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#902: Sunlee Pho Bo Instant Rice Stick Beef Flavour

I reviewed another version of this in #502. It looks like this one is somewhat different; different color packet and a different sized rice noodle chunk. Let’s try it!

Here’s detail of the writing on the label (click to enlarge).

Sweet – forks are rad!

Here’s the rice stick. Like a bird nest.

The powder base.

Lots of fine powder.

Seasoned oil.

The veggie packet.

Nice little assortment.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added the dregs of my freezer bag of green bell pepper and broccoli, some Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake and some Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce. The noodles are pretty good – easily broken by the lips with a crumbly texture and fun chew. The broth isn’t bad; it has a bit of beef flavor but mostly is overwhelmed by a strong sweet basil flavor. I love sweet basil in real pho noodles, but this just made me want pho take out. The veggies were okay but I wish there were more here and there were some TVP beef bits that were nice additions. All in all, not too shabby but room for improvement. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 761934016535 .

A trip to a grocery store in Thailand

Songkran Festival documentary

#836: Binh Tay Mi Chay Vegetarian Instant Noodles

This is different – usually you don’t see a clear window in on the noodle block inside! Let’s have a try with this one.

Back of the packaging (click image to enlarge).

A dense noodle block.

Powder seasoning.

Has a sweet and onionny taste.

Seasoned oil.

Has a nice scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a little Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce. The noodles are light and quite plentiful. Kind of remind me of the kind you would find in a cup noodle except of higher quality. The broth is pretty good! Has a nice onion and other vegetables taste to it. Decent stuff! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8934566000025 .

A market in Ho Chi Minh City

Top 20 VPop tunes this month

#812: Master Kong/康师傅 Spicy Beef

Spicy beef! This was sent by Bo H. of China! Thanks again! These have all been a lot of fun and quite good! Let’s see how Master Kong’s Spicy Beef goes.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks like they grow big peppers in china.

The block broke but not too badly.

Powdered base.

A decent amount of powder – tasty!

Seasoned oil.

Has a beefish smell.

The veggie packet – more of an herb packet it looks like.

I think the red pieces are chillies. Not sure about the other bits.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I added some onions, broccoli and re bell pepper, a slice of processed cheese, a fried egg and some of that awesome Dua Belibis hot sauce. The noodles are good – they suck up a lot of liquid and are tasty to boot. The broth is nice too – had a spicy and sweet taste to it and the beef flavor is very good. I like this a lot – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 6903252061024 .

Yes! Awesome commercial!

This is awesome – these guys aren’t screwing around with these noodles!

Awesome Donation From China

Bo H., who lives abroad in China decided he’d send some nice Chinese varieties! He warned that it might take a long time – they were shipped May 8th and arrive today, June 27th!

Oh wow what’s in here?

Wow – they did REALLY well despite travelling for a month and a half in the mail! Most are Master Kong, one is Unif and one I’m not sure. Hoping these can get translated – I want to make sure they’re prepared correctly and to know what they are! Thank you very much, Bo! Some Ramen Ramter stickers will be on their way to you soon!

#627: Omachi Xốt Spaghetti Beef

Thanks to Todd T. of Everett, Washington for hooking me up with this one – he got it from a Vietnamese client. Spaghetti from Vietnam eh? Sounds interesting. Nothing at all is in English on this packaging, so I’m going to be winging it.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). So to any of you who don’t speak Vietnamese or read it for that matter, here’s the deal – and I learned it the hard way. You put the noodle block and the veggies in a bowl, add 400mL boiling water and cover for 3 minutes and then  stir and put the liquid packet on top.

Sauce on left, veg on right.

Yeah – the sauce shouldn’t be there. Epic fail for the noodle guy (me).

Click image to enlarge. Despite the spaghetti sauce being steeped with the noodles, it came out very nicely! The noodles were tasty and on the brink of weak but sturdy enough to get good marks. The sauce (I tried some straight from the packet before I added it) was delicious – very much like canned ravioli tomato sauce but seemed like it had a little beef going on in it – like real beef! The veg? Meh – was a little too much to be honest and wasn’t great. Altogether though, it was like slightly watered down spaghetti. With my mistake in mind, I would give this one 3.75 out of 5.0 stars is made correctly. I liked it the way I did it and sure it would be even better. UPC bar code number is 8936017361815.

Hey here it is!

Wow this is really disturbing.

#417: Vifon Tứ Quý Mì Bò Cay Spicy Beef Flavor Instant Noodle

Some spicy beef this morning for breakfast. Really hoping its good stuff! I guess we’ll see.

Seasoned oil on left, powder seasoning on right. I figure the spicy is in the oil.

Bring on the noodles!

Click image to enlarge. With two eggs, fried and topped with a little Lindberg-Snider Red Baron Barbecue Seasoning. Good stuff. The broth was tasty – slightly spicy and had an almost braised beef flavor to it. The noodles had good character too. Even with thde oil packet, this one wasn’t super greasy. All in all a tasty breakfast! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

AAAAAAHHH! Vifon!!!

#406: Vifon Beef Flavor Mi Bo Asian Style Instant Noodles

So the other Vifon Asian Styleys have been great so far – so let’s see how this one fares. I like how their packaging for this line of products is nice and colorful.

Yeah – soup base and seasoned oil! Didn’t really have to tell you that, did I?

Some interesting looking stuff. A good amount of powder with some veg bits in it.

Click image to enlarge. Added two fried eggs, a little garlic salt and some Amanfopong natural chili powder. The noodles were firm – just perfect and right! The broth was reasonably thick and tasty, and the veggies, although limited. Great stuff! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars! Find it here.

#375: Vifon Pho Bo An Lien Vietnamese Style Instant Rice Noodle Beef Flavour

So here’s something new but kind of like a lot of other stuff…

Clockwise from top: powdered soup base, veggies and seasoned oil.

Sitting atop the noodles block. Looks like some broad noodles.

Click image to enlarge. Okay so the noodles are kind of broad, yeah. The broth is quite greasy. The noodles are mushy. The veggies are there but not enough. It doesn’t taste like beef pho. 0.5 out of 5.0 stars. Bummer, Vifon! Find it here.

#277: Vina Acecook Oh! Ricey Instant Phở Bò Rice Noodles Soup Beef Flavour

Here’s the last of the Vina Acecook stuff I got from HT Oaktree Market a few weeks ago (sniff). Overall, I’ve been really really pleased with the Vina Acecook line and hope to sample more very soon! So here’s the beef Pho…

Clockwise from top – powder soup base, veggies, flavored oil.

Set it all on top of the noodle brick in the bowl, put 400cc of water in with it and cover for a few minutes. Actually, I’ve been using a record lately – a 12″ maxi single of Tower of Power’s “Lovin’ You Is Gonna See Me Thru” – part of the Columbia Disco Series… It even says demo – not for sale! But it serves well to cover my noodles.

Final product (click image to enlarge). So we’ll start with the broth. The broth is probably the most important thing here; it’s what Pho is really all about. I’m quite pleased with this broth actually – it has a slight sweet basil taste and some beef hints and is rather complex. It isn’t as good as the local Pho, but it’s not too shabby. The rice noodles are great – they’re separate and tasty. There are also little bits of fake beef! I love crap like that. So all in all, a really decent thing to be beheld. I give it 4.0 out of 5.0 stars! Get it here.

#262: Vina Acecook Daily Instant Noodles Mì Bò Viên Beef Ball Flavour

Beef balls. Well, I really don’t think they mean rocky mountain oysters here. I think its soy protein.

Clockwise from top: seasoned oil, soup powder and veggies.

Clockwise from top: seasoned oil, veggies and soup powder.

Click image to enlarge. One egg was added. This was excellent and kind of interesting. So just to get it out of the way, the beef balls are like soya protein mini Spaghettio meatballs. Kind of fun to eat! The broth was good – that egg livens it up a skosh. The noodles were very nice and the veggies were awesome. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars!