This is the third of the rice vermicelli (bihun) varieties that MyKuali has come out with in cups. I was very surprised yesterday – happily so. They now have them at the 99 Ranch store near me – all of their pack range, the rice vermicelli bowls and the cup versions as well. Pretty surprised to see them actually – but it’s a good thing since it seems Malaysian flavors are really making a big punch into the outer world.
As you might remember, MyKuali’s Penang White Curry wheat noodle version was #1 on the top ten list in 2014. As for the rice vermicelli varieties, they hit #1 and #2 of my top ten rice noodles for 2017 with their Hokkien OPrawn and Tom Yum varieties. Let’s have a look at this one!
MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup – Malaysia
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains prawn. To prepare, add all four sachets to the bowl and add 400ml boiling water. Put lid on and steep for 4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, fishball and tofu puff. The vermicelli came out just right – good hydration in the time specified. As usual, I did a couple of cross cuts with a pair of kitchen scissors to make them more manageable with a fork. The broth is thick and luxuriant. It’s very dark and has a strong garlic overtone. When I first tried their white curry in 2013, it was much different. It definitely had less garlic and although I love garlic, it kind of gives everything a kind of monotone hit which really bums me out. Howver, there’s a lot to it and it’s as rich as can be. It’s still one of my favorite flavors though. The included garnish hydrated well – chives and chilli. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555655005333.
Ah, MyKuali white curry. You know, I think one of the biggest ‘aha’ moments was when I first tried MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle back in 2013. They contacted me and asked if I’d like to try it. I’d only had a few scant Malaysian varieties and really didn’t know much about Malaysian foods or food culture at all. I think seeing that big sachet of paste made me do a double take, and the fact that the curry flavor was nothing like I’d tried before.
Indeed, a year after I had the opportunity to taste those noodles for the first time, my wife and I got an invite to visit Malaysia by MyKuali. It was a real eye-opener and my first visit to Asia. While there, our hosts Thomas and his family introduced us to the flavors of Penang. I really felt like I was on an Anthony Bourdain travel show; we’d wake up, and then be off to the hawkers courts, trying anything and everything for many days in a row.
A true education in the flavors of Asia. On my subsequent trips to Thailand and Taiwan, I have had similar experiences – trying local foods and learning about them. But the initial trip to Malaysia really taught me so much about the flavors over there.
Here’s some info about the Cuisine of Penang from Wikipedia –
Penang cuisine is the cuisine of the multicultural society of Penang, Malaysia. Most of these cuisine are sold at road-side stalls, known as “hawker food”. Local Penangites typically find these hawker fares cheaper and easier to eat out at due to the ubiquitousness of the hawker stalls and that they are open for much of the day and night. Penang island. On February 22, 2013, Penang was ranked by CNN Travel as one of the top ten street food cities in Asia. Penang has also been voted by Lonely Planet as the top culinary destination in 2014.
Indian Banana leaf rice(Tamil:வாழையிலைச் சோறு கறி)- White rice (or parboiled rice in authentic South Indian restaurants) is served on a banana leaf with an assortment of vegetables, curried meat or fish, pickles, and/or papadum. Is very much part of the few favourite local food in Penang particularly along Little India within the George Town Heritage zone. Biryani (Tamil:பிரியாணி)- Also known as nasi beriani and has many different variant. Fish head curry (Tamil :மீன் தலை கறி) – Head of the red snapper stewed with vegetables such as okra, tomato and brinjals in a curry, usually served with rice. Passion of Kerala at New World Park, Burmah Road, is famous for this dish. Mee Goreng Mamak (Tamil:மாமா வறுத்த மி)- It is made with thin yellow noodles fried with garlic, onion or shallots, fried prawn, chicken, chili, tofu, vegetables, tomatoes, egg and spices, giving this fried noodle dish a distinctly unique Indian flavor. Mee Rebus (Tamil:அவித்த மி) – a rich gravy made out of sweet potatoes, is ladled over fresh yellow egg noodles and bean sprouts. It is garnished with cooked squid, prawn fritters, boiled egg and fried shallots. A squeeze of a fresh local lime before serving. Nasi Kandar (Tamil :நாசிக் கண்டார்) -a meal of steamed rice which can be plain or mildly flavoured, and served with a variety of curries and side dishes . Among the most well-known is a place called Line Clear, off Penang Road. Pasembur(Tamil:பசெம்பூர்) – A spicy salad dish consists of fried titbits and shreded vegetable sold by Indian Muslims. Penang Acar (Tamil:பினாங்கு ஊறுகாய்) – Indian pickles.Known as Urukai in Tamil language.achar are made from certain individual varieties of vegetables and fruits that are chopped into small pieces and cooked in edible oils like sesame oil or brine with many different spices Chinese Bak kut teh (Chinese: 肉骨茶) – Literally translates as “meat bone tea”, the soup dish consists of meaty pork ribs and meatballs simmered in a complex broth of herbs and spices. Bee Tai Bak or Mee Tai Mak (Chinese: 米台目) – Silver needle noodles served with clear soup and minced pork. Char Koay Kak (Chinese: 炒粿角) – Stir-fried radish cake. Char Koay Teow (Chinese: 炒粿条) – fried flat rice noodles with chilli spices with seafood typically prawns and cockles (and typically with fried eggs). (A stall at a corner along Chulia Street which uses distinctive narrower noodles than other vendors.) Claypot chicken rice (Chinese: 砂煲饭) – Another popular hawker food in Penang comprises chicken cooked in a claypot over a fire, served with Chinese sausages, egg, salted fish and mushroom. Fried Oyster Omelette or Oh Chien (Chinese: 蚵煎) – An oyster omelette dish available at many hawker stalls and coffee shops in Penang. Garnished with coriander or parsley, the omelette is served with a dip made of chilli sauce and garlic paste. Hainanese chicken rice (Chinese: 海南鸡饭) – A dish of Hainanese origin consists of rice cooked in chicken stock, and served with either roasted or steamed chicken, sometimes with sliced cucumber, bean sprout, spring onions and parsley. Hokkien mee or Hae Mee (Chinese: 福建面 in Penang, 虾面 in Kuala Lumpur) – rice and egg noodles, served together with hard boiled eggs, small prawns, meat slices, bean sprouts and kangkung (water spinach) in a spicy prawn & pig bone (Chinese: 肉骨) stock. Lor mee (Chinese: 卤面) – rice and egg noodles in broth thickened with corn starch and beaten eggs, served with eggs (some feature duck eggs), meat slices and bean sprouts. The noteworthy stall is located next to the Goddess of Mercy Temple, with branches in Jones Road and Pulau Tikus. Wan Than Mee (Chinese: 云吞面) – also known as Tok-tok Mee from the sound of knocking bamboo sticks made by the vendors in former times to draw attention to their food, of a dish of egg noodles and wontons with sliced barbecued pork and vegetables. Peranakan Penang Laksa (Malay: Laksa Pulau Pinang), a dish of thick round rice noodles in a spicy and sour tamarind-based (or assam fruit-based) fish soup. The dish is garnished with mint, cucumber, onions, shreadded lettuce and pineapple.  Malay Ikan Bakar – is a general term meaning grilled or barbecued fish. A popular local fish for grilling is Ikan Kembong (Mackerel Fish). The fish is usually marinated in spices, coconut milk, sometimes stuffed with sambal, wrapped in banana leaves and grilled over charcoals.
I always considered curry to be either sweet (Japanese curry) or savory (Indian curry). This was something altogether different; and I loved it from the first taste.
Today’s variety is with rice vermicelli. It took me a long time to warm up to rice vermicelli – but these days I welcome it and really enjoy it. Let’s have a look at this MyKuali white curry vermicelli by MyKuali.
MyKuali Penang White Curry Rice Vermicelli Soup – Malaysia
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add contents of sachets to bowl and 400ml boiling water. Cover for 4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Dodo fishball, tau pok, spring onion, chilli oil and chilli powder. The vermicelli hydrates nicely in the four minutes. They go well with the broth which is thick. Thick and gloriously strong! A good smack of heat and lots of prawn and other flavors. The included vegetables hydrate great as well. Love this one! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555655005333.
Now for the third year, I’m coming out with the latest Top Ten Instant Rice Noodles list. Rice noodles have some benefits as opposed to their fried wheat counterparts. First, they’re virtually fat-free. Also, they’re not fried. Rice noodles are gluten-free by nature, although the ingredients in the sachets that come with these varieties might not be. People ask me for a gluten-free list often, but that would be rather difficult as I’d have to pore over every ingredient list on every review to do this. Well, let’s have a look at these great rice noodle varieties – the best instant rice noodles varieties of the almost 2,500 reviews to date!
The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Rice Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition
The instant rice noodles came out of the microwave slightly underdone, but that was easy to look past as by the time I sat down to eat this, they were very good. Light chew, thin gauge. The broth was very, very good – a nice oiliness and crab taste with lots of crab in there and vegetable. Original review
#9: KOKA Silk Spicy Marinara Instant Rice Fettuccine – Singapore
The instant rice noodles – fettuccine – came out remarkably well. Indeed it is perfectly hydrated. I make a couple cross-cuts with a pair of kitchen scissors to make them easier to work with a fork. The broth is very tasty with a fresh taste of tomato and a bit of spiciness. Moreover, the broth definitely has a seafood feel to it – almost has a slight lemony hint to it. The vegetables hydrated very well and were complimentary. Also,m the shrimp that are included taste good and are of a decent quantity. Original review
#8: Nissin Seafood Flavour Rice Vermicelli – Hong Kong
The noodles were slightly thick and chewier than many – and it worked well here; a little heartier. The broth was very good – a milky seafood and butter kind of taste which was absolutely delicious. The included bits included scrambled egg, spring onion, mushroom and seafood which all hydrated perfectly. Well done! – Original review
#7: Mamee Chef Gold Recipe Bihun Kari Seribu Rasa – Malaysia
The Mamee Chef Gold Recipe on the 2015 Edition of the Top Ten Instant Noodles list, but with bihun! The noodles have a slight dryness to them, but the best part is how the broth is so rich and flavorful; it’s like a bowl of Malaysian love. Original review
#6: Ah Lai Penang Favourite White Curry Rice Vermicelli – Malaysia
I found I liked this vermicelli version of their white curry better than their wheat noodle variety! I don’t think that’s happened before; it’s kind of been a love/hate relationship I’ve had with rice based noodles for years. However, the rich flavor of the broth embraces the noodles and enrobes them in curry happiness. Original review
#5: MeeKuali Bihun Sup Rempah Perisa Daging – Malaysia
The vermicelli came out really good. This and cooked nicely. I made a couple of cross cuts with a pair of kitchen scissors to make the vermicelli more manageable. The broth is great . It’s got a great beef flavor and definitely full of spices. Moreover, it has the thickness I like. The shallots pull it together well – crisp and tasty. Original review
The noodle was great – a little thicker than the other rice noodle varieties from Tseng. A little heartier which worked well here. The broth was a luxuriant sea of deep orange with a good coconut body. The flavor was not extremely strong in this one, but it was satisfying and quite good. Impressed at this being a Laksa coming from Taiwan. Original review
The noodles are very good – broad in nature and light in chewiness. The broth is really quite good – it has a spicy, lemongrass flavor with a nice shrimp hit, plus a sweetness as well that I wasn’t expecting. The little shrimp are in there as well, which hydrated quite nicely. Very pleased indeed! Original review
#2: MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Rice Vermicelli Soup – Malaysia
The vermicelli came out nice – not too chewy and very plentiful. I used a pair of kitchen scissors to make 3 cross cuts in order to make them more manageable with a fork. The broth is a sea of flavor. So it has a strong lemongrass presence coupled with a serious spiciness. The shrimp taste is strong here and the broth is thick – really thick. The included garnish was excellent and hydrated perfectly. Original review
The bihun as hydrated really well for something steeped. The broth is mind blowing. If you like a thick and serious onslaught of prawny sweetness and heat, this is absolutely for you. It’s so rich and strong and tasty! To top it all off, fried onion bits that are the best I’ve ever had in any instant product – other than the wheat noodle package version of this product. Amazing! Original review
Bakso can be found all across Indonesia; from the traveling cart street vendors to restaurants. Next to soto, satay and siomay, bakso is one of the popular street food in Indonesia. Today, various types of ready to cook bakso also available as frozen food commonly sold in supermarkets in Indonesia.
Beef meatball – sounds good. So let’s give this baso sapi flavored vermicelli a try!
Super Bihun Bihun Kuah Rasa Baso Sapi – Indonesia
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 400ml boiling water Steep for 2 2-3 minutes or until the noodles are soft. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
A dual sachet.
A slightly granular mixture.
An oil sachet.
Has a garlic scent.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, tofu puff, Salad Cosmo mung bean sproutsd and coriander. The vermicelli is awesome – I like how it has a kind of fluffy character to it it without being mushy. The broth has a very good flavor; a kind of garlic and onion taste with a nice underlying beef kind of hit. The oiliness is on point and the chilli powder gives a little touch of spice. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8994357010046.
Finally, here’s one my wife really likes (click to enlarge)! We use this in rice and add some chicken to it. Hainanese Chicken rice is usually served cold though. Good stuff! Thanks again! Can’t wait to try!
Turns out I had one left from my trip to Malaysia in October 2014! This one’s made by the same company that makes MAMA noodles – just for the Malaysian market. I’ve had chand clear soup varieties in the past but this one just says it’s clear soup. Let’s check out this rice vermicelli!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add contents of package to a bowl and add 350ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir rand enjoy!
The rice vermicelli block.
A dual sachet – soup base powder on the left and chilli powder on the right.
The chilli powder atop the soup base powder.
A seasoned oil sachet.
Has a nice and strong garlic scent.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Chinese sausage, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, lime, cili padi, egg and coriander. The vermicelli hydrated well – fine strands and good quantity (I recommend cutting them with kitchen scissors to make them easier to navigate). The broth has a salty, garlic and hint of sweet character to it. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9557128101511.
Recently, I got a box from MyKuali with a lot of products I’d reviewed before with new packaging as well as a couple of completely brand new products. This is one of the totally new ones, MyKuali’s first bowl offering. It’s also their first rice vermicelli (also known as bihun) variety. Let’s pop open a bowl and look inside!
Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add contents of paste and seasoning sachets and 400ml boiling water. Cover and steep for 4 minutes. Stir and add fried onion. Enjoy!
Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).
An included fork – and spoon!
The bihun block.
The dry seasoning base.
Has a strong prawn scent.
The paste sachet.
Has a bright scent.
The garnish sachet.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added shrimp, pork, squid, mung bean sprouts, egg and spring onion. The bihun did great – as always, I use a pair of kitchen scissors to shorten the noodles or I’ll get broth all over my shirt. The bihun as I said hydrated really well for something steeped. The broth is mind blowing. If you like a thick and serious onslaught of prawny sweetness and heat, this is absolutely for you. It’s so rich and strong and tasty! To top it all off, fried onion bits that are the best I’ve ever had in any instant product – other than the wheat noodle package version of this product. Amazing. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555655005340.
Here’s an interesting looking one from Malaysian company Twetnty-Twenty. I remember seeing this on Instagram and wondering who made it and if I could try it. I sent a message and it turned out the poster was the manufacturer, and so here we are. Let’s have a look at this curry rice noodle!
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 380ml boiling water for 3-5 minutes (I’ll do 4). Add in creamer and curry sachets and stir. Enjoy!
The noodle block.
A non dairy creamer sachet.
A very light powder.
The paste sachet.
A beautiful color and nice curry scent.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added white onion, fried fish ball, red bell pepper and mint. The noodles were quite nice – good gauge and nice texture to them. The broth had a strong curry flavor with a very nice color. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555064200954.
Penang Heritage Food: Yesterday’s Recipes for Today’s Cook – (from Amazon) – Penang is one of the food capitals of Malaysia. However, over time, many Penang heritage dishes have been modified so much that what is served today is just a pale image of the original. The tastes of home-cooked dishes have not been faithfully reproduced from one generation to the next. Similarly, street- food and restaurant recipes have not been faithfully passed from a retiring chef to his successor. This book preserves the Penang heritage food from days of yore, covering home- cooked food, street food and restaurant dishes. Meticulously researched, every recipe is prefaced with heritage information and, together, they trace Penang heritage food to its Thai, Hokkien, Hainanese, Indian and Malay roots. Penang Heritage Food won a national award for best culinary history in the World Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
Looks from what I see on YouTube, football is really popular where these noodles are made!
I’m sure many of you are familiar with Mi Goreng. For those of you who aren’t, Mi Goreng translates to ‘fried noodle.’ Mi Goreng basically are noodles that are cooked, drained, dropped in a wok or skillet, and fried with different seasonings and ingredients. Now Bihun Goreng is a little different. Instead of a wheat noodle, rice vermicelli is used the same kind of way. Rice vermicelli are very thin rice noodles. Instead of broth, these are broth free. They’re kind of distant cousins of yakisoba, yakiudon and chow mein. Let’s check out this Bihun Goreng from MAMA of Thailand!
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, put noodle block into a bowl and cover with boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents and combine well. Enjoy!
The rice vermicelli block.
The dry seasoning.
Has a kind of salty and sweet scent.
An oil sachet.
Definitely smell some garlic!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added spring onion, shrimp and white onion with some Healthy Boy brand soy sauce, hard boiled egg with Nguang Soon Dried Chilli Powder and some coriander. The noodles hydrated very nicely during the steeping process. Not too dry and had a substantial chew to them. I also would recommend using some kitchen scissors on them to do a couple cuts to make the length a little shorter – a trick I picked up from the first time I tried South Korean potato noodles. . The have a very nice flavor – sweet, salty and spicy. The spiciness definitely builds to a really exuberant crescendo! Great flavor and texture! 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8851876000234.
In Malaysia, the rice vermicelli can be called and founded as Mihun, Mi hoon, Mee Hoon, Bihun, or Bee Hoon.
Bihun Sup is a Malay style dish, mixed with spiced beef broth or chicken broth. Sometimes it came with sambal kicap (pounded bird’s eye chilli mixed with dark soy sauce) as condiment.
Bihun Kari mixed with curry, added with mung bean sprout, fried tofu and red chillies sambal.
Bihun soto is in a yellow spicy chicken broth, served with chicken and potato cutlet.
Hokkien mee throughout Malaysia varies considerably due to regional differences.
Bihun Tom Yam is mixed with tom yam.
Laksa Sarawak is mixed with a base of sambal belacan, sour tamarind, garlic, galangal, lemon grass and coconut milk, topped with omelette strips, chicken strips, prawns, fresh coriander and optionally lime. Ingredients such as bean sprouts, (sliced) fried tofu or other seafood are not traditional but are sometimes added.
Mi Siam is a stir-fried style dish.
Alrighty! Let’s give this Ah Lai white curry rice vermicelli a try!
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add vermicelli to 360-380ml boiling water (I’ll be using 370)ml). Cook vermicelli for 2-3 minutes (I’ll do 2 1/2) and add on sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!
The rice vermicelli.
A small seasoning sachet.
A granular mix.
The larger dry seasoning sachet.
A very light powder.
The paste sachet.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fried fish ball, tau pok, mung bean sprouts, mint and red bell pepper. The rice vermicelli was as most – very thin. As always, I gave it a few slices with kitchen scissors to make it easier to eat. The bihun worked extremely well with the broth which is creamy, spicy and very curry! Excellent! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555133001758.
Wasn’t sure what this box was that I received yesterday contained… Hmmm…
Ah! Ah Lai Penang White Curry! I reviewed this a while back – but this is the bihun version. Bihun (or beehoon) is the Malay name for rice vermicelli. Very curious about this one – will try it soon! Thanks!
Bihun (or beehoon) is basically rice vermicelli. Pama is a brand by President Rice Products of Thailnd and looks to be for sale in Malaysia. Make sense? Okay now on to the flavor: tom yam. Tom yam (or tom yum) is a very standard Thai variety – spicy, lemon/citrus, spicy, and usually shrimp. I was told that the creamy isn’t from dairy but from the boiling of shrimp! Let’s check it out!
Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp.
Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge). To prepare, open lid and take out sachets and fork. Add in contents of sachets and boiling water to fill line. Steep 3 minutes, stir, and enjoy!
An included fork!
The bundle of bihun.
The soup base sachet.
Has a lemony scent – made me sneeze when I poured it into the cup!
A flavored oil sachet.
Has a spicy scent.
The solid ingredients sachet.
Shrimp and seasoning.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added shrimp, mung bean sprouts and coriander. The bihun is very standard – thin and wispy. I recommend if you have a pair of kitchen scissors cutting the noodles twice once they’re done – makes it easier to eat them. The broth is excellent – nice heat, lemongrass and shrimp components. The included shrimp hydrated nicely. A nice little cup! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9557128102426.
Betty Saw’s Best Noodle Recipe (from Amazon) – Betty Saw’s Best Noodle Recipes is a collection of 60 noodle recipes found in Malaysia and the region. From fresh yellow noodles and broad noodles to dried egg noodles and rice vermicelli, the recipes featured in this cookbook include elaborate dishes such as Nyonya Curry Laksa, Lor Mee and Mee Rebus, as well as light and refreshing offerings like Kerabu Beehoon, Cold Wantan Noodles with Sesame Black Vinegar Sauce and Chicken Soup Mee Sua with Poached Egg. Also included are a few regional specialties that have become all-time favourites in Malaysia such as Thai-style Fried Noodles, Cold Green Tea Soba and Burmese Coconut Noodles. With step-by-step recipes for making noodles from scratch, this recipe collection is essential for those who wish to learn the secrets to whipping up delicious and wholesome noodles at home.