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#3167: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Braised Beef Noodles With Ginger – Taiwan

#3167: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Braised Beef Noodles With Ginger - Taiwan

Here’s one of the last ones sent by a Taiwanese university student who has probably graduated by now – thanks again and good luck! This is a really big box – let’s check it out!

Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Braised Beef Noodles With Ginger – Taiwan

#3167: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Braised Beef Noodles With Ginger - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, boil noodles for 1~2 minutes in 400ml boiling water with soup pouch. Drain. Add in soup pouch. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3167: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Braised Beef Noodles With Ginger - Taiwan

Two of these noodle blocks are included.

#3167: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Braised Beef Noodles With Ginger - Taiwan

Two soup pouches are included.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added boiled beef, soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, scallion and mushroom. The noodles hydrated well but seemed kind of out of place; the visual was a stark white noodle in a rich looking broth and it was honestly off-putting. Round noodle has a nice chew though. The broth really didn’t give me that braised beef taste. Beef seemed a little fattier than I would have liked. Overall, the flavor just didn’t hit for me. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. .  EAN bar code 4710110232494.

#3167: Vedan Jhen Mian Tang Braised Beef Noodles With Ginger - Taiwan

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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

This is my list of my all time favorites (compiled up to review #3132). These are the best and most memorable varieties – some you’ll be able to find easily, some you won’t. In the images you see, you’ll see garnished bowls of noodles. Note – reviewing is done BEFORE products have anything externally added by myself, and I follow directions on the package – for better or for worse. I should also note that going forward, the official last day for companies to submit varieties to be considered for the annual top ten will be January 31st. That’s enough – let’s have a look at The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

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#10: Indomie Real Meat Mi Instan Goreng Rendang – Indonesia

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The first Indomie variety on the list in years and it’s really amazing. Basically take their Mi Goreng Rendang and include a sachet of real rendang in a retort pouch. This comes after recently hearing that Indomie Rendang is hard to find here in the United States, something I was surprised to hear since it’s such a popular product and such a good one. Original review

#9: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ramen – Hong Kong

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I’ve become enamored and thrilled with the straight ramen noodle varieties in recent years – especially ones from Hong Kong which have been on the last two The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time lists. This is Sau Tao’s first appearance on the list. A Thai flavor is delivered masterfully – broth has a great richness and crispness of tom yum kung – spicy and lemongrass and shrimp notes play together very well. Original review

#8: Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle – Taiwan

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It’s second year on The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time, Mom’s Dry Noodles’ Dan Dan Noodle is just wonderful stuff. A broth-free offering with gourmet Taiwanese dry noodles, and myriad sauces that harmonize, salty, spicy, sweet and other flavors masterfully. Flavorful and deep. Original review

#7: Red Chef Green Tom Yum Soup Noodles – Malaysia

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Another one returning to The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list, Red Chef’s Green Tom Yum Soup Noodles feature a fried noodle with a great mouthfeel and quantity. They work well with the broth which is like a mashup of tom yum and green curry. The spiciness and flavors are just great – it might seem like a strange gimmicky kind of thing but definitely not. I love the new and this is a new flavor for the instant noodle world. Original review

#6: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian – Singapore

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Since a very young age when my mother would cook curried chicken livers over rice, I’ve absolutely loved curry. This one is just mind blowing and has been on the top ten for years and years. The noodles are thick and chewy  – and have a rustic kind of feel to them. Marry that to the broth which comes from a large sachet of curry paste and one full of coconut milk powder, you end up with a rich, luxuriant experience you’ll love. I should note they also have a version with non-wholegrain noodles which is also very impressive. Original review

#5: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa – Malaysia

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Back again with their rich curry noodle, CarJEN brings something very special to the table in their Nyonya Curry Laksa. You dip the paste seen on the spoon into the broth to flavor it and it has little bits of shrimp in there that really are a nice addition. Sweetness, spiciness, richness from coconut milk powder, and a nice plump noodle makes this so tasty and memorable. Original Review

#4: A-Sha Gourmet Braised Beef Noodle Soup – Taiwan

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This is the highest position a Taiwanese variety has achieved in The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time before – congratulations, Taiwan! For a long time, I’ve really enjoyed this style of noodle from Taiwan. It’s wide, with a center line which is thicker, and the sides are thinner – which gives them a very unique and wonderful mouthfeel. I’ve also always thought that these would just sing is in a broth (usually they are presented with a combination of sauces but no broth). The soup is rich with a strong beef flavor and hint of Sichuan peppercorn that do not overwhelm. The nice part is the inclusion of real beef in here. It should be noted that there is a special version of this that comes out during Lunar New Year which includes Wagyu beef – very expensive at a whopping $15USD per serving!, but very tasty as well. Original review

#3: Liangchengmei Biang Biang Men – China

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My wife Kit saw this while we were up in Canada and it piqued my curiosity so thought hey let’s give it a try. Noodles are very broad – over an inch. The flavoring is just superb – to use a word I normally don’t, this is yummy. What’s interesting too is that they included meat – at least I thought it was meat – it’s made from soy protein! Unique, delicious, and the highest a Chinese variety has achieved on The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time to date. Congratulations! Original review

#2: Red Chef Spicy Sakura Prawn Soup Noodles – Malaysia

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Let the prawn-slaught begin! Returning to the #2 spot this year, we have a Red Chef variety that just gives and gives when it comes to sweet and savory prawn flavor. This umami bomb has a nice chewy noodle that is complimented by just the sweetest, strongest prawn broth with an excellent thickness and just the right amount of spiciness. What’s more they include a sachet of crispy onions to put on top that round things out so well. If you want to have a prawn freak out, this is an indispensable tool. Original review

#1: Prima Taste Singapore Wholegrain Laksa La Mian — Singapore

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For the fourth year in a row, Prima Taste wins with it’s excellent Wholegrain Laksa. If  abandoned on an island with only a life supply of instant noodles, I’d want them to be these, period. Hearty artisan noodles which are thick and of good quantity are combined with a broth which has a strong flavor and richness from coconut milk powder. A flavorful and striking noodle dish. Original review

What’s New

Instant Noodle Recipe Time

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In the last year, I’ve decided to start doing videos for each on of my reviews and as of April 3rd, I’ve done 295 episodes. You can watch me cook and garnish everything as I sit at my stove. People have commented ‘why do you sit?’ Well, it’s a lot easier to record the show that way. Why do you wear sunglasses all the time? I’m legally blind and light sensitive. I answer a lot of questions about what I do from reader questions as well as talk about what I’m up to and give opinions and chatter about anything that crosses my mind. The show comes out every single day at 2pm Seattle time. Check out the show here.

The Chocolate Break

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What began as something to try once has become a project my wife Kit and I do regularly. The Chocolate Break is where we try chocolate from around the world – and give our opinions on them. I’m proud to announce that www.thechocolatebreak.com is up and has rundowns of every single episode! Check it out and let us know what you think!

Big Changes For Me

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Some of you have been noticing I’ve been losing weight – thank you! In fact I’ve been working hard on that. Reviews I do are usually involving me eating maybe 5% of a bowl of noodles, if that. Everything else goes down the drain.

I keep my regime to around 1200~1500 calories a day. I’ve also been doing a lot of walking with my daughter Miriam. With her stroller decked out with lots of lights and a really loud speaker (I usually play a lot of Primus, Herbie Hancock and Tobacco), we walk all over town. My feet hurt, too! If you put together our walking from April 1st and April 2nd, it comes to 21.12 miles (33.989km)! No, that is NOT a typo. My doctor told me I had high cholesterol back in October and I decided to make some changes. I’ll find out how I’ve done later this month and let you guys know how I’ve done so far.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef – Taiwan

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

Here’s one sent by a reader who found it in the Philippines – thanks! Definitely looks different from the ones found in Taiwan. Export version! Let’s check it out!

Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef – Taiwan

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add in all sachets and boiling water to line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

The noodle block.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

A dry sachet.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

A light powder.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

A sauce sachet.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

Cold in here this morning – cold temps tend to make pastes and sauces thicken up a bit.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

A large retort pouch.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

Thick stuff!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and scallions. Noodle was pretty good – better backbone than expected. Broth has a nice braised beef taste with a little bit of heat – but nothing I would put at a high heat level. Included beef was of good quality and worked well. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710111904222.

#3069: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Spicy Beef - Taiwan

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#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef – Taiwan

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

This one comes by way of a reader from Taiwan who visited t he Philippines and saw this and a spicy version there. This is most definitely an export version. First, lots of English text. Now, you’ll never see this in the United States as it does contain beef. Casn’t go wrong with braised beef – well, I guess you could if it’s bad, but I don’t think that’s going to be the case here. Let’s find out!

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef – Taiwan

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add everything in, add boiling water to line, cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

The noodle block.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

A dry base sachet.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

A light powder.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

A paste sachet.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

Thick and oily.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

A retort pouch.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

Liquid and chunks of beef.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles had a decent chew although didn’t marry exceedingly well with the broth; they sort of stood apart. Broth was a little lighter thgan anticipated and beef just seemed too dried out. Not enough braised flavor. However even with all these issues, everything came together well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710111904208.

#3010: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Noodle With Braised Beef - Taiwan

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#2978: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

Here’s another one I received from a University student in Taiwan – thanks again! She’s working on her Master’s thesis and wanted info from me on a few products and what I thought of them – an honor! Let’s check out this braised beef variety!

Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle – Taiwan

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add noodle block and two smaller sachets to 500cc boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in large retort pouch contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

The noodle block.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

A dry base sachet.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

A coarse powder with bits of vegetable.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

A liquid base sachet.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

A thick and oily paste.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

The retort pouch.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

Lots of beef and sauce.

#2944: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Braised Beef Instant Noodle

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and scallions. The noodles are excellent – flat and soft with a large quantity. The broth Has very good flavor – tasty and strong with a very good oiliness. The included retort pouch seals the deal; the beef is a little dry but that couples with the sauce makes everything tie together very well. A hint of spiciness and a strong beef flavor make this a new favorite. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710110231879.

#2930: Vedan Wei Wei Premium Korean Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

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I don’t know much about this guy other than he’s pretty popular – does a lot of promo for Vedan.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition

It’s time for another top ten list and this time it’s The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition! The first list debuted in 2013 – I can’t believe this is the sixth list! As always – if you are a company who would like me to review your products, please contact me via the contact link – I want to talk to you! These are my favorite instant noodle bowl selections from my over 2800 reviews to date. Let’s get started!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition

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#10 – Paldo Bul Jjamppong – South Korea

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #10 - Paldo Bul Jjamppong - South Korea

This variety boasts a thick and chewy ramyun – a wider and flatter noodle that’s become popular in the last few years. Pairing that with a spicy soup with strong notes of grilled seafood taste – almost smoky – and vegetables/seafood and you’ve got an excellent bowl. Original review

#9 – Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup – United States

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #9 - Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup - United States

To be honest, I’m about as surprised by this one as you might be! But make no mistake – this US domestic variety is truly amazing. The tom yum flavor is just superb along with a huge quantity of noodles. You’ll fill up and be extremely happy as you do so. Original review

#8 – Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #8 – Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen - Japan

The second Maruchan variety on the list and this one comes from Japan. A light and tasty shio broth is paired with a large quantity of noodles in this bowl. The inclusion of wonton – which are very good I might add – rounds everything out and becomes a delicious feast. Original review

#7 – Seven & I (Nissin) Gold Sumire Ramen – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #7 – Seven & I (Nissin) Gold Sumire Ramen – Japan

The noodles are thick and chewy – very premium. The broth has a very rich miso flavor that had a little thickness and a nice oiliness. The vegetables and bits hydrated perfectly – nice bits of ground meat and menma float happily about and are of good quality. Original review

#6 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Braised Pork Flavor Instant Noodles Bowl – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #6 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Braised Pork Flavor Instant Noodles Bowl – Taiwan

First, the noodles have a little bit thicker a gauge than most instant varieties. Indeed they are premium although a slight bit softer than one might expect. The broth is a sea of rich pork flavor – different than many. As a matter of fact, this really REALLY has a nice pork flavor; most pork varieties don’t have a great pork taste as the pork taste they do have get overshadowed by saltiness. The vegetables hydrated well and the pork was very good. Original review

#5 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Instant Noodles – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #5 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Instant Noodles – Taiwan

So the noodles are broad and flat with a light chew and an excellent quantity. The broth is a tour de force of beef taste. It has a good thickness/oiliness to it as well as a good flavor. Indeed as expected, there’s a decent punch of spiciness. Indeed, the chunks of beef are of good size and quality. Moreover, the liquid with the beef in the retort pouch add depth to the broth. Finally, little rings of chilli pepper are here and there, joining the party. Original review

#4 – TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #4 – TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle – Taiwan

TTL stands for Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor and indeed there’s a sachet of rice wine in here! Add to that a big retort pouch full of decent sized chunks of chicken, good noodles and garnish, This is definitely a bowl to seek out and try. Original review

#3 – Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #3 - Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat - Taiwan

Okay so first off, this is a heavy bowl. There’s a huge retort pouch in here full of beef and beef tendon. The noodles are wide and have a great chew and the broth has a nice flavor. But the start of the show is that braised beef and tendon – it’s perfect and there’s just so much of it. Very impressive! Original review

#2 – Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen) – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #2 – Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen) – Japan

Talk about amazing. Now, on most of these bowls, you’ll notice I’ve added my own garnishes. I don’t count them in my reviewing – everything is reviewed prior to any additions I make. This is one where I’ve added nothing and just look at it! This one had very good noodles to start off. The broth was a very thick prawn infused decadent flavor spectacle. Then there’s the little crunchy topping and the other garnish they provide and this is just amazing stuff. Wow. Floored. Original review

#1 – Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #1 – Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Wow – I’m so freaking impressed with this one. First, there are two bowls. Peel back the lid of the first bowl and add boiling water. After a short time, you poke holes in the lid and drain the liquid into the second. A sachet of soup base is added and you have a soup with lots of corn and herbs. Next, a huge sachet with chicken and vegetables boasts a great spicy green curry flavor which mixes with the noodle. A really amazing product which is unique and delicious. This is Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle’s second year in the number one spot in a row – congratulations! Original review

#2752: Ve Wong Instant Noodles Braised Beef Flavor

Here’s one I dragged back to the United States from Taiwan. I know I’ve seen close to the same thing here in the USA, but I wanted to see if the non-export version could be better. I have a feeling it will be. Here’s a little info about braising from Wikipedia –

Braising (from the French word braiser) is a combination-cooking method that uses both wet and dry heats: typically, the food is first seared at a high temperature, then finished in a covered pot at a lower temperature while sitting in some (variable) amount of liquid (which may also add flavor). Braising of meat is often referred to as pot roasting, though some authors make a distinction between the two methods, based on whether additional liquid is added.[1][2]

Braising relies on heat, time, and moisture to break down the tough connective tissue (collagen) that binds together the muscle fibers collectively called meat, making it an ideal way to cook tougher, more affordable cuts. Many classic braised dishes (e.g., coq au vin) are highly evolved methods of cooking tough and otherwise unpalatable foods. Both pressure cooking and slow cooking (e.g., crockpots) are forms of braising.

Familiar braised dishes include pot roastSwiss steakchicken cacciatoregoulashCarbonade Flamandecoq au vinsauerbratenbeef bourguignonbeef brisket, and tajines, among others. Braising is also used extensively in the cuisines of Asia, particularly Chinese cuisine[6] and Vietnamese cuisine, where soy sauce (or in Vietnam, soy sauce and fish sauce) is often the braising liquid.

Okay so braised beef that I’ve had is truly wonderful stuff; tender and tasty with a bit of sweetness to it usually. Well, let’s give this a try!

Ve Wong Instant Noodles Braised Beef Flavor – Taiwan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, I see that it just mentions just add water. I referenced a couple sites and going with 500ml boiling water is the standard to follow. So, add noodles and sachet contents  to 500ml boiling water and cook for 2~3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Powder and vegetable.

A seasoned oil sachet (aka the ‘sauce bag’).

Oily!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and beef. The noodles are great – fluffy and springy and happy. The broth has a kind of braised beef taste with a decent level of oiliness. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710008211129.

Ve Wong Instant Oriental Noodle Soup, Artificial Hot Peppered Beef Flavor, 14.2 Ounce

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#2730: Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat

#2730: Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat 小廚師牛肉麵母親節禮盒

I received this as a gift from a representative of the Little Cook brand in Taipei, Taiwan at the Taiwan International Food Expo! Thank you very much! She also accepted the third place award from The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition – Little Cook Green Curry –  at the awards show.

This is a heavy bowl. Not metaphorically but in regards to the bowl’s actual weight. I am very curious to see everything that’s in here. Here’s a little about braising from WIkipedia –

Braising relies on heat, time, and moisture to break down the tough connective tissue (collagen) that binds together the muscle fibers collectively called meat, making it an ideal way to cook tougher, more affordable cuts. Many classic braised dishes (e.g., coq au vin) are highly evolved methods of cooking tough and otherwise unpalatable foods. Both pressure cooking and slow cooking (e.g., crockpots) are forms of braising.

Most braises follow the same basic steps. The food to be braised (meats, vegetables, mushrooms, etc.) is first pan-seared to brown its surface and enhance its flavor (through the Maillard reaction). If the food will not produce enough liquid of its own, a certain amount of cooking liquid that often includes an acidic element (e.g., tomatoes, beer, balsamic vinegar, wine) is added to the pot, often with stock. A classic braise is done with a relatively whole cut of meat, and the braising liquid will cover two-thirds of the food in the pan. Then, the dish is covered and cooked at a very low simmer, until the meat becomes so tender that it can be “cut” with just the gentlest of pressure from a fork (versus a knife). Often the cooking liquid is finished to create a sauce or gravy, as well.[3][4]

Sometimes foods with high water content (particularly vegetables) can be cooked in their own juices, making the addition of liquid unnecessary.[5]

A successful braise intermingles the flavors of the foods being cooked with those of the cooking liquid. This cooking method dissolves the meat’s collagen into gelatin, which can greatly enrich and thicken the liquid. Braising is economical (as it allows the use of tough and inexpensive cuts), and efficient (as it often enables an entire meal to be prepared in a single pot or pan).

Before you ask, no – you won’t be able to find this one in the United States – this one is full of meat. It’s a pity too – so many varieties that could line store shelves here aren’t allowed. Anyways, let’s have a look!

Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat – Taiwan

#2730: Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat 小廚師牛肉麵母親節禮盒

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, open lid and take everything out. Add noodle block and powder sachet contents. Add 600ml boiling water and cover for 5 minutes with large retort pouch sitting on lid to heat. Add in the rest of the sachet and retort pouches. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2730: Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat 小廚師牛肉麵母親節禮盒

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2730: Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat 小廚師牛肉麵母親節禮盒

The noodle block.

#2730: Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat 小廚師牛肉麵母親節禮盒

The dry base sachet.

#2730: Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat 小廚師牛肉麵母親節禮盒

Dry base with vegetables.

#2730: Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat 小廚師牛肉麵母親節禮盒

The sour vegetable pouch.

#2730: Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat 小廚師牛肉麵母親節禮盒

Lots going on in here!

#2730: Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat 小廚師牛肉麵母親節禮盒

An absolutely stuffed retort pouch.

#2730: Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat 小廚師牛肉麵母親節禮盒

That’s a lot of braised beef and tendon – probably the most meat I’ve ever seen included with an instant noodle.

#2730: Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat 小廚師牛肉麵母親節禮盒

Finally, a little sachet.

#2730: Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat 小廚師牛肉麵母親節禮盒

Chilli powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Wow. Okay, the noodles are broad and have good backbone. They’re the perfect place to start in this really premium bowl. The broth has a nice beefy kind of taste to it – not extremely thick but just right. The real showstopper is the massive retort pouch full of braised beef and tendon – just about as tender as you can get with a strong flavor. This is the most meat I’ve seen in a retort pouch to date. The little sachet of chilli powder was a nice touch and gave it a nice little kick. The Sour vegetables added a nice texture as well. All in all, I’m extremely impressed, to say the least. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8852098706355.

#2730: Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat 小廚師牛肉麵母親節禮盒

L i t t l e   C o o k , Instant Bowl Noodles, Spicy Beef Flavour, net weight 170 g (Pack of 2 bowls)

A video about this premium bowl

#2274: Suimin Noodles With Braised Beef Flavour

Here’s one that Jen from Australia sent – thanks again! Braised beef sounds good… I’m mostly familiar with Taiwanese braised beef flavors – excellent stuff! Curious how this one will be – let’s have a look!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in sachet contents and add enough boiling water to cover noodles. Let sit covered for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A light mixture.

The gar nish sachet.

Fried onion perhaps?

Finished (click to enlarge). Added beef, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and coriander. The noodles came out very well – the gauge and mouthfeel were nicer than I expected this go around. As far as braised beef, I would kind of say it’s a misnomer; more of a sweet beef. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9310155303262.

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An older Suimin instant noodle TV commercial from Australia.

#1740: Master Kong Braised Beef Noodle

Here’s what I believe to be the very last I received from a nice readerfrom Sweden – thank you very much! Braised beef is always a nice flavor. Usually a little hint of heat and a nice slow cooked taste. Curious about this one! Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Not sure if it contains meat. As preparation instructions aren’t included, I’m going with 500ml water for 3 minutes (cooking) and adding in vegetable sachet during cooking, then sachet contents at the end and stirring.

The noodle block.

The powder soup base.

A very light powder.

A paste sachet.

Thick stuff!

The vegetables sachet.

A nice mixture.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts, spring onion, white onion and beef. The noodles are thick and plentiful. They have a good chew and consistency. The broth has a nice beef flavor with the hallmark touched of a little spiciness and lots of different spices. The provided vegetables hydrated well. 4.25 out of 5..0 stars. EAN bar code 6900873058624.

Here’s Master Kong’s Braised Beef big cup – this is excellent stuff!

One of the happiest instant noodle commercials I’ve seen.

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#1289: JinMaiLiang Braised Beef Noodles

Here’s one I picked up a while back in Canada. JinMaiLiang makes all sorts of beefy ones – let’s check this one out.

The distributor’s sticker. Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add everything to 500ml boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes. Eat!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge).

A nice round noodle block.

Powder base sachet.

Granular seasoning.

Liquid seasoning sachet.

An oily paste.

The vegetable sachet.

Looks like carrot and green onion bit.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green onion, sweet onions and sukiyaki beef. The noodles are really good and have this almost glutinous outer film which makes them seem just a bit more hearty. The broth has a great beef flavor – I expected a bit saltier but it’s really nice and rich. The vegetables were present but not impressive. 4.0  out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 6921555581667.

Here’s a Jin Mai Liang TV commercial.