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Meet The Manufacturer: #1591: Mi E-Zee Perisa Sayuran

Today we bid a fond farewell to the CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd Meet The Manufacturer. It’s really amazing how many different instant noodle companies there are in Malaysia. What got me was after so many years of exploring instant noodles, here’s yet another one I’d not heard of until they contacted me. Today’s final review is their ‘sayuran’ variety (sayuran translates to vegetarian). Let’s have a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil 450ml water. Add in noodle block and cook 2 minutes. Add in contents of soup base sachet and stir. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a kind of butter and vegetable scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts and coriander. Ther noodles as usual have a nice gauge and chew – your typical instant. The broth has a kind of salty and buttery flavor and some vegetable hints in there. It’s pretty good. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9557226082316.

The Asian Vegan Kitchen (from Amazon) – The Asian Vegan Kitchen is a collection of recipes from across Asia, featuring the spices and the many tasty ingredients that have made these cuisines popular world-wide. It caters to the growing segment of people of all ages who have chosen to eschew animal products, yet still want to add some global spice and excitement to their diet.

Here’s a recipe for tofu and mushrooms in coconut for the Vegans out there!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1590: Mi E-Zee Perisa Kari Sayuran

The first review of this Meet The Manufacturer was Mi E-Zee Perisa Kari. The difference here is that this is one for vegetarians. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil 450ml water. Add in noodle block and cook two minutes. Add in contents of soup base sachet and stir. Enjoy!

Here’s the noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a nice curry scent.

 Finished (click image to enlarge). Added tau pok (tofu puff), mung bean sprouts and coriander. The noodles have a nice gauge and mouthfeel – almost a litle buttery. The broth has a very nice curry taste which I thoroughly enjoyed. It didn’t have a ‘vegetarian’ flavor as many crossover flavors have in the past. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9557226082781.

Madhur Jaffrey’s Ultimate Curry Bible (from Amazon) This is the most comprehensive book ever published on curries, written by Madhur Jaffrey, the world’s bestselling Indian cookery author. The influence of the Indian curry has been far-reaching: Indian immigrants and traders influenced the cooking of many other great cuisines of the world, including those of Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and China.

An interesting recipe to make curry noodles that are  wholly raw.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1589: E-mi Mi Perencah Ayam Jagung

I thought this sounded interesting. Ayam Jagung translates to corn and chicken. What’s nice is that I haven’t made any noodles with chicken in a while and it just seems like it’s about time to have some! Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, Add noodles and seasoning to 400ml boiling water and cook three minutes. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A very light powder with a chicken and corn scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts, corn, chicken made by Aunt Cindy, sweet onion and spring onion. The noodles have a good texture and flavor to them. The broth was neat – was kind of like a sweet corn and chicken mix and quite nice. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 9557226082538.

Authentic Recipes from Malaysia (from Amazon) Malaysia’s cuisine is an exciting blend of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European cooking. Drawing on their multiethnic heritage, Malaysians have developed unique variations on Asian favorites like Malay Chicken Satay, Chinese Fried Kway Teow and Indian Chicken Curry Puffs. Added to these are exotic creations like the fiery Portuguese Baked Fish prepared by Malacca’s Eurasian community, Kelantanese Nasi Ulam (rice blended with handfuls of freshly chopped herbs) and savory Butter Prawns—a dish that blends seasonings from all of Malaysia’s major ethnic groups. This book provides a selection of unforgettable recipes, at the same time introducing the reader to the nation’s diverse cultural and culinary traditions.

When we were in Malaysia last year, I saw something I’d never seen before. At the airports, there were different concessions, and one of them offered ‘corn in a cup.’ I thought this was kind of strange as in the USA it’s usually served on the cob. As it turns out, corn in a cup is here in the USA as well – kind of funny to go to such a faraway place to see something available here!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1588: Mi E-Zee Perisa Bayam

This is only the second time I’ve had this flavor of instant noodle a couple of times before. For those of you who are wondering, Bayam translates to Spinach. I’m kind of bummed – I don’t have any spinach to go with it today, but I wonder if it’ll need any. Let’s see if this Mi E-Zee Perisa Bayam delivers some spinachy goodness!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil 450ml water and add noodle block. Cook for 2 minutes. Add in seasoning sachet contents and stir. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

The soup base indeed has a strong spinach scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, vegetable tempura ball, sweet onion, mung bean sprouts and sliced green onion. The noodles have a good chew and familiar gauge. The broth is interesting – kind of a spinach salt broth. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9557226082415.

Lonely Planet Malay Phrasebook & Dictionary

 

Wanted to announce today that we’ve found out something about our baby!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1587: Mi E-Zee Plain Noodles Mee Goreng

In general, I don’t review plain noodles. I usually require instant noodles to have a seasoning with them or have seasoning infused into them. Well, I hadn’t told this to CarJEN and they sent lots of them – I figured it only fair to do up a recipe with them! The picture on the front of the package certainly looks like mee goreng, so I figured I’d round some things up and make some for Kit for breakfast today. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, Boil a noodle block in water for 2 minutes. Use in any recipe you like!

Here’s one of the noodle blocks. These promo packs contain 11 of them!

Mi E-Zee Mee Goreng

  • 1 cooked and drained block of Mi E-Zee Plain Noodles
  • 1 hard boiled egg
  • 1/2 seasoning sachet of any kind (used Mi E-Zee Kari)
  • mung bean sprouts
  • sweet spice sauce (manis pedas)
  • sweet soy sauce (kecap manis)
  • shrimp
  • fried shallot

After you’ve made the noodles, drain. Drop in a skillet and add in 1/2 seasoning sachet, mung bean sprouts, shrimp, manis pedas and sweet soy sauce to your liking. Cook on medium heat,for a minute, stirring constantly. Add in shrimp and continue cooking 2 minutes, constantly stirring. Add to plate and garnish with fried shallot and hard boiled egg. Enjoy! As this is a plain noodle, it’s kind of hard to give it a review score as I usually look at the noodle and broth or flavoring. EAN bar code 9557226082477.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1586: J.J. Snek Mi Perisa Ayam

Here’s the other variety of J.J. snack noodles CarJEN produces. Ayam translates to chicken. The mighty chicken seems to be the universally accepted flavor in the world. I was just wondering – how many are there? Chickens, I mean; how many chickens are there on the planet? I typed in world population of chickens into Google and it spat this out instantaneously:

In 2009 the annual chicken population in factory farms was estimated at 50 billion, with 6 billion raised in the European Union, over 9 billion raised in the United States and more than 7 billion in China.

I searched to find out how many people there are and it said the world’s human population is roughly 7.2 billion. That’s a lot of us, and a lot of chickens. – about 7 of them for every person, everywhere. It kind of interesting to think about all the resources are needed to handle this huge population of chickens – feed, water, waste etc. Pretty amazing. But anyways, let’s have a look at this chicken flavored J. J. Snek Mi Perisa Ayam!

The above picture is of one of the individual packs that are inside the first picture with is a bag of ten.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, simply open the bag and eat, or crush contents in the bag and then open. Enjoy!

The uncrushed noodle block.

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles have a very nice crunch without being too hard. They’ve got a nice chicken flavor to them. An easy to enjoy snack. Giving this snack a score of 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9557226062332.

Treat Yourself: 70 Classic Snacks You Loved as a Kid (from Amazon) If you grew up on corner-store treats, memory lane is paved with Ho Hos, Yodels, Oreos, and Ring Dings. And while your taste buds may have grown up a bit, chances are you still crave these classic flavors. Now you can re-create the lunch-box delights that made you the envy of other kids, with all-natural homemade versions. After much obsessing and experimentation, Jennifer Steinhauer has cracked the code for 70 iconic treats to re-create in your own kitchen. There are cookies with a perfect crunchy base for cream filling, snack cakes with frosting so thick you can peel it off all at once, candies dipped in chocolate and dusted with sugar, and ice cream pops so juicy that they drip down your arm. A self-taught baker, Jennifer had no interest in complicated techniques or chemical gunk, just easy hacks that break down and remaster these throwback snacks.

A short video of a CarJEN sponsored event in Melaka, Malaysia.

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd (2)

Another box from CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd arrived yesterday!

They sent more of their CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa and E-Zee Kari as well as a vegetarian curry, vegetarian flavor and a unique one – spinach flavor! Looking forward to reviewing these as part of Meet The Manufacturer! Thank you!

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd

A very large box of samples arrived today!

Looks to be full of interesting items from Malaysia! Let’s see what CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd sent!

These are big packs of their J.J. snack noodles in BBQ flavor.

Here’s their chicken flavor snack noodle – the big packs hold 10 small bags.

The two flavors in their E-mi line.

Many companies around the world not only sell their products with seasonings but without. These are 11 packs of instant noodle blocks.

Here is E-Zee Curry flavor.

I was initially contacted by CarJEN about this product – their new Nyonya Curry Laksa. Sounds pretty good!

They also sent these neat little zipper pouches with fork, spoon, chopsticks and keychains!

These can be folded to make a stand-yup you could put on a store counter. You would then use a marker and color over the parts on the numbers to show the price you were selling them at.

They also sent along a couple of brochures full of interesting info on CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd.

Finally, a couple autographed posters for the Wall Of Fame! Getting up quite a collection! Thanks to everyone at CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd!

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd

Interview With CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd * Product Samples From CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd * Product Samples From CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd (2) * Mi E-Zee Perisa KariJ.J. Snek Mi Perisa BBQ * E-mi Mi Perencah Asam Pedas * CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa * J.J. Snek Mi Perisa AyamFriday Video: CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd SpotlightMi E-Zee Plain Noodles Mee GorengMi E-Zee Perisa BayamE-mi Mi Perencah Ayam JagungMi E-Zee Perisa Kari SayuranMi E-Zee Perisa Sayuran

Today, we start a new Meet The Manufacturer. This time, it’s with a Malaysian company called CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd. I conducted an interview with Mr. Sukumaran Nair, CEO of CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd. Hope you enjoy it!

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for agreeing to do this interview! Could we start off with some information about CarJEN; when was CarJEN founded, where and by who?

CARJEN> Carjen Food Sdn Bhd was founded in 1997 and has now grown into a well-established and dynamic organization that specializes in the manufacture of top quality flavoured snack crackers, flavoured instant noodles, plain instant noodles and noodles snacks. Our principal office is located in Cheng Industrial Estate, Melaka. The directors include Mr. Sukumaran, Mr. Gilbert Tam, Mr. Fred Essey and Mr. Johnny Essey (70% Australian owned and 30% Malaysian owned.

TRR> For those of my readers who are not familiar with your line of products, could you tell us a little about them?

CARJEN> Carjen Food manufactures snack crackers with flavours of prawn, chicken, green peas, cheese and pizza. As for instant noodles the flavours are curry, chicken, asam pedas, vegetarian, beef, spinach and vegetarian curry.

TRR> Can you tell us – what does the name CarJEN mean?

CARJEN> Carjen was coined from the names of the wives of the founders, Carrol and Jenny.

TRR> Can you tell us about the differences and features of your Nyonya variety?

CARJEN> This product is named Nyonya Curry Laksa, simply because it has been popularised and made by the Peranakan Nyonyas over the years. The knowledge of Nyonya cooking has been passed down from generation to generation in Malaysia. Though the name Nyonya is
specifically attributed to a unique culture here in Malaysia, the taste is well received and
accepted by all Malaysians especially the Malays because the freshly prepared spices and
herbs in the dipping sauce; such as Seroi (lemongrass), Belocan, asam (tamarind), dried
chillies and coconut cream, to name a few of the ingredients; are already traditionally used
in Malay cooking. This is due to the close ties shared by the Peranakan Nyonya and the
Malays from centuries ago, in which the Nyonyas have infused the noodles with dipping
sauce containing sauce, herbs and spices used in traditional Malay cooking.

TRR> Can you tell my readers what Nyonya cuisine is?

CARJEN> Peranakan Chinese and Baba-Nyonya are terms used for the descendants of the 15th through 17th-century Chinese immigrants to the Indonesian Archipelago and British Malaya. Most have lived for generations along the straits of Malacca and most have a lineage where
intermarriage with the local Indonesians and Malays. In Malacca, they are known as Baba-Nyonya, it has been assimilated to the Malay culture and customs, including their typical rich Malay spices in their food preparation.

TRR> You not only make regular instant noodles that are cooked, but a line of snack noodles –can you tell my readers about them?

CARJEN>: Our J.J. Noodle Snack is excellent in quality, crunchy and crispy and also trans-fat free. They may be enjoyed by everyone at any time of their convenience. It can be eaten on its own without any cooking.

TRR> Is CarJEN involved in the local community around you?

CARJEN> Yes, we participate in roadshows across the nation
in Malaysia(see attachment).

TRR> Why do you think noodles are such a popular food?

CARJEN> Noodles can be cooked in several forms such as fried, soup, with sauces, etc. It goes well with all kinds of meat, vegetables.

TRR> You are located in Melaka, Malaysia. Can you tell us a little about where you factory is and life there?

CARJEN> Carjen Food is located in Cheng Industrial Estate, Melaka, Malaysia. It is a mix of residential area and factories.

TRR> Are there any new products that will be coming out soon that you could tell us about?

CARJEN> Yes, they are in the process of being finalized and will keep you informed when ready for the market.

TRR> A lot of people wonder about the health factors (sodium, etc) when it comes to instant noodles. How do you recommend people made instant noodles a healthy part of their diet?

CARJEN> Our CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa has no added MSG and the UPS is high in fibre, zero trans fatty acid, cholesterol free and has vitamin E of 4.5mg.

TRR> Do you make/sell products other than noodles?

CARJEN> Yes, we manufacture and sell snack cracker, noodle snacks.

TRR> What was your first product?

CARJEN> Crackers.

TRR> How does the process in which you make your noodles differ from other brands?

CARJEN> The process is standard and normal practice by all noodle manufactures but Carjen Food uses premium flour ingredients and the first to use micro ingredients that adds value in terms of texture and keeping quality.

TRR> Where are your products available?

CARJEN> Carjen Food products are available in Malaysia, Middle East and recently in China, Taiwan, Macau, Singapore, Brunei and Saudi Arabia.

TRR> When you make noodles for yourself, do you add anything or have any recommendations?

CARJEN> We have serving suggestions where we encourage consumers to add additional garnishing.

TRR> How many cups/bowls/packs do you produce in a year?

CARJEN> 343,511 cartons.

TRR> Are there popular recipes locals have come up with for your noodles?

CARJEN> Carjen Food has developed and have been marketing a new product called “Nyonya Curry Laksa” which is traditional, authentic and local product which is popular in the state of Melaka, Malaysia.

TRR> Are certain products enjoyed on particular holidays?

CARJEN> Nyonya Curry Laksa is popular during the holidays period mainly among tourists.

TRR> Have there been any flavors you’ve thought of producing
that never made it to market?

CARJEN> Yes.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for this opportunity for myself and my readers to learn more about your company!

Well, there we have it! Thanks to Mr. Sukumaran Nair, CEO of CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd, and everyone else at CarJEN Food Sdn BHD for making this Meet The Manufacturer happen. 

Interview With CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd * Product Samples From CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd * Product Samples From CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd (2) * Mi E-Zee Perisa KariJ.J. Snek Mi Perisa BBQ * E-mi Mi Perencah Asam Pedas * CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa * J.J. Snek Mi Perisa AyamFriday Video: CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd SpotlightMi E-Zee Plain Noodles Mee GorengMi E-Zee Perisa BayamE-mi Mi Perencah Ayam JagungMi E-Zee Perisa Kari SayuranMi E-Zee Perisa Sayuran