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#1667: Deshome Aloe Thin Noodles With Camellia Oil Vegetable Sauce Flavor

Camelia oil – this is a new thing to me. I was curious – why camelia oil? Wikipedia had this to say:

Tea seed oil (also known as Tea Oil Camellia or oil-seed Camellia) is an edible, pale amber-green fixed oil with a sweet, herbal aroma. It is cold-pressed mainly from the seeds of Camellia sinensis.

With its high smoke point (252°C, 485°F), tea seed oil is the main cooking oil in some of the southern provinces of China, such as Hunan—roughly one-seventh of the country’s population.

Tea seed oil resembles olive oil and grape seed oil in its excellent storage qualities[citation needed] and low content of saturated fat. Monounsaturated oleic acid may comprise up to 88 percent of the fatty acids. It is high in vitamin E and other antioxidants and contains no natural trans fats.

Tea seed oil is used in salad dressings, dips, marinades and sauces, for sautéing, stir frying and frying and in margarine production.

Interesting! Let’s check it out!

A sticker on the back of the package (click image to enlarge).

Here’s the back of the package, sans sticker (click image to enlarge). Says it is vegetarian on the front. To prepare, add noodles to a pot of boiling water and cook for 3-4 minutes. In a bowl, add sachet contents along with 1-2 spoonfuls of water and stir. Drain noodles and combine with sauce. Enjoy!

These noodles are made with aloe and are sun dried.

The vegetable sauce.

Has a very nice vegetable scent.

The camelia oil.

Definitely aromatic – pleasantly so.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a little spring onion. The noodles have a very light and happy texture to them – soft and springy. There’s quite a lot of them, too! The flavor is delicately balanced. Camellia oil is definitely not overwhelming and gives a nice slick feel to the noodles and the vegetable sauce has a nice veggie taste which has a light taste as well. Everything mingled just right in this one. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4716873922511.

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Deshome’s Shelley Su appearing on a Taiwanese talk show.

#1618: Deshome Aloe Thin Noodles With Camellia Oil Spicy Bean Sauce Flavor

Deshome makes some pretty unique noodles, using ingredients I’ve never thought would go into a noodle. Aloe, bee pollen, and now, camellia oil in a sachet.Fascinating! Let’s have a look at this camellia oil variety from Deshome of Taiwan!

Here’s the sticker from the back of the package (click image to enlarge).

Here’s the back of the package, sans sticker (click image to enlarge). Says it is vegetarian on the front. To prepare, add noodles to a pot of boiling water and cook for 3-4 minutes. In a bowl, add sachet contents along with 1-2 spoonfuls of water and stir. Drain noodles and combine with sauce. Enjoy!

The sun dried noodle blocks.

The spicy sauce sachet.

Has a nice soybean scent.

The camellia oil sachet.

Has an interesting aroma to it.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added white onion and spring onion. The noodles were or very nice quality and quantity. The flavor was a little on the muted and bland side, however what I did taste I liked. The oil made it a very nice and rich dish of noodles. Unfortunately, the blandness weighed heavily on the score. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4716873922528.

The Edible Flower Garden(from Amazon) A unique gardening guide and recipe collection offering over 25 planting schemes with accompanying recipes showing how to use the flowers in the kitchen, and including an illustrated directory of 45 edible flowers.

Deshome’s Shelley Su appearing on a Taiwanese talk show.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2014 Edition

Welcome to the 2nd annual The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time – the 2014 edition. In the last year, I’ve tried a slew of new varieties from Taiwan that were just amazing. Really discovered some great new products that I think everyone should try! What’s special this time is that I’m actually going to be in Taiwan during a layover on my trip to Malaysia! Figured I’d put this out a week early as it’ll be quite hard to post when I’m overseas. This is a list comprised of the best of the best of the 127 different varieties of instant noodles that I’ve tried that were made in Taiwan. As a side note – I’m also going to be traveling through Singapore and then my destination of Malaysia – there will be top ten lists for those two countries coming as well as soon as I’ve reviewed enough varieties to have a wide sampling. I’ve done just over 40 from each so far. With that, let’s have a look at the best noodles I’ve tried from Taiwan!

#10: A-Sha Dry Noodle Mandarin Noodle – Onion Oil Sauce

The noodles are exquisite in that they have a wonderful chew and just plain make me want more. The flavoring is top-notch in this one – a strong and sweet onion flavor with sesame and soy notes . A masterpiece of simplicity. #6 in 2013. Original review

#9: Deshome Aloe Noodle Red Onion & Sesame Sauce

Wide, flat noodles infused with aloe. The aloe is farmed by the company as well. They’re non-fried; dried in the hot sun! They have a freshness and texture that it really amazing. The red onion and sesame flavors intermingle nicely. #5 in 2013. Original review

#8: Amianda Noodle Tachia Dried Noodles – Rou Zhao Meat Sauce

The noodles are spectacular – elastic and perfect chewiness. The flavoring is awesome! Has a sweet and salty braised pork flavor that is just out of this world. #4 in 2013 Original review

#7: Unif Man Han Feast Sichuan Chili Eel Flavor Instant Noodle

The noodles are flat and broad. They have a nice quality to them; not too chewy but very good for a bowl noodle. The broth is rich with a good spiciness. The added bonus with this is the eel – it’s really good! Everything is rich and hearty and it’s definitely a feast to behold and consume. #3 in 2013. Original review

#6: Deshome Aloe Noodle With Basil Sauce

The basil flavoring goes extremely well; reminds me of marinara but different. I am continuously impressed by how Taiwanese noodles that I’ve tried recently don’t contain a huge list of ingredients but rather they take an avenue of simplicity that works so nicely. This one is excellent – bravo! #2 in 2013. Original review

#5: A-Sha Dry Noodle QQ Thin Noodle – BBQ Sauce

These noodles are great! Very light and thin and honesty they seem to be happy. It’s a perfect balance of texture and delicateness. They definitely are wonderful to chew. The BBQ sauce? Well, this isn’t what most would think of when you say BBQ sauce – it’s not the 99 cents a bottle stuff at the local grocery store. Instead, it’s a very enjoyable and tasty flavor with nice depth. Soy sauce, garlic, a slight spiciness and other flavors are represented in a wonderful flavor that doesn’t have the usual American ‘slather’ BBQ sauce feel. This is excellent. #1 in 2013. Original review

#4: Deshome Sun Dried Noodle Chlorella Powder Noodle With Curry

This unique noodles really got me. First off, they’re green – really green! They had a nice texture and an amazing curry flavor that was truly great. As most of you know, I’m a big curry fan and it’s sweetness and rich taste were just spot on. Original review

#3: Mom’s Dry Noodle Onion Oil & Shrimp Flavor

It’s amazing how sometimes when I do a top ten list, some of the best ones are right before the cutoff for my list! I tried this one a week or so ago and let me just say – wow. The noodles are of an excellent quality and texture with a perfect chewiness. The flavor is well balanced with not too much saltiness but definitely not bland; it’s rich and delectable stuff. Original review

#2: Chering Chang Curry La-Men

This is the first variety I’ve tried of this brand and if the others they make are anything like this, they’re going to be doing very well with my reviews! The noodles are of a standard instant noodle gauge but have a very fresh feel to them. The curry broth is a wonderful sweet curry with a excellent richness to it. The included vegetable sachet was a show stopper on this one, with everything hydrating to perfection and a really ample quantity. Original review

#1: Mom’s Dry Noodle Sichuan Spicy Flavor

After trying their Onion Oil & Shrimp, I couldn’t wait to try this one – and it was a real treat as well. What sets this one apart are the noodles. Sun dried and with a perfect texture and thickness. They’re absolutely amazing. As for the flavor, it comes together via three sachets: mushroom oyster sauce, sesame oil and chilli paste. The heat is ample and so wonderfully balanced with the sesame and oyster sauce. The clear winner this year. Original review

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#1280: Deshome Sun Dried Noodle Chlorella Powder Noodle With Curry Sauce

A new one from Deshome! Not only is it new, but it’s curry! However, it’sd also chlorella. I put one variety on instant noodles on my bottom ten list that was a green tea and chlorella combo. I’m not sure if it was the green tea or the chlorella I dislikes, but I really disliked that one! So I guess we’ll see! As far as chlorella, Wikipedia has this to say:

Chlorella is a genus of single-cellgreen algae, belonging to the phylum Chlorophyta. It is spherical in shape, about 2 to 10 μm in diameter, and is without flagella. Chlorella contains the green photosynthetic pigments chlorophyll-a and -b in its chloroplast. Through photosynthesis, it multiplies rapidly, requiring only carbon dioxide, water, sunlight, and a small amount of minerals to reproduce.[1]

The name Chlorella is taken from the Greekchloros, meaning green, and the Latin diminutive suffix ella, meaning small. German biochemist and cell physiologist Otto Heinrich Warburg, awarded with the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1931 for his research on cell respiration, also studied photosynthesis in Chlorella. In 1961, Melvin Calvin of the University of California received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research on the pathways of carbon dioxide assimilation in plants using Chlorella.

Many people believe Chlorella could serve as a potential source of food and energy because its photosynthetic efficiency can, in theory, reach 8%,[2] comparable with other highly efficient crops such as sugar cane.

It is an attractive potential food source because it is high in protein and other essential nutrients; when dried, it is about 45% protein, 20% fat, 20% carbohydrate, 5% fibre, and 10% minerals and vitamins. Mass-production methods are now being used to cultivate it in large artificial circular ponds. It is also abundant in calories, fat, and vitamins.[3]

When first harvested, Chlorella was suggested as an inexpensive protein supplement to the human diet. Advocates sometimes focus on other supposed health benefits of the algae, such as claims of weight control, cancer prevention, and immune system support.[3] According to the American Cancer Society, “available scientific studies do not support its effectiveness for preventing or treating cancer or any other disease in humans”.[4]

Under certain growing conditions, Chlorella yields oils that are high in polyunsaturated fatsChlorella minutissima has yielded EPA at 39.9% of total lipids.[5]

One small (35 participant) study suggested Chlorella supplementation has a positive effect on the reduction of dioxin levels in breast milk and it may also have beneficial effects on nursing infants by increasing the IgA levels in breast milk.[6]

So there we are. Let’s give this a try!

The back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil 400ml water. Put noodles in bowl and add water, cover for 3-4 minutes. Drain. Stir in curry sauce and it’s done.

Here’s one of the two noodle ‘fans.’

The curry sauce sachet.

This smells quite excellent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fish ball with crab eggs, fish ball with shrimp eggs and green onion. The noodles are very green! They had an odd scent when steeping that was like tea. They have an absolutely wonderful chewiness and gauge. These are top notch folks – then we come to the curry sauce. It’s enough to coat everything nicely and has a wonderfully rich curry taste. There were lots of bits of mushroom and onion throughout and it had a very nice homemade feel. I am thoroughly impressed with this – quite possibly the best Taiwanese variety to date. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4716873922252.

Here’s a news story (starts at 2m45s) on my Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles list I came out with in 2013. Deshome was second place!

Samples From Deshome – With Ramen Rater Top Ten Taiwan Labeling!

Shelley S. from Deshome told me a package was one the way a couple of days ago. Let’s look inside!

Wow – lots of stuff!

Here’s #2 on the Top Ten Taiwanese instant noodles 2013 list!

Here’s the sticker! Wow it looks really neat!

Here’s #5 from the top ten!

…and it’s sticker!

A new variety – curry!

Shelley always sends neat stuff along with the noodles in packages. This is a bar of aloe soap. Deshome makes not only aloe infused noodles, but a variety of aloe products as well.

Has a nice scent!

Shampoo!

Here’s something she kindly sent for my wife!

Hmm what’s this? I looked it up on Wikipedia and it sounds interesting – looking forward to trying it!

A little box!

Small dog figuringes!

A notebook for my wife.

A little frame with an interesting piece of art!

Finally, a poster! Thank you Shelley – very kind of you and I’m really looking forward to trying the new curry variety!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2013

Earlier this year, people from Taiwan voiced their displeasure with not being included in the 2013 Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time. They came in droves, shouting the praises of their beloved varieties. They were equally unhinged by having two varieties listed in my Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2013 list. Two were included there. After all of this outcry and seeing the pride and passion about their noodles, I thought it was a must to do a Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2013 list; these people are easily as interested in noodles as much as I am! This new list encompasses all of the Taiwanese varieties that I’ve reviewed thus far. So, without further ado, I hope you will enjoy The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2013 edition!

#10: Wu-Mu Beef Flavor Ramen (Mi Bo)

I tried these a couple years back and found them to be superb. The noodles are springy and high quality and the beef broth is deep, rich and really flavorful with a spiciness and sweetness that is truly excellent. Original review

#9: Wu-Mu Spicy Flavor Tomato Ramen

The noodles have a good consistency and character; a nice chew. The broth is interesting; there’s a nice spiciness that’s not overbearing, a sesame oil component and a tomato flavor. The tomato flavor doesn’t taste like ketchup but like real tomatoes. Original review here

#8: Ve Wong Instant Oriental Noodle Soup Artificial Sesame Chicken Flavor

A strong sesame oil infused broth along with nice chicken flavor were one thing, but the addition of a nice bit of ginger made this really enjoyable. This was a pleasant surprise. Original review here

#7: Wei Lih Jah Jan Mien Instant Noodles With Fried Soybeans Paste

So many people commented and were outraged that this didn’t make my regular top ten list. Jah Jan Mien is very unique in that you are presented with a saucy noodle and a bowl of broth. They pair really well; you have some noodles and then are drawn to slurp some soup.Original review here

#6: A-Sha Dry Noodle Mandarin Noodle – Onion Oil Sauce

The noodles are exquisite in that they have a wonderful chew and just plain make me want more. The flavoring is top-notch in this one – a strong and sweet onion flavor with sesame and soy notes . A masterpiece of simplicity. Original review here

#5: Deshome Aloe Noodle Red Onion & Sesame Sauce

Wide, flat noodles infused with aloe. The aloe is farmed by the company as well. They’re non-fried; dried in the hot sun! They have a freshness and texture that it really amazing. The red onion and sesame flavors intermingle nicely. Original review here

#4: Amianda Noodle Tachia Dried Noodles – Rou Zhao Meat Sauce

The noodles are spectacular – elastic and perfect chewiness. The flavoring is awesome! Has a sweet and salty braised pork flavor that is just out of this world. Original review here

#3: Unif Man Han Feast Sichuan Chili Eel Flavor Instant Noodle

The noodles are flat and broad. They have a nice quality to them; not too chewy but very good for a bowl noodle. The broth is rich with a good spiciness. The added bonus with this is the eel – it’s really good! Everything is rich and hearty and it’s definitely a feast to behold and consume. Original review here

#2: Deshome Aloe Noodle With Basil Sauce

The basil flavoring goes extremely well; reminds me of marinara but different. I am continuously impressed by how Taiwanese noodles that I’ve tried recently don’t contain a huge list of ingredients but rather they take an avenue of simplicity that works so nicely. This one is excellent – bravo! Original review here

#1: A-Sha Dry Noodle QQ Thin Noodle – BBQ Sauce

These noodles are great! Very light and thin and honesty they seem to be happy. It’s a perfect balance of texture and delicateness. They definitely are wonderful to chew. The BBQ sauce? Well, this isn’t what most would think of when you say BBQ sauce – it’s not the 99 cents a bottle stuff at the local grocery store. Instead, it’s a very enjoyable and tasty flavor with nice depth. Soy sauce, garlic, a slight spiciness and other flavors are represented in a wonderful flavor that doesn’t have the usual American ‘slather’ BBQ sauce feel. This is excellent. Original review here

Well, there’s the list! I hope you all enjoy it! By the way, I’ve been nominated for a contest for best food website where I live – please vote for The Ramen Rater here! Thank you In the next year, I’ll be reviewing many more Taiwanese varieties!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1081: Deshome Aloe Noodle Sesame Sauce

So we are at the end of the Deshome Meet The Manufacturer. Let’s have a look at their aloe noodles with sesame sauce.

The sticker from the back of the packaging.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Vegetarian.

The noodle blocks.

The sesame sauce packet.

The familiar earthy tone and sesame scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Decided not to add anything. As usual, the aloe noodles are nice – wide, perfect texture and nice chew. The sesame sauce is very strong. I found it to be good with other packets, like the basil or the vegetable, but by itself, I’m not a big fan. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4716873920982.

A demo of how to cook these noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1080: Deshome Black Eyed Beans Noodle Basil Sauce & Sesame Sauce

Well, we’re down to the last two Deshome varieties. Let’s check ’em out.

The stickers from the back of the packaging.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge).

From left to right – seaweed, pollen, purple sweet potato and pumpkin infused noodles.

The sesame sauce packet.

A rich earthy color and sesame scent.

The basil sauce.

Has a strong basil scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Vidalia sweet onion, broccoli, beef and a little carrot that I sauteed with Worcestershire sauce. The noodles are really good with a nice texture. The flavor of the basil sauce is overwhelmed by the sesame sauce, and still they don’t seem to be enough for the entire dish. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4716873920456.

A TV show featuring Deshome.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1079: Deshome Aloe Noodle Vegetable Sauce

Today it’s aloe noodles with vegetable sauce – no sesame sauce in this one! Let’s give it a try.

Sticker from the back of the package.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Vegetarian.

Aloe noodles and purple sweet potato infused noodles.

The vegetable sauce packet.

The vegetable sauce – has a very veggie smell to it.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added ham and Vidalia sweet onion sauteed in soy sauce. The noodles are broad and very nice – great chew and texture. The vegetable sauce works extremely well here and gives it an almost Italian feel. Lots of little bits going on with it and it’s really hearty – my favorite Deshome product so far! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4716873920487.

How to make fried aloe noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1078: Deshome Black Eyed Beans Noodle Spicy Soybean Sauce & Sesame Sauce

Here’s another flavor variant of the four-types noodle pack. Let’s check it out!

Stickers from the back.

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

The four types of noodles – from left to right: pumpkin, purple sweet potato, pollen and seaweed.

The sesame sauce packet.

As usual, a very earthy tone.

The spicy soybean sauce.

Has a nice smell to it.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a fried egg and some beef, bell pepper and Vidalia onion sauteed with Worcestershire sauce. The noodles are neat – great texture and lots of them. The flavoring is good too, although very light. I think twice as much of the soybean sauce would be nice here as it’s quite good. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4716873920449.

How they peel aloe vera at the Deshome farm.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1077: Deshome Aloe Noodle Red Onion & Sesame Sauce

Here’s another one of the aloe varieties from Deshome – this time it’s sesame and red onion. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the sticker from the back of the package.

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

The noodle blocks. Purplish is made with purple sweet potato and the other is just aloe.

The sesame sauce packet.

Again, a earthy color and nice aroma.

The red onion packet.

Red onion in an oil base.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a fried egg and some Vidalia onion and ham sauteed in a little soy sauce. The noodles are again really good – nice and wide and perfect texture as well as chew. The flavoring was nice and hearty with a strong sesame and nice red onion notes. This was great – 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4716873921224.

Serving aloe samples at a trade show.