I got a little box in the mail from my friend Dwayne in Tennessee. He asked me a while back about instant noodle from Malaysia and every once in a while, I’ll just send someone who asks about noodles a nice box of them. Since then we’d been conversing and he mentioned he grows peppers. I was given some peppers at the very end of my trip to Malaysia by Annie at MyKuali – cili padi peppers – little hot ones! When I got back here, I thought why not crack some of them open and pull out seeds. I sent some to a coupl eof people and Dwayne was one of them. This was over a year ago and now, the seeds have grown!
Here they are! Pretty neat – got little peppers in Malaysia, brought them back, sent seeds to Tennessee and now got peppers!
Dwayne grows lots of neat stuff – here are some others.
These are really big ones! Thanks, Dwayne! I’ll mention when these peppers get used in reviews!
Well folks, this has been a long time coming. Indofood tried sending some, but it got snagged in customs around Christmas 2012, and then a reader from Indonesia sent a big pack of varieties and this was in the package – which we both thought wouldn’t make it, but it arrived via seamail after a sixty-six day journey. This is going to be a neat review – it’s supposed to be ultra hot and spicy! Not only that, it’s supposed to be green! Their press release says it “draws inspirations from the traditional food of Padang that has been a popular delicacy among Indonesians.” Let’s check it out!
The back of the package (click image to enlarge). May contain meat.
The noodle block. Did pretty well what with its long journey.
a kind of sweet and salty taste with herbs.
The left packet: This stuff smells spicy – apparently it is a combination of green chilies and other things… Sounds good to me!
The right packet: Here is your standard kecap manis, otherwise known as sweet soy sauce.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added red bell pepper, beef and Vidalia sweet onion I sauteed in soy sauce and topped with a little Sambel Asli chili sauce and some green onions. The noodles are really good – and really green! Nice texture and gauge that I’ve come to expect and enjoy from this brand. Spiciness is from green chilli, and not for the faint of heart. The green chili flavor is unique and very complimentary. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 089686010718.
A neat video commemorating Indomie’s 40th Anniversary.
I saw something about a Thai chili sauce mentioned on my favorite hot sauce group on facebook recently. It got me wondering if it would be something that could be an alternative to the standard big bottle of Sriracha that I usually go for. I tracked down the company and asked if they could possibly send a sample – a few days later, it arrived!
First off, the bottle is interesting – it has a little flip up spout like you would find on a shampoo bottle – but its similarieties to shampoo immediately halt on a dime right there. This stuff is excellent! First off, the second ingredient after peppers is ginger, which I’m sure those who have followed this blog for a while will know by now that I’m a big fan of ginger.
This tastes like nothing I’ve had before and I think it’s a real winner! It has a flavor that I wouldn’t expect to be coming out of Virginia, USA either! Wow! I’ll be trying it on a bowl of noodles very soon – possibly one of the ones from Australia (one of the packs is made in Thailand for the Australian company, so it would definitely be fitting)! Thank you to the kind people at Apinya for sending along a bottle! Check out their website at www.apinya.co!