Hey look – another one found at the Real Canadian Superstore up in Richmond, BC! It’s been over a month since we visited our wonderful northern neighbors. I really like Canada. It’s like a totally different country! Hoping next time we go we leave early enough to go to some shopping then head over to Stanley park. That place is neat – a beautiful park in Vancouver. Anyways, yeah – I like Canada! Let’s give this beefy beff a try.
No Name Beef Flavour Oriental Noodles And Soup Mix – Canada
Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, I’m going to use the main dish instructions. Boil noodles in 500ml water for 3 minutes and drain. Add a pat of butter and heat, and then add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
A dry sachet of soup base with little beef iconography.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added beef sauteed with soy sauce, scallions, and fried crispy garlic bits. The noodles are thinner than your average instant with a slight crumble and cheerful disposition. The beef flavor is mostly salty but it’s definitely beef. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 060383030070.
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
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!
A noodle block.
A dry sachet.
Has a beef scent to it.
Another dry sachet.
A sachet of garnish.
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.
Well, here we are. This is one I found at Walmart up in Richmond, BC Canada. I’ve never had a lot of luck finding enjoyment of this brand but always gotten a lot of mail/questions about it. People have asked me many times how they can complain to the company that makes thes. I don’t know exactly why – I think a lot of the time people will store instant noodles and they’ll get banged up or the packs will get opened and after a long time will go bad. But my complaint usually has been that they’ve usually not had very strong flavors and the noodles come out funny when you follow the directions.
Directions are very important to follow. Not only that, they’re exceedingly important to get right. If you’re going to be doing up an instant noodle and you put instructions on a package that aren’t perfect, they’re not going to come out perfect – although many people will just cook them the way they like. I live in a kind of noodle bubble with some weird constraints. For fairness, I have to follow the directions exactly as the manufacturer puts on the package when I review. People will often comment on my reviews saying ‘use less water than called for’ or ‘cook an extra minute.’ I agree – this may taste better, but unless I treat every variety the same, my reviews would be kind of skewed in an odd way.
Many people complain that my reviews are too ‘subjective’ – that giving a score just based on what I like or dislike personally and not some kind of scientific method isn’t fair. Well, to them I say this: it’s fair for me. I’m not a scientist. I’ve always written about noodles and their flavor with the findings of my own personal mouth. I will look at my early reviews and see varieties I’ve tried again – Sichuan Chinese varieties for example. I thought they were horrendous and disgusting – how could anyone eat that? Over the years, I’ve learned to appreciate them though and found enjoyment there.
This one immediately screams ‘dude, you’re probably not going to like it.’ That’s the knee-jerk of experience. Why would I get it to give it a try? Simple – I haven’t had it. I end up getting a lot of varieties that I have a pre-conceived notion about; that I think probably won’t be to my liking. But unless I try them, I’ll never know. I fear no noodle really. I have to shut my brain up and then give them a try. So let’s shed the thought of past experience and give this a shot.
Mr. Noodles Pho Noodle Soup Simulated Beef Flavour – Canada
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add everything to the bowl and cold water to fill line. Microwave for 3~4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander (no basil, sorry), Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Huy Fong sriracha, jalapeno slices, and beef. The noodles were horrible. After 3.5 minutes in the microwave, they didn’t even seem close to done. I took this shot a minute or so later and then tested those noodles 5 minutes later. Still crap. I don’t know how a noodle can be made so un-noodley. The broth was a very watered down one with some pho taste to it. However, with half the water it might have tasted better. The included garnish was mostly fluffy TVP. Here’s what I get for keeping an open mind and my hopes up. Call if you’d like help. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 059491009412.
Yet again, one of the waning few left from Meet The Manufacturer: Nissin Hong Kong. Last year was the 45th anniversary of Cup Noodles! Let’s see what wikipedia has to say about the history of Cup Noodles:
Instant noodles were invented in 1958 by Momofuku Ando, the Taiwanese-born founder of the Japanese food company Nissin. He used Chikin Ramen (Chicken Ramen) as the first instant ramen noodles.
1970s In 1970, Nissin formed the subsidiary Nissin Foods (USA) Co. Inc, to sell instant noodles in the United States. Nissin recognized that the bowls traditionally used to package instant noodles in Asia were not common in the U.S, so they used the paper cup designed by Ron R. Matteson. In 1971, they introduced instant ramen packaged in a foam cup. In 1978, Nissin Foods offers new varieties of Top Ramen and Cup O’ Noodles. The product was known as Cup O’ Noodles in the United States until 1993.
1990s In 1998, Cup Noodles Hot Sauce Varieties introduced (Beef, Chicken, Pork and Shrimp).
Today Today, instant noodles in Japan are often sold in foam bowls, sometimes with plastic utensils. Foam bowls are inexpensive, disposable, light, and easy to hold, since they insulate heat well. German Cup Nudeln (Spicy flavor), old packaging Different flavors are available in other parts of the world, such as tom yum in Thailand, curry in Japan, crab in Hong Kong, and brazilian barbecue in Brazil.
In 2016 the US version was changed, reducing sodium and removing MSG and artificial flavors.
With that, let’s check out this beef variety from Hong Kong.
Nissin Cup Noodles Beef Flavour – Hong Kong
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add water to fill line and microwave at 800W for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
A little of the loose seasoning and solid ingredients from the cup.
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles come out of the microwave nicely and full hydrated. The broth was a bit salty for my liking and has a faint sweetness to it. The included bits of beef were kind of like sausage and the egg was alright. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878100026.
Here’s one my sister brought me back from Canada – thanks again! Ah, Walmart. They’re probably the biggest store around and there are lots of them. What’s funny is that these are made in the United States and sold in Canada – but you can’t find them at Walmart store in the United States. Let’s check out the elusive Walmart Great Value cup noodle!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to the fill line and cover for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!
Some vegetables and loose seasonings from the cup.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and beef sauteed with soy sauce. The noodles were kind of on the blah side; nothing remarkable. The broth was salty and had a beef taste. Vegetables hydrated. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 628915231731.
My sister got these for my birthday up in Canada – thank you! I’ve wanted to review some Walmart branded instant noodles for years; just seems fitting that Walmart would have instant noodles. These were bought in Canada, however they’re made in the United States. However, I’ve never seen instant noodles with the Great Value brand inside the United States… Anyways, let’s crack this open and see how this one fares.
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 2 cup (500ml) boiling water and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add contents of seasoning sachet. Stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
The soup base powder – has a beef scent and is very fine.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added beef, sweet onion and coriander. The noodles are very standard with the slight slippery glutenous layer on the outside. They have a very standard gauge. The broth is a very standard beef as well; single sachet and tastes like beef. It is set apart from other Canadian varieties in the way that it isn’t completely bland, but has an alright flavor. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 628915242584.
Here’s another one that was sent to me by James B. from The Netherlands – thanks! So this one is made in Thailand but definitely for the Dutch market. It’s an interesting one for sure – seen them online for a few years but never been able to get my hands on any – until now! I like how it says ‘decent noodles’ next to where it says iMee – as opposed to indecent noodles! Let’s check ’em out!
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles and seasonings to a bowl. Add in 320ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The dry seasoning dual sachet – soup base on left and chilli powder on right.
The chilli powder atop the soup base.
An oil sachet.
Has a kind of onion and garlic scent.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed beef and broccoli and some thin sliced carrot. The noodles are thin and have a slight crumble, kind of a standard for Thai varieties. The broth was a tad on the salty side, however had a nice beef flavor. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8858829601081.
Here’s another one that was sent to me from Thailand by the Thai President Foods folks. This is made in the EU for the German market! I thought maybe I’d make my son some beef flavored instant noodles today – let’s have a look!
The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add package contents to a bowl and add 320ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
A dual sachet of soup base on the left and chilli powder on the right.
The chilli powder atop the soup base. I’m going to see what happens – not going to tell Andy there’s anything spicy in this one.
The oil sachet.
Has a beef scent to it.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added spring onion, white onion, beef and mung bean sprouts. The noodles had a good consistency and hydrated very nicely. The broth had a very nice beef taste and a good oiliness to it which gave it a reasonable homestyle kind of feel to it. The chilli powder was a nice little touch and didn’t make it detectably spicy. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4316734068411.
I’ve reviewed two of these previously and haven’t been a big fan, giving one a 1.75 out of 5.0 stars and the other a 0.0 out of 5.0. I’m hoping this one will ‘break the mold’ as it were; I really like their canned soups! Let’s see if this cup has a little mmm mmm good in it!
Details of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains beef.
Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge). To prepare, add 280ml boiling water and let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
Some of the seasoning loose in the cup.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef, broccoli and white onion. The noodles are thick and didn’t hydrate well at all; they were stiff and chewy and almost doughy. The broth was very light – bland. 0.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 063211176780.
Here’s one I got from Justin M. from Winfield, BC up north of here in Canada! Thanks! This one’s rather fascinating to me as the brand name is literally ‘no name.’ It’s made in China for Loblaw’s, a Canadian grocery store chain. I’m crossing my fingers here; Canadian instant noodles haven’t really been my favorites – but this is a new one so we’ll have to see. With an open mind, let’s delve into No Name Beef Flavour Oriental Noodles And Soup Mix!
Detail from the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.
Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge). To prepare, open lid to dotted line, add in boiling water to inside line, close, wait 3 minutes and stir. Enjoy! But wait – I would add in the sachet contents before the water. No mention of it and I think it’d be rather difficult to chew through the packet.
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
Has an interesting beef scent and a few pieces of dehydrated vegetables in there.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green onion, sweet onion, beef and a little ВКУСНАЯ СОЛЬ ЙОДИРОВАННАЯ (my sister got this stuff for me – it’s called ‘special iodized salt for the first course’ – I sprinkled a little on the beef). The noodles are kind of odd to be honest. On one hand, I find them to be mushy and funky, but on the other, they’re exactly like the noodles in Mrs. Grass’ soup, but instead of short, they’re long. The broth is pretty decent, with a beef flavor. It’s altogether very strange to me though; the texture of the noodle and the beef broth style of the soup; very different from most instant cups as well as very different from most store brand variants. Unfortunately, the issue with this one was in the vegetables. Everything was fine except the peas which has a very bitter and not enjoyable. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 060383049836.
During the holidays, we watched the Will Ferrell movie ‘Elf’ and he drinks maple syrup at one point. Maple syrup is one of the best things that comes from Canada, and so I thought this Loblaw’s brand President’s Choice 100% Pure Syrup sounded like something to check out.
This is awesome – William Shatner for frozen foods at Loblaw’s! This must be quite old!
Well, today is the last day of the Meet The Manufacturer for Sakura Noodle Inc. It’s been interesting – I don’t think I’ve had udon so many days in a row – I was surprised how much I enjoyed it! One thing that was nice was that there’s only one gram of fat in these, which is a far cry from the amounts I usually have. Anyways, let’s have a look at this one – beef!
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil 1 3/4 cups of water and add noodles. Cook for 2 minutes, adding the sachet contents right at the end. Stir and enjoy!
The fresh udon pouch.
The soup base sachet.
A beefy scent!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Urashima Sesale & Salt furikake, green onions, and sauteed sweet onion and beef. The noodles are nice and chewy and fresh. Lots of them too. The broth has a very good beef taste; like real beef broth and I really enjoyed it. This was a great one to end on! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 078128120214.
As a fitting end to this Meet The Manufacturer, here are cherry blossoms falling in Japan; known as Sakura.
Here’s another from my Canadian birthday trip! Thanks again, Kit! This one’s for my son Andy (check out his blog at www.andyslegostuff.com). Usually he goes for the chicken varieties, but beef is what he’s getting today! Let’s check it out!
Here’s detail from the cardboard outer (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself.
Here’s the cup itself.
Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).
The noodle block.
The seasoning sachet.
Vegetables and seasoning inside.
Andy’s a fan of noodles, but never likes broth. Also, any mention of spiciness has him running as well. Usually I get a little resistance when mentioning adding lots of veggies and meat, but he was open to it this time. Had a nice thunderstorm roll through after this and hung out on the balcony watching for flashes and listening for rumbles…
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added peas, carrots and beef. The noodles were pretty sad – very mushy and had a weird flavor. The broth is lackluster, although has a nice color to it. The veggies are only so-so. 1.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 059491002352.