Here’s one of the very last varieties I found in Taiwan during my last visit in November, 2017. Big thanks to Kyle K. for help translating this one! So braised meats from Taiwan are some of the most amazing flavors – anywhere. I’m telling you – find a Taiwanese restaurant and get some braised pork – it’ll blow your freaking mind. Alright – let’s crack this bowl open and get this going.
Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add in sachets and not retort pouch. Add 500ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes with pouch on top. Add in retort pouch contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodled block.
A dry base sachet.
Seasoning and vegetables.
A paste sachet.
A retort pouch.
Braised pork with sauce.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions. The noodles were quite good – nice gauge and chew – no sponginess here. The broth has a great braised pork flavor – notes of star anise and other herbs popping out here and there. Included braised pork was sumtuous and good – excellent quality. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710110241076.
Here’s one I got at 7-Eleven in Taipei, Taiwan in November of last year. I’ve been wanting to review these bowls for a very long time, but never have been able to get any through – nobody’s ever tried though. So what is this ‘Man-Han Feast’ anyways? Here’s some info from Wikipedia –
Manhan Quanxi, literally Manchu Han Imperial Feast was one of the grandest meals ever documented in Chinese cuisine. It consisted of at least 108 unique dishes from the Manchu and Han Chinese culture during the Qing dynasty, and it is only reserved and intended for the Emperors. The meal was held for three whole days, across six banquets. The culinary skills consisted of cooking methods from all over Imperial China.
It is said that there were “Thirty-Two Delicacies”, referring to the more exotic ingredients used for the banquet. The “Eight Mountain Delicacies” includes such dishes as camel’s hump, bear’s paws, monkey’s brains, ape’s lips, leopard fetuses, rhinoceros tails and deer tendons. The “Eight Land Delicacies” includes several precious fowls and mushrooms, and the “Eight Sea Delicacies” includes dried sea cucumbers, shark’s fin, bird’s nest and others.
Some of the individual names of the dishes within:
I vote for a Golden Eyes and Burning Brain version! This is a big and rather heavy bowl. Let’s give it a look!
#2375: Uni-President Man Han Feast Braised Pork Flavor Instant Noodles – Taiwan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add in everything but the retort pouch. Add boiling water to fill line and cover for 5 minutes with large retort pouch on top. Add contents of retort pouch. Stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion. 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, although I wish it did have more of that braised taste to it – makes me want to run to our favorite Taiwanese restaurant here for some braised pork actually… 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710088832085.
This one sounds curious to me. While I do like braised pork – a lot- I’m unsure about this Chinese mushroom. But hey – I’ve been pleasantly surprised in the mushroom department before, right? Let’s give it a go!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to prepare, you can make this in two different ways – with or without soup. Dried: 250 c.c cook for 3 to 3.5 mins (Recommended) Soup: 400 c.c cook for 2.5 mins to 3 mins.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, mushroom and spring onion. The vermicelli hydrated nicely – good gauge, good chew. The flavor was a real surprise to me. I’m generally not a fan of mushrooms but this was very hearty. Definitely got a nice braised beef taste and the soybean was like meat. Very tasty and nice. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4713008550243.