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#1988: MAMA Instant Noodles Chicken Soup Flavour

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One of the last ones I have from MAMA Myanmar! Been a lot of fun trying these. Looks like the only Myanmar, Cambodian and Bangladeshi varieties I’ve ever reviewed have been by MAMA. Let’s see how this chicken soup fares!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add package contents to a bowl. Add 350ml boiling water and cover 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry soup base.

Has a moce chicken scent.

An oil sachet.

Has a garlic scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken, hard boiled egg, salt and pepper cashew nuts, coriander and crushed red pepper. The noodles hydrated well with a surprising amount of backbone. The broth has a nice chicken taste with a hint of garlic. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850987123092.

Here’s an excellent MAMA variety you can get in the United States – 30BAGS MAMA INSTANT NOODLES SHRIMP CREAMY TOM YUM FLAVOUR

A MAMA TV commercial.

#1964: MAMA Instant Noodles Coconut Milk Flavour

When I tried the cup version of this, I liked it so much it got on the Top Ten Cups List for 2015. I’ve been waiting for the right time to try this one; since there’s probably only one in all of the United States I’m guessing, I really wanted to make it the right day. Well, since it is soon to expire, it’s the right day. Let’s have a look and see if it’s as good as the cup.

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 250ml boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Add in contents of sachets. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry soup base sachet.

Has a coconut scent.

A seasoned oil sachet.

A bright colored oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, baked chicken, coriander and seared sweet onion. The noodles are slightly different from the normal MAMA fare – slightly less crumbly – something I found fascinating and enjoyable. The broth was just as good as the cup variety – it has a nice coconut flavor and almost a haunting sweetness to it that’s not overwhelming, but just right. The oil has a tinge of spiciness, but it’s way in the background. This stuff is so intriguing; and I have fallen under it’s spell. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8951987101906.

Lonely Planet Myanmar (Burma) (Travel Guide)

A recipe for some great sounding Burmese Coconut Chicken Noodle soup!

#1939: MAMA Instant Noodles Shrimp Creamy Tom Yum Flavour

Another one from the big batch I got after our Thailand trip from the MAMA noodles people. Thanks again! So this has been one of my favorites in the past – the regular Shrimp Creamy Tom Yum has been on my annual top ten list in the past – but this is the Myanmar version. I’ve noticed in some varieties a little but of a smoky taste – wonder what we’ll find here? One way to find out – let’s check out this shrimp creamy tom yum!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether this contains shrimp or not, but I would guess it does. To prepare, add contents of package to a bowl and add 300ml boiling water. Cover and let steep 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry soup base.

A light powder with flecks of vegetable.

A paste sachet.

Has a shrimp scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sprimp, Thai chilli and coriander. The noodles have that trademark chew that MAMA noodle have – thin and chewy. The broth has the same great tom yum the other countries’ varieties have – strong lemongrass and chilli notyes with a nice shrimp taste. Love this stuff! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8950121055750.

Here’s the version you can get in the United States – 30BAGS MAMA INSTANT NOODLES SHRIMP CREAMY TOM YUM FLAVOUR

A MAMA TV commercial for their Shrimp Creamy Tom Yum.

#1912: MAMA Instant Noodles Chicken Sichek Flavour

I still haven’t found anywhere with any kind of straight definition of sichek, but it seems to me that it’s just a kind of dry noodle dish, kind of like mi goreng. The tom yum variety I had a few days back was quite good, and so today with Andy over here and his penchant for enjoying all things chicken, I thought I’d make this one for him. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add noodle block to a bowl and add 350ml boiling water. Let steep for 3 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry seasoning base.

A light powder with flecks of vegetable.

An oil sachet.

Has an onion scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander and baked chicken. As I expected, this was like a different take on mi goreng. The noodles have a decent gauge and nice chew to them. The flavor is kind of like a smoked chicken – I’ve noticed a lot of these MAMA varieties from Myanmar have this kind of smoky taste going on – fascinating. Decent oiliness and flavor throughout. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8951987101021.

Probably the most well-known MAMA instant – MAMA Instant Noodle, Tom Yum Shrimp Spicy Flavor, 3.17 Ounce (Pack of 20)

Wondering what the capitol of Myanmar is like? Here’s some things to check out in Yangon!

#1902: MAMA Seafood Tom Yum Sichek Flavour

Another one from MAMA when I went to Thailand. They sent me a slew of different kinds made in their factories all over the world! This one’s from Myanmar. I haven’t seen the word ‘sichek’ before – and I can’t find anywhere that will translate it. I’m just going to infer that it might mean soup, but now that I look at the cooking method, this one is drained so perhaps it’s a term for a dry noodle? No clue honestly, but let’s give it a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodle block to a bowl and add 350ml boiling water. cover and steep 3 minutes. Drain. Add sachets contants. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The seasoning sachet.

A very light powder.

A paste sachet.

Thick and oily.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp, fishcake (kamaboko), coriander and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles hydrated perfectly in 3 minutes. They had a good spring and chew to them. The flavor was excellent – seafood tom yum for sure with a nice bite and an almost smoky element. I’ve had a few tom yum stir noodles and this one was the best thus far. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8951012000927.

The Food of Myanmar: Authentic Recipes from the Land of the Golden Pagodas

A short video about street food in Yangon, Myanmar.

#1889: MAMA Rangers Snack Noodles Sour Cream Flavour

Okay so for this one – images are smaller than they appear! This is a tiny 15 gram package of snack noodles. It was one that I saw on a table of products that were displayed during a big meeting in Thailand for MAMA noodles and their global factories and these were from Myanmar. I’ll tell you right now that as soon as someone invents a transported like they had in Star Trek, I’m buying one that just takes me to grocery stores and markets in foreign countries. It’s funny; when thinking about going to a foreign country, my first thought is what kind of grocery stores they have there and the exotic instant noodle varieties within. Yep – I’m a basket case. Let’s check out this snack noodle from MAMA of Myanmar!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, open bag and enjoy!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added some almonds (picture contains 3 packages of the product as well). The noodles are short and have a pleasing crunch to them – they’re not break your teeth crunchy which is nice. The flavor is very much akin to sour cream and onion potato chip flavoring. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8951011551130.

Lonely Planet Myanmar (Burma) (Travel Guide)

A video about a Burmese restaurant.

#1865: MAMA Shrimp Tom Yum Flavour Cup Noodles

Here’s another one I received after the trip to Thailand I took in May. Thanks again! This one hails from Myanmar! Let’s look within!

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 boiling water to line. Cover and steep 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

An included fork!

Parts of the noodle block.

Dry soup base.

Has a bright lemongrass scent.

An oil sachet.

Has a spicy shrimp scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, lime and shrimp. The noodles hydrated decently in 3 minutes – good gauge and chew. The broth was interesting; I detected the standard spicy and lemongrass notes, but there was an underlying smokiness I’d not experienced before in a tom yum. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9510412609.

Probably the most well-known MAMA instant – MAMA Instant Noodle, Tom Yum Shrimp Spicy Flavor, 3.17 Ounce (Pack of 20)

A nice video of things to do in Myanmar!

#1767: MAMA Instant Noodles Shrimp Tom Yum Flavour

Here’s one that should be familiar to instant noodle fans from almost everywhere, and especially those from Cambodia! This one is made specifically for the Cambodian marketplace. I got this sent to me after seeing it at the 2015 TF Eurpean Agent meeting I was invited to check out earlier this year in Bangkok, Thailand! Curious to see if it’s different than the one sold here in the US. Let’s find out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add contents of package to a bowl and add 360ml boiling water. Cover and steep for 3-5 minutes. Uncover and stir. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry soup paste sachet.

Has a nice scent to it.

A paste sachet.

Has a spicy and citrus scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts, shrimp, Fresno peppers, coriander and white onion. The noodles had a good texture and the quantity was nice as well. The broth seemed slightly lighter than the Us version I’m used to getting here, but aside from that it seemed pretty spot on. Good stuff! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8850987101021.

Probably the most well-known MAMA instant – MAMA Instant Noodle, Tom Yum Shrimp Spicy Flavor, 3.17 Ounce (Pack of 20)

A recipe for MAMA Shrimp Tom Yum.

#1716: MAMA Instant Noodles Egg Protein Noodles

Here’s one the folks at Thai President Foods in Thailand sent. It’s made in their factory in Myanmar – and everything on it for the most part is in Burmese! These can be a little tricky; especially when the system of writing numerals is different. But rest assured, I have a solution!

I found this neat little chart online and it was quite helpful. See, on the back of every instant noodle pack (except some Chinese varieties which makes me upset) are two sets of numbers: the first stating the amount of water to be used and the second being how long to cook or steep. What’s also handy are the little pictograms showing the cooking process. Anyways, let’s check out this interesting one out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains egg. To prepare, add 300ml boiling water and contents of sachet to a bowl. Cover and steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy! Alternately, you can cook it with the same amount of water on a stove for 2 minutes.

The noodle block.

The dry seasonings sachet.

Has a kind of salty and spicy scent to it.

An oil sachet.

Palm oil I’m guessing.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added eggs scrambled with a little coriander and chilli powder on top. The noodles were thin and light – good gauge, light chew. The broth was interesting; a hint of spiciness, then saltiness. Not sure what flavor you’d call it, but it was pretty good! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8895101100092.

Probably the most well-known MAMA instant – MAMA Instant Noodle, Tom Yum Shrimp Spicy Flavor, 3.17 Ounce (Pack of 20)

Wow – this place Myanmar looks like quite the amazing destination!

The Ramen Rater: Noodle News #5

As always, I scour the Internet searching from news about instant noodles. Here’s some articles that you may find interesting:

  • Thai firms eager to tap opportunity (in Burma) – Link

  • Video: Camera inside pill shows how instant ramen is digested – Link

  • Raise The Red Flag : Cut out the hypocrisy in the anti-palm oil campaign – Link

  • Commercialize the taste of ramen collected a vote of 970,000 votes! – Link

  • Nauseating: 10cm-long dried lizard found in instant noodles cup – Link

  • Lee Kyung-gyu to start scholarship fund with profits from ramen – Link

  • Cup Noodles Museum in Minato Mirai Area, Yokohama – Link

  • Red Tricycle: The Top Seven Bowls of Ramen in San Francisco – Link

  • China’s ‘crush-crush tribe’ irks supermarkets – Link

  • Food for Gamers: Make Your Instant Noodles Own Your Tastebuds – Link

  • Tofugu – 1,452 Bowls Of Instant Ramen And Counting: The Ramen Noodle Diary – Link

  • A Research of Construct Depth Marketing Channel about ShenYang Nong Shim Company – Link

  • College Cuisine: Ramen Recipes – Link

  • Valentine: Indomie Delights Youth with Red Hot Jamz – Link