A-Sha’s US distributor messaged me a little while ago about these new varieties about to hit the US market that are very popular in Taiwan right now. Guanmiao noodles hail from southern Taiwan in the agricultural heartland. Hotter weather and lot of noodles! Let’s crack it open and have a look!
Here’s the back of the four pack packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, cook noodles for 5 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
A liquid sachet.
A garnish sachet.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork and sesame seeds. The guanmian noodles were pretty good – a pinch softer than the more traditionally made varieties but that’s alright. The flavor however was just way too salty for me. I know – in Taiwan, they put salt on everything – even oatmeal is enjoyed like congee! But it was saltier than I could manage. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4715635852998.
Here’s another chow mein – this time Chinese Chicken Vegetable!
Here’s the bottom of the package (click image to enlarge)
…and the top underneath the plastic wrapping (click image to enlarge).
Here’s the noodle block – looks like it’d be hard to untangle…
Looks like oil and another flavoring going on.
Big packet of veggies.
Lots of nice colors.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Was easy to cook – I added a hint extra water too. The noodles were very nice here – a great firmness I enjoyed tremendously. The flavor was kind of a sesame oil with hints of chicken and an extremely light spiciness. The veggies are great – lots of them and that re-hydrate very nicely. Good stuff – 4.0 out of 5.0 stars! UPC barcode 070662087251 – get it here.
This was literally at the bottom of the hamper – it’s time.
Side panels (click image to enlarge).
Seasoning on left and veggie block on right.
Knife cut noodles! Aaaah! I dig the little veggie blocks!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Well, I’ve got to hand it to em’ – the knife cut noodles are amazingly good. I think it’s the 90% rice in them. Awesome! A little bit of spicy in the broth and the veggies are great. Very nice – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 087703160781 .
Clockwise from top left: veggies, nuts, liquid soup.
Click image to enlarge. So here we are. The noodles were good. The veggies were very meh. The flavor was meh. There were a lot of hot red chili bits that were kind of tough and very hot. I’m a fan of hot but this was just hot and kind of lacked flavor. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here. UPC bar code 070662087275.