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#2766: LeeZen Sesame Oil Angelica & Sinensis Instant Noodles

#2766: Leezen Sesame Oil Angelica & Sinensis Instant Noodles Tasiwan dong quai

Found this one up in Canada at a place called FoodyWorld – awesome! Okay so this is an odd variety so let’s hit up Wikipedia for some info on what this is all about:

Angelica sinensis, commonly known as dong quai or “female ginseng” is a herb from the family Apiaceae, indigenous to China. Angelica sinensis grows in cool high altitude mountains in China, Japan, and Korea. The yellowish brown root of the plant is harvested in fall and is a well-known Chinese medicine used over thousands of years.[3]

Hmm maybe the ampersand isn’t really correct here? Perhaps it’s Sesame Oil & Angelica Sinensis? That’s my guess. Okay – let’s give it a go.

Leezen Sesame Oil Angelica & Sinensis Instant Noodles – Taiwan

#2766: Leezen Sesame Oil Angelica & Sinensis Instant Noodles Tasiwan dong quai

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles and sachet contents into a bowl. Add 500ml boiling water and cover for 6~7 minutes. finally, stir and enjoy!

#2766: Leezen Sesame Oil Angelica & Sinensis Instant Noodles Tasiwan dong quai

A non-fried noodle block.

#2766: Leezen Sesame Oil Angelica & Sinensis Instant Noodles Tasiwan dong quai

The soup base sachet.

#2766: Leezen Sesame Oil Angelica & Sinensis Instant Noodles Tasiwan dong quai

Interesting…

#2766: Leezen Sesame Oil Angelica & Sinensis Instant Noodles Tasiwan dong quai

The vegetables sachet.

#2766: Leezen Sesame Oil Angelica & Sinensis Instant Noodles Tasiwan dong quai

A nice mix.

Finished (click to enlarge). Noodles were quite good although had a slight mushiness to them. However the mushiness was not only tolerable but kind of nice. I expected the broth to be a zero-star horror show – the smell of the contents of the liquid sachet really put me off. But once cooked, it was quite nice – a kind of sesame herb character to it. Vegetable mixture was on point – the goji berry was a nice touch. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710589440475.

#2766: Leezen Sesame Oil Angelica & Sinensis Instant Noodles Tasiwan dong quai

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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2015 Edition

A new year brings the The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of all Time 2015 Edition. After reviewing over 1,750 different varieties, these are my favorites hailing from Taiwan. Taiwan’s instant noodles are different from those of any other country; so curious about what direction their flavors go next. With that, let’s dig in to the new list for 2015!

The video presentation of The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2015 Edition.

#10: Wei Lih Jah Jan Men

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. Original review

#9: Unif Man Han Feast Sichuan Chili Eel Flavor Instant Noodle

The noodles are flat and broad. They have a nice quality to them; not too chewy but very good for a bowl noodle. The broth is rich with a good spiciness. The added bonus with this is the eel – it’s really good! Everything is rich and hearty and it’s definitely a feast to behold and consume.  Original review

#8: A-Sha Dry Noodle QQ Thin Noodle – BBQ Sauce

These noodles are great! Very light and thin and honesty they seem to be happy. It’s a perfect balance of texture and delicateness. They definitely are wonderful to chew. The BBQ sauce? Well, this isn’t what most would think of when you say BBQ sauce – it’s not the 99 cents a bottle stuff at the local grocery store. Instead, it’s a very enjoyable and tasty flavor with nice depth. Soy sauce, garlic, a slight spiciness and other flavors are represented in a wonderful flavor that doesn’t have the usual American ‘slather’ BBQ sauce feel. This is excellent. #1 in 2013. Original review

#7: Deshome Sun Dried Noodle Chlorella Powder Noodle With Curry

This unique noodles really got me. First off, they’re green – really green! They had a nice texture and an amazing curry flavor that was truly great. As most of you know, I’m a big curry fan and it’s sweetness and rich taste were just spot on. Original review

#6: Mom’s Dry Noodle Onion Oil & Shrimp Flavor

It’s amazing how sometimes when I do a top ten list, some of the best ones are right before the cutoff for my list! I tried this one a week or so ago and let me just say – wow. The noodles are of an excellent quality and texture with a perfect chewiness. The flavor is well balanced with not too much saltiness but definitely not bland; it’s rich and delectable stuff. Original review

#5: Chering Chang Curry La-Men

This is the first variety I’ve tried of this brand and if the others they make are anything like this, they’re going to be doing very well with my reviews! The noodles are of a standard instant noodle gauge but have a very fresh feel to them. The curry broth is a wonderful sweet curry with a excellent richness to it. The included vegetable sachet was a show stopper on this one, with everything hydrating to perfection and a really ample quantity.Original review

#4: A-Sha Dry Noodle Veggie Noodle Baby Grass Noodle With Toona Sauce

The noodles have a very good elasticity to them. They have a broad flat nature and a premium texture and chewiness. The flavor was a soy and something else – the Toona aspect I imagine. It had an earthiness which was subtle and light – just right. I very much liked this; it seemed like something that would pair well with the acidity of tomato and richness of some kind of beef with wine juxtaposition. Original review

#3: Mom’s Dry Noodle Sichuan Spicy Flavor

After trying their Onion Oil & Shrimp, I couldn’t wait to try this one – and it was a real treat as well. What sets this one apart are the noodles. Sun dried and with a perfect texture and thickness. They’re absolutely amazing. As for the flavor, it comes together via three sachets: mushroom oyster sauce, sesame oil and chilli paste. The heat is ample and so wonderfully balanced with the sesame and oyster sauce. #1 in 2014. Original review

#2: Mom’s Dry Noodle Sour & Spicy Flavor

The noodles are really primo – excellent gauge and chewiness. They’re thick and have a gourmet quality to them. The flavor is really great. It goes from an initial hit from the black vinegar’s sourness, then mulls around with the heat and almost transforms into a sweetness at a point. It’s a very active flavor that kept my tastebuds fascinated the whole time. Excellent! Original review

#1: A-Sha Dry Noodle Veggie Noodle Tomato Noodle With Vine Ripened Tomato Sauce – Taiwan

In the number one position we have the very first Taiwanese instant to make the annual top ten overall list. . But there’s no denying – this is absolutely marvelous stuff. The noodles have a great gauge – broad, flat and soft with a light chew. The great part is the tomato flavor – when I opened the sachet of sauce the whole room smelled like fresh tomatoes. Not only that, there’s more than enough sauce to flavor all of the noodles. Original review

#1779: Chering Chang Instant Non-Fried Noodles Tomato Flavour

I’ve tried quite a few tomato flavored instant noodles over the years. What’s kind of interesting s that many of them hail from Taiwan – including this one I’ll be trying today, I can count three in all, and that could be missing one or more. I like tomatoes – they’re pretty tasty and have a seemingly endless global appeal. Let’s have a look at this Taiwanese variety with a tomato taste.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The cooking instructions are on the side of the bag (click image to enlarge). Contains tomato! To prepare, add noodle block to 400ml boiling wtaer and cook 3-5 minutes (I’ll cook them today for 4 minutes). Add in contents of sachets and cook for one more minute. Stir and enjoy!

Inside the bag are 4 individual servings.

The noodle block.

A liquid sachet.

Has a strong tomato scent.

The vegetables sachet.

Looks like quite an array of vegetables here!

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles came out really good – wide and thick with a really good chewiness. The broth did have a tomato flavor, and it was pretty good. The vegetables didn’t hydrate well at all this time – peas and corn were very tough which was a sad thing; a real bummer for one I had high hopes for. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710589440796.

Chering Chang whole wheat fast cook ramen (steam pork flavor) – 14oz

Some things to see in Taichung, Taiwan.

#1710: Chering Chang Instant Non-Fried Noodles Vegetable Curry Flavour

I had a different version of this variety make The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time last year – I don’t know if it’s just a different way of packaging or what, but I’ve got high hopes on this one! Let’s check it out! It’s curry time!

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

The cooking direction are on a side panel (click image to enlarge). To prepare, add one noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook 3-5 minutes (I cooked them for 4). Stir in sachet contents and cook another minute. Enjoy!

The llarge bag above contains individual packs.

The noodle block.

A liquid soup base sachet.

Has a sweet curry scent.

A vegetables sachet.

A varied mixture.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added broccoli, orange bell pepper and white onion, mung bean sprouts. The noodles are wide and flat and have a great chew – very premium. The broth has a nice sweet curry kind of flavor – much like South Korean and Japanese curry varieties. The supplied vegetables hydrated just perfectly. Amazingly good for a vegetarian variety. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710589440789.

chering chang whole wheat fast cook ramen (steam pork flavor) – 14oz

A video of a night market in Taichung, Taiwan – home of Chering Chang.

#1600: Chering Chang Instant Non-Fried Noodles Shallot Pork Flavour

Today my wife asked me if I had any non-spicy noodles without much broth. It’s pretty rare for her to ask me to make her some noodles; she’s not the biggest fan of them, and really doesn’t like broth – she’s usually game for yakisoba or mi goreng as long as it isn’t spicy. I looked around through my stores of noodles – the ones in my son’s room, the ones under my desk, the ones that arrived the other day that are sitting in boxes in front of the fireplace. So this is the one I thought she might like. These are by a company that ranked high on my top ten Taiwanese instant noodles list that I contacted, asking if they could possibly send some varieties I couldn’t get here – and they did. Let’s see how we like them.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.

The cooking direction are on a side panel (click image to enlarge). To prepare, add one noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook 3-5 minutes (I cooked them for 4). Stir in sachet contents and cook another minute. Enjoy!

 

The above pictures are of the 4 pack bag. This is one of the individual packs found inside.

The noodle block.

The paste sachet.

Has a kind of pork scent.

The vegetables sachet.

Lots of different bits including peas, carrot and cabbage.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added boiled pork, fried shallots and spring onion. The noodles have a very premium feel and chew – just wonderful. The broth had a masterfully spiced broth – lots of really great flavors coming together all at once – and a good consistency as well. The vegetables hydrated to perfection. I’m impressed – and my wife enjoyed it as well! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710589440772.

 

Here’s a different variety – Whole Wheat Instant Noodle (Steam Beef Flavor)

A video of a night market in Taichung, Taiwan – home of Chering Chang.

#1574: Chering Chang Steam Vegetarian Flavor Noodles

In last year’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2014 Edition, Chering Chang was second place with their Curry La-Men – excellent stuff! What is interesting is that that was the only variety they make that I’d tried. I’m very curious how this one fares – vegetarian. Vegetarian instant noodles can be all sorts of different things; bland, bitter, full of vegetables, focused on mushroom; it’s such a broad flavor that can be interpreted masterfully or poorly. I have high hopes that this will be another excellent offering from Chering Chang. Without further adieu, let’s have a look inside.

 Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to prepare, add one noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook 3-4 minutes. Add in one dry sachet and one wet sachet and cook another minute. Stir and enjoy!

A whole wheat noodle block.

A paste sachet.

An oily paste with a Kind of sweet scent.

A large vegetable sachet.

Not only a large amount but very diversified.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles were very good – thick with an excellent chewiness. The broth also was pretty good with a nice vegetable flavor. The only thing that fell short here were the vegetables themselves. The cabbage and most other pieces hydrated extremely well, however the peas were tough and somewhat chalky. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710589440529.

Here is the pork version.

This is really neat – when we travelled to Penang, Malaysia, we had a layover on each direction at Taoyuan Int’l Airport in Taiwan. We were kind of stuck; couldn’t really leave the airport and explore since it’s not in town and didn’t want to go through all of the customs stuff. Here’s a Romanian guy who has an interesting exit from the airport and some scenes from the area – pretty cool.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2014 Edition

Welcome to the 2nd annual The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time – the 2014 edition. In the last year, I’ve tried a slew of new varieties from Taiwan that were just amazing. Really discovered some great new products that I think everyone should try! What’s special this time is that I’m actually going to be in Taiwan during a layover on my trip to Malaysia! Figured I’d put this out a week early as it’ll be quite hard to post when I’m overseas. This is a list comprised of the best of the best of the 127 different varieties of instant noodles that I’ve tried that were made in Taiwan. As a side note – I’m also going to be traveling through Singapore and then my destination of Malaysia – there will be top ten lists for those two countries coming as well as soon as I’ve reviewed enough varieties to have a wide sampling. I’ve done just over 40 from each so far. With that, let’s have a look at the best noodles I’ve tried from Taiwan!

#10: A-Sha Dry Noodle Mandarin Noodle – Onion Oil Sauce

The noodles are exquisite in that they have a wonderful chew and just plain make me want more. The flavoring is top-notch in this one – a strong and sweet onion flavor with sesame and soy notes . A masterpiece of simplicity. #6 in 2013. Original review

#9: Deshome Aloe Noodle Red Onion & Sesame Sauce

Wide, flat noodles infused with aloe. The aloe is farmed by the company as well. They’re non-fried; dried in the hot sun! They have a freshness and texture that it really amazing. The red onion and sesame flavors intermingle nicely. #5 in 2013. Original review

#8: Amianda Noodle Tachia Dried Noodles – Rou Zhao Meat Sauce

The noodles are spectacular – elastic and perfect chewiness. The flavoring is awesome! Has a sweet and salty braised pork flavor that is just out of this world. #4 in 2013 Original review

#7: Unif Man Han Feast Sichuan Chili Eel Flavor Instant Noodle

The noodles are flat and broad. They have a nice quality to them; not too chewy but very good for a bowl noodle. The broth is rich with a good spiciness. The added bonus with this is the eel – it’s really good! Everything is rich and hearty and it’s definitely a feast to behold and consume. #3 in 2013. Original review

#6: Deshome Aloe Noodle With Basil Sauce

The basil flavoring goes extremely well; reminds me of marinara but different. I am continuously impressed by how Taiwanese noodles that I’ve tried recently don’t contain a huge list of ingredients but rather they take an avenue of simplicity that works so nicely. This one is excellent – bravo! #2 in 2013. Original review

#5: A-Sha Dry Noodle QQ Thin Noodle – BBQ Sauce

These noodles are great! Very light and thin and honesty they seem to be happy. It’s a perfect balance of texture and delicateness. They definitely are wonderful to chew. The BBQ sauce? Well, this isn’t what most would think of when you say BBQ sauce – it’s not the 99 cents a bottle stuff at the local grocery store. Instead, it’s a very enjoyable and tasty flavor with nice depth. Soy sauce, garlic, a slight spiciness and other flavors are represented in a wonderful flavor that doesn’t have the usual American ‘slather’ BBQ sauce feel. This is excellent. #1 in 2013. Original review

#4: Deshome Sun Dried Noodle Chlorella Powder Noodle With Curry

This unique noodles really got me. First off, they’re green – really green! They had a nice texture and an amazing curry flavor that was truly great. As most of you know, I’m a big curry fan and it’s sweetness and rich taste were just spot on. Original review

#3: Mom’s Dry Noodle Onion Oil & Shrimp Flavor

It’s amazing how sometimes when I do a top ten list, some of the best ones are right before the cutoff for my list! I tried this one a week or so ago and let me just say – wow. The noodles are of an excellent quality and texture with a perfect chewiness. The flavor is well balanced with not too much saltiness but definitely not bland; it’s rich and delectable stuff. Original review

#2: Chering Chang Curry La-Men

This is the first variety I’ve tried of this brand and if the others they make are anything like this, they’re going to be doing very well with my reviews! The noodles are of a standard instant noodle gauge but have a very fresh feel to them. The curry broth is a wonderful sweet curry with a excellent richness to it. The included vegetable sachet was a show stopper on this one, with everything hydrating to perfection and a really ample quantity. Original review

#1: Mom’s Dry Noodle Sichuan Spicy Flavor

After trying their Onion Oil & Shrimp, I couldn’t wait to try this one – and it was a real treat as well. What sets this one apart are the noodles. Sun dried and with a perfect texture and thickness. They’re absolutely amazing. As for the flavor, it comes together via three sachets: mushroom oyster sauce, sesame oil and chilli paste. The heat is ample and so wonderfully balanced with the sesame and oyster sauce. The clear winner this year. Original review

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#1413: Chering Chang Curry La-Men

Found this one at Uwajimaya in Bellevue. What I found particularly interesting was that it was a curry variant from Taiwan. I think I’ve only had one curry instant from Taiwan before and it was truly excellent. I thought maybe I’d try some of the new stuff my wife is growing with it!

At her work, Kit has had to care for some of the plants that are sold there lately and has found she enjoys it. We went to a few places and got some planters and plants and she’s been going to town on it!

Sky Nursery has lots of neat plants. We got a Patio tomato plant as well as lots of herbs. Mint, coriander, curry , sage and more! Going to use some mint today! Let’s check out this instant noodle from Taiwan.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add one of the noodle blocks to 500ml boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add in one paste and one vegetable sachet and cook another minute. Enjoy!

One of the four noodle blocks. This is a four pack, so you get four noodle blocks and four each of two kinds of seasoning sachet.

The paste sachet.

Has a nice curry scent.

The vegetable sachet.

A very interesting mix – peas red pepper, seaweed and cabbage.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, Chinese long bean, mint, prawn flavor fish ball and tau pok (tofu puff). The noodles have a decent chewiness and have a fresh kind of feel to them I like. They are a regular instant gauge. The broth has a sweet curry flavor which also was nice – definitely leaning towards sweeter with no real spiciness detectable. The vegetables hydrated very well and I must say they were absolutely perfect. The cabbage was crisp and flavorful. The corn and peas came out excellent as well, and there was a good amount of seaweed. This was the best included veggie sachet experience I’ve had possibly ever.  I’m very pleased with this one – 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4710589440321.

In Taiwan, the nighttime is a good time to shop. Night Markets are big business in Taiwan, and people sell just about everything imaginable – or unimaginable! Check out this video showing a taste of what a Taiwanese Night Market is all about.