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#2842: Vedan Double Bang Pork Broth Noodle

#2842: Vedan Double Bang Pork Broth Noodle

I think I got this one at the Hi Life store at the Nangang Exhibition Center in Taipei. This looks to be a pork variety. The Term ‘Double Bang’ refers to the two noodle blocks within. Let’s check it out!

Vedan Double Bang Pork Broth Noodle – Taiwan

#2842: Vedan Double Bang Pork Broth Noodle

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, add sachet contents and 700ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2842: Vedan Double Bang Pork Broth Noodle

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2842: Vedan Double Bang Pork Broth Noodle

The dual noodle blocks.

#2842: Vedan Double Bang Pork Broth Noodle

The dry soup base.

#2842: Vedan Double Bang Pork Broth Noodle

A very light powder.

#2842: Vedan Double Bang Pork Broth Noodle

A paste sachet.

#2842: Vedan Double Bang Pork Broth Noodle

Thick and it wants to jump out of the cup!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallion and pork. The noodles are pretty neat – one thing is that they don’t tend to take on the flavor of the soup very well though. The broth is a porky stew kind of thing – not as strong as can be but strong enough. Would have liked a little more…. Something… 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710110230018.

#2842: Vedan Double Bang Pork Broth Noodle

Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse

A TV spot for Vedan about this product range

#2724: Vedan Double Bang Thick Pork Broth Noodle

Here’s one I brought back from Taiwan in November 2017. There are four different ones with different illustrations of different expressions – they’re pretty interesting. Now,m there’s scant few characters on this bowl I can read, so I’d like to thank everyone on Facebook for the help in translation! Much appreciated! So double bang – why double bang? Well, there’s two noodle blocks. Bang! Noodles! Bang! Noodles! Makes sense to me. Really excited as this isn’t the first one I brought back from Taiwan I’ve reviewed, but this is the first Taiwanese variety I’ve brought back from Taiwan I’m reviewing – let’s have a look!

Vedan Double Bang Thick Pork Broth Noodle – Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, add sachet contents and 700ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Two noodle blocks!

The powder base sachet.

A light powder with flecks of vegetables.

The liquid base sachet.

Thick stuff!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added boiled pork, spring onion and chilli powder from Pizza Hut Taiwan. Noodles had a slightly wide and flat kind of shape which I didn’t expect. They had a good soft chew and were very good. Despite calling for 700ml of water, the broth was indeed tasty. Not overly salty and had a nice pork flavor to it. Impressed! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710110232227.

Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse

A TV spot from Vedan Taiwan about this series

#2612: Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Laksa Rice Noodles + Thai Curry & Lime Broth

NL8: Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Laksa Rice Noodles + Thai Curry & Lime Broth

Laksa noodles paired with a curry broth – I can’t really think of anything so well matched. Although I usually think of Laksa a little further south of Thailand in places like Malaysia and Singapore, all the flavors from that area of Southeast Asia play very well together. Let’s give it a try!

Nona Lim Laksa Rice Noodles + Thai Curry & Lime Broth – United States

NL8: Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Laksa Rice Noodles + Thai Curry & Lime Broth

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). To prepare, boil noodles for 1 minutes and drain. Finally, enjoy with Non Lim broth!

NL8: Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Laksa Rice Noodles + Thai Curry & Lime Broth

One of the two noodle pouches in the box.

NL8: Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Laksa Rice Noodles + Thai Curry & Lime Broth

Here’s the package of broth.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Vegan! To prepare, add broth to a pot and heat on the stove, Finally, enjoy with some Nona Lim noodles!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, egg, tau pok, Dodo fish ball and nanami togarashi. The rice noodles were pretty good – decent consistency and very light chew. The broth had an underlying kind of green curry hit, but it felt like the lime really beat it into submission and overwhelmed it. Since these are two separate products, they get their own scores. The noodles score a 3.5 and the broth a 2.5. UPC bar code for noodles 859792002323. UPC bar code for broth 859792002293.

NL8: Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Laksa Rice Noodles + Thai Curry & Lime Broth

Lonely Planet Japan (Country Travel Guide)

Nona Lim on a Bay Area TV show

#2610: Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Whole Wheat Ramen + Spicy Szechuan Broth

Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Whole Wheat Ramen + Spicy Szechuan Broth

I thought maybe a whole wheat ramen noodle might pair well with Szechuan flavors. These look really interesting and to be honest, I have a partiality to whole wheat noodles. Let’s have a look!

Nona Lim Whole Wheat Ramen + Spicy Szechuan Broth – United States

Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Whole Wheat Ramen + Spicy Szechuan Broth

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil for 1~2 minutes in a large pot. Drain and rinse under cold water. Finally, enjoy with Nona Lim broth!

Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Whole Wheat Ramen + Spicy Szechuan Broth

One of the two servings in the box.

Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Whole Wheat Ramen + Spicy Szechuan Broth

The large package of Nona Lim Spicy Szechuan broth.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). To prepare, add broth to a pot on stove and heat. Finally, add in some Nona Lim noodle and enjoy!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added pork, nanami togarashi, spring onion, fried onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The whole wheat ramen is just excellent – It has a great chew to it and a nice kind of artisan quality. Very hearty. The broth has a nice spicy level and a rich flavor coming from many herbs and spice. Since these are two separate products, I’m giving the noodles 5.0 out of 5.0 stars and the broth 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code for noodles 859792002613. UPC bar code for the broth 859792002538.

Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Whole Wheat Ramen + Spicy Szechuan Broth

Land of Plenty: A Treasury of Authentic Sichuan Cooking

Part two of Nona Lim speaking at an entrepreneurial series

#2608: Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Hakata Ramen + Thai Curry & Lime Broth

NL7: Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Hakata Ramen + Thai Curry & Lime Broth

I thought it a no-brainer to pick Hakata Ramen to try with the miso. The other I’ll try with it will be the Tokyo Ramen. Anyways: Hakata Ramen. What is it, Wikipedia?

Hakata ramen originates from Hakata district of Fukuoka city in Kyushu. It has a rich, milky, pork-bone tonkotsu broth and rather thin, non-curly and resilient noodles. Often, distinctive toppings such as crushed garlicbeni shoga(pickled ginger), sesame seeds, and spicy pickled mustard greens (karashi takana) are left on tables for customers to serve themselves. Ramen stalls in Hakata and Tenjin are well-known within Japan. Recent trends have made Hakata ramen one of the most popular types in Japan, and several chain restaurants specializing in Hakata ramen can be found all over the country.

Okay, so this might make more sense paired with a Tonkotsu, but hey – I think it sounds good! Let’s give it a try!

Nona Lim Hakata Ramen + Thai Curry & Lime Broth – United States

NL7: Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Hakata Ramen + Thai Curry & Lime Broth

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). To prepare, add noodles to a large pot of boiling water. Bil for 1~2 minutes. Drain. Run under cold water. Finally, enjoy with a Nona Lim broth!

NL7: Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Hakata Ramen + Thai Curry & Lime Broth

One of the two included pouches of noodles.

NL7: Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Hakata Ramen + Thai Curry & Lime Broth

Herre’s the large package of Miso Ramen broth.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). To prepare, add broth to a pot and heat on the stove, Finally, enjoy with some Nona Lim noodles!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Dodo fish and shrimp ball, fried onion and shichimi togarashi. The noodles are great – probably my favorite of this series. They have a nice gauge and chew. The broth, on the other hand, has an abundance of lime flavor which really overwhelms the other myriad ingredients. As these are two separate products, each gets its own score. The noodles score 5.0 stars and the broth 2.5 stars. UPC bar code for noodles 859792002354.

Bangkok: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand

A video on Nona Lim and her products by Whole Foods

#2592: Maruchan Yokozuna Tonkotsu Ramen

#2592: Maruchan Yokozuna Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan -

Here’s one sent by Javier over at Box From Japan. At Box From Japan, you can receive boxes of instant ramen from Japan as well as different subscription boxes like Japanese candy! Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? What’s more, in the two years I’ve been reviewing these, I’ve not ever received one that I’d reviewed before! So what is this Yokosuna all about? Well, I could be wrong, but it looks like Yokozuna is an echelon attained by Japanese sumo wrestlers. The Yokozuna are the best of the best. Let’s check it out!

#2592: Maruchan Yokozuna Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan -

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains meat. To prepare, add all but liquid sachet to bowl and add boiling water to fill line. Cover and steep for 5 minutes. Add in liquid base sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2592: Maruchan Yokozuna Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan -

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2592: Maruchan Yokozuna Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan -

The noodle block.

#2592: Maruchan Yokozuna Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan -

A dry base sachet.

#2592: Maruchan Yokozuna Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan -

Powder base and some vegetable matter.

#2592: Maruchan Yokozuna Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan -

The liquid base sachet.

#2592: Maruchan Yokozuna Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan -

A rich liquid.

#2592: Maruchan Yokozuna Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan -

A garnish sachet.

#2592: Maruchan Yokozuna Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan -

Lots of vegetables!

#2592: Maruchan Yokozuna Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan -

Feels like something solid inside.

#2592: Maruchan Yokozuna Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan -

A free-dried ingredient block. These hydrate quite fast and usually contain vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles came out superbly with a good tooth and perfect gauge. The broth has a soy and oily thing going on which I really enjoyed. It is rich and full-bodied. The inclusion of meat from the freeze-dried block was very well done – especially since the quality made it very welcome. The vegetables went well and round out the bowl nicely. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901990327930.

#2592: Maruchan Yokozuna Tonkotsu Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - Box From Japan -

Maruchan Instant Won-ton Soup, Soy Sauce Taste, 1.1oz(32g) X 6 Bowls (For 6 Servings)[Japan Import]

A TV spot for Maruchan Japan

#2611: Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Tokyo Ramen + Miso Ramen Broth

Nona Lim Tokyo Ramen + Miso Ramen Broth

Thought it would be logical to try these Tokyo Ramen noodles with the Miso Ramen Broth – I mean, it makes sense. These noodles and broth are Vegan, however, I’m going to lay it on thick with some toppings that will not be so Vegan. Let’s give it a go!

Nona Lim Tokyo Ramen + Miso Ramen Broth – United States

Nona Lim Tokyo Ramen + Miso Ramen Broth

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Vegan friendly. To prepare, add noodles to a big pot of boiling water and boil for 1~2 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Finally, enjoy with some Nona Lim broth!

Nona Lim Tokyo Ramen + Miso Ramen Broth

One of the two fresh noodle packs included in the box.

Nona Lim Tokyo Ramen + Miso Ramen Broth

Herre’s the large package of Miso Ramen broth.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Vegan! To prepare, add broth to a pot and heat on the stove, Finally, enjoy with some Nona Lim noodles!

 

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shichimi togarashi, egg, and spring onion. The noodles have a very sturdy texture – very chewy. The miso – definitely a red miso – has a strong taste and works well. As these are two separated products, they get two scores. The noodles get 4.0 out of 5.0 stars and the broth gets 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code for noodles 859792002712.

Nona Lim Tokyo Ramen + Miso Ramen Broth

Lonely Planet Japan (Country Travel Guide)

Nona Lim at a food show

#2607: Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Hakata Ramen + Miso Ramen Broth

NL5: Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Hakata Ramen + Miso Ramen Broth

I thought it a no-brainer to pick Hakata Ramen to try with the miso. The other I’ll try with it will be the Tokyo Ramen. Anyways: Hakata Ramen. What is it, Wikipedia?

Hakata ramen originates from Hakata district of Fukuoka city in Kyushu. It has a rich, milky, pork-bone tonkotsu broth and rather thin, non-curly and resilient noodles. Often, distinctive toppings such as crushed garlicbeni shoga(pickled ginger), sesame seeds, and spicy pickled mustard greens (karashi takana) are left on tables for customers to serve themselves. Ramen stalls in Hakata and Tenjin are well-known within Japan. Recent trends have made Hakata ramen one of the most popular types in Japan, and several chain restaurants specializing in Hakata ramen can be found all over the country.

Okay, so this might make more sense paired with a Tonkotsu, but hey – I think it sounds good! Let’s give it a try!

Nona Lim Hakata Ramen + Miso Ramen Broth – United States

NL5: Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Hakata Ramen + Miso Ramen Broth

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). To prepare, add noodles to a large pot of boiling water. Bil for 1~2 minutes. Drain. Run under cold water. Finally, enjoy with a Nona Lim broth!

NL5: Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Hakata Ramen + Miso Ramen Broth

One of the two included pouches of noodles.

NL5: Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Hakata Ramen + Miso Ramen Broth

Herre’s the large package of Miso Ramen broth.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Vegan! To prepare, add broth to a pot and heat on the stove, Finally, enjoy with some Nona Lim noodles!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, kamaboko, spring onion, butter, sweet corn and shichimi togarashi. These noodles are awesome – great gauge and chew. They definitely have a fresh and authentic character. The miso broth has a good richness to it – definitely red miso. As these are two separate products, they each get their own score. The noodles get 5.0 out of 5.0 stars and the miso ramen broth gets 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code for noodles 859792002354. UPC bar code for broth 859792002279.

NL5: Meet The Manufacturer: Nona Lim Hakata Ramen + Miso Ramen Broth

Lonely Planet Japan (Country Travel Guide)

Nona Lim on a Bay Area TV show

#1727: Wei Lih Jah Jan Men

Well lookie what we have here. This is the ubiquitous Taiwanese Wei Lih Men bowl. In fact, it’s two bowls. Let me demonstrate.

This is the first time I’ve ever seen a dual bowl before, and as far as I know, the only instance of this in existence. What I like is that I’m probably wrong and someone will clue me in on it and I might be able to get my hands on some more of these! Anyways, let’s check this classic Taiwanese bowl out!

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, open lid halfway and take out fork and sachets. Add boiling water (it doesn’t say how much, so I went with 400ml which is the same as the pack version. Cover and steep for 3 minutes. Poke holes in the lid and use as a drain spout and pour into second bowl. Add paste sachet to drained noodles and stir well. Add silver sachet to drained water and stir well. Enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The paste sachet.

Has a spicy soybean scent.

The soup base sachet.

Has a onion and garlic scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles have a very nice gauge and chew. The
flavor of the noodle is a soybean paste with a very nice kick to it. The broth for
sipping has a salty, onion-garlic kind of feel but a little different. It works
so well together; either one on it’s own would be unremarkable, but the two in tandem as a meal is genius. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710199010372.

Here you can try the Wei Lih Jah Jan Men package variety – WEI-LIH Noodle, JA JAN Flavor,3OZ

A Wei Lih TV advertisement.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1376: Takamori Katsuo Dashi Udon

Udon is a very popular noodle in Japan and around the world. It’s characterized by being really thick. My wife’s a big fan of udon – they’re her favorite noodles! But what is katsuo dashi? Well, katsuo is the Japanese name for Skipjack tuna, a variety which is popular all over Asia. Dashi on the other hand is a little less simple. Here’s what Wikipedia had to say

The most common form of dashi is a simple broth or fish stock made by heating water containing kombu (edible kelp) and kezurikatsuo (shavings of katsuobushi – preserved, fermented bonito) to near-boiling, then straining the resultant liquid. The element of umami, considered one of the five basic tastes in Japan, is introduced into dashi from the use of katsuobushi. Katsuobushi is especially high in sodium inosinate, which is identified as one source of umami.[1]

But what is umami? Again, let’s cite Wikipedia:

Umami /ˈmɑːmi/, a savory taste,[1][2][3] is one of the five basic tastes (together with sweet, sour, bitter and salty).

A loanword from the Japanese (うま味?), umami can be translated as “pleasant savory taste”.[4] This particular writing was chosen by Professor Kikunae Ikeda from umai (うまい) “delicious” and mi (味) “taste”. The kanji 旨味 are used for a more general sense of a food as delicious.

People taste umami through receptors for glutamate, commonly found in its salt form as the food additive monosodium glutamate (MSG).[5] For that reason, scientists consider umami to be distinct from saltiness.[6]

Umami really is an interesting concept that isn’t really well known here in the United States, but is used in foods throughout the world. Worth reading up on! Let’s open up this one and see what’s inside!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Not sure if it contains meat, but pretty sure it contains fish. To prepare, add one noodle pouch contents to 300ml boiling water. Cook for two minutes. Add contents of one of the sachets and stir. enjoy!

In the package, you get three servings, so three of these noodle pouches.

Three of these soup base sachets as well.

Here’s the soup base – has a nice katsuo scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added kamaboko, sweet onion, kizami shoga (pickled ginger), egg and green onion. The udon noodle is really good in this one. The texture is quite soft compared to most I’ve had and it has a really nice mouthfeel to it. The broth is well done with a nice katsuo flavor which doesn’t overwhelm. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4901959070662.

Want to learn about dashi? Check this out!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1100: Baltix Instant Noodles Witrh Chicken Flavour Broth

Here’s the other variety I received from Baltix – chicken! Sounds good to me!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Appears to be free of meat.

The noodle block.

Chicken flavor soup base.

Has a nice chicken taste to it.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Vidalia sweet onion, red bell pepper, chicken breast, broccoli and black pepper. The noodles are pretty good – decent texture with a slight crumble. The broth has a very nice chicken flavor. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 472298001166.

A DetscheWelle documentary about Estonia.

Something New From Korea To Review

A couple weeks ago, I was contacted by a fellow named Stan. He said there was a new product that a big supermarket in Korea called emart would like me to review. They’re called Ramen e Ramen White Broth Noodle Soup. Sounds cool to me!

Inside the big box: a padded envelope and a slightly smaller box.

Inside the padded envelope were two of these hats and a yellow baseball cap! Thanks!

Here’s the other box.

Eight of these 6 packs of noodles! Wow – that’s a lot of them! Thank you very much!

Here’s the baseball cap and the look of the individual packs. I’ll be reviewing this pretty quick so keep your eyes peeled! Thank you to Stan at 3mart for sending this!