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#3328: Chef Nic’s Noodles Hot And Spicy – Taiwan

#3265: Chef Nic's Noodles Hot And Spicy - Taiwan

I’ve seen these recently at our local 99 Ranch Market in Edmonds, Washington. They’re on the more expensive end – closer to $6USD which is pretty steep, but I wanted to do a Spicy Noodle Mukbang video, was in the mood for something new from Taiwan… This just smacked of something interesting to try. Not only that, it was in a box. I swear, although more expensive, little boxes that are fancy with instant noodles in them are pretty dang cool.

A reader told me that this guy, Nic Xie, is a well-known actor from China. Let’s check these out!

Chef Nic’s Noodles Hot And Spicy – Taiwan

#3265: Chef Nic's Noodles Hot And Spicy - Taiwan

Detail of the box (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 3 minutes and drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3265: Chef Nic's Noodles Hot And Spicy - Taiwan

A tight little noodle block.

#3265: Chef Nic's Noodles Hot And Spicy - Taiwan

A wet sachet. Watch the Instant Noodle Recipe Time video to see contents!

Another wet sachet.

Crushed Sichuan peppercorn.

#3265: Chef Nic's Noodles Hot And Spicy - Taiwan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbecue pork, scallions, a tea egg, and black sesame seeds. The noodles have a great gauge and mouthfeel – fat little chewy strands. They pick up the sauce well, which is an amalgam of spicy Sichuan pepper flavor and sweetness and saltiness. Really worked well together – love it. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897069140244.

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Watch me cook Chef Nic’s Noodles on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Watch us eat Chef Nic’s Noodles on Spicy Noodle Mukbang!

#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

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#2947: Kiki Sichuan Beef Noodles Soup (台湾KIKI 牛肉面)

#2947: Kiki Sichuan Beef Noodles Soup (台湾KIKI 牛肉面)

Alright – to start off, wow. This is huge. This box screams fancy, that’s for sure. I’ve had a few of Kiki’s dry noodle varieties, but recently this and a Mapo Tofu variety came out as well (which of course I’ll be reviewing soon). Beef Noodle Soup is exceedingly popular in Taiwan – here’s a little about it from Wikipedia –

Beef noodle soup is a Chinese and Taiwanese 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 (a Chinese Muslim ethnic group) during the Tang Dynasty of China.[1][2]

In the Overseas Chinese communities in North America, this food can be found in Taiwanese and Chinese restaurants. In Mainland China, a large bowl of it is often taken as a whole meal with or without any side dish. In Taiwan, vendors that sell beef noodle may also have optional, often cold side dishes, such as braised dried tofu, seaweed, or pork intestine. Beef noodles is often served with suan cai (Chinese sauerkraut) on top, green onion, and sometimes other vegetables in the soup as well.[3]

In Chinese, “牛肉麵” literally means “beef noodles”. Mainland Chinese and Hong Kong restaurants may have a tendency to distinguish between “牛肉麵” “beef noodles”, and “牛腩麵” “beef brisket noodles”; with the former containing either beef shank or beef slices and the latter containing only brisket. It is sometimes served with wontons. In Taiwan, “牛肉麵” typically consists of either brisket or shank only, though many restaurants also have tendon or a more expensive option with both meat and tendon (“半筋半肉麵”, literally “half tendon half meat noodle”) and occasionally with tripe; 三寶麵, literally “three-treasure noodle”, usually denotes a bowl containing all three. If one orders “牛肉湯麵” or “beef soup noodles” in a restaurant in TaiwanMainland China, or Hong Kong, they might be given a cheaper bowl of noodles in only beef broth but no beef. If one orders a “牛肉湯” or “beef-soup”, they could be given a more expensive bowl of beef broth with chunks of beef in it but without noodles. In Tainan, beef soup (牛肉湯) denotes a distinct and local specialty, where sliced beef is blanched in hot soup and accompanied by shredded ginger.

Beef noodle is often served as fast food in China, with Mr. Lee being the largest chain. In Taiwan it is sometimes considered a national dish and every year the city of Taipei holds an annual Beef Noodle Festival, where various chefs and restaurants compete for the “best beef noodle” title in Taiwan.[4][5] However, some Taiwanese (particularly the elderly generation) still refrain from eating it. A traditional reluctance towards slaughtering precious cattle needed for agriculture, and an emotional attachment and feeling of gratitude and thanks to the animals traditionally used for very hard labour. Due to influences from the influx of out of province Chinese from mainland China in the early 1900s, the Taiwanese version of beef noodle soup is now one of the most popular dishes in Taiwan.[6]

I’ve never reviewed something like this one before – let’s open the box and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

Kiki Sichuan Beef Noodles Soup – Taiwan

#2947: Kiki Sichuan Beef Noodles Soup (台湾KIKI 牛肉面)

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, open the beef soup package and pour into the pot, cook for 1 minutes with high heat. Cook the noodles in boiling water separately for 4 to 5 minutes with medium heat. Turn off the heat and drain the noodles. Finally, add noodles and beef soup into a bowl, stir and enjoy!

#2947: Kiki Sichuan Beef Noodles Soup (台湾KIKI 牛肉面)

A package of dry noodles.

#2947: Kiki Sichuan Beef Noodles Soup (台湾KIKI 牛肉面)

Okay, so this is what makes this a lot different and unique from any variety I’ve reviewed yet. This is the soup. This is a very large package – you don’t add water, you just heat it and add in the noodles you’ve cooked and drained separately.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallion. The noodles are very good – plentiful on quantity and excellent as far as quality. They had an almost squarish gauge and a very nice chew that I expect from Guanmiao. The broth is very complex – a lot of things going on here. A very tasty beef flavor has notes of herbs and spices – one being Sichuan pepper of course, but it was cooperative rather than a bully in the bowl. The beef and tendon was very good, and of good quantity, but I was left wanting more of it – which I think is natural as it’s quite flavorful. Impressed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4713302682039.

#2947: Kiki Sichuan Beef Noodles Soup (台湾KIKI 牛肉面)

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This is the Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater where I unboxed these – and you can really get a feel for how big this box is

#2912: Sugakiya Foods Small Yuzu Udon

#2912: Sugakiya Foods Small Udon

Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.

So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety – ‘Yuzu is a citrus fruit that looks similar to a lemon. Popular as a flavor in many Asian cuisines, the yuzu soup is partnered with white soy sauce to help the yuzu become more fragrant for your taste buds to enjoy.’

Alright – let’s give it a try!

Sugakiya Foods Small Yuzu Udon – Japan

#2912: Sugakiya Foods Small Udon

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat so check for yourself. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 1 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2912: Sugakiya Foods Small Udon

Detail of the lid (Click to enlarge).

#2912: Sugakiya Foods Small Udon

A pouch of fresh udon.

#2912: Sugakiya Foods Small Udon

A dry base sachet.

#2912: Sugakiya Foods Small Udon

Powder and other bits.

Finished (click to enlarge). Udon is light and a slightly tinnier gauge than most that come in a pouch./ The flavor has a kind of fish taste to it which overwhelms the yuzu taste. This is alright though. Included bits are of good quality. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901677063373.

#2912: Sugakiya Foods Small Udon

名古屋名物 Miso Nikomi Udon (Miso Noodle Stew) (91g×5packs) 【Japan Import】

Hey rad – didn’t know there were restaurants

Unboxing Time: Zenpop Japan April Instant Ramen Box

Unboxing Time: Zenpop Japan April Instant Ramen Box

So another month, another great box from Zenpop.jp, purveyors of Japanese neat things. They have ramen boxes, they have candy boxes, they have ramen and candy boxes, they have stationery boxes too! Lots of neat stuff to check out over there. Let’s crack this box open and see what’s inside!

Unboxing Time: Zenpop Japan April Instant Ramen Box – Japan

Thanks again to Zenpop for sending this along! Use coupon code RAMENRATER at checkout for a discount!

Unboxing Time: Zenpop March Box!

Unboxing Time: Zenpop March Box!

This is a new box from Zenpop.JP –  they do a few different kinds of boxes but this one’s just ramen. Nine varieties – pretty impressive! Use coupon code RAMENRATER to receive a discount at http://www.zenpop.jp ! Let’s have a look inside to see what’s going on!

Zenpop March Box – Japan

What’s inside? Check out the video! Lots of neat stuff – thank you very much!

Unboxing Time: Exotic Noods January Green Box

Unboxing Time: Exotic Noods January Green Box

Today, I have a box that came a couple days ago to show you – the latest offering from Exotic Noods. You can buy a single box or subscribe to their boxes monthly. They offer varieties from all over the world. Let’s have a look inside and see what’s going on here!

Unboxing Time: Exotic Noods January Green Box – United States

So I have a coupon code you can use whether you’re just buying one or doing a subscription, good for 10% off your order. The code is BOOM. Simple, eh? Hard to forget? Check out Exotic Noods today! Thanks for sending this along!

Unboxing Time: Zenpop Ramen + Sweets Mix Pack

Unboxing Time: Zenpop Ramen + Sweets Mix Pack

Was stoked to find another box in the mail – this time a box from Zenpop.jp, a company that sells Japanese themed boxes with all sorts of different things in them. Haven’t seen a rfancy box like this one from them before – also wasn’t sure how they were going to fit a lot of varieties of instant noodles in here like the others contained. Let’s crack it open and look within!

Zenpop Ramen + Sweets Mix Pack – Japan

Let’s have unboxing time with The Ramen Rater!!

As it turned out, this is a different kind of box than what they had been sending me. This one wasn’t just instant ramen but snacks and candy from Japan as well! Thank you! Very interesting things inside this box – fried egg-shaped chocolate, wasabi and beef flavored things that resemble gigantic Cheetos – really neat. If you want to get one of these, make sure you use the coupon code RAMENRATER at checkout for a discount. Thanks!

Unboxing Time: Send Noods Fast

Today, we have a box from a newcomer to the gift instant noodle world. Send Noods Fast has really fancy little boxes you can get sent to your door, and today we’re cracking one open for your viewing pleasure!

Unboxing Time: Send Noods Fast

It’s Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater!

So I usually wake up at 4am – no joke. I have two kids age 2 and 10 months. It’s kind of a necessity if I want to get anything done before 2pm – which is nap time. So I liked this box – neat assortment and extras. If you’d like to get one or something else on their website, head to Send Noods Fast and use the coupon code THERAMENRATER to get 10% off on your order! Thanks to Send Noods Fast for sending this along!

Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater: Zenpop Summer Fresh Ramen Box

Unboxing With The Ramen Rater: Zenpop Summer Fresh Ramen Box

So Zenpop.jp has sent me another box and I thought I ought to do a video. They asked about this last time and so I figured I’d go ahead and do it. I think if, at all possible, I’m going to do this whenever I get a box from now on – kind of fun to crack these boxes open and see what’s inside! These will be called ‘Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater.’So let’s check out this box from the noodle box purveyor! I should note that they also do other boxes – stationary for example among other things.

Zenpop Summer Fresh Ramen Box – Japan

Here’s a video of the unboxing – enjoy!

#2441: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Japan Version)

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#2441: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Japan Version) - Malaysia - Japan - hokkien mee

Here’s the final of the three Japan version MyKuali boxes. This one’s a favorite of mine (as are the other) but lately it’s been a real treat. Here’s a little about Hokkien Prawn from Wikipedia –

Hokkien mee is a dish in Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine that has its origins in the cuisine of China’s Fujian (Hokkien) province. In its most common form, the dish consists of egg noodles and rice noodles stir-fried with egg, slices of pork, prawns and squid, and served and garnished with vegetables, small pieces of lard, sambal sauce and lime (for adding the lime juice to the dish). There is also a vegan varieties

There are two types of Hokkien mee: Hokkien black mee and Hokkien fried mee. Hokkien hae mee (Hokkien prawn noodles) is commonly served in Penang and Singapore while Hokkien char mee (Hokkien black noodles) is commonly served in Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley. The dish commonly referred to as “Hokkien mee”, depending on the locality, can mean either Hokkien hae mee or Hokkien char mee. For example, Hokkien mee in Kuala Lumpur refers to Hokkien char mee.

HOKKIEN HAE MEE
(PRAWN NOODLES)
HOKKIEN CHAR MEE
(FRIED NOODLES)
Refers to either the Penang prawn noodle or Singapore prawn noodle Refers to the Kuala Lumpur Hokkien noodle
Soup based (Penang) and stir fried (Singapore) Stir fried
Egg noodles and rice noodles Fat yellow noodles
No dark soya sauce used Dark soya sauce is used
Prawn is the main ingredient with slices of chicken or pork, squid and fish cake. kangkung (water spinach) is common in the Penang version Slices of chicken or pork, squid and cabbage

As you can see, there’s a bit of difference between the many versions. So this one is the soup version popular in Penang but for sale in Singapore. Got it? Let’s check it out!

MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Japan Version) – Malaysia

#2441: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Japan Version) - Malaysia - Japan - hokkien mee

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in powder and paste, then stir. Finally, add garnish and enjoy!

#2441: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Japan Version) - Malaysia - Japan - hokkien mee

The package inside the box.

#2441: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Japan Version) - Malaysia - Japan - hokkien mee

The noodle block.

#2441: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Japan Version) - Malaysia - Japan - hokkien mee

The powder sachet.

#2441: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Japan Version) - Malaysia - Japan - hokkien mee

A light colored powder soup base.

#2441: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Japan Version) - Malaysia - Japan - hokkien mee

A paste sachet.

#2441: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Japan Version) - Malaysia - Japan - hokkien mee

A thick and sweet smelling paste.

#2441: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Japan Version) - Malaysia - Japan - hokkien mee

The garnish sachet.

#2441: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Japan Version) - Malaysia - Japan - hokkien mee

Fried onions!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added 31-40ct shrimp, coriander and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are perfect as far as regular instants go – extra plump and succulent. The broth is a cavalcade of Penang-ness! Pure prawn-gasm here – thick, sweet, oily and a little spicy. The included fried onion garnish puts it over the top. This makes my soul happy. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Finished (click to enlarge). JAN bar code 4541708021851.

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (Japan Version)

 

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (Japan Version) The Ramen Rater

Wow check this out! This is one I’ve reviewed many times before but this is a new version that comes in a little box! Thank you to MyKuali for sending this along! Indeed, their Penang White Curry was #1 on my annual top ten list is 2014, and it’s appeared on top ten lists since then. It’s amazing stuff; very strong flavors and aroma. When I visited Malaysia in 2014, I got to get a real sense of the foods there. In fact, I got to try many, many varieties of their cuisine! I tried lots of seafood of which I really liked the sunfish.

Also, there was the dim sum. You haven’t tasted din sum correctly until you visit Asia – that’s a fact. The amazing thing about Penang is that there are so many different kinds of food to try and they’re are so many people making it and selling it. Street food (known as hawker food) is brought to the ultimate level there – so much competition brings the best of the best out. This White Curry is a cornerstone of Malaysian cuisine, Penang in particular. A milky broth with a paste that makes it not only tasty but pretty spectacular to look at. Let’s check out this Japanese version box and give it a try!

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle – Malaysia (for Japanese market)

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (Japan Version) The Ramen Rater

Detail of the box (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachets contents. Stir and enjoy!

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (Japan Version) The Ramen Rater

Inside the box is a white bag with a sticker on it.

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (Japan Version) The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (Japan Version) The Ramen Rater

A dry mix sachet.

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (Japan Version) The Ramen Rater

The powder soup base.

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (Japan Version) The Ramen Rater

Anothe dry sachet.

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (Japan Version) The Ramen Rater

Non dairy creamer.

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (Japan Version) The Ramen Rater

The paste sachet.

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (Japan Version) The Ramen Rater

The paste has a luxuriant shrimp and curry aroma.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, chilli flake, fish ball, carved squid and tau pok. The noodles are just perfect – they’re your standard instant upgraded. Nice and plump with a nice tooth. The broth is a luxuriant escapade into the flavor of Penang. First, there’s spicy heat. Next, flavor – lots of flavor! In fact, this stuff is a dance foor the taste buds. Shrimp and a multitude of spices come together to bring an amazing bowl of noodles. A favorite. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4541708021837.

#2377: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (Japan Version) The Ramen Rater

MyKuali Penang White  Curry Noodle (8 Packs)

A promotional video from MyKuali.