun – it’s more of a sweet and refreshing flavor. The mustard is different; very interesting! The veggies are good – cucumber and other bits you’d commonly find served cold in there. All in all, I’m really impressed; this was really comparable to the noodle dish I got at a Korean restaurant. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 031146158171 – get it here.

A Nongshim Doong Ji TV commercial

Sorry, couldn’t resist…

#512: Paldo Big Bowl Noodle Authentic! Hot & Spicy Instant Noodle With Soup Base

Hey it’s the 600yj post! That’s overall – not just reviews obviously. Okay so this is one really big bowl. It’s about the size of a 45 RPM record! About as deep as a regular bowl noodle. Been waiting for the right day for this one – I’m sick and my nose is clogged and sore throat, aches and pains, etcetera. This should do the trick – hot and spicy Korean noodles!

Powder on the left, veggies on the right. I liked how it said ‘other’ on the little recycling logo.

Holy crap that’s quite a bit of veggie action there! Awesome! The powder looks like it’ll be spicy – just what I need…

Click image to enlarge. Added a couple eggs. Spicy was what I wanted, spicy is what I got! Awesome! The noodles aren’t the finest ever, but they’re ample and that’s what I needed. The veggies were certainly enjoyable – nice amount of those. Finally the broth was nice and spicy and I actually feel better beccause of it. Kind of like a spicy vegetable soup I enjoyed thoroughly. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

Paldo Madangnori Festival

This is the town where I grew up – don’t usually see it on TV!

#511: Menraku Japanese Ramen “Miso” Authentic Ramen Soup

I woke up with a sore throat, runny nose, sore joints and a bit of sneezing. I’m sick. This sucks. I thought maybe some miso would bring me back from the brink. I guess we’ll see how it goes…

On the left we have a big packet of veggies and seasoning powder. On the right, a liquid packet.

So the liquid is a miso paste. Quite an interesting earthy flavor – got some on my finger and tried it straight!

Click image to enlarge. Finished product. Added two fried eggs with a little pepper and Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning on top. Not too bad, however not my favorite of the Menraku varieties I’ve had so far. The miso flavor was a little funky. The noodles were good and the veggies were superior – the corn was actually crunchy and fresh taste! All good for the most part. Just not super awesome. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

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