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#1512: Chewy Japanese Fried Ramen Noodles Kyoto Barbecue Sauce Flavour

I figured since I have some cabbage I need to use before it goes bad, yakisoba would be a good call for today. This is one of those interesting ones. The product is from a Hong Kong company called Chewy, made in South Korea, and a Japanese flavor. Yakisoba is great stuff – vegetables and meats fried with noodles and oil and some flavoring. Time to have some breakfast – let’s check out this one from Chewy.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, heat a tablespoon of oil and add a block of noodles. cook for 30 seconds, breaking up with chopsticks. Add 2 tablespoons of water. Add contents of one sachet and stir, add in some meat and veggies. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Enjoy!

Here’s one of the two pouches of noodles included in this 2 pack.

One of the two sachets that are included.

Kind of a paste.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added cabbage, green onion, kizami shoga (pickled ginger), Kewpie mayonnaise, mung bean sprouts, shrimp and sweet onion. The noodles are a little mushier than I would have expected; they also were slow to break up during the cooking process. The flavor is a nice sweet barbecue kind of taste – mind you, we’re not talking Sweet Baby Ray’s kind of barbecue flavor of course. It was a little acrid for my taste, and seemed just a little too processed. Sadly disappopinted. 1.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 652283001245.

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Curious about the history of Hong Kong? Here’s a great place to start.

A short film about a dim sum shop in Hong Kong. Dim sum is one of the most wonderful things in the world – if you haven’t tried dim sum, you must seek it out and learn how amazing it truly is.

#1415: Chewy Instant Rice Vermicelli Original Flavour

I’ll admit, I have a problem. I have a TON of noodles waiting to be reviewed. Today, I went and put them all on the floor as sorted them by expiration date. No small task, that’s for sure! It took a little while, but everything’s all sorted out and ready to go in the most efficient way I can figure. Today I’m going to review this Chewy variety from Hong Kong. I got it up in Canada a while back – 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. So this is one of those times when I get a little peeved at a noodle company. Why? Here are the directions: add some boiling water to a bowl to warm it up. Get rid of the water. Add noodles and seasonings into the bowl. Fill bowl with boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy. Fill the bowl with water is a really odd amount of water. What size bowl are we using? My guess is 400ml of boiling water; that’s a pretty safe amount to use usually, but I could be wrong. Kind of hard to tell when they say ‘bowl.’ Anyways… I implore instant noodle manufacturers all around the world to please state the exact amount of water to add to your noodles – whether in a pillow pack like this one or in bowls or cups. It’d really help me out. Thank you!

The rice vermicelli block.

The powdered soup base sachet

Has a sweet and meaty kind of scent.

The oil sachet.

Rapeseed oil with garlic – smells good!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). The rice vermicelli are so ultra-fine, they make angel hair look like udon. This is the kind of noodle I’m not a huge fan of. The texture is a slightly gritty and with a kind of dry finish. They remind me of cobwebs. The broth’s flavor is interesting. A lot of the flavor is overridden by the garlic oil. The other flavor is a kind of sweet, salty and meaty kind of thing. It’s not a bad flavor – maybe with a different noodle though. 0.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 652283000101.

Making fresh rice vermicelli in Thailand.

#1412: Chewy Non-Fried Ramen Noodles Taiwan Roast Pork Flavour

Here”s another one from a birthday trip to Canada. This one isn’t fried and really low fat. But will it be low on flavor? It seems that many companies are now offering options for those interested in low fat instant noodles. Let’s see how this one comes out.

The distributor’s sticker (click image to enlarge).

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Put in bowl and add contents of sachets and stir. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a salty and acidic scent.

The vegetable sachet.

A nice little mix.

The paste sachet.

Has a decent pork scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Sauteed sweet onion, Chinese long bean, tofu puff and thinly sliced pork with some garlic salt and black pepper. The noodles are thick – very much like Taiwanese-made mandarin or hakka gauged noodles. They’re broad and indeed chewy. The broth is quite nice – not too strong, not too weak. It has a spiced pork kind of thing going on I like – peppery stuff. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 652283001092.

Some vintage Chewy TV commercials.

#1269: Chewy Rice Vermicelli Scallop With XO Sauce Flavour

Thought Andy might like this one with some shrimp in it perhaps. Told him if it’s spicy and doesn’t like it he can have something different. I guess we’ll see! Let’s check it out.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp, scallop and fish. To prepare, put everything in a bowl. Add 450cc water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy.

A big hunk of rice vermicelli.

Soup base sachet.

Has an odd scent.

Paste sachet.

Looks a little spicy.

Vegetable sachet.

Lots of little bits.

Andy liked it at first, but he started to feel the heat and kind of gave up after eating half – a valiant effort, nonetheless! He walked with me on a very long walk today – at least 3 miles in all. Good job, Andy!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added shrimp. The noodles have a slight graininess to them I’m not very fond of. The broth has a spiciness and seafood taste that works well though. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 6920377218355.

A Chewy ad from 1993.

#1163: Chewy Rice Vermicelli Spicy Beef With Chilli Flavour

Another one from my birthday trip to Canada in March – thanks, Kit! Hot and spicy sounded like something I could go for today. Let’s see how this spicy rice vermicelli comes out – I must admit I don’t see spicy rice vermicelli variants ofter.

Here’s the import sticker (click image to enlarge).

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

The ‘nest’ of rice vermicelli.

Soup base powder sachet.

Has a salty and beeflike flavor.

Vegetable sachet.

Smells like herbs.

Liquid paste sachet.

I get a chilli oil scent with a hint of meat.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef seasoned with Lindberg-Snider Porterhouse & Roast Seasoning, Fresno peppers, green onions and Walla Walla sweet onions. The Noodles are very thin and wispy. A lot of them, but not a strong sense of being ‘filling.’ The broth is interesting; it has a nice chilli oil aspect and good richness. The vegetable bits hydrated alright. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 6920377218351.

Chewy commercials from a ways back.

#1043: Chewy Rice Vermicelli Satay Chicken Flavour

Yep – another one from my Canadian birthday trip! Let’s check this one out.

 

Export sticker (click image to enlarge).

Back of the package (click image to enlarge); Doesn’t look to be any meat ingredients, but check yourself.

The wispy noodle block.

Powder packet.

Has a lighthearted, high pitched scent – like a chicken and sage smell.

The paste packet.

Reminds me of heavily herbed chicken.

Veggies.

A yellow smell; saffron and herbal notes.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a fried egg, red, yellow and orange bell pepper, sweet onion, chicken I seasoned with garlic salt and baked and some broccoli. The noodles are kind of uninteresting; they’re very thin and wispy and don’t seem to have a lot of character to them. The broth has a deep and rich chicken flavor and another flavor I can’t quite put my finger on… Like an oily chicken skin grease thing going on. The veggies did alright. This was a peculiar one. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 6920377218317.

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Re-Review: Nongshim Potato Noodle Soup

I’ve been wanting to re-review this one for a while, and so here we are. Potato noodles! Chewy! Let’s check it out.

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

A pretty massive block of noodles! Taste pretty good raw.

The powder seasoning.

Smells good!

A big veggie packet.

Interesting…

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some kimchi, baked chicken, sweet onion and an egg. The noodles are indeed chewier than the normal Nongshim package noodles. They’re also slightly gelatinous like bean thread. They’re quite good though and unique. The broth is light – and tasty. Not really spicy; more of a vegetable broth. The veggies taste nice too. Good stuff! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146157792.

Here’s a South Korean commercial for Potato Noodles!

#840: Chewy Stir Rice Vermicelli Singaporean Laksa Flavour

Here’s one that my sister brought me back from a trip to Canada earlier this year. So to recap, bought in Canada, Singaporean flavored, made in China – capiche?

Back of packaging (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The rice noodle whorl.

Liquid paste seasoning.

Looks interesting…

Veggies.

Very small bits of vegetables.

Finished. Added broccoli, red bell pepper, roast beef with some Dua Belibis chili sauce, hard boiled egg with Krazy Mixed Up Salt and some Kizami Shoga (pickled ginger). This rice noodles – kind of dry. The flavor is really nice though – a light and sweet coconut flavor permeates and ensconces. The little bits of veggies are a plus and add a nice herb layer tot the flavor. I liked this one – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 652283002839 .

Awesome old Chewy TV commercials!

The history of money – includes a lot of things about Hong Kong

#693: Chewy Stir Rice Vermicelli Indonesian Gado-Gado Flavour

Here’s another one my sister brought me back from Canada! This one piqued my interest – gado-gado? Wikipedia says:

Gado-gado (in Indonesian or Betawi language), also called Lotek (in Sundanese) for its cooked version – differed from lotek atah or karedok for its fresh and raw version of the vegetable covered with peanut sauce and pecel (Javanese language) is an Indonesian dish comprising a vegetable salad served with a peanut sauce dressing.[1] It is thought to have originally been a Sundanese dish. It is widely served from hawkers carts, stalls (warung) as well as in restaurants and hotel both in Indonesia and worldwide.

Gado-gado is part of a wide range of Indonesian dressing & salad combinations, along with lotek, pecel and karedok. In many places, to retain authenticity in both the production and flavor, the peanut sauce is made in individual batches, in front of the customers. However, since the dish has gained popularity (because of the increase of Asian-themed restaurants) Gado-gado sauce is now mostly made ahead of time and cooked in bulk, although this is probably more common in Western restaurants rather than in Indonesia. Compared to Western and Indonesian salads, Gado-gado has much more sauce in it. Instead of being used as a light dressing, the vegetables should be well coated in the sauce.

With that being understood, it sounds almost slightly like a pad thai variation when mixed with noodles. Well, we’ll see!

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

This is an interesting noodle block; more like a rounded and spun rice vermicelli toupee!

Ah! Hello my little four tined friend!

Here’s the paste packet.

Has a very nice odor – got a smidge on the old finger so tried it – yup – peanut butter!

No labelling on this one – what could it be?

Found it on the back – this is a vinegar-based liquid seasoning.

Here’s the vegetable sachet!

Here’s the veggies – looks like a nice amount.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some kizami shoga (pickled ginger), fried shallots, two eggs and a little Krazy Mixed Up Salt. Well, the noodles aren’t bad – they don’t clump too badly for rice noodles. The flavor? Very bland. The peanut sauce is a slight hint and unfortunately the veggies weren’t great either. Had high hopes for this one but uh-uh. 2.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 652283002846 .

Chewy commercials!

Awesome video on making homemade gado-gado – it pauses for a second but it fixes itself.

#683: Nongshim Udon Premium Noodle Dish Garlic Teriyaki

The folks at Nong Shim sent me a box of these last week! Thanks again! Can’t wait to visit the big factory in May! I’ve not seen this before and from what I gather it is brand spanking new! Garlic teriyaki sounds awesome – let’s see how it goes!

Here’s the packaging (click image to enlarge). Notice the direction – you microwave the noodles for a minute and a half and then stir everything in. No mention of water? This is certainly new to me! The sodium level’s kind of high is you’re going to eat the whole pack, but probably about the same as a few slices of pizza.

Here’s the packet of noodles – fresh udon.

Okay so this packet isn’t so much a paste but a free-flowing liquid. I knew something like this would have to come into play and there’s no water. Hmmm!

Here’s the veggie packet.

Cheese you say? So let me get this straight: teriyaki garlic cheese udon? Okay it’s on!

Noodles in the supplied bowl awaiting the minute and half spin in the microwave.

Noodles are hot and here’s everything on top awaiting the big stir!

This stuff was really great (click image to enlarge)! The noodles are your standard chew, fresh udon you find in packets like this. The star here is what the udon is slathered in! It literally is like a sweet, garlicky and cheesy melange. I wouldn’t have expected that it would have worked so well but it does!  The flake veggies do well too. All in all I am very pleasantly surprised! 4.75 out of 5.0 stars – this is AWESOME – would absolutely LOVE to see this is a regular width instant noodle version as well! UPC barcode 03114601634 .

Vintage Nong Shim Neoguri commercial from ’85!

Here’s a commercial for Shin Ramyun Black – also great stuff!

#638: GreeNoodle Yakisoba

Ah, my old adversary – the GreeNoodle! I’m hoping I like this one better than the ones I’ve had in the past – Yakisoba should be tasty; I hope!

Click image to enlarge. Pretty impressive numbers there – low fat, high fiber and protein and quite low in sodium for an instant noodle.

Yep – green noodles. Not that strange of a thing; you can easily find spinach infused pasta. This just looks a little different in a ramen block. Apparently the magical moroheiya makes all these health benefits and the fine green color possible.

Clockwise from top: veggies, liquid seasoning, powder seasoning.

Mounds of flavor awaiting some drained noodles.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Well, it’s green. These moroheiya leaves must be worth it, right? I rmember how much I truly detested the green tea Chlorella noodles I had a while back – gag reflex, engage! So let’s see here… The noodles are of good texture. The flavor is really good with the seasonings – until around chew number four or five when the funky earthy flavor kicks in. Then it’s kind of a gobble quick before more flavor happens. The veggies on the other hand were awesome – especially the corn! Weird. Of all the moroheiya filled GreeNoodle products I’ve tried thus far, this is definitely the best. A bit of sweet and spicy and good veggies despite the funky aftertaste. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. Generous. UPC barcode 8850987139253 – get it here. If your want to try a free sample of the noodles without seasonings, check it out here.

A GreeNoodle commercial.

GreeNoodle on location in Alameda, California.

#606: Six Fortune Instant U-Dong Noodles

Here’s another from Michelle L. of New York. I have liked pretty much everything I’ve had that Six Fortune makes – hopefully this is no exception. U-Dong is a thicker noodle and it mentions it’s got “udon flavour,” which I would imagine will be seafood.

Click image to enlarge. Here’s the back panel of the packaging. Over 2 grams of sodium – sheesh.

I thought this was interesting – I’ve never seen anything calling the veggies frying seasoning.

Here’s the packet contents. Quite a bit of that powder.

Finally, the noodle block. This is a rather large one and they’re fried noodles. Looks like they’ll be nice and thick as well.

Click image to enlarge. Finished product. I made a two egg omelet with some Tabasco Buffalo hot sauce and Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning inside with a dash of Krazy Mixed Up Salt on top. The noodles are as advertised – thick and chewy and very nice quality. The broth is spicy and seafood flavored. The veggies were colorful, plentiful, and tasty. All in all this was very good – 4.0 out of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 079763251150.

So you can watch this guy play the Wheel of Fortune video game with his own sordid commentary…

Joel McHale used to be on ‘Almost Live,’ a Seattle based late night show that followed Saturday Night Live.