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Happy Bithday Miri! Repost: #2330: Ve Wong Little Prince(ss) Brand Snack Noodles Artificial Mexican Pizza Flavor

So I did this review the morning that my daughter Miriam was born two years ago today. Happy Birthday, Miri! I thought I’d repost it with a little update.

#2330: Ve Wong Little Prince(ss) Brand Snack Noodles Artificial Mexican Pizza Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - noodle snack

As I’ve said in the past, I’m usually about 50 or so reviews ahead of myself. Well, today is the actual day our daughter Miriam will be born and by the time this comes out she’ll be close to two months old. Wow! It’s early in the morning – although it’s just a few hours away. Really excited! This one seemed interesting enough for a day of birth – Mexican pizza from Taiwan? I think a fiesta is in order; although I wish these were called Little Princess – but hey look at the title I think that works at least a little! Let’s check it out!

Update – Actually, she was two months old 2 days ago! I’ve added a few pictures from the day she was born in with this one. She’s really small – she was 6lbs 1oz. It’s funny; Miles is a big kid and 18 months old and took him ages to be able to balance and hold his huge noggin up which Miri was able to just after a few weeks.

Around 7am, the in-laws showed up and everybody piled in the car. Andy and Miles went over the their Aunt’s while we proceeded to the hospital. It was a cold morning and it was snowing – about as lightly snowing as possible, but snowing nonetheless.

We were scheduled for 1030am and by 11am we were holding our new little baby Miriam. Like I said she’s tiny – two months after being born, she’s still wearing newborn clothes. She likes to be held constantly which I’m okay with – she’s pretty darn cute.

But she’s happy (when fed) and healthy. I pout the video at the bottom of when she was born. Oh yeah – so I stayed in the hospital with Kit and Miri of course after she was born. The second day after getting a visit from Kit’s folks and Andy and Miles, I started feeling funny. Turns out the Norovirus has been going around and I’m in a hospital – the best place to catch something like that. Barfing and everything else you can imagine. Got a lift home and was quarantined for the next 48 hours.

Unfortunately, Kit’s mom and dad and folks at her aunt’s house got it too – evil stuff! But yeah I had to stay away from everybody for 2 whole days. Pretty boring hanging out in the bedroom for that long. I watched all three Smokey And The Bandit movies. Anyways, it lasted about 24 hours and went away. Well, let’s get started with this review!

Update 12/17/2017: Well, as I said in the beginning, Miriam is now a whole year old! She’s a funny little girl – quick to smile and laugh but also quick to get grumpy at times. She’s had a pretty tough go with teething – unlike Miles who got through it pretty fast.

It’s fascinating to watch her grow and interact with her broth Miles who’s knee-deep in the terrible twos. It’s funny; she’s very little and Miles is very big for his age. He is very picky about food, however she will eat anything you put in front of her. My favorite sound I get to hear is when they’re laughing and playing together – it’s definitely music to my soul. It’s not always that way with them, but they’re growing up and learning all the time. Happy birthday to you, Miri! We love you so much!

Update 12/17/2018

In the past year, Miriam has become quite a talker and Elmo fan. She’s really got a great sense of humor and keep us all laughing.

I think in addition of being a fan of Elmo, she’s a huge fan of Miles. She likes to bring him treats we’ve noticed and reciprocally, we’ve noticed him being kind of protective of her – if we leave the room he corrals her and tries to get her to come with us. It’s nice to see. They also butt heads a lot when it comes to toys, but they usually get over it.

Now that Miles has all day preschool a few times a week, I take Miri out for a stroll early in the morning. I decked out her stroller with Christmas lights too. She really likes it and so do I. I talk to her about all the little things we see when we walk around. We stop at the supermarket where the people at the bakery give her a cookie. It’s current day, but Iknow in the future we’ll look back at this as the good old days.

Ve Wong Little Prince(ss) Brand Snack Noodles Artificial Mexican Pizza Flavor – Taiwan

#2330: Ve Wong Little Prince(ss) Brand Snack Noodles Artificial Mexican Pizza Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - noodle snack

Here’s the back of the big package (click to enlarge). The big package contains about 20 little packages.

#2330: Ve Wong Little Prince(ss) Brand Snack Noodles Artificial Mexican Pizza Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - noodle snack

To prepare, open and enjoy!

#2330: Ve Wong Little Prince(ss) Brand Snack Noodles Artificial Mexican Pizza Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - noodle snack

One of the little packages.

#2330: Ve Wong Little Prince(ss) Brand Snack Noodles Artificial Mexican Pizza Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - noodle snack

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

#2330: Ve Wong Little Prince(ss) Brand Snack Noodles Artificial Mexican Pizza Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - noodle snack

Little dry bits of seasoned noodle.

#2330: Ve Wong Little Prince(ss) Brand Snack Noodles Artificial Mexican Pizza Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - noodle snack

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are nice – lightly crunchy with a kind of cheese and tomato taste. There’s also a little heat there; very little. For a snack, this one gets 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710008213529.

#2330: Ve Wong Little Prince(ss) Brand Snack Noodles Artificial Mexican Pizza Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - noodle snack

Ve Wong Little Princess Brand Snack Noodles, Bacon Flavor, 10.50oz(20 Small Bags)(pack of 2) by Ve Wong

Miles and Miriam playing from a couple of weeks ago

Unboxing Time: New Wholegrain Prawn Soup From Prima Taste

Unboxing Time: New Wholegrain Prawn Soup From Prima Taste

Got this package the other day – and I didn’t expect it. Well, I WAS expecting it, however both I and Prima Taste thought that it probably had been seized by customs. The tracking was going great then it hit Oakland, California and then Import Delay. It stuck that way for over a week – and then started moving again! What’s more, they never opened the package. Let’s have a look inside!

Thank you very much to the folks at Prima Taste! Can’t wait to try everything (some tried before, some new to try) and thank you for the birthday gift!

A Special Announcement

Well I’d first like to say Happy Holidays to everyone who reads the blog and follows it. Second, this will be the last post for a couple days. Why? Because we’re off to the hospital to have our baby girl today! It’ll be a day or two for new posts to start up, – don’t worry there will be picture 🙂

Walmart Canada Instant Noodles For My Birthday!

My sister took a trip to Canada and asked if there was anything I wanted while she was up there. Well, I asked for Great Value instant noodles from Canadian Walmart. What’s crazy is you can’t buy them individually – you have to buy a big box of them. She got me every flavor of the packs and cups!

Yep (click to enlarge) – and what’s crazy? They’re made in the USA… Hmmm… Who’s private labelling these I wonder…

Three varieties of cups!

Something about the French spelling of beef cracks me up (click to enlarge). Thank you very much to my sister – above and beyond!

#1873: Vedan Wei Wei A Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor

The last one from the trip we took to Canada for my birthday. This is a Taiwanese variety I found up there. I see a picture of a chicken on the package, but that’s as far as it goes as the serving suggestion doesn’t look very ‘chickenny.’ Let’s see how it goes!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, open lid halfway and add in sachets. Here’s where this one seems a little different: it says to fill water to the ‘brim.’ I’m going to surmise that the brim is below the absolute edge of the bowl since that would cause the whole thing to be very precarious and then stirring would be a messy endeavor. Let steep for 3 minutes, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Dry soup base.

Dry powder and vegetables.

A paste sachet.

A thick paste with an oiliness to it.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. The noodles were very ho-hum. While they hydrated well, they seemed like they just didn’t belong in the ‘food’ group; spongy and riddled with sadness. As for chicken flavor, that was definitely absent. I was really happy about the vegetables, but they were mushy. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 810477010255.

Here’s the sausage I use – Chinese Style Sausage (Lap Xuong Thuong Hang) – 14oz [Pack of 3]

A Vedan TV spot from Vietnam.

#1730: Wu-Mu BBQ Pork Flavor Chow Mein

Here’s yet another I got up in Canada during my birthday trip this last year. This one sounded especially good – chow mein! BBQ pork! How can you go wrong? Well, my hope is that one can’t go wrong! Let’s find out.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil the noodle block for 4 minutes and drain. Add in sachet contents and stir. Enjoy!

The non fried noodle block.

A liquid sachet.

Has a nice BBQ pork scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added barbecue pork, mung bean sprouts and white onion. The noodles had a strong chew to them and were plentiful. The flavor was very much like barbecue pork you would get when you get the Chinese appetizer at an American restaurant; sweet and tasty. It worked very well. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710175570722.

DRY NOODLE-THIN 1x4LB

Egad – okay so here’s a Wu Mu TV advert shrouded in a T&T commercial. For those of you who don’t know about my dealings with T&T, check this out.

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!

#1104: Western Family Instant Noodles Chicken Flavour

Here’s yet another one picked up in Canada on my birthday! My wife took me up there (I’m legally blind so driving’s not the greatest idea for me). Thanks, Kitten! My son is a huge fan of chicken flavored noodle anything, so I figure he’ll like these.

The back of the package (click ijmage to enlarge). May contain traces of egg, fish/shellfish, nuts or sulfites.

Here’s the noodle block.

The soup base.

Has a chicken scent.

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Here’s something my son drew in November of 2011 back when he was only 6. Lots of changes in his art since then, but I really like this one!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a slice of cheese and a little kamaboko. The noodles were the standard Western Family pack fare – not bad but could use a little better in the quality; they have a slight rich film you end up with. The broth had a really nice taste though – very comfort foody and chicken flavored. Of all the Western Family ones I’ve tried thus far, this was the best! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 062639297169.

Here’s a commercial for Overwaitea, the company that makes the Western Fa,ily products in Canada.

#1034: Western Family Instant Noodles In A Cup Spicy Chicken

Here’s another one from my birthday trip to Canada in March! Let’s check ‘er out.

Panels from cardboard outer (click image to enlarge).

Detail from the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The seasoning packet.

Not only flavored powder but veggie in there, too!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Nothing added. The noodles are crumbly and very much on the weak side – but palatable. The soup has a salty and kind of chicken flavor. Spiciness is extremely light. The veggies aren’t all that great, but the little TVP bits are kind of nice. 2.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 062639297152.

This is a video about Richmond, BC up in Canada. Found this and lots of other instant noodles there on my birthday!

#1010: Golden Wheat Korean Style Spicy Beef Noodle Soup

Here’s yet another from my birthday trip to Canada! A big cup of Chinese noodles – let’s check it out!

Side panel details (click image to enlarge)

An included fork! Woot!

Large noodle block.

Powder seasoning packet.

Has a spicy and sweet flavor.

Paste component.

Has a nice beef scent.

Veggies.

Interesting little assortment.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green bell pepper, sweet onion and rib eye steak. The noodles are plentiful and of decent quality. The broth is very spicy – take the name seriously! It has a great depth of flavor and heartiness. Oily. Definitely has a nicely authentic Chinese flavor, which is funny how it’s ‘Korean Style.’ Regardless, I like it. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 6921555571569.

Here’s a machine that packages instant noodles.

Birthday Trip: Instant Noodle Hunting In Canada

 

Approaching the Canadian border!

A weirdly shaped building; probably full of video cameras pointed at people crossing the border.

A rainy day.

Getting closer!

So they asked us a few questions – who are you, what are you doing, where are you going, for how long etc etc. Then they let us loose in Canada!

I really like tunnels – this one was especially cool as the center lane has little lights.

My sister Sue has come up to Canada before and gotten me noodles in the past. She told me about this place in Richmond… First stop: Price Smart Foods!

Price Smart Foods
8200 Ackroyd Rd.
Richmond, BC V6X 1B5
Link

This place was amazing – so many varieties I’ve not seen in the USA before – really awesome!

Usually you see picture like this of people holding large fish. Five – count ’em FIVE bags full of instant noodles! Wow!!!

Then we drove through Richmond to Yaohan Centre – a big Asian shopping mall.

Yaohan Centre
3700 No. 3 Road
Richmond B.C. V6X 3X2
Link

This place looks rad!

So I was planning on going to a couple more stores: T&T and Osaka. Well, They’re one and the same so that was easy enough. They have a huge cooked food section in Osaka Supermarket – check out all the kinds of dim sum! I like the Shepherd’s Purse bun ingredients (click image to enlarge).

We both agreed that these actually smelled quite good.

Wow! Frozen turtle!

After all the noodle shopping, we decided to check out the food court. There were a few places – a curry place which smelled awesome, lots of Chinese and then there was Seoul Express. Sweet!

My cute wife Kitten made it such an awesome day!

She got a BBQ beef combo.

I decided to get…

Bibimbap!!! Been wanting to try this for so long and it’s so good. Comes in a stoneware crucible of fire! The food was sizzling for literally five minutes after it was at the table!

French language on everything – proof of being in Canada!

Okay, I’ve discovered something amazing here. The rice at the bottom of the bibimbap is stuck to the bottom. I found that with the spoon from my miso, you could pry it off in nice little pieces. This is like the bacon of the rice world – this is great! Kit told me that her grandmother would cook rice and do the same thing.

With pugs at home demanding attention (they’re telepathic), back to the USA we went.

I ended up with 55 new packs of instant noodles to review – in addition to the 26 that were already in the hamper, that’s 81! Pretty sure I’ll be good on noodles for a while!

Brand Variety Style Country
Chencun Rice Noodle Beef With Brown Sauce Cup China
Chencun Rice Noodle Fragrant Peppery Beef Cup China
Chencun Rice Noodle Spicy Beef Cup China
Chencun Rice Noodle Red Roast Spareribs Cup China
Chencun Rice Noodle Braised Ribs Cup China
Chewy Satay Chicken Pack Hong Kong
Chewy Spicy Beef With Chili Flavor Pack Hong Kong
Chewy Taiwan Roast Pork Flavour Pack Hong Kong
Chewy Scallop With XO Sauce Pack Hong Kong
Four Seas Hot & Spicy Mushroom & Beef Bowl Hong Kong
Four Seas Chicken Bowl Hong Kong
Four Seas Japanese Style Pork Bowl Hong Kong
Four Seas Sesame Oil Chicken Bowl Hong Kong
Golden Wheat Shrimp Bowl China
Golden Wheat Spicy Beef Bowl China
Golden Wheat Mushroom Chicken Bowl China
Golden Wheat Stew Beef Bowl China
Golden Wheat Stew Pork Bowl China
Golden Wheat Stew Pork Pack China
Golden Wheat Shrimp Pack China
Golden Wheat Stew Beef Pack China
Golden Wheat Spicy Beef Pack China
Golden Wheat Mushroom chicken Pack China
Hao Hao Mi Goreng Shrimp & Onion Pack Vietnam
Itomen Cinstant Ramen Crab Pack Japan
Knorr Quick Serve Macaroni Wonton Pack Hong Kong
Knorr Quick Serve Macaroni Shrimp Pack Hong Kong
Knorr Quick Serve Macaroni Japanese Pork Bone Broth Pack Hong Kong
Knorr Quick Serve Macaroni Abalone & Chicken Pack Hong Kong
Mamee Oriental Noodles Curry Pack Malaysia
Mr. Noodles Bowl Beef Bowl Canada
Mr. Noodles Bowl Spicy Chicken Bowl Canada
Mr. Noodles Bowl Noodles Kimchi Bowl Canada
Mr. Noodles Spicy Chicken Cup Canada
Mr. Noodles Chicken Cup Canada
Mr. Noodles Beef Cup Canada
Mr. Noodles Bowl Noodles Chicken Kimchi Bowl Canada
Mr. Noodles Bowl Chicken Bowl Canada
New Touch Yakisoba Noodles Tray Japan
Nissin Demae Ramen Kimchi Flavor Bowl Hong Kong
Nissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Bowl Hong Kong
Nissin Demae Ramen XO Sauce Seafood Bowl Hong Kong
Nissin Demae Ramen Artificial Chicken Bowl Hong Kong
Nissin Demae Rice Vermicelli Chicken Pack Hong Kong
Nongshim Oolongmen Kimchi Cup Korea
Nongshim Potato Pork Ramyun Pack China
Nongshim Shin Ramyun Bowl China
Sau Tao QQ Scallop Seafood Bowl China
Vina Acecook Oh! Ricey Spareribs Pack Vietnam
Wei Lih Steam Noodle Spicy Sichuan Bowl Taiwan
Western Family Instant Noodles In A Cup Chicken Cup Canada
Western Family Instant Noodles In A Cup Spicy Chicken Cup Canada
Western Family Instant Noodles In A Cup Oriental Cup Canada
Western Family Instant Noodles Vegetable Pack Canada
Western Family Instant Noodles Chicken Pack Canada

Only one duplicate that I’ve reviewed before!

This was such an awesome birthday – I have the most awesome wife in the universe! I love you Kit!