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Meet The Manufacturer: #2025: Urban Noodle Authentic Street Food Chow Mein

Today, we have the last of this Meet The Manufacturer. I’ve really enjoyed most of these quite a bit – I’ll say one thing – they’re not bland like some UK products I’ve had in the past! Today it’s chow mein – let’s give it a try!

Swtail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, empty contents of noodle pouch into box and separate with fork. Add in sauce sachet and close box back up. Microwave for 2 minutes at 650W (my microwave is 1100W with power levels of 1-10, so I’ll be using 6). Stir and enjoy!

The noodle pouch.

The liquid pouch – very large.

Some of the sauce with water chestnuts.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and kizami shoga. The noodles came out nice, as did all of the noodles in the set. The flavor however was a kind of black vinegar and sugary sweet mix that just didn’t work for me. Now, this could be a British chow mein to a T, but for me it just didn’t work. However, the water chestnuts were absolutely wonderful. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code number 5011673403000.

Best of British Cooking

A few reviews ago, I mentioned a British delicacy that I couldn’t remember the name of. It hit me though – it’s the munchie box; a smorgasbord of all the things a pizza joint will sell and a kind of appetizer tray in a pizza box – and it looks and sounds like amazingness. Here’s a guy eating a pretty big one.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2024: Urban Noodle Authentic Street Food Pad Thai

Okay so here we go. Pad Thai. In an instant and quick prep scenario, pad thai has gone through the ringer. I’ve had pad thai that comes this way be pretty decent, however many I’ve had taste like peanut butter and black vinegar with some chopped nuts on top. It’s not a real tricky one to translate to a processed food, but it seems a lot of the time that companies will draw on certain flavorings and try to mimic the flavor but end up with something completely different. Let’s hit up this one and see how it goes!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, empty contents of noodle pouch into box and separate with fork. Add in sauce sachet and close box back up. Microwave for 2 minutes at 650W (my microwave is 1100W with power levels of 1-10, so I’ll be using 6). Stir and enjoy!

The noodle pouch.

The large sauce sachet.

Some of the huge sachet of sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, extra large shrimp, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and crushed red pepper flakes. The noodles are flat and broad. They come out of the microwave nicely. The sauce has a flavor that is extremely sweet and has bits of what I believe to be carrot and definitely water chestnut. I would not call this pad thai, but more of a sweet and sour noodle. It’s actually quite good, but it’s poor resemblance to actual pad thai docks some score. Worth a try. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 5011673403024.

Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain

A recipe for cooking authentic pad thai at home.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2023: Urban Noodle Authentic Street Food Black Bean

I’m a little curious on this one. See, Jjajang is really popular in China and South Korea; basically noodles with a black bean sauce. I’m curious as to if this is leaning in that direction, or whether it’s something on the Caribbean side; maybe a little citrus going on? Well, one way to find out – let’s crack it open and cook it up!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, empty contents of noodle pouch into box and separate with fork. Add in sauce sachet and close box back up. Microwave for 2 minutes at 650W (my microwave is 1100W with power levels of 1-10, so I’ll be using 6). Stir and enjoy!

The noodle pouch.

The sauce sachet – very large.

Some of the sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles in this one were flat instead of round. They came out very nicely. The flavoring however was just strange. I expected maybe something of a Korean-Chinese fusion dish, but those are hearty and rich and not savory and sweet. In fact, this one was a little too sweet for me. The thinly sliced bamboo shoots don’t work for me either; leaving them whole would be nicer I think. What’s more, it has a kind of chemically aftertaste; like chlorine or soap. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 5011673403048.

Great British Cooking: A Well-kept Secret

[youtube url=https://youtu.be/IzcNjFqnrVg[Jamie Oliver shows some black bean cooking.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2022: Urban Noodle Authentic Street Food Thai Red Curry

This sounds like a good one! Red curry i sone I thoroughly enjoy; although I can’t think of a curry I’ve met that I’ve not enjoyed. When I think of curry and the UK, my thoughts immediately wander towards Red Dwarf episodes with Rimmer complaining about Lister reeking of last night’s vindaloo and stale lager. It also wanders to something I saw a couple years ago – in Britain, you can get takeaway boxes full of fried odd and ends – it looks like pure gut bomb amazingness. But I digress – red curry sounds good – let’s dig in!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, empty contents of noodle pouch into box and separate with fork. Add in sauce sachet and close box back up. Microwave for 2 minutes at 650W (my microwave is 1100W with power levels of 1-10, so I’ll be using 6). Stir and enjoy!

The noodle pouch.

The large sauce sachet.

A thick liquid with a nice scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, crushed red pepper, coriander and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles were nice – decent chewiness and thickness. The flavor on this one was a slightly spicy and acidic curry. Long thin strips of bamboo shoots were abundant as well. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 501167340301.

Traditional Old English (British) Recipes (Traditional Old English Recipes) (Volume 1)

Some short introductions to some neat British street food trucks.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2021: Urban Noodle Authentic Street Food Satay

To kick things off, we have the Satay variety. Satay is hugely popular, but I have a feeling most people don’t know the whole story – here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Satay:

Satay (/ˈsæt/, /ˈsɑːt/ sah-tay), modern Indonesian and Malay spelling of sate, is a dish of seasoned, skewered and grilled meat, served with a sauce.[1] Satay may consist of diced or sliced chicken, goat, mutton, beef,pork, fish, other meats, or tofu; the more authentic version uses skewers from the midrib of the coconut palm frond, although bamboo skewers are often used. These are grilled or barbecued over a wood or charcoal fire, then served with various spicy seasonings.

Satay originated in Java, Indonesia.[2][3][4] It is available almost anywhere in Indonesia, where it has become a national dish.[5][6] It is also popular in many other Southeast Asian countries, including Malaysia, Singapore,Brunei, Thailand, the Philippines, as well as in Suriname and the Netherlands, as Indonesia and Suriname are former Dutch colonies.

Satay is a very popular delicacy in Indonesia; the country’s diverse ethnic groups’ culinary arts (see Indonesian cuisine) have produced a wide variety of satays. In Indonesia, satay can be obtained from a travelling satay vendor, from a street-side tent-restaurant, in an upper-class restaurant, or during traditional celebration feasts. In Malaysia, satay is a popular dish—especially during celebrations—and can be found throughout the country. In Southern Philippines it is known as satti.

Close analogues are yakitori from Japan, shish kebab from Turkey and the Middle East, shashlik from the Caucasus, chuanr from China, and sosatie from South Africa. It is listed at number 14 on World’s 50 most delicious foods readers’ poll complied by CNN Go in 2011.[7]

Alright – let’s delve into this, the first of five different varieties I’ll be reviewing for this Meet The Manufacturer.

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, empty noodle pouch into box and separate with a fork. Add sauce sachet contents, close box back up and microwave at 650W for 2 minutes (I have an 1100W microwave with power settings of 1-10 so going to use 6). Stir and enjoy!

The noodle pouch.

The sauce sachet.

A thick liquid with a pleasing scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles had a great chew and gauge to them. Not rubbery from the microwaving, either. The flavor was really great – a nice bit of peanut and a rich satay taste. The omnipresence of baby corn was not only nice, it went perfectly and they were of excellent quality. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 5011673403017.

British Food: An Extraordinary Thousand Years of History

A film showing street food in London’s Greenwich Market.

#1424: Sainsbury’s Curry Flavour Instant Noodles

Here’s one that Joe B. and Sarah B. sent me from Nottingham, UK – thanks! I think I’ve only got one more they sent – been fun doing these British varieties! Curry is a really popular British flavor. I’m calling it a British flavor, because there are so many interpretations of curry; the British make curry powders and cook with them – they’re usually less spicy and exotic than something you’d find in Southeast Asia. Anyways, I thought I’d make some chicken to go along with this and use some of the curry leaf that’s growing in my wife’s garden. What’s interesting is that curry leaf isn’t used in curry! It smells like curry powder though. Should be interesting! Let’s check it out.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add seasoning sachet contents to 250ml water and bring to a boil. Break noodle block into 3 to 4 chunks and cook for 2-3 minutes. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The seasoning powder sachet.

Has a peculiar scent.

There’s a little flower coming on the curry plant growing in my wife’s patio garden!

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Finished (click image to enlarge). Added chicken baked with curry leaf, garlic salt and Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Pepper. The noodles are of a familiar gauge and have an agreeable texture. The flavor doesn’t smack of curry though; it’s really kind of hard to explain exactly what it tastes like, but it’s definitely not curry I’ve ever tasted before. Not only that, the flavoring is rather bland. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code <01854688>.

The Vindaloovians ploy doesn’t work out on Red Dwarf.

#1373: Tesco Everyday Value Beef & Tomato Flavour Noodles

British noodles! Thought maybe this would be a good one to let my son try today. Not spicy (at least I don’t think it will be) and pretty mellow. Right now he’s knee-deep in LEGO blocks and listening to a video game documentary. A good day! Let’s check this one out.

Here are the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to the fill line and let it sit for 2 minutes. Stir, then let it sit 2 more minutes. Stir. Enjoy!

The lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodles in the cup are loose and have a powder all over them. UK cups usually feature a lot of this powder, which is mostly flour. British noodles feature more of a sauce than a broth.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added corn and carrot. The noodles are short and thick. They have an interesting crumble to them. The sauce has a very light flavor; pretty bland. It’s hearty though and that’s it’s saving grace. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 5052109748135>.

TESCO is a big chain of supermarkets in the UK – here’s a documentary film about them.

#1367: Sawadee Instant Noodles Vegetable & Mushroom Flavour

Here’s one that is made in one country for sale in another. This is made in Malaysia, but most easily found in the UK.  Anyways, let’s check this one out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but have a look for yourself. To prepare, boil 250ml water. Put the noodle block and seasoning sachet content in a bowl and cover with boiling water and a lid. After 4 minutes, open it up and stir. Enjoy! Alternatively, you can just boil 250ml water in a pot then take it off the heat and add the contents and put a lid on it – that’s what I do.

Here’s the noodle block – very straightforward and standard insofar as size.

The soup base powder sachet.

Truly, this is a powder – extremely light and fluffy.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, corn, leek, peas, carrot and BonCabe Level 10 chilli seasoning. The noodles were lackluster; crumbly. The flavor had a mushroom component, but didn’t really remind me of vegetables to speak of. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 5023751102040>.

I don’t know why, but I’ve always found mushroom farming fascinating.

#1338: Batchelors Super Noodles Peppered Steak Flavour

Here’s one that Joe B. and Sarah B. sent me from Nottingham, UK – thanks! I’m getting towards the end of the noodles that they sent – been a lot of fun trying all sorts of British varieties! I usually get some cues on what I’ll ad at the end from a picture on the front of a package, but this one doesn’t have any ‘suggested serving’ or anything like that, so I have to go with my gut. I looked around on Google for ‘peppered steak British’ and found quite a few leads. The peppered steak there looks to be basically steak with a decent amount of black pepper. Sound simple enough. Of course, things like a dash of brandy aren’t readily available, so I think pepper is going to be my friend for this one. Anyways, let’s see what’s within.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil 300ml water and add the noodle block and contents of sachet. Cook for 4 minutes or until water is absorbed. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The sauce base sachet.

As I’ve mentioned before, British instant noodles seldom are full of broth. They usually involve the liquid reducing to a sauce.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added steak sauteed with sweet onion and Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Pepper and crushed garlic. The noodles are pretty decent – not anything to call home about, but they have a good texture for their environment. The sauce is very bland. The flavor is regrettably very light in strength – so much so that I ended up adding salt to it! What flavor it had was peppery. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 5000354404054>.

Here’s a funny advert for Batchelors Super Noodles from the UK.

#1315: Sainsbury’s Chicken Flavour Instant Noodles

Here’s one that Joe B. and Sarah B. sent me from Nottingham, UK – thanks! This is a common variety you would find at a store called Sainsbury’s. Sainsbury’s is a chain that can be found throughout England which sells pretty much everything by the looks of it. British varieties usually tend to be on the blander side, as is the way with a lot of food from over there, but sometimes they’re really good. Let’s see which end of the spectrum this one falls into.

Here’s the back of the packaging (click image to enlarge). Has a V for Vegan friendly on the front of the package. To prepare, add noodle block (broken into 3-4 pieces) and contents of sachet to 250ml of boiling water. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring often. Enjoy immediately.

Here’s the noodle block. Did pretty well for such a long trip!

The soup base sachet.

A medium-granular affair.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added chicken, corn, carrots and peas. The noodles have a bit of a crumble to them. They’re alright but a little off. The broth has a bland chicken flavor – bland, yes – but it does have a nice chicken flavor. The broth is almost non existent as is the way of most British instants – it’s either skint on broth or more of a gravy and this Sainsbury’s variant is no different. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code <01854619>.

I haven’t seen any packaged noodles touting their support of sustainable palm oil (I believe these from Sainsbury’s are the first). Palm oil is used in lots of things, but often instant noodles. Palm oil production has a side effect of taking up valuable habitat for animal life as well as depletion of forests/jungles around the world. Here is a short presentation about sustainable palm oil by the World Wildlife Fund.

#1286: Batchelors Super Noodles Roast Beef & Onion Flavour

Here’s one from the UK! Thanks to Joe B. and Sarah B. of Notthingham for sending these my way! Well, 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 to 300ml boiling water. Add sachet contents and cook for 4 minutes or until water is absorbed. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The seasoning sachet.

The powder base.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Pepper and micro-thin sliced sukiyaki beef. The noodles are pretty good – they gorge themselves on the liquid and soak it up well, leaving them with a nice chew. Unfortunately, the broth is very bland. It does have a stew-like feel to it which is very mice. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 5000354404061>.

Pretty funny advert.

#1279: Ko-Lee Instant Noodles Mixed Vegetable

Here’s one that’s been hiding in the noodle bin for a while! Thanks to Martin A. of Devon, UK for seonding!  Let’s check it out!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge_. Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To cook, put everything in a bowl and add 300ml water. Cover and let sit for 3 minutes. Give it a stir and it’s done.

The noodle block.

Soup base sachet.

Has a salty and veggie scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added peas, leeks, sweet onion, kamaboko, narutomaki and big ugly carrot. The noodles were a little more crumbly than I like, but not too bad. The broth had a decent flavor to it; many vegetable versions end up with a bitter aftertaste but not this one. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 5023751105058.

A short vid about the history and flavor of Marmite.