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#3278: Uni-President Imperial Big Meal Beef Flavor – Taiwan

#3278: Uni-President Imperial Big Meal Beef Flavor - Taiwan

This is a big and somewhat heavy bowl from Taiwan. I’ve reviewed the version not made for export (this one usually goes to Hong Kong). What was funny about this one is that I found it up in Canada at a store in Aberdeen Centre – defintely not where this belongs. It’s full of beef and import restrictions would bar it from Canada. What a nice surprise! Let’s check out this one with Australian and New Zealand beef!

Uni-President Imperial Big Meal Beef Flavor – Taiwan

#3278: Uni-President Imperial Big Meal Beef Flavor - Taiwan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add in powder and liquid sachets and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in large retort pouch. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry sachet (watch these sachets get used on the episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time below).

A wet sauce sachet.

A large retort pouch full of beef and sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, sesame seeds, egg, and chili flake. The noodle is thick and has a slight brittleness and chewyness at the same time. The broth is a very thick and tasty beef. Included beef is on point and the gravy it comes in really add a lot of rich flavor to the soup. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710088412201.

3 Bowls – New Uni-President Chili Beef Flavor Instant Noodle 來一客杯麵 川辣牛肉風味 (3碗)

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#3262: Aji-no-men Sabor Carne Sopa Instantanea Con Fideos – Peru

#3262: Aji-no-men Sabor Carne Sopa Instantanea Con Fideos - Peru

A huge thanks to MLats for shooting this over! Love it when readers come through with varieties I’ve never gotten the chance to try and really want to.

So – a little background. Aji-no-men is produced by a company called Aji-no-moto. Here’s a little about the Japanese company from Wikipedia –

Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (味の素株式会社 Ajinomoto Kabushiki gaisha) is a Japanese food and biotechnology corporation which produces seasoningscooking oilsfrozen foodsbeverage,  sweetenersamino acids, and pharmaceuticals.

AJI-NO-MOTO (味の素, “essence of taste”) is the trade name for the company’s original monosodium glutamate (MSG) product.[2]

The origin of Ajinomoto Co., Inc. was a newly organized business unit in 1908 in Suzuki Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., founded in May 1907 by Saburosuke Suzuki II. This unit was organized at a request of Dr. Kikunae Ikeda (1864–1936), a Professor at Tokyo Imperial University, who invented a method for producing monosodium glutamate seasoning. He wanted to commercialize his discovery and by working with Sabururosuke Suzuki II to make this a reality in 1909. Under the general control of Saburosuke, Chuji Suzuki, a younger brother of Saburosuke, was in charge of the production and Saburo Suzuki, a son of Saburosuke, handled sales and marketing.[37] Dr. Ikeda was interested in the taste of kelp juice and when analyzing samples, he discovered the causative substance of its unique flavour, was monosodium glutamate (MSG). He named this specific taste “umami.”. Umami is now accepted around the world as one of the essential basic tastes, but it was not yet known at the time of discovery.[38] Ikeda further invented a method of manufacturing MSG, and acquired patents in Japan in 1908, France in 1909, the UK in 1910, and in the United States in 1912.[39] After obtaining a Japanese patent, Ikeda was inspired by an article written by a Japanese doctor, Hide Miyake, claiming that the flavour of umami facilitated digestion. Subsequently, in order to use umami to improve the health of the Japanese at that time, he asked Saburosuke Suzuki II to further commercialize it for general consumption.[40][41] The product name “AJI-NO-MOTO,” which continues to be used today, represents a seasoning that is made from vegetable proteins such as wheat and soybean. In November 1908, the company registered its trademark for ““AJI-NO-MOTO””. In parallel, in October 1908, prior to the start of manufacturing and in consideration of safety issues, the company conducted an evaluation test of monosodium glutamate at the Tokyo Sanitation Laboratory of the Ministry of the Interior. Test results and evaluations showed that the product was harmless and suitable for human consumption. As a result, full-scale production began in December 1908 and products were mass-produced by March the following year. After presenting the product at an exhibition at the first new product exhibition event held in Ueno, Tokyo, in April 1909,[41] sales for general consumers began on May 20th 1909.[42] This is the founding anniversary of the business.[43]

So yeah – this is a very old Japanese company and they have lots of different product ranges. I’ve always wanted to try their instants, and here’s some from their Peruvian line! Let’s give it a try!

Aji-no-men Sabor Carne Sopa Instantanea Con Fideos – Peru

#3262: Aji-no-men Sabor Carne Sopa Instantanea Con Fideos - Peru

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to contain beef. To prepare, boil noodles in 500ml water for 3 minutes. Add in soup base. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3262: Aji-no-men Sabor Carne Sopa Instantanea Con Fideos - Peru

A dry sachet.

#3262: Aji-no-men Sabor Carne Sopa Instantanea Con Fideos - Peru

A dry soup base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added thin sliced beef, an egg, spring onion, black sesame seeds, chili flake, and Cholula hot sauce. Noodles were your average instant. Broth was nice and beefy – nicely so. Broth was thin. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 7754487001700.

#3262: Aji-no-men Sabor Carne Sopa Instantanea Con Fideos - Peru

Ajinomoto Ajipanda bottle 70g

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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

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#3191: Nongshim POP (Pot or Pan) Beef Flavor – United States

#3191: Nongshim POP (Pot or Pan) Beef Flavor - United States

So here’s the second of the POP varieties I’ve seen. This one however is one I found at HMart up in Richmond, BC. Why’s it called Pot Or Pan? Well, you can make it as a broth version and a dry noodle version. Interesting! Let’s check it out!

Nongshim POP (Pot or Pan) Beef Flavor – United States

#3191: Nongshim POP (Pot or Pan) Beef Flavor - United States

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add sachet contents and noodles to 400ml boiling water and cook 4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3191: Nongshim POP (Pot or Pan) Beef Flavor - United States

A noodle block.

#3191: Nongshim POP (Pot or Pan) Beef Flavor - United States

A dry sachet.

#3191: Nongshim POP (Pot or Pan) Beef Flavor - United States

Has a beef scent to it.

#3191: Nongshim POP (Pot or Pan) Beef Flavor - United States

Another dry sachet.

#3191: Nongshim POP (Pot or Pan) Beef Flavor - United States

Salt.

#3191: Nongshim POP (Pot or Pan) Beef Flavor - United States

A sachet of garnish.

#3191: Nongshim POP (Pot or Pan) Beef Flavor - United States

Lots of little bits.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, soft egg, sprin onion, and boiled beef. The noodles are great – good gauge and light chew. The flavor honestly reminds me of Kentucky Fried Chicken original recipe – but leaning slightly towards a beef back. It’s fascinating! I definitely recommend checking this one out. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 031146043286.

#3191: Nongshim POP (Pot or Pan) Beef Flavor - United States

NongShim Bowl Noodle Soup, Beef, 3.03 Ounce (Pack of 6)

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#3171: Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour – Hong Kong

#3171: Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour - Hong Kong

Here’s one I found up in Canada at Aberdeen Centre in a shop that was rife with Hello Kitty plushies and exotic candies and snacks next to the food court – I want to say it was called something like Paint Box or Art Box. This one was a nice surprise as it’s been tough to find Doll Brand varieties other than their export pack versions around here. I reall would love to do a Meet The Manufacturer series with Doll, so if you’re listening, please contact me! Let’s check out this Beef & Satay variety from Hong Kong!

Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour – Hong Kong

#3171: Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour - Hong Kong

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish and shrimp. To prepare, add sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, sir and enjoy!

#3171: Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour - Hong Kong

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3171: Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour - Hong Kong

The noodle block.

#3171: Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour - Hong Kong

A dry sachet.

#3171: Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour - Hong Kong

Soup base powder.

#3171: Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour - Hong Kong

A wet sachet.

#3171: Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour - Hong Kong

An oily sauce.

#3171: Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour - Hong Kong

A clear garnish sachet.

#3171: Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour - Hong Kong

A colorful assortment.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, beef sauteed with Thai Cafe peanut sauce, spring onion, soft egg and black sesame seeds. Noodles hydrated nicely. Broth has a very strong flavor of satay and is really savory – included garnish included nice bits of scrambled egg. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4892333101549.

#3171: Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour - Hong Kong

Doll Instant Noodles, Spicy Artificial Pork, 3.49 Ounce (Pack of 5)

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Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

This is my list of my all time favorites (compiled up to review #3132). These are the best and most memorable varieties – some you’ll be able to find easily, some you won’t. In the images you see, you’ll see garnished bowls of noodles. Note – reviewing is done BEFORE products have anything externally added by myself, and I follow directions on the package – for better or for worse. I should also note that going forward, the official last day for companies to submit varieties to be considered for the annual top ten will be January 31st. That’s enough – let’s have a look at The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

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#10: Indomie Real Meat Mi Instan Goreng Rendang – Indonesia

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

The first Indomie variety on the list in years and it’s really amazing. Basically take their Mi Goreng Rendang and include a sachet of real rendang in a retort pouch. This comes after recently hearing that Indomie Rendang is hard to find here in the United States, something I was surprised to hear since it’s such a popular product and such a good one. Original review

#9: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ramen – Hong Kong

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

I’ve become enamored and thrilled with the straight ramen noodle varieties in recent years – especially ones from Hong Kong which have been on the last two The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time lists. This is Sau Tao’s first appearance on the list. A Thai flavor is delivered masterfully – broth has a great richness and crispness of tom yum kung – spicy and lemongrass and shrimp notes play together very well. Original review

#8: Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle – Taiwan

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

It’s second year on The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time, Mom’s Dry Noodles’ Dan Dan Noodle is just wonderful stuff. A broth-free offering with gourmet Taiwanese dry noodles, and myriad sauces that harmonize, salty, spicy, sweet and other flavors masterfully. Flavorful and deep. Original review

#7: Red Chef Green Tom Yum Soup Noodles – Malaysia

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

Another one returning to The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list, Red Chef’s Green Tom Yum Soup Noodles feature a fried noodle with a great mouthfeel and quantity. They work well with the broth which is like a mashup of tom yum and green curry. The spiciness and flavors are just great – it might seem like a strange gimmicky kind of thing but definitely not. I love the new and this is a new flavor for the instant noodle world. Original review

#6: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian – Singapore

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

Since a very young age when my mother would cook curried chicken livers over rice, I’ve absolutely loved curry. This one is just mind blowing and has been on the top ten for years and years. The noodles are thick and chewy  – and have a rustic kind of feel to them. Marry that to the broth which comes from a large sachet of curry paste and one full of coconut milk powder, you end up with a rich, luxuriant experience you’ll love. I should note they also have a version with non-wholegrain noodles which is also very impressive. Original review

#5: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa – Malaysia

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

Back again with their rich curry noodle, CarJEN brings something very special to the table in their Nyonya Curry Laksa. You dip the paste seen on the spoon into the broth to flavor it and it has little bits of shrimp in there that really are a nice addition. Sweetness, spiciness, richness from coconut milk powder, and a nice plump noodle makes this so tasty and memorable. Original Review

#4: A-Sha Gourmet Braised Beef Noodle Soup – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

This is the highest position a Taiwanese variety has achieved in The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time before – congratulations, Taiwan! For a long time, I’ve really enjoyed this style of noodle from Taiwan. It’s wide, with a center line which is thicker, and the sides are thinner – which gives them a very unique and wonderful mouthfeel. I’ve also always thought that these would just sing is in a broth (usually they are presented with a combination of sauces but no broth). The soup is rich with a strong beef flavor and hint of Sichuan peppercorn that do not overwhelm. The nice part is the inclusion of real beef in here. It should be noted that there is a special version of this that comes out during Lunar New Year which includes Wagyu beef – very expensive at a whopping $15USD per serving!, but very tasty as well. Original review

#3: Liangchengmei Biang Biang Men – China

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

My wife Kit saw this while we were up in Canada and it piqued my curiosity so thought hey let’s give it a try. Noodles are very broad – over an inch. The flavoring is just superb – to use a word I normally don’t, this is yummy. What’s interesting too is that they included meat – at least I thought it was meat – it’s made from soy protein! Unique, delicious, and the highest a Chinese variety has achieved on The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time to date. Congratulations! Original review

#2: Red Chef Spicy Sakura Prawn Soup Noodles – Malaysia

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

Let the prawn-slaught begin! Returning to the #2 spot this year, we have a Red Chef variety that just gives and gives when it comes to sweet and savory prawn flavor. This umami bomb has a nice chewy noodle that is complimented by just the sweetest, strongest prawn broth with an excellent thickness and just the right amount of spiciness. What’s more they include a sachet of crispy onions to put on top that round things out so well. If you want to have a prawn freak out, this is an indispensable tool. Original review

#1: Prima Taste Singapore Wholegrain Laksa La Mian — Singapore

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

For the fourth year in a row, Prima Taste wins with it’s excellent Wholegrain Laksa. If  abandoned on an island with only a life supply of instant noodles, I’d want them to be these, period. Hearty artisan noodles which are thick and of good quantity are combined with a broth which has a strong flavor and richness from coconut milk powder. A flavorful and striking noodle dish. Original review

What’s New

Instant Noodle Recipe Time

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

In the last year, I’ve decided to start doing videos for each on of my reviews and as of April 3rd, I’ve done 295 episodes. You can watch me cook and garnish everything as I sit at my stove. People have commented ‘why do you sit?’ Well, it’s a lot easier to record the show that way. Why do you wear sunglasses all the time? I’m legally blind and light sensitive. I answer a lot of questions about what I do from reader questions as well as talk about what I’m up to and give opinions and chatter about anything that crosses my mind. The show comes out every single day at 2pm Seattle time. Check out the show here.

The Chocolate Break

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

What began as something to try once has become a project my wife Kit and I do regularly. The Chocolate Break is where we try chocolate from around the world – and give our opinions on them. I’m proud to announce that www.thechocolatebreak.com is up and has rundowns of every single episode! Check it out and let us know what you think!

Big Changes For Me

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

Some of you have been noticing I’ve been losing weight – thank you! In fact I’ve been working hard on that. Reviews I do are usually involving me eating maybe 5% of a bowl of noodles, if that. Everything else goes down the drain.

I keep my regime to around 1200~1500 calories a day. I’ve also been doing a lot of walking with my daughter Miriam. With her stroller decked out with lots of lights and a really loud speaker (I usually play a lot of Primus, Herbie Hancock, Sepultura, Deodato, and Tobacco), we walk all over town. My feet hurt, too! If you put together our walking from April 1st and April 2nd, it comes to 21.12 miles (33.989km)! No, that is NOT a typo. My doctor told me I had high cholesterol back in October and I decided to make some changes. I’ll find out how I’ve done later this month and let you guys know how I’ve done so far.

#3109: Wu-Mu Jing Xiang Ban Mian Ramen Soup – Chili Beef Flavor – Taiwan

#3109: Wu-Mu Jing Xiang Ban Mian Ramen Soup - Chili Beef Flavor - Taiwan

Today, we’ve got a nice one from Taiwan’s Wu-Mu. This is a newer variety that uses wide gauge noodles for a soup – something I find really interesting and not done nearly enough. Although these noodles are absolutely excellent in a dry noodle (without broth) setting, I think in soup they really excel too. Let’s see how these end up!

Wu-Mu Ramen Soup – Chili Beef Flavor – Taiwan

#3109: Wu-Mu Jing Xiang Ban Mian Ramen Soup - Chili Beef Flavor - Taiwan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether they contain meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles and sachets to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3.5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3109: Wu-Mu Jing Xiang Ban Mian Ramen Soup - Chili Beef Flavor - Taiwan

The noodle block.

#3109: Wu-Mu Jing Xiang Ban Mian Ramen Soup - Chili Beef Flavor - Taiwan

A dry sachet.

#3109: Wu-Mu Jing Xiang Ban Mian Ramen Soup - Chili Beef Flavor - Taiwan

A fragrant melange…

#3109: Wu-Mu Jing Xiang Ban Mian Ramen Soup - Chili Beef Flavor - Taiwan

A liquid sachet.

#3109: Wu-Mu Jing Xiang Ban Mian Ramen Soup - Chili Beef Flavor - Taiwan

Thick and oily.

#3109: Wu-Mu Jing Xiang Ban Mian Ramen Soup - Chili Beef Flavor - Taiwan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions, soft egg, fried garlic and thin sliced beef. The noodles are broad and have a nice backbone to them. They’re chewy but not overly so. They compliment the broth which has a savory beef taste and just the right amount of spiciness to it. Very delicious! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710175574515.

#3038: Wu-Mu Jing Xiang Ban Mian Ramen with Fried Green Onion - Taiwan

The Food of Taiwan: Recipes from the Beautiful Island

Watch me cook this up on Instant Noodle Recipe Time – episode #166!

#3100: A-Sha Gourmet Braised Beef Noodle Soup – Taiwan

#3175: A-Sha Beef Noodle Soup - Taiwan

Here’s yet another box from Taiwan – they’re getting more popular these days for companies who want to roll out a premium variety. I like boxes; they look fancy and usually mean meats will be at play. Here’s a little about Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup from Wikipedia –

Beef noodle soup, is a noodle soup made of stewed or red braised beef, beef brothvegetables and Chinese noodles. It exists in various forms throughout East Asia and Southeast Asia. Beef noodle soup was first created by the Hui people during the Tang Dynasty.[1][2] According to some internet sources, the Red-braised Beef Noodle Soup (紅燒牛肉麵) is a dish created by the veterans from Kuomintang who have fled to Taiwan during the Chinese Civil War.

When soy sauce is added, the soup is called red roasted or braised beef noodles (紅燒牛肉麵). Braised beef noodles was reputedly invented by Kuomintang Sichuan Province recruits who fled from mainland China to Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Therefore, it is sometimes incorrectly referred to as “Szechuan Beef Noodle Soup” (四川牛肉麵). The Taiwanese traditionally had a aversion to the consumption of beef because cattle were valuable beasts of burden but it is believed that this soup’s popularity broke this taboo and also paved the way to Taiwan later embracing American foods that utilized beef (such as hamburgers). The red braised beef noodles is the most common type of beef noodle in Taiwan. The beef is often stewed with the broth and simmered, sometimes for hours. Chefs also let the stock simmer for long periods with bone marrow; some vendors can cook the beef stock for over 24 hours. This type of beef noodles tends to be spicy, as garlic, chili oil, doubanjiang or five-spice powder may be added – classic flavor elements of Sichuan cuisine. There are several variations with the soy-based broth, such as spicy, tomato, garlic and herbal medicine. The tomato variation (番茄牛肉麵) is popular in Taiwan and features chunks of tomatoes in a rich red-coloured tomato broth with or without soy sauce.[13] The herbal medicine variation is usually served without suancai as a topping (as its acidic properties are believed to inhibit medicinal properties) and may be accompanied by a chili paste made from beef lard.

Let’s delve into this box of noodle soup!

A-Sha Gourmet Braised Beef Noodle Soup – Taiwan

#3175: A-Sha Beef Noodle Soup - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, boil noodles for 6~7 minutes. About 3 minutes in to boiling the noodles, add large pouch to another pot and bring to a boil. Drain noodles and add to second pot. Finally, sprinkle dry sachet contents on top and enjoy!

#3175: A-Sha Beef Noodle Soup - Taiwan

A package of noodles.

#3175: A-Sha Beef Noodle Soup - Taiwan

A very large pouch. This contains the soup aspect of the dish.

#3175: A-Sha Beef Noodle Soup - Taiwan

Green onions.

#3175: A-Sha Beef Noodle Soup - Taiwan

Finished (click to enlarge). Nothing added. Broad, chewy Taiwanese dry noodles have an incredibly good mouthfeel. Center vein of this style noodle provides extra chewiness while sides are thinner and lighter, giving a multi-textural feel. The broth is rich and savory with an excellent balance between salty, beef taste, and a light bit of heat which harmonizes. Included beef is like butter and melts in your mouth. Green garnish works well. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4715635854008.

#3175: A-Sha Beef Noodle Soup - Taiwan

Rated Best Tasting and Award Winning [Taiwan No.1] A-sha Hakka Noodle – Spicy BBQ Flavor

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Unboxing A $15 Gourmet Wagyu Beef Noodle Box – Taiwan

So this is some epic looking stuff. A-Sha USA was kind enough to send one of the fanciest products A-Sha Taiwan makes – their Gourmet Wagyu Beef Noodle Soup. So first things first – you want to get some? Well, it’s only available during the holidays i.e. Lunar New Year – so you might have a year to wait for it. But here I can show you what it looks like and tell you some about it – including the fact that this goes for $15.

Unboxing A $15 Gourmet Wagyu Beef Noodle Box – Taiwan

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef – United States

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef - United States

Found this one up in Canada. Nongshim products in Canada are interesting because unlike in the United States where you can find ones made here as well as from South Korea, Canada also has products that come from the Chinese Nongshim factory. That’s a lot of sources for one brand! Let’s check it out!

Nongshim Oolong Men Beef – United States

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef - United States

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, I’m going to go with the microwave instructions. First, completely remove the lid. Add sachet content and room temp water to fill line. Microwave at 1000W for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef - United States

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef - United States

The noodle block.

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef - United States

A dry sachet.

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef - United States

A granular mixture.

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef - United States

Loose vegetable from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added boiled beef, fried garlic, soft egg, and green onion. The noodles came out of the microwave piping hot and most certainly done. The doneness of them was very much acceptable given their microwave ride and enjoyable. The broth had an initial beef taste that gave way to a mushroom flavor. Included garnish included mushroom which sadly did not hydrate and was like chewing a piece of wood. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 031146271245.

#3094: Nongshim Oolong Men Beef - United States

NongShim Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup, Gourmet Spicy, 4.2 Ounce (Pack of 20)

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#3072: Canton Instant Noodles Beef Flavour – Bangladesh

#3072: Canton Instant Noodles Beef Flavour - Bangladesh

Here’s one I found up in Richmond, BC Canada at The Real Canadian SuperStore. They had a ton of interesting stuff in there not only in their ethnic section, but their domestic section. Let’s take a look.

Canton Instant Noodles Beef Flavour – Bangladesh

#3072: Canton Instant Noodles Beef Flavour - Bangladesh

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to prepare, break noodle block into 4 parts and add to 250~300cc boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring often. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3072: Canton Instant Noodles Beef Flavour - Bangladesh

The noodle block.

#3072: Canton Instant Noodles Beef Flavour - Bangladesh

A dry sachet.

#3072: Canton Instant Noodles Beef Flavour - Bangladesh

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, soft egg, roast beef lunch meat and fried onion. The noodles are pretty good – lots of of them and very soft and light. The flavor ended up vaguely beefy but not extremely beefy. No broth here if you use 250ml water that’s for sure. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 846656017791.

#3072: Canton Instant Noodles Beef Flavour - Bangladesh

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#3058: Big Bon Beef Flavor – Russia

#3058: Big Bon Beef Flavor - Russia

Here’s one sent by the folks from HALAL Food Blog – they’re from Singapore and got it during a trip to Uzbekistan! Definitely a well-traveled pack of noodles! Let’s dig in!

Big Bon Beef Flavor – Russia

#3058: Big Bon Beef Flavor - Russia

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add dry sachet contents and noodles to a bowl and add 300ml boiling water. Cover for 3~5 minutes. Add liquid sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3058: Big Bon Beef Flavor - Russia

The noodle block.

#3058: Big Bon Beef Flavor - Russia

A seasoning sachet.

#3058: Big Bon Beef Flavor - Russia

A light powder.

#3058: Big Bon Beef Flavor - Russia

A liquid sachet.

#3058: Big Bon Beef Flavor - Russia

Has a slightly acidic scent.

#3058: Big Bon Beef Flavor - Russia

The vegetables sachet.

#3058: Big Bon Beef Flavor - Russia

Chives, perhaps?

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions, fried onion and roast beef. The noodles were pretty good – not anything exceptional but they did the trick. The broth was a kind of tomato beef thing – a little acidic. Lots of vegetable bits. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4605496003991.

#3058: Big Bon Beef Flavor - Russia

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