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Re-Review: Indomie Mi Goreng Fried Noodles

Yep – another re-review! But this one’s very special – i haven’t had this in a few years and I hope after reading and seeing, this stuff you’ll be ready and even dying to try it. This, my friend, is one of the finest instant noodle varieties I’ve ever had. Thanks to Jim C. for contacting Empire International, distributor of these and sending samples!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). These noodles are drained and then you stir the seasonings in.  Also, notice Empire International’s info in the lower left.

Here are the noodles before cooking. Good stuff!

On the left is dry seasoning, on the right, chili powder. Notice the little guy by the pepper? Who is that guy? I wonder if he has a name. When they introduced ZIP codes, the US Postal Service had a little guy they invented named ‘Mr. ZIP.’ Looks kind of like him.

On the left, we have seasoned oil which contains oil and onion. On the right kecap manis, which is a sweet soy sauce – this really contributes to the flavor.

Clockwise from top left, chili powder, powder seasoning, kecap manis and finally seasoned oil.

Click image to enlarge. Finished product! I add two fried eggs, a little pickled ginger (kizami shoga), some fried shallot and a couple shakes of Krazy Mixed Up Salt on the eggs. Wow – this stuff is so tasty. It’ a little sweet, a little spicy and very tasty. I love it – can’t get enough of it and give it 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – this is one of the wonders of the instant noodle world! Awesome! Get it here!

Okay this is really strange – never heard of this guy before.

No shit?

Rad vid!

#547: Lucky Me! Instant Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Sweet & Spicy Flavor

Hey! Haven’t tried this yet! Pancit Canton is a lot like Indomie’s Mi Goreng – that’s one of my favorites!

So we have a powder shiny packet on the left and a combo packet with oil and soy sauce on the right. I like how they tell you not to worry – it the powder’s clump the soy sauce will break it up. If the soy sauce is crystalline, a little liquid will break up the salt crystals. See, this stuff comes from the Philippines where they get some serious humidity and heat. I see lots of products from there that are packaged in some pretty fancy ways to keep food the way it needs to be.

Looks like ya stepped on a slug huh? Trust me, it’s seriously excellent stuff!

Click image to enlarge. Voila – topped with a pair of fried eggs, a little fried shallot and some pickled ginger. The noodles are drained and then you stir them with the stuff in the last photo till everything’s all combined. This is it, Ramen Rater fans – this is the holy mountain of the instant noodles world, the pinnacle of perfection. I love it – the noodles are chewy, and they’re hot AND sweet. The trick is to keep the egg yolks a little runny and everything combines nicely. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. A truly awesome meal. Get the noodles and the condiments here.

A commercial for thi stuff.

#543: Menraku Japanese Curry “Udon”

One of my favorite things in all the world of cuisine is curry. Hot curry, curry soup, curry beef, curry chicken, curry vindaloo, curry powder, curry paste, green curry, yellow curry, masaman curry, Indian curry and Japanese curry. This sounded good and I’m starving.

So its powder on the right, but I wonder what this chunky stuff in the veggie packet is all about? Hmm…

Wow, that’s quite a pile of powdered seasoning – and its got a great curry stink to it! Also, look at all that stuff on the right – fried tofu and green onions with a dash of carrot and bonito.

Click image to enlarge. No eggs. Just curry udon. So the noodles are awesome – very wide and thick and chewy! The broth is oozing with curry goodness! The veggies and tofu? Perfect. Yup – I’m really quite happy with this one – 4.75 out of 5.0 stars!

Here’s the commercial!

Really – watch this the guy’s got a ridiculously large camera collection

#434: Wingsfood Mie Sedaap Instant Kari Spesial Bumbu Kari Kental

So today we went and looked for noodles at the HT Oaktree on 100th & Aurora in Seattle. Found these new Indonesian noodles! Sweet! Kari translates to curry!!!

Nice to be greeted by so many packets! From left to right we have dry powder seasoning, chili powder, fried onions and then the seasoned oil. This is where the curry taste lie as it smelled so nice.

Wow now that looks crazy! I expected these noodles to be like Mi Goreng stuff from Indomie but it is definitely not the same. This one has a broth!

Click image to enlarge. So here’s the finished result with a couple fried eggs tossed in. So this was really good – I expected something non soupy from Indonesia but this was just fine with me! A nice sweet curry flavor, a lovely color and flavor. I loved it – 4.5 out of 5.0 stars! Get it here.

#390: Menraku Japanese Curry “Soba” Bowl

So we went to the brand new Bellevue Washington Uwajimaya a couple days ago and wow – pretty awesome! Got some nice bowl noodles to try – here’s one!

Packet left is powdered seasoning, right is vegetables and tofu.

I think that looks like it’s going to be really good! The curry smells awesome!

Click image to enlarge. Added two fried eggs. Wow – this is great! Kind of tastes like Golden Curry – the stuff you get in the little boxes? The broth is tasty as can be The noodles were a slightly weaker than I expected but not too bad. But the veggies and tofu were excellent – very nice! Giving this 4.0 out of 5.0 stars!

Curry soba in Tokyo – that stuff looks amazingly tasty!

381: Saigon Ve Wong Kung-Fu Artificial Beef Flavor Vietnam Flavor

So I’ve reviewed quite a few of these so had to look to make sure I hadn’t already! But nope not yet so here we go!

Three packets – powder soup, seasoned oil and veggies and TVP meat! TVP is textured vegetable protein. It’s some amazing stuff!

Done well, TVP can be really nice – you can see the funky bits in with the veggies.

Click image to enlarge. Added two fried eggs and a little Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning. Shazam! Wow very tasty! The noodles were just right and the broth was a little spicy but also nice and hearty. The Veggies were everywhere and the TVP meat bits were the best I’ve ever had – chewy and almost fatty! I really am quite impressed with this one! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars!

#377: Sau Tao Ho Fan Abalone Chicken Soup Flavored

Yep – here’s another of the Sau Tao’s. I’m just going to go through all of them in a row I think. This is Chicken and Abalone – kind of a new twist on ‘surf and turf’ eh? Anyways…

From left to right we have seasoning powder, seasoned oil and veggies.

A blurry shot of the ingredients atop the noodles. This is what happens when you combine housecleaning and ramen rating.

Click image to enlarge. The final product. Broth is awesome, noodles are awesome, tons of veggies! Extremely good stuff; kind of reminds me of a chicken stew. Added a little black pepper after this picture too and that added a little niceness to the whole thing. So this appears to be my favorite so far of the Sau Tao line. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars! Find it here.

#370: Fuku Superior Soup Instant Noodle

Wow – Fuku! Pretty awesome name I think! My sister brought these back from Canada. Let’s try em’ out!

Pretty awesome instructions – I think they’re saying 1 – serve with live, happy jumping prawn, 2 – if you eat it without soup, you will start to hallucinate that music is an entity you can interact with like a meal, and 3 – hoard it and eat it raw like a caveman!  Maybe… At any rate, Fuku is an awesome name!

One single packet of flavoring powder.

Not a whole lot of powder, but had some onion in it I think.

Click image to enlarge. Wow – this stuff is impressive. I know exactly what it reminds me of and now I’m very happy to announce it’s getting 5.0 out of 5.0 stars! This stuff is EXACTLY like Nissin Chikin except it has a little extra powder with it! Originally, my favorite noodles were Nissin ‘Roasted Ramen,’ a product they came out with in the USA when I was a kid. They stopped making it so we hunted for it and they were able to help us out at Uwajimaya in Seattle where they clued my folks in about the Nissin Chikin. This is exactly like that stuff and I’m quite happy. Too bad it requires a trip to Canada to find it! Ack!!! So yeah The name, the back and the noodles and broth altogether are wham bam 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

First, watch this video commercial…

Then watch this – the making of!

#359: Nissin Bowl Noodles Hot & Spicy Beef Flavor

So here’s one we got a Megalomanianmart the other day. Was nice to see there was another flavor out there; I think this stuff’s pretty okay. One thing I noticed – the other two I’ve reviewed say ‘with chicken’ or ‘with shrimp,’ and this one just says ‘beef flavor.’ Kind of interesting I thought.

Powder on left and veggies on right. Decent amounts of both.

Yeah check that out – lots of both.

So after adding water and cooking, you add this packet.

Click image to enlarge. Finally the finished product. I like how it’s a microwaveable package and not Styrofoam. That’s pretty handy. The broth has a little bit of thickness to it which I liked; like a gravy! I could see people not liking that aspect and using terms like ‘slimy’ and/or ‘greasy.’ I liked it though. I really liked the abundant harvest of re-hydrated veggies – lots lots lots in this one. The noodles were good too. All in all, a good bowl – oh yeah and it’s somewhat spicy but not blow your head of spicy. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. Find them here. UPC bar code 070662096338.

We watched this last night – a great and weird sci fi movie!

#341: Vina Acecook Daily Vegetarian Flavour Instant Noodles

Some new stuffs of happiness from the folks at Vina Acecook – we have vegetarian flavour. I’m enthused! I’m curious if this will taste like a vegetarian – vegetarian created with Japanese technology, that is!

Clockwise from top left: vegetables, seasoned oil and powdered soup base.

I’m always really happy with the way the veggies smell when I open the packet. It has a kind of sweet tea kind of aroma.

Click image to enlarge. With two eggs boiled in with the noodles. The noodles were amazing – had a very nice flavor. The broth was great too and the veggies were awesome – there was a big chunk of mushroom that re-hydrated very nicely. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars!

This video is really cool and I was most impressed during the segment where the president of the company had that amazing bass sound as he spoke! Very cool!

#339: Payless Xtra Big Chilimansi Pancit Canton

So I’ve been waiting for a good time to try this stuff and today seemed the right time. My 5 year old stuck his headf in the ramen box and picked it out for me. I have so many and its so hard to pick that I often ask family to pick the one I’m going to have – and usually after they pick once or twice I agree to the one the pick the third time.

So the last one I had by Payless was their ‘original’ flavor pancit canton.  Pancit means noodles in the Philippines – they were introduced by the Chinese way way back. I am pretty sure that’s why they’re pancit canton – Canton is a province of China – Cantonese etc… I have a packet which I have been challenged to try but yet to called Pancit Shanghai. There are others like pancit palabok and bihon, but so far I really really like the pancit canton.

Then there’s the chilimansi aspect. Basically it means hot pepper and lime flavor. Now, on with the review!

Three packets of power! The first is a seasoned oil, then a dark soy sauce I think, then a packet with dry powder within.

Ah that looks quite nice! This stuff is prepared identically to a couple of my favorites – Indomie’s Mi Goreng varieties and Special versions. Cook the noodles, drain and stir in a bowl that you’ve put all the flavorings in. If you make this with some broth, it will taste really wrong – strange how water would do that, but trust me – you don’t want to skip the drainage step.

Click here to enlarge. I added two fried eggs, some Kizami Shoga [pickled ginger], fried shallots and a little sriracha sauce. The noodles were awesome and very tasty! A bit of chili flavor, a bit citrus. Kind of sweet and salty too. Everything played off of eachother and it was like listening to some groovy funky music but it was going from the bowl into my facehole, getting chewed and into the great oblivious beyond that is my digestive system. Good good stuff – stuff of poetry and philosophy. 4.5 out of 5/.0 stars. Get some and eat it!

Tagalog’s an interesting language – how it goes from something that sounds so foreign and then bam – english! Pretty cool.

Here’s some of the kind of stuff I’ve been diggin on lately. Lots of 60’s/70’s synthesizer music too – in fact my collection is just too big.

#332: Nongshim Champong Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup (Cup)

So it’s time for some spiciness! Champong! Bring it!

Was a little surprised to see this one has over 2200mg sodium! It’s just a cup for cryin’ out loud!

Good amount of powder in this sucker explains it.

Look at all that garnish! Wow – super awesome. I’m excited and amped for it now.

Well here we are (click image to enlarge). Broth is seafoody and spicy, noodles were good and there was a lot of veggies and seafoodyness! I really was impressed – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars!