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#3214: Lau Liu Tou Beef Flavor Spicy Soup – China

#3214: Lau Liu Tou Beef Flavor Spicy Soup - China

Another one from my trips to Chin World up in Richmond, BC. Remember kids, if you’re coming from the states, bring your Canadian cash because they’re not going to take your cards or exchange your greenbacks for ya! Really interested in how this one’s going to be – last one I tried wasn’t too shabby from this brand so let’s take a look!

Lau Liu Tou Beef Flavor Spicy Soup – China

#3214: Lau Liu Tou Beef Flavor Spicy Soup - China

A distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge).

#3214: Lau Liu Tou Beef Flavor Spicy Soup - China

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add sachet contents and boiling water to line. Cover for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3214: Lau Liu Tou Beef Flavor Spicy Soup - China

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3214: Lau Liu Tou Beef Flavor Spicy Soup - China

An included fork!

#3214: Lau Liu Tou Beef Flavor Spicy Soup - China

A nest of sweet potato thread.

#3214: Lau Liu Tou Beef Flavor Spicy Soup - China

A dry sachet.

#3214: Lau Liu Tou Beef Flavor Spicy Soup - China

A light powder.

#3214: Lau Liu Tou Beef Flavor Spicy Soup - China

A wet sachet.

#3214: Lau Liu Tou Beef Flavor Spicy Soup - China

Paste.

#3214: Lau Liu Tou Beef Flavor Spicy Soup - China

A solid ingredients sachet.

#3214: Lau Liu Tou Beef Flavor Spicy Soup - China

Little cylinders…

#3214: Lau Liu Tou Beef Flavor Spicy Soup - China

A final dry sachet.

#3214: Lau Liu Tou Beef Flavor Spicy Soup - China

Looks like vegetables and some TVP.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, beef, and spring onion. Sweet potato vermicelli hydrated nicely. Broth had a very tasty beef flavor as well as a light spiciness – kind of caught me off guard as I expected it to be spicier. More savory this one. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6924524200484.

#3214: Lau Liu Tou Beef Flavor Spicy Soup - China

Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor – China

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

Alright so here’s one we found up in Canada at China Worlsd in Richmond, BC. That’s a really fascinating store with lots of products I’ve never seen before. But hey if you go there – bring cash if you’re coming from the US – and make sure it’s Canadian cash! Let’s get started.

Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor – China

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

A distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge).

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 5 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

An included fork!

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

The noodles, wrapped in plastic.

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

A dry sachet.

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

Bits of vegetable and MSG.

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

A wet sachet.

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

A thick sauce.

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

Another wet sachet.

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

Pickled vegetable.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sesame seeds, barbecue pork, spring onion, and shichimi togarashi. Noodles are definitely different; almost have a sticky chew to them and a wide but not really thick gauge. The taste is very spicy and salty – works well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6926410331265.

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

Sichuan Baijia Instant Sweat Potato Thread/noodle Original Hot & Sour Flavor 3.70 Oz (Pack of 20)

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3048: Uni-President Braised Beef Stir Noodle Bowl – China

#3048: Uni-President Spicy Beef Stir Noodle Bowl - China

Here’s the last of the Uni-President varieties my wife spotted a few months ago at Foody World up in Richmond, NC! They were $1.50 apiece which seemed very good. Really like the graphic on this one – looks really neat. Let’s crack into this one and give it a go!

Uni-President Braised Beef Stir Noodle Bowl – China

#3048: Uni-President Spicy Beef Stir Noodle Bowl - China

A distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge).

#3048: Uni-President Spicy Beef Stir Noodle Bowl - China

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add dry sachet and boiling water to fill line. Drain. Add sauce sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3048: Uni-President Spicy Beef Stir Noodle Bowl - China

An included fork!

#3048: Uni-President Spicy Beef Stir Noodle Bowl - China

The noodle block.

#3048: Uni-President Spicy Beef Stir Noodle Bowl - China

A liquid sachet.

#3048: Uni-President Spicy Beef Stir Noodle Bowl - China

A thick sauce.

#3048: Uni-President Spicy Beef Stir Noodle Bowl - China

A dry sachet.

#3048: Uni-President Spicy Beef Stir Noodle Bowl - China

Lots of bits and pieces.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. Noodles hydrated so-so. A little tough in the final try. The flavor was a tinge acrid but was a nice beef taste – TVP complimented and bit of vegetable here and there rounded things out. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6925303771966.

#3048: Uni-President Spicy Beef Stir Noodle Bowl - China

unif bowl instant noodles – artificial beef with sauerkrant flavor (pack of 12)

Watch me make this one on an episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Beer Ramen In Canada – Wait, What – Really?

Beer Ramen In Canada

Wait… What? Yep. I saw an article on one of my news feeds mentioning this odd sounding concoction a week or so ago. Turns out it’s in Richmond, BC – a place we go all the time just over the Canadian border! So Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there – this beer ramen’s for you!

Beer Ramen – Yuu Japanese Tapas – Richmond, BC – Canada

Not going to do a full review today, but wanted to get this out there as soon as possible. I don’t know how long this will be an item at this new restaurant but definitely interesting! So you get your beer ramen – and no, it does NOT contain beer – that would just be wrong. This is more for visual effect. A bonito broth with nice chewy noodles and an egg-white top to simulate a heady foam. You get either vegetable tempura with it or for a buck more, their fried chicken. I will say that was some of the best pieces of boneless fried chicken I’ve had in a while – nice coating and crispness while very juicy. A small tray or garnish for ramen alongside fits well. But yeah beer ramen!?  Their menu is just awesome – lots of really amazing drinks, good looking ramen and noodle dishes and tapas. Here’s the info in case you want to hop the border or if you’re up there you’re wanting to check ’em out!

Yuu Japanese Tapas

Address: 3779 Sexsmith Rd #1118, Richmond, BC V6X 3Z9, Canada
Hours:
Sunday 11:30AM–10:30PM
Monday 11:30AM–10:30PM
Tuesday 11:30AM–10:30PM
Wednesday 11:30AM–10:30PM
Thursday 11:30AM–10:30PM
Friday 11:30AM–10:30PM
Saturday 11:30AM–10:30PM
Website: yuutapas.com

A big thanks to my wife Kit – she’s not one who likes to be on camera so she was a good sport and to my kids. Today is Father’s Day and I’m really stoked about my children. They’re really neat people – with their own distinct personality. They make me laugh all the time. I love my family very much and proud to be a dad.

2015 Birthday Trip To Canada

For the last three years, we’ve been hopping in the car and heading up north to Canada for my birthday. There are a lot of varieties of instant noodles that aren’t easily found down here and usually I bring back all sorts of new and interesting things. This year my son Andy and my sister Sue joined us for the trip! Let’s go!

Was hoping to get our passport books stamped, but I guess since we were only there for the afternoon they didn’t. They asked us a couple times if we had firearms, mace or pepper spray.

As per usual, the first stop was PriceSmart Foods in Richmond. All the places we usually hit are in Richmond, BC.

8200 Ackroyd Rd
Richmond, BC V6X 1B5
Canada

Gotta love signs like this!

Kit found a can of Hello Kitty pasta! I found some pretty good varieties of instant noodles, too!

Next stop was Yaohan Centre, basically a large mall.

1000-3700 No. 3 Rd
Richmond, B.C. V6X 3X2
Canada

Osaka Market is in there, which is basically a T&T Supermarket with a different name.

The noodle aisle!

Here’s a Prima Taste display from a while back – note the top ten list reference in the top right.

Next stop: Kuo Hua Trading Company…

120-4551 No. 3 Road
Richmond, BC V6X 2C3
Canada

Last year, I found a ton of great stuff here  – and this year was pretty great, too.

They had a zillion boxes of A-Sha Dry Noodles here!

All instant noodles.

The final stop was Fujiya Japanese Foods.

3086 St Edwards Dr #113
Richmond, BC V6X 4C4
Canada

Unfortunately, they hadn’t anything that I’d not reviewed.

All said and done, here’s the haul of instant noodles (click image to enlarge). Since the first year, the new varieties have been dwindling, and maybe next year we’ll do something else. Seems like a long trip for 13 pakcs/cups/bowls of instant noodles. It was fun to have everyone along for the trip! Thanks for an awesome birthday!

My Birthday Trip To Canada!

Last Saturday, my wife Kit, son Andy and I took a trip to Canada! We started at my mom and sister’s house in Anacortes. It’s where I grew up!

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Here’s the opposite view from our car. I grew up here on Fidalgo Island, which is connected to the mainland by a bridge. From here, you can take a ferry to the San Juan Islands, which is pretty popular.

It takes just over an hour to get to the border between the United States and Canada. The wait was pretty short to get in. after showing our credentials and asking some quick questions about what we were doing in Canada, we were off to explore!

Last year, we hit a couple stores. This year however, we went to quite a few. First stop was Price Smart Foods in Richmond, BC.

8200 Ackroyd Rd
Richmond, BC V6X 1B5
Canada

Did pretty good here and found lots of neat stuff. My son was really happy to see they had Kinder Surprise eggs. They’re foil-wrapped chocolate eggs that are hollow and have a little container inside with a prize. Also picked up some Old Dutch Bacon flavored potato chips! Sadly, they tasted like barbecue more than bacon.

The next stop was the T&T Supermarket at President Plaza. This place was nearby, but the parking lot was insanity.

1000-8181 Cambie Rd
Richmond, B.C. V6X 3X9
Canada

Here’s me on the noodle aisle.

Only found a couple I hadn’t reviewed before here.

Here’s Osaka. It’s inside the Yaohan Centre mall.

1000-3700 No. 3 Rd
Richmond, B.C. V6X 3X2
Canada

Found a couple of items here as well as this little sign mentioning Prima Taste’s rank on my Top Ten list!

Next was a couple of Taiwanese stores. First, Kuo Hua Trading. I thought it pretty neat that there was a big advert on the side of the building for instant noodles!

120-4551 No. 3 Road
Richmond, BC V6X 2C3
Canada

Another advert for noodles – in this case, Good Good Eat! I’d found a bunch of neat stuff there, but unfortunately they wouldn’t accept our currency which was too bad. The parking lot was pretty insane too.

Here’s the second Taiwanese supermarket – Big Crazy. What a great name – and fitting! It was pretty big and pretty crazy.

4955 No. 3 Rd
Richmond, BC V6X 2C3
Canada

Finally, we went to a little store called Fujiya. They had some really neat instant there and a couple I’ve been wanting to find for a long time.

3086 St Edwards Dr #113
Richmond, BC V6X 4C4
Canada

While getting in to Canada was pretty quick, leaving was another story. We had about an hour of waiting. What’s kind of interesting is that this sign is before the border.

Lots of cameras take your picture. Once it was our turn, we were asked a few questions and they looked in our trunk to see we had gotten noodles, candy and chips. Then we were free to go.

A very rainy and windy drive back to Anacortes.

Here’s my haul! Got some really interesting stuff! It’s a lot of fun to go to another country, especially when it’s so close! Thanks to my mom and sister for having us up and for the great birthday gifts and for watching our dogs Otis and Daisy during our trip, and to my beautiful wife Kit and son Andy for going up to Canada! Thanks to all of you for such a great birthday weekend!

#1227: Mr. Noodles Chicken Kimchi Oriental Style Noodle With Soup Base

Here’s another one from my birthday trip to Canada. I think this may the first instance of chicken kimchi noodles I’ve heard of. Let’s give it a try.

Here’s a closeup of the lid (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself. To make this one, peel back the lid halfway, dump in the sachets and fill to 1/2 inch from the top with boiling water. Re-cover and let sit for 3 minutes and it’s ready.

The noodle block.

Soup base sachet.

Has a chicken taste.

The veg sachet.

Veg and powder.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg and a slice of processed cheese. The noodles are a little crumbly and have a slightly ‘off’ texture. The broth is really ‘off,’ it’s kind of like kimchi but then again not really. It has a kind of tomato and chicken thing going on but really oddly so. The bit of vegetable are there but I don’t know what for really. Everything kind of has this weird flavor throughout – the only thing I can liken it to is the smell of a bag of tortilla chips. Bottom line is that it really tastes neither like chicken nor kimchi and has extremely subpar noodles. 0.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 059491009009.

Tom Brokaw talks about Canada. The Peace Arch crossing is what we drive by when going up there!

#1118: Mr. Noodles Kimchi Bowl Noodles Oriental Style Noodle With Soup Base

Here’s another one we found in Richmond, BC during my birthday trip! Thanks yet again to my wife Kit! By the way today is out 3 years and 7 months first meeting anniversary! I’m curious about this one since it’s a Canadian product and it’s a South Korean theme. My hopes are high! Kind of an interesting one to pick as well as I got an email today from MBC , a South Korean TV network, and I’m going to do an interview with them tonight for the Cul-Two TV show! When it’s out, I’ll share a link. As for this noodle bowl, let’s check it out!

Here’s all the package info (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free. Contains wheat & soy.

The noodle block.

The powder base packet.

Has a nice tangy flavor.

The veggie packet.

Looks like dehydrated kimchi to me!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef and Vidalia sweet onion sauteed in Worcestershire sauce, kimchi and green onion. The noodles are thin and weak with a very crumbly texture. The broth is a little on the light side, however is has some spiciness and a nice flavor. The vegetables were interesting as they tasted more like broccoli than kimchi, yet they were there. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 059491009016.

If you are from Canada, then move to South Korea, and then comback to visit Canada, here are some things you’ll appreciate about Canada you may have taken for granted before…

#813: Mr. Noodles Spicy Chicken Simulated Flavour Instant Noodles

Again, I first want to thank Mark K. and Erika L. for getting these to me! You might be wondering why I’m reviewing another Mr. Noodles so soon – I review the Vegetable flavor one yesterday. Well, I received this email yesterday:

Name: philip b
Email: [email protected]
Comment: I AM NOT HAPPY I BOUGHT PACKETS OF YOUR SPICY CHICKEN MR NOODLES AND THEY ARE NOT SPICY AT ALL AND HERE IS THE CODE NUMBER 877 150 3 AND HERE IS THE BAR CODE 059491000778 THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME WE WROTE TO YOU THIS IS THE THIRD TIME AND I AM GETTING TIRED OF GETTING THE ONES THAT SAY SPICY AND THEY ARE NOT SPICY AT ALL PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT ASAP THANK YOU
How did you hear about The Ramen Rater?: Web Search
I would like a reply please: Yes
Telephone:
Country: canada

Wow – this guy’s really unhappy. I replied thusly:

Philip –
I am terribly sorry that you don’t find Mr. Noodles Spicy Chicken flavor to be spicy. That being said, I must also point out that I have absolutely no ties to the company that makes these instant noodles – I review a
different instant noodle from around the world every day and today I reviewed Mr. Noodles Vegetable flavor.
I have reviewed over 800 unique varieties and have found this to happen from time to time though; spicy titles but not spicy flavor – or worse, says chicken but tastes like anything BUT chicken.
Well, I have some good news for you.
Tomorrow, I will post your message along with a review of the Mr. Noodles Spicy Chicken flavor I have in my noodle hamper. When I do a review, I make it according to the directions on the packaging and taste the broth and noodles as well as veggies should they occur. Then I ‘doctor them up’ if you will.
I will turn these noodles you say aren’t spicy into an internationally fueled fiery concoction! I’ll be bringing out all the big guns of heat – Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia (Africa too!) and finally, the USA.
Anyways, I hope this at least does something to make you feel better about things – it’s not within my power to get the makers of these noodles to heat up their flavoring sachets… What I have found is that the term
‘spicy’ is really dependent on the market. In fact I was asked by a Thai company the other day if I would rather review their products that they sell in the US or the ones they sell in Thailand. I picked the latter – they’re spicier.

Well, today I keep my word and so we shall have a look at this one from Canada – with some additions.

Back of the package.

The noodle block.

The seasoning packet.

Here’s the powder. I gave it a taste and got a nice chicken flavor a a hint of spiciness.

After the noodles and broth were done and reviewed, I started adding things… Here’s some Fresno pepper slices out of the freezer.

They had this Hanasia kimchi on sale at the local 99 Ranch Market recently – good stuff!

Okay let’s go from left to right. First, that’s Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce. It’s a Vietnamese spicy staple – commonly seen at Pho restaurants, it sports a spicy and slightly sweet flavor. Next, my new favorite hot sauce, Dua Belibis. This one hails from Indonesia and I was told it’s great on noodles – and boy is it ever! Another sweet and spicy one. Following that is Texas Pete hot sauce. This is your standard pepper/vinegar/salt/xanthan gum fare. I like it a lot and use it on everything – as you probably guessed, it’s from the US. Next is something I was sent from South Korea – Sunchang Gochujang. It’s a paste made from spicy peppers in a tube! Very spicy and good. From Africa is Amanfopong pepper powder. This stuff is mean and hot – good stuff. Finally from Japan, Ajishima Kimchi furikake. Furikake is a traditional rice condiment – has sesame seeds, salt some dehydrated kimchi – a nice little addition. As a side not, I wish I would’ve been able to add some Canadian spiciness to this one – especially since the noodles were from Canada. If you’re looking for a great maker of Canadian hot sauces, Check out Brooks’ PepperFire’s website here – I reviewed their stuff way back during the Sauce Rater days – good stuff and quite unique!

Finished (click image to enlarge). In addition to all the sauces and spices above, I also added one fried egg, some Fresno pepper slices and some baked chicken. I sampled it before the onslaught of course. The noodles are weird; crumbly and kind of just not right. The broth has a somewhat enjoyable flavor and only the slightest hint of heat on its own. I wouldn’t call it spicy, maybe ‘spiced’ or ‘spiceish’ but not spicy. The flames on the pack are overstated. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.After adding everything though, this was a spicy cauldron of noodle goodness! It roared and still is burning good! Hope this helps Phillip with his unspicy noodles! UPC bar code 059491000778 .

This is a must see.

Metal + Spicy Food FTW

#800: Mr. Noodles Instant Noodles Chicken Simulated Flavour

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Here it is – number 800! Gonna hit that four digits sooner or later. Thanks go to Mark K. and Erika L. for getting these to me! I had to decide on an appropriate variety for today’s big 800, so I though Canadian chicken (simulated flavor) instant noodles was fascinating enough to do the trick! So, here we go!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The single soup base packet.

It’s got a definitely funky chicken taste…

Andy had some Nongshim Bowl Noodle Beef and kamaboko! Check out his blog, Andy’s LEGO Stuff here!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added veggies, an egg, some Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce and some Ajishima Kimchi furikake. Well, the noodles weren’t too bad this time – not all funky. The broth was better too – had a better taste to it. Then again, this is chicken flavor – hard one to make unpalatable! I honestly found this to be the best Mr. Noodles I’ve tried thus far! 3.0 out of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 059491000501 .

<iframe width=”420″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/AxBE0v326UU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>Today one of my favorite actors died. Ernest Borgnine was alwaysd yelling or screaming at someone at some point or another. Here’s an awesome scene he was in in convoy.

Great scene from Poseidon Adventure.

#777: Mr. Noodles Oriental Flavour Instant Noodles

How awesome – Canadian instant noodles! Thanks go to Mark K. and Erika L. for getting these to me! I asked my wife to pick which one to try first – she said with a resounding note of certainty, “Oriental.” Indeed, it shall be the first one of these I sample.

Interesting – they’re imported into Canada, but from where? I’ve been told these are sold at Canadian Wal-Mart stores. Click image to enlarge.

Looks like your standard instant noodle block. The noodles are crunchy and a little rich.

Sigh – a lonely single packet of seasoning. The other side says the same but in French.

The seasoning. It actually has a nice flavor to it – soy and sweet and salty.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some veggies, some beef lunch meat and a couple fried eggs with some Krazy Mixed Up Salt on ’em. This is not what I expected; I would say this is a cross between Top Ramen and Pot Noodle. The noodles are a trip – they’re almost covered in a layer of sticky gluten, maybe more slimy than sticky. The broth is a trip – it’s not overly salty and has a really light flavor. This really is a Top Ramen meets Pot Noodle collision; kind of bland with saucy noodles. It’s interesting, that’s for sure – how weird! All said and done, they’re not bad but certainly not great. I give this one 2.75 out of 5.0 stars – could’ve used more flavor and more backbone on the noodle. UPC bar code 059491000600 .

These guys came to mind as soon as I heard of this brand.

Rad time lapse of noodles cooking themselves.

Mr Noodles Has Arrived!

So a fellow named Mark K. got a hold of his Canadian friend Erika L. and sent me a package!

Could it be?

It is! Seven varieties of Mr. Noodles from Canada! We don’t have these down in the states – this is really very cool! Thank you both for the help with this! Looking forward to reviewing them! I’ll be sending you some Ramen Rater stickers for your troubles!