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#1757: iMee Instant Noodles Beef Flavour

Here’s another one that was sent to me by James B. from The Netherlands – thanks! So this one is made in Thailand but definitely for the Dutch market. It’s an interesting one for sure – seen them online for a few years but never been able to get my hands on any – until now! I like how it says ‘decent noodles’ next to where it says iMee – as opposed to indecent noodles! Let’s check ’em out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles and seasonings to a bowl. Add in 320ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry seasoning dual sachet – soup base on left and chilli powder on right.

The chilli powder atop the soup base.

An oil sachet.

Has a kind of onion and garlic scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed beef and broccoli and some thin sliced carrot. The noodles are thin and have a slight crumble, kind of a standard for Thai varieties. The broth was a tad on the salty side, however had a nice beef flavor. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8858829601081.

I used to live in Edmonds, WA which is the home of the whole Rick Steves empire! Rick Steves Amsterdam & the Netherlands

An advert for iMee.

#1745: Unox Good Noodles Kerrie

Here’s one that was sent to me by James B. from The Netherlands – thanks! I’ve had a couple of this brand’s varieties before; they were sent to me by some folks at a Dutch tech magazine after I did an interview for them. That was waaaay back, so it’s pretty cool to be able to review new one! Let’s check ’em out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles and sachet contents to 250ml boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry soup base sachet.

Has a curry scent.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Has a kind of garlic scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added broccoli florets, corn, white onion, orange bell pepper and grilled chicken. The noodles are thin and very light. They had a comfort food feel to them in their softness. The broth was slightly thicker than expected, but without a large amount as expected. European instants oft times are skint on broth and this is no exception. The flavor was of a salty curry, and went well with the noodles’ texture. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8712100756788>.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: The Netherlands

A Unox TV commercial.

#1309: YumYum Oriental Style Instant Noodles Seafood Flavour

Here’s another one from Charles in Afghanistan – thanks again! So this one’s made in Thailand and sold a lot in Holland. Let’s check it out!

The side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains fish and crustacean.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge). To prepare, add contents of sachet. Add boiling water to fill line (260cc) and steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy.

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A light powder.

Some of the seafood and vegetables from the cup.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, fish ball, wilted green onion, shrimp and BonCabe Level 10 chilli seasoning. The noodles are thin and slightly crumbly; not bad at all. The broth has a very nice seafood flavor and the accompanying vegetable and seafood bits hydrated well – the kamaboko bits were especially nice. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 8852018201038.

Here’s a seafood market in Thailand – looks awesome!

#1012: Unox Good Noodles Oosterse Kip (Oriental Chicken)

Here’s the second of two packs sent to me from The Netherlands by Sister Laoban – thanks again! I thought some Oriental Chicken instant noodles sounded good for Easter.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). I usually scan the backs of packages, but this one’s really shiny and the scanner has serious difficulty with it. Used my camera instead.

The noodle block. Crunchy and tasty!

Here’s the powdered seasoning.

Has a slightly lemony flavor with the chicken taste.

Oil packet.

I think it’s just vegetable oil.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added scrambled egg with Jane’s Crazy Mixed Up Salt, baked chicken with El Mexicano Adobo, broccoli, sweet onion, green bell pepper and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are thinand a little crumbly but good crumbly. The broth has a chicken and slight lemon taste I found. Whether it actually has lemon in it is undetermined, but it reminds me of lemon. The broth was quickly sucked up by the noodles. Tasty! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8711200259908.

Unox makes all sorts of things. I’ve heard they’re well known for their wursts.

#785: Sarimi Isi 2 Rasa Soto

Here’s another one sent by my friend in Indonesia! Soto I’ve had before has had a very nice lime flavor to it I very much enjoyed. Curious if this one will be the same. Let’s see!

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

A piece of the noodle block.

Dry seasonings: base on the left and chili powder on the right.

Base with chili powder atop.

Seasoned oil.

Dark and a little murky!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a hard-boiled egg, some veggies, some roasted chicken, a little Ajishima Kimchi furikake, some kizami shoga (pickled ginger), some Melinda’s Garlic Habanero hot sauce and a pinch of Krazy Mixed Up Salt. Okay so the noodles were a little banged up during the voyage from Indonesia, but they’re still pretty good – Fluffy noodles. The broth has that nice salty and tasty lime taste that I’ve found in other Soto varieties. Good stuff! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 089686017717 .

<iframe width=”420″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/NfYWdpbNEn8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>A Sarimi TV commercial

This looks amazing

#544: Unox Good Noodles Kip ( Chicken )

Here’s another Dutch noodle from Michael V.N. in Holland! He informed me that kip means chicken – it’s kind of funny as almost every other noodle package that is chicken flavored usually has some kind of image of a chicken on it – this one’s covert!

Two packets – oil on the left and powder seasoning on the right.

The powder and oil intermingle in their savory way.

Click image to enlarge. A couple of scrambled eggs and some carefully placed polka-dots of Texas Pete hot sauce. So I have the vegetable flavor a week or two ago and I followed the same directions and it did the same thing – I try to make it with soup but it just gets sucked up by the noodles so quickly. The noodles are nice enough – and the chicken flavor is quite good – I liked it and would eat it again. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars!

So this is the product that Unox is most well known for.

I really like how after she tosses the stick of butter in the other lady starts talking about healthy foods…

The Ramen Rater Appears In Dutch Magazine “Chip”

Yeah – The Ramen Rater is international now! Thanks go to Stefan Meeuws for making this happen! Check out the article below- if anyone would be kind enough to email me a translated verion that would be great! You can click on the Chip logo if you want to buy a copy of the magazine!

UPDATE! Thanks go to my sister Susan Lienesch for translating the article! See below!

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Blogs come in all shapes and sizes. They range from very personal to very strong or surprising. But who is hidden behind these online journals? This month:





Hans Lienesch is 36 years old, an abstract artist who lives near Seattle in the United States. He is engaged to Christine and has a 6 year old son, Andreas. Since 2002, he has sampled over 400 instant noodles (ramen soup) and reviews them at www.ramenrater.com.


A Whole Lottta Noodles


Lienesch began his Ramen Rater project in 2002. First it was a simple table, and then later he changed it into a blog with photos and sometimes videos. “By blogging I can better express myself. I love writing and have a passion for noodles that began when I was a child. When my favorite type was no longer made, my family took me to a huge Asian supermarket in Seattle. There we found the noodles that were the most like them. When years later I still was interested in them, I then began my site.”


Noodles offer plenty of inspiration. “There are more types than you would think; therefore they are not difficult to find. The worst noodles I ever tasted were Instant Sweet Potato Noodle: Spicy Fei-Chang Flavor. They were greasy and dirty. The craziest noodles I ever had were by Super Bihon. On the package there is a heart with a small bomb on it. Maybe it refers to the heart attack you’d get from so much sodium? It was not clear to me, but it was good to eat!” Lienesch has a special page for his Top 10 favorite noodles. At the moment, the Indomie Mie Keriting Goreng Special Fried Curly Noodles from Indonesia is in first place.


Slightly Eccentric


The Ramen Rater is an at-home IT tech. His work on his blog gets different responses. Some people find me a bit eccentric, other people see me as a zealous enthusiast. To put a good blog website together, you must make sure that you can easily find your way around on it. I love websites that are somewhat Spartan in appearance. I now read other’s blogs a bit more because I myself have written other blogs. foofoomayo.com is about the experiences of my family. I also did hot sauce ratings at saucerater.wordpress.com, but I stopped after I created my own recipe.



Although it seems a bit like Lienesch can be seen as an authority in the noodle area, he has not received comments from noodle makers. “I have been submitted interview questions, but I think my reviews are honest discussions. However, I do get lots of questions and comments from visitors. The last inquiry I received was someone from South Africa wanting to buy noodles

It looks unlikely that Lienesch will stop testing noodles. “
I love it; I’ll buy no more only when no more new kinds to find. I am well on the way to the 500th review. My son Andreas is now also very much into noodles, and therefore makes trying new kinds of noodles more fun.”