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Unboxing Time: Red Chef Samples – Malaysia

Unboxing Time: Red Chef Samples - Malaysia

Now that I’m doing Instant Noodle Recipe Time, I’ve asked some companies if they could send over samples of varieties I’ve reviewed for the series. Here are some from Red Chef of Malaysia in this Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater!

Unboxing Time: Red Chef Samples – Malaysia

Thank you very much! Looking forward to revisiting these!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2763: Red Chef Sesame Clear Soup Noodles

Meet The Manufacturer: #2852: Red Chef Sesame Clear Soup Noodles

Today, we bid adieu to Red Chef with this, the last review. I’ve had quite a few clear soup varieties in my day – and they’ve always kind of confused me, to be honest. The name kind of brings up the thought of something thin and kind of bland to be honest, but they’re generally never that. With what I’ve sampled from Red Chef thus far, I’m going to guess bland isn’t going to be what I find here. Let’s check out this clear soup, the last of the four reviews for this Meet The Manufacturer!

Red Chef Sesame Clear Soup Noodles – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #2852: Red Chef Sesame Clear Soup Noodles

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 400ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2852: Red Chef Sesame Clear Soup Noodles

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2852: Red Chef Sesame Clear Soup Noodles

A dry base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2852: Red Chef Sesame Clear Soup Noodles

A light powder.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2852: Red Chef Sesame Clear Soup Noodles

A paste sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2852: Red Chef Sesame Clear Soup Noodles

Definitely smells like sesame paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, chilli flake and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles worked so well in this one it was just phenomenal. The broth however wasn’t my ultimate cup of tea. The sesame was there and other flavors too, which was nice. It just didn’t appeal to me as the others did in this range. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9556145231034.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2852: Red Chef Sesame Clear Soup Noodles

Malaysia: Recipes From a Family Kitchen

A little self indulgence here for my son Miles. He’s a huge fan of Journey. He sings along to all the songs.

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Red Chef

Interview With Red Chef * Product Samples From Red Chef (1 of 2) * Product Samples From Red Chef (2 of 2) * Red Chef Spicy Sakura Prawn Soup NoodlesRed Chef Green Tom Yum Soup NoodlesRed Chef Pandan White Curry NoodlesRed Chef Sesame Clear Soup Noodles

I noticed this brand on Instagram a few months back and they had some neat looking flavors. I thought ‘hey – I want to check those out!’ An email was sent and boom – here we are! To start things off, I conducted an interview with Red Chef’s Executive Director Annie Tang to learn more about the company and their products.

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Red Chef – Malaysia

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for agreeing to this interview! To start, can you tell my readers about the history of Red Chef?

RED CHEF> A few talented and experienced individuals who has under their belt created products that gained recognition and fame in the market, came out on their own to create this new brand Red Chef and its various delicious products.

TRR> Why the name Red Chef?

RED CHEF> “Red” is associated with passion which forms our identity and love for food which shows in our products which uses only quality and fresh ingredients while carefully preserving these amazing flavors throughout production to each and every delicious bite! That’s love in a bite!

“Chef” symbolizes culinary experts and we aim to portray “Red Chef” Brand to be a brand that elevates the traditional Asian food to a whole new level in the most convenient form, accessible to anyone and anywhere.

TRR> Can you tell us about the varieties of noodles you make?

RED CHEF> The first is the Green Tom Yum Noodles that brings in the unique flavors of the kaffir lime leaves and mix in with our unique formulation that gives you that instant distinctive Tom Yum sour taste followed by a full body of flavor that ends with a tingly spiciness at the end. We name this product Green Tom Yum because the soup itself is naturally green with the use of natural green ingredients such as green chillis, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, lime and etc.

The second is our Pandan White Curry Noodles which we have elevated using the ever so popular Asian plant called Pandan aka Screwpine. Pandan is a herbaceous plant that grows in southeast Asia and is often used to flavour desserts, drinks and in some cases it’s also ground into a paste and used in savoury dishes to flavour rice or wrap up food. It adds an additional depth of flavors and its aromatic fragrance tantalized your tastebuds even before tasting it thus making it a more delicious experience.

The third will be our Sakura Prawn Noodles which we have selectively picked the famous Sakura Prawns for its distinct and satisfying flavor and its strong aroma that screams delicious prawn noodle. This is achieved through a special cooking processes that preserves the tasty essence of the freshness of the prawns.

The foUrth is our Sesame Clear Soup Noodle which we have added roasted sesame and garlic infused oil to add that burst of flavors. You may also experience the crunchy fragrant fried garlic bits that keep you wanting more to the last drop.

Using these fresh natural ingredients allow us to bring out all of the flavors unique to each component. Many don’t know that a lot of flavors are lost during the cooking process thus our team took it an extra mile further to ensure that everything is preserved as nature intended.

Thus reflecting our passion for the love of food in every bite our customers take.

TRR> You’re a new company – why was it important to you to start up?

RED CHEF> Our team wanted to push ourselves further than ever before in this industry something that we couldn’t do so before.

Many focus on the product while we want to also focus on the consumer experience hence from the first impression of the beautiful and elegant packaging right off the shelf, to its minimalist design to keep your attention on the delicious images, down to the fragrance and into each mouth watering bite.

It’s definitely a risk to do so but we believe so passionately about and just can’t help wanting to share our love of food to the world.

TRR> Your company is located in the Malaysia Can you tell us a little about your locale?

RED CHEF> We are located on the mainland of Penang, the foodie capital of Malaysia. Food inspiration is everywhere and it’s one of the reasons why it drives and fuel our passion to push the envelop further to find better ways to make food more delicious while making it nutritious as well.

TRR> How does your noodle making process differ from other instant noodle manufacturers?

RED CHEF> Currently we are focus in our strengths and passion in creating unique pastes while noodle making process we are teaming up with one of the best in the industry to provide that.

TRR> Do you make your own pastes?

RED CHEF> Yes we do. We have our own well experienced R&D team that looks into every minute detail from aroma, texture, flavor profiles and also its nutritional benefits.

Our production follows the principle Taste of “Kochabi” (The Taste of the olden days) with a modern twist.

Using traditional and proven cooking methods into modern machineries for mass production allows us to preserve the best of each ingredients throughout the cooking processes while maintaining its Aroma and Taste.

TRR> How do you decide on what varieties to produce?

RED CHEF> The varieties we produce very much depend on the nature and availability of raw materials. While we decide on which varieties to produce taking into considerations the consistency of the supply and taste of each ingredients as well as the life span.

Besides, we also consistently think of new ways to overcome the challenges of handling the ingredients to ensure only the best goes to Red Chef products.

TRR> How many noodle products do you produce every year?

RED CHEF> We started with 4 flavors in our Packet Noodle Series and the Bowl and Cup Noodle series will be in the pipeline. We aim to launch our Bowl Noodles in the third quarter this year and Cup Noodles next year.

TRR> Apart from noodles, are there other products you produce or plan to produce?

RED CHEF> Since our core manufacturing strength is producing instant cooking paste, we will be producing instant cooking pastes in consumer pack and Food Service pack to widen our range of products.

TRR> Can you suggest pairings for your products, like meats, seafood or vegetables?

RED CHEF> In today’s modern world, it’s all about personalization. The flavors is amazing on its own but easily personalized to individual taste preferences that will further enhance the experience and satisfaction.

However, we do kindly suggest to our consumers to cook the additional ingredients separately and top up later especially if one doesn’t plan to alter the original flavor of the soup.

TRR> A lot of people are concerned with their sodium intake. How would you recommend people enjoy your product as part of a healthy meal?

RED CHEF> We have formulated the paste to use the least amount of sodium in each product. For those who are concern about the sodium intake may opt to reduce the seasoning they add on. By doing that, they are still able to enjoy the essence of the natural herbs and spices (with high nutritious value) from the pastes while reducing sodium intake.

TRR> Are you involved in in your local community or participate in charities?

RED CHEF> As we are still new in the market, we are not yet active in any community based activities but that is definitely part of our agenda in the near future.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

RED CHEF> Yes, as we launch this first Noodle Series of 4 flavors, our R & D is still busy with new series of products which we will reveal from time to time.

TRR> In what countries are your products available?

RED CHEF> Red Chef products are currently available in Malaysia and we are still seeking export opportunities giving everyone an opportunity to taste the flavors of Asia. Back in our home base, we are teaming up with Yee Lee Trading, a strong FMCG company with well-established sales and distribution network as well as logistics services throughout the country. This company has been a successful distributor in Malaysia for some world famous brands including Campbell and Red Bull.

TRR> When you make noodles for yourself, what do you like to add to them to make them extra special?

RED CHEF> Green Tom Yum Noodle – This flavor with seafood especially prawns and squids, due to its sour taste and I do not suggest to go with any poultry.

Pandan White Curry Noodle – A few versions and combinations
a. The original version is shown in the packaged by adding prawns, fried bean curd, cuttlefish, cockles and long beans.
b. The “anything from the freezer” version – fried fishballs, meatballs or anything that is left over from your freezer
c. The meat version – goes really well with pork slices

Sakura Prawn Noodles – I usually like to stir fry some shrimps (small ones) with the paste before I cook the noodles, it goes well with boiled egg too especially when the egg yolk combines into the prawn soup.

Sesame Clear Soup Noodle – I enjoy this flavor with minced pork meat balls(seasoned with salt and pepper), fish ball and chicken slices.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about Red Chef and your products!

Thasnk you very much! Alright – let’s check out samples and start Meet The Manufacturer!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2182: MAMA Instant Rice Vermicelli Clear Soup

I’ve always been curious about the clear soups; where are they enjoyed and who enjoys them and with what? Well, let’s find out what it’s like!

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 and add 350ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!

The vermicelli block.

A dual sachet.

Chilli powder atop soup basr.

An oil sachet.

Has a strong garlic scent!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, tofu puff, coriander, fried garlic and chilli flake. The vermicelli is ultrafine stuff. I used a pair of kitchen scissors to make a couple cross cuts, allowing easier ease in consumption. The broth has a salty component, a little sweet and a bit of spicy. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8850987201295.

Thai Mama Instant Rice Vermicelli Clear Soup 55g – 12 Packs

A travel and tourism video about Thailand.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2175: MAMA Instant Flat Noodles Clear Soup

It’s been fun trying these rice noodles – I don’t often have a bunch of them in a row and I was curious how it would be after a couple days but I’ve really enjoyed it thus far. Usually Meet The Manufacturers can honestly be a little trying – the same brand for a couple weeks. But I’m definitely enjoying this one! On with the show!

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

The noodle block.

A dual sachet – chilli powder and soup base.

The chilli powder atop the soup base.

A liquid sachet.

Garlic infused oil!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, Dodo fish ball, fried garlic and chilli flake. The noodles are wide and flat with a nice texture. As usual, I did a couple crosscuts with a pair of kitchen scissors to make them more manageable. The broth is a kind of salty, garlicky and spicy affair with a good oiliness. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850987201165.

Thai Mama Instant Flat Noodles Clear Soup 50g – 6 Packs

A MAMA TV commercial for a rice noodle that curls up when you cook it!

#1668: MAMA Cup Rice Vermicelli Clear Soup

I’ve often wondered about this one. I’ve seen chand clear soup as well and not exactly able to find anything online about it. I did see what to add to it, but if anyone has any info of the origin of clear soup, please let me know. This is made in Thailand by President Rice Products, one of the factories I’ll be visiting on my upcoming Thailand trip!Let’s have a look at this one.

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in sachet contents and add boiling water to fill line. Cover and let steep 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

A nest of rice vermicelli.

A dual sachet – soup base on the left and chilli powder on the right.

The chilli powder atop the soup base.

A garlic oil sachet.

Has a nice garlic scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mint, mung bean sprouts and coriander. The rice vermicelli hydrated perfectly in the directed time. As always, I cut it with kitchen scissors a couple of times to make it easier to eat. The broth was a surprise to me – quite spicy! Had a nice salty and sweet kind of flavor it it – definitely something different. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8851876000043.

Here’s the pack version – MAMA Instant Rice Vermicelli Clear Soup 55g – 6 Packs

Here’s a recipe you can make with MAMA rice noodles.

#1112: MAMA Oriental Style Instant Kua-Chap Clear Soup

Another one that was donated by a friend in Indonesia – thank you! So this is something very different – kua chap. It looks like from the package, these are like large tube noodles, although it does not seem that way from the way this package feels. It’s thin and flat – hmmm… Let’s have a look!

The importer’s sticker (in Indonesian as it’s from Thailand and imported there).

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free.

Here are some of the ‘noodles.’  They’re made of rice flour. I wonder if they curl into that tube shape during the cooking? Hmmm…

The dry seasonings packets – chili powder on the left and soup base on the right.

Chili powder atop the seasoning base.

Hey – garlic oil!

Has a pungent garlic scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added red bell pepper, Vidalia sweet onion and hard boiled egg. The noodles were really fascinating as they rolled right up from their previously squarish flat state. They are light and very mellow with very little chew to them. The broth is a blend of spicy and strongly herbed which is nicely made richer with the addition of the garlic oil. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8851876006014.

Here’s a short segment on how to cook this Kua Chap.

#35: MAMA Chand Clear Soup Oriental Style Instant Noodles


MAMA: Oriental Style Instant (Chand Clear Soup) Stars: ***
Notes: This stuff ain’t too bad. Definitely rice noodles. The broth was extremely good – a little spicy, but clear as it purports. Tasted like a celery soup. Did just fine with it even
though I have a severe unrelated gut-ache.

Product Website: http://www.yifanmall.com/english/product.asp?id=102