Here’s one I found up in Canada at FoodyWorld – a huge grocery store which has something from everywhere in Asia. Thai curry eh? I’m game! Never have I seen this brand before – excellent! Let’s give it a look!
Picnic Hot & Rich Curry Flavoured Instant Noodles – Thailand
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo organic mung bean sprouts, hard boiled egg, carved squid, Dodo fishball and coriander. The noodles hydrated a little weird. Thai instants often have a neat crumble to them I like a lot. However in this application, the crumble is paired with a slightly large gauge which kin of kills it for me. The broth on the other hand is great – nice heat level and tasty curry. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8857056004573.
Today, we part ways with Miandom and their Tasty Asia range. I have a feeling green curry and black pepper crab might not be the only products we see from this new company. This is the green curry cup version. Let’s take a look!
Miandom Tasty Asia Green Curry Shrimp Flavoured Instant Noodles – Singapore
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken, crustacea and fish. To prepare, add sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover 5-6 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, coriander, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, tau pok, and a little chilli powder. The noodles are interesting – while they have the tension and chew of something that I would at first glance think a rice noodle, these are indeed wheat noodles according to the labeling. They came out nicely – good chew and gauge. The broth is a luxuriant green curry flavor with a nice crescendo and little peaks of spiciness. Perfect there. The included bits of greenery and augmented with rings of chilli pepper which are pleasing to the eye as well as the palate. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8885014951010.
I really want to visit Singapore someday – technically, I’ve been to Singapore. We spent an hour running across travelators from one end of Changi Airport to the other to get to our connecting flight to Penang. But I’d like to have some time to enjoy the place – maybe outside the airport!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, fried onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles came out pretty well – on the chewy side of the aisle but worked nonetheless. The broth reminded me more of a hot and sour soup. However, the included bits – especially the egg- were very welcome and of good quality. I really enjoyed how the egg has flavor to it whereas usually egg does not as far as their presence in a noodle cup is concerned. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8885014951027.
Today, I’m reviewing something from Hong Kong. These are in 5 packs – and the individual packs haven’t got bar codes. Indeed, I have wondered why I couldn’t find individual servings of this one, but that definitely makes sense now; hard to sell a variety without a bar code. Why don’t they put bar codes on them? I don’t know, but they definitely want you to buy a pack. For those who aren’t in the know about XO sauce, here’s a little something from wikipedia:
Developed in the 1980s in Hong Kong for Cantonese cuisine, XO sauce is made of roughly chopped dried seafoods, including scallops, dried fish and shrimp, and subsequently cooked with chili peppers, onions, and garlic. This dried seafood-based sauce bears similarity to the Fujianese Shacha sauce. Spring Moon, the Peninsula Hong Kong’s Chinese restaurant, is often credited with the invention of XO sauce, although others claim the sauce’s origin in the urban area of Kowloon.
The name XO sauce comes from fine XO (extra-old) cognac, which is a popular Western liquor in Hong Kong and considered by many to be a chic product there. In addition, the term XO is often used in the popular culture of Hong Kong to denote high quality, prestige and luxury. In fact, XO sauce has been marketed in the same manner as the French liquor, using packaging of similar colour schemes.
Let’s have a look at this pack version. Alternately, I have indeed reviewed the bowl version.
Sau Tao Non-Fried Mix Noodle Black Pepper XO Sauce Flavoured – Hong Kong
Here’s the detail from the large 5 pack outer wrapping (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, first add the noodle block to a pot of boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Next, drain. Finally, add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, carved squid and fried onion. To start, the noodles were of a standard gauge. In addition, they’re not fried. Furthermore, they have a extra backbone which is nice. The flavor was a nice peppery seafood kind of to-do. The only problem I had was that it was very hard to get all of the sauce from the sachet, and the noodles when drained are very dry and this makes it hard to combine. However, this stuff is just plain delicious. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 087303865390.
Here’s yet another one from Colin – thanks, bro! So this is an export version (obviously from all the languages on the front) and a very standard taste – chicken. This one is by CG which stands for Chaudhary Group. Here’s a little info from Wikipedia –
Chaudhary Group (CG Global) is a multi-national conglomerate company headquartered in Nepal. It has diversified business interests including financial services, fast-moving consumer goods, education, hospitality, energy, EPC, consumer electronics, realty, biotech and Ayurveda. The group runs 136 companies under 15 different business verticals across all five continents.
Wai Wai is an international brand of instant noodles produced initially in Thailand by Thai Preserved Food Factory Co. since 1972. Chaudhary Group owned the company introduced it worldwide from Nepal in 1985. Wai Wai is pre-cooked and flavored before packaging, so it can be eaten straight from the package or cooked in soup form. The Chaudhary Group has built two plants in Nepal and six plants in India for the manufacture and distribution of Wai Wai noodles. It is expanding more new plants in Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Serbia, and Saudi Arabia.
Wai Wai is mostly consumed raw but also can be consumed cooked as well. Along with other noodle brands, one segment of Wai Wai was banned in Tamil Nadu state of India in 2015 for a period of 3 months citing higher level of lead in similar noodle brand known as Maggi. Assam Government had also banned Wai Wai under investigation for one month under Food Safety and Standard Act 2006. Subsequently, concerned authorities gave the popular noodles a clean sheet as it proved to contain no lead and harmful materials.Wai Wai, which claims 20 percent market shares in the Indian market, has apparently benefited from the noodle controversy and has resurfaced in the Indian market with aggressive business plans from the Chaudhary Group.
Got some chicken and egg in the fridge I gotta use. Let’s get to it!
Wai Wai Instant Noodles Artificial Chicken Flavoured – India
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles and sachet contents to 1 1/2 cups boiling water. Cook for 2 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
A dual sachet.
The dry seasoning base.
A very small sachet.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added fried egg, chilli powder, coriander and baked chicken. The noodles were very al dente and very crumbly. Unfortunately, this did not work for me. The broth did indeed have a chicken flavor, but it was kind of heavy and unforgiving. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8901741000019.
I want to send a huge thank you to Marvin R. of Texas for sending me this – the second pizza flavored instant noodle I’ve EVER reviewed! The first one was from Pakistan – this one’s from India! Not only that, but this one’s a proprietary food! Let’s check it out!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to prepare, add noodles and sachet contents to 2 cups boiling water. Cook for 2 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
The noodle block (cracked).
The dry seasoning base.
Has an interesting scent.
An oil sachet.
A thick oil.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Hormel Turkey Pepperoni, sliced black olive, coriander and shredded mozzarella cheese. The noodles had a nice way about them – a light crumble and good gauge; definitely from India. The broth has a little thickness to it and a flavor that made me think of the herbs and spices one would add to pizza sauce along with a peppery component. It was fascinating and quite good! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8906013030671.
Here’s one that the folks from Prima Taste in Singapore sent – thank you! I’ve been curious about this brand for a very long time; mainly because of the name. Zow-Zow just sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Let’s see how this tom yam noodle holds up!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure if it has shrimp or not. To prepare, add noodle to 350ml boiling water and cook 2-3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The dry soup base.
A tan powder with little flecks throughout it.
The paste sachet.
Oily and spicy.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shrimp, lime, coriander and chilli flake. The noodles were good – very standard gauge and a nice chew. The broth was good as well – has a nice spiciness and lemongrass flavor with the shrimp taste as well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850536109041.
I think most people think of wonton soup and think of what they find in Chinese restaurants in the United States. Usually a thin broth, maybe a glass noodle or two and some little dumplings with meat inside. Well, I have a feeling that’s more geared to the American palate. Just look at the picture on the front of this package; whole head-on shrimps well as mushrooms too. Looks really good! Let’s see what this Sau Tao variety is like.
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains flounder powder. To prepare, boil 600cc water. Add noodles and cook for a minute and a half. Add sachet contents, stir, and enjoy. What’s kind of interesting here is that the instructions mention the words ‘take out.’ I’ve seen this before as meaning to drain the water off, but I’m hoping that’s not the case here. In the end, I couldn’t imagine eating these noodles without soup; they’d be unpalatably salty and oily, so I’m going to say if these had been meat to be served soupless, they’d have gotten zero stars.
The noodle block. Thin, wispy noodles.
The soup base powder sachet.
Has a strong seafood scent.
A chilli oil sachet.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion and shrimp. The noodles were thin and almost a little dry even though swimming in broth. They had a texture I didn’t like; chewy, yes but almost crumbly; non-elastic. The broth on the other hand was excellent. A very nice balance of a seafood broth and slight heat from the chilli oil was very nice. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 087303860609.
This is an interesting one; there’s ABC and there’s President. I’ve seen the logo on products made in other regions too – Taiwan most notably. Let’s see how this one tastes!
The back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil the noodles for 3 minutes. In a bowl, put all the sachet contents except the fried onion. Drain the noodles and combine them with the ingredients in the bowl and sprinkle with the fried onion.
The noodle block.
The dry seasoning sachet.
A very fine powder.
Three connected liquid sachets (from left to right): seasoned oil, chilli sauce and sweet soy sauce.
Has an onion scent.
Chilli sauce on the left and sweet soy sauce on the right.
The garnish sachet.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion and chicken sauteed with BonCabe chilli spice, fried egg, Dua Belibus chilli sauce and kerupuk aci. The noodles have a good consistency and texture. They have a very standard instant noodle gauge. The flavor is sweet and salty with just a hint of spicy. It’s definitely more chicken than other mi goreng I’ve had. The fried onion ends up giving everything a nice little crunch. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 8992388312290.
Here’s a recipe for ayam kecap – sweet soy sauce chicken.
Hey – who’s the instant noodle king? Always kind of hoped I held that throne… anyways, I kind of miss the Thanksgiving turkey, but I’m not a turkey cooking kind of guy – so going with something chicken flavored. Let’s check it out!
Here’s the distributor’s sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself.
The back of the package (click image to enlarge). To prepare, put the noodles into 600ml boiling water for 90 seconds. Add sachet contents, stir, and you’re done.
The noodle block – very thin noodles.
The powder soup base sachet.
A light powder with a couple little bits here and there.
The liquid base sachet.
Smells like a cross between chicken and whitefish.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken with Lindberg-Snider Red Baron BBQ Spice, leeks, and some green onion. The noodles are interesting; they’re thin but kind of hearty at the same time, sucking up water nicely. The broth is just what it purports to be – chicken and abalone, so a kind of poultry/seafood combo. It’s very strong and pretty hearty too – the oil give it an extra oomph. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 087303860593.
Here’s another onbe sent by Michelle L. of New York – thanks! This is made in Thailand and says it’s mushroom flavor. Well, let’s give it a go.
Side panels. Click to enlarge.
Big noodle block.
Interesting – not just powder but some bits in there too.
I think it’s just vegetable oil.
This is a retort pouch – it’s big and has veggies and a sauce inside. Click to enlarge.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added onion, broccoli, red bell pepper and Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce. The noodles are broad and flat. Pretty good – unique for a big bowl of noodles to find noodles like these, but Little Cook’s noodles are usually unique to begin with. The broth tastes like mushrooms and has a little greasiness to it. Now if you look at the center area of the above picture, you’ll see a lot of squid-like pieces and peanuts and mushrooms. These are the retort pouch contents. I am going to say that to my extreme surprise, this is probably one of the best retort pouches ever – it was good and tasty! Not a huge mushroom fan, but this was amazing. Bravo! 4.75 out of 5.0 stars – very high quality here. UPC bar code 4710249001725 – get it here.
Food enjoyed in Thailand
This is epic awesome stuff to enjoy for all times.
Here’s another from Michelle L. from New York! Spicy beef from Thailand eh?
The side panel was really red (click image to enlarge).
Two packets: seasoned oil on the left and powdered seasoning / veggies on the right.
Everything all together awaiting the boiling water and some time.
Finished (click image to enlarge). To those of you who like hot, this is for you. The noodles are fine and the veggies are fine, but the broth is like a beefy fire. Not too bad, but the hot flavor kind of overpowers everything. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 4710249000865 .