This is the last of the new varieties available in the South American country of Colombia. What is Gallina? Well, it’s young hen. It was explained to me that Gallina is a little more oily. Andy will be enjoying this one today! Let’s have a look.
By the way – Andy’s got a new website he’s building all by himself. He’s 9 years old and taking all the pictures and writing all the text! Check it out! Yes, there are a lot of typos, but I think it will be neat to see the progression as he grows up and how his blogging style evolves.
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but definitely check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 2 cups boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add seasoning sachet contents and stir. Enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
An interesting powder.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added chicken sauteed with garlic salt and some cilantro from my wife Kit’s garden. The noodles are your very standard Nissin instant; a nice gauge and chew. The broth has a richer chicken flavor than the regular chicken flavor, with a slight bit more tension in the broth. I liked it. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 7770662018059.
Hey look! This is the last of the Nissin varieties made for Colombia. They’re made here in California by Nissin Foods USA, but only for sale in Colombia. This is identical to the beef flavor Cup Noodles we have available here. I reviewed that one way back – #334 in March of 2011 – seems like forever ago. Let’s see what I think about this one nowadays. Let’s check it out!
Here are the side panels (click image to enlarge). Not sure if it contains meat or not, so have a look for yourself. To prepare, add room temp water to line, stir, and microwave for 3 minutes. Stir again and it’s done!
Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).
Here’s what’s under the hood: pre-seasoned noodles. What’s rad about these? They’re excellent straight out of the container like a snack. Bet they’d be good on a salad.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added garlic, jalapenos, lime, thin sliced beef, carrot and leeks. The noodles are short and broad; reminiscent of egg noodles. They’ve got that kind of comfort food texture I like. I have found that a stir after the minute after cooking and then another minute of sitting makes them a little nicer. The broth was a typical beef flavor. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 7770662041019.
Here’s another one that’s new in Colombia. How does it translate? Chicken flavor soup with noodles. Let’s check it out!
Here’s the detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).
Here are the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to contain egg and maybe chicken – check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water up to line. Stir a little, then microwave for 3 minutes. Stir again and enjoy.
Inside the cup you’ll find seasoned noodles. They’re short, too. This is part of the whole ‘spoonable noodle’ line Nissin’s been going with lately.
This one’s what Andy picked today.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken with garlic salt, big ugly carrot and peas. The noodles are short and broad. Not extremely chewy. The broth is alright; has a chicken flavor but not very hearty. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 7770662041026.
I thought today I’d do a couple reviews. My son had a craving for some noodles for lunch and I thought hmmmm… Which one? I’ve currently got a ton of varieties to pick from right now, but there are many he will definitely not like. One of his faves is Nissin Top Ramen Chicken flavor and so thought he might like this one. This one’s for sale in Colombia, made by Nissin here in the US, and is basically a repackaged version of the chicken Top Raen. Let’s see how it goes!
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself. To prepare, add the noodle block to 2 cups of boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in the soup base sachet and stir.
The noodle block.
Look familiar? It should – it’s identical to the chicken Top Ramen soup base sachet.
A very light yellow powder with the scent of chicken.
Today we watched Indiana Jones #3 and #4. Andy was working on his Minecraft game too!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added chicken, bell pepper, sweet onion and lime. Andy wasn’t so sure about this one – actually, it wasn’t the soup and noodles so much but the lime. He’s never dealt with lime before and I told him not to eat it but to just let it float around. Well, being a standard 8 year old you can guess what he did. That was a puckerface if I’ve ever seen one! He took it in stride though and finished the rest of the bowl. This is the true baseline for me of the instant noodle. It can get better from here and worse from here. This is literally Chicken Top Ramen, just with different packaging. The noodles are nice and have a good texture. The soup is good too – nice chicken flavor. I’ve eaten this many times in many
different ways. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 7770662018035.
Here’s another one of the new varities available in Colombia. Gallina means hen
and from what I was told by Hector C. from Panama (who lives in Costa Rica) that
it is kind of like the veal of chicken ; young hen. I researched a bit online and
found a few recipes for soups from Colombia mentioning Gallina. Wikipedia had
this to say of the Colombian variety of ‘Sancocho:’
Sancocho is a traditional food in Colombia made with many kinds of meat (most commonly
pollo (chicken), gallina (hen), pescado (fish), and cola (ox tail)) along with large
pieces of plátano (plantain), papa (potato), yuca (cassava) and/or other vegetables
such as tomato, scallion, cilantro, and mazorca (corn on the cob), depending on the
region. Some even top it off with fresh cilantro, onion and squeezed lime– a sort of
“pico de gallo”, minus the tomato; it is also usually served with a plate of white
rice on the side, which is usually dipped in with each spoonful of soup.
Let’s check it out!
Here’s the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to contain meat.
Here’s the lid (click image to enlarge).
The noodles are short and infused with the seasoning.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken with Mexcene seasoning,
jalapeno, plantain, red potatoes, cilantro, carrot, corn on the cob, lime wedges
and Ashanti hot sauce. The noodles are short and broad. The have a nice texture.
The broth has a rich chicken flavor and is slightly oilier than others and works
well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 7770662041033.
Here’s a chef creating a delicious looking batch of Sancoccho – check it out!
I read an article recently about Nissin starting to sell instant noodle in Colombia, so I shot an email to my friend Scott over at Nissin Foods USA and asked if I could maybe get some samples. He sent some! Thanks, man! This is pretty much identical to beef Top Ramen, but packaged for the Colombian market. Speaking of Top Ramen, Nissin is having a neat contest (here’s a link). Neat prizes and it’s easy. Anyways, let’s check it out!
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). I desaturated the color a bit to make it easier to read. Contains beef powder.
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
Has a beef scent.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef, jalapenos, carrots, and sweet onions. The noodles have a nice chew to them – there are plenty of them as well. The broth has a nice rich beef flavor. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 7770662018028.
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My friend Scott A. over at Nissin Foods USA asked me to verify my mailing address the other day – I thought ‘hmmm a package?’ Yesterday, the FedEx guy came to the back deck of our apartment and brought me this! What wonders are within? Let’s see!
New chicken bowl noodles!
These are new pack varieties now available in Colombia!
These are the new cups for Colombia (also in Gallina).
Been hoping to try these – they’re sold in Germany!
A neat pen that has a light on the end!
Finally, a Cup Noodles shirt! Thanks to Scott and all at Nissin USA!