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#3139: A-Sha Guanmiao Noodle Spicy Fennel – Taiwan

#3139: A-Sha Guanmiao Noodle Spicy Fennel - Taiwan

This is the second of two A-Sha varieties I got a little while back. I’ve been cranking out three reviews a day lately and chugging through a lot of new stuff. Now that a lot of the varieties are churned through, I can focus on some things in the hamper. See, my hampers are very full. When I get new stuff, they go into the area next to the kitchen. Instead of tripping over boxes, I try to run through them quickly! So here we have a wide noodle from Taiwan. Let’s get started.

A-Sha Guanmiao Noodle Spicy Fennel – Taiwan

#3139: A-Sha Guanmiao Noodle Spicy Fennel - Taiwan

The distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge).

#3139: A-Sha Guanmiao Noodle Spicy Fennel - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 5 minutes. Drain. Add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3139: A-Sha Guanmiao Noodle Spicy Fennel - Taiwan

The noodle block.

#3139: A-Sha Guanmiao Noodle Spicy Fennel - Taiwan

A wet sachet.

#3139: A-Sha Guanmiao Noodle Spicy Fennel - Taiwan

Has a soy scent.

#3139: A-Sha Guanmiao Noodle Spicy Fennel - Taiwan

A dry sachet.

#3139: A-Sha Guanmiao Noodle Spicy Fennel - Taiwan

Looks to be something spicy?

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and Chinese sausage. The noodles are great – nice chew and very broad. Flavor is definitely spicy but not overly so with some nice soy and sweet in there. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4715635852974.

#3139: A-Sha Guanmiao Noodle Spicy Fennel - Taiwan

Asha Healthy Ramen Noodles, Knife Cut noodles (4 individual 96g pouches) (Spicy Fennel)

Watch me put this together on Instant Noodle Reipe Time!

#2941: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

A-Sha’s US distributor messaged me a little while ago about these new varieties about to hit the US market that are very popular in Taiwan right now. Guanmiao noodles hail from southern Taiwan in the agricultural heartland. Hotter weather and lot of noodles! Let’s crack it open and have a look!

A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion – Taiwan

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

The distributor sticker (click to enlarge).

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

Here’s the back of the four pack packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, cook noodles for 5 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

The noodle block.

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

A liquid sachet.

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

Smells good!

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

A garnish sachet.

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

Chives, perhaps?

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork and sesame seeds. The guanmian noodles were pretty good – a pinch softer than the more traditionally made varieties but that’s alright. The flavor however was just way too salty for me. I know – in Taiwan, they put salt on everything – even oatmeal is enjoyed like congee! But it was saltier than I could manage. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4715635852998.

#2883: A-Sha Dry Noodle Guanmiao Noodle Hakka Sesame Oil Scallion

Asha Healthy Ramen Noodles, medium width noodles (5 individual 95g pouches) (Original, 1 pack)

An interesting competition!

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Three Meters – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Three Meters - Taiwan Interview With Three Meters * Product Samples From Three MetersThree Meters Noodles Sesame Oil Taste * Three Meters Noodles Spicy Taste * Three Meters Noodles Shallot Taste * Three Meters Noodles Sesame Paste

Recently I was contacted by someone in Taiwan about trying some new varieties by a company called Three Meters. Sounded interesting and so here we are!  The following is an interview I conducted with Lu Chiu Ya, a store manager from Three Meters:

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Three Meters – Taiwan

THE RAMEN RATER> Can you tell my readers about the history of Ten Meters?

THREE METERS> Three Meter, a new brand of noodles, was established since 2015 in Taiwan.
TRR> Why the name Three Meters?

THREE METERS> The name “Three Meters” is translated from Taiwanese, meaning “what kind of noodles.”

TRR> Can you tell us about the varieties of noodles you make?

THREE METERS> We have four kinds of flavor, Chinese shallot with oil, spicy Sichuan pepper, sesame paste and sesame oil, and with two different sizes of noodles, thin and flat.

TRR> Your company is located in the Taiwan. Can you tell us a little about your locale?

THREE METERS> Our company is located in southern Taiwan and we speak two languages, Chinese and Taiwanese.

TRR> How does your noodle making process differ from other instant noodle manufacturers?

THREE METERS> We make the noodles in sun-cured way which is different from other kinds of fried instant noodles. Our noodles are healthier and more natural.

TRR> Do you make your own pastes, sauces and seasonings?

THREE METERS> Yes, we make our own sauce.

TRR> How do you decide on what varieties to produce?

THREE METERS> The four flavors we make are based on the favors of Taiwanese.

TRR> How many noodle products do you produce every year?

THREE METERS> We produce one hundred and fifty thousand pack of noodles per year since we are a new company with limited scale.

TRR> Apart from noodles, are there other products you produce or plan to produce?

THREE METERS> We focus on the development of noodles and its sauce, so we don’t have any new plan for other products currently.

TRR> Can you suggest pairings for your products, like meats, seafood or vegetables?

THREE METERS> Our products are tasted good with meats, seafood, vegetable and eggs.

TRR> A lot of people are concerned with their sodium intake. How would you recommend people enjoy your product as part of a healthy meal?

THREE METERS> It’s no concern for sodium content of our products which are all in standard range. We suggest adding some vegetables when cooking for a balanced diet.

TRR> Are you involved in in your local community or participate in charities?

THREE METERS> We are very concerned about minority, so we donate not only parts of our profits to the charities every month
but also the products to those who need.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

THREE METERS> It is still under developing.

TRR> In what countries are your products available?

THREE METERS> Our products are available in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and soon in America by this year.

TRR> When you make noodles for yourself, what do you like to add to them to make them extra special?

THREE METERS> Usually I only cook some noodles with some onions and a boiled egg. Simple and delicious

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for this opportunity to learn about your coiompany and products!

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Little Couples

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Little Couples

During my trip in November 2017 to Taiwan, I met some folks at a booth that had a slew of different noodle varieties. They knew who I was and were keen on me giving their products a try. They wanted to hand me samples but I couldn’t – my luggage was full and so I recommended a Meet The Manufacturer series – and here we are.

Product Samples From Little Couples – Taiwan

Let’s have Unboxing Time with The Ramen Rater!!
Here’s a video unboxing I did when the products arrived. A lot of different varieties here with different flavors and different kinds of noodles! Thank you – looking forward to sampling!

#2579: Just Way Noodles Spicy Hot Sesame Guan-miao Noodles

 #2512: Just Way Noodles Spicy Hot Sesame Guan-miao Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

This variety comes by way of Colin, a reader from Massachusetts – thank you! It was originally said by Oscar Wilde: ‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.’ I have often found this to be true for the most part. Indeed, why would someone want to imitate exactly what you do unless they want to attain something that you did prior? Well, sometimes it just seems like it takes a bit of a spiral from flattery to pure copying.

As you can see here, it’s pretty identical really. I’ve been asked by many instant noodle companies around the world what’s the key to a high rating. My answer is two-fold; make something that makes me want to call friends and tell everyone all about it. I’ve tried many instant noodles in my day and what tends to make this happen? Innovation. Something new and different from anything before – and of course that is delicious. However, in this case, I shouldn’t judge a book simply by its cover. So let’s have a look at this Just Way Noodles variety from Taiwan.

Just Way Noodles Spicy Hot Sesame Guan-miao Noodles – Taiwan

 #2512: Just Way Noodles Spicy Hot Sesame Guan-miao Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 1000ml boiling water and cook for 4~5 minutes. Drain – save 30ml water. Add in water and sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

 #2512: Just Way Noodles Spicy Hot Sesame Guan-miao Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

One of the individual servings from the multipack.

 #2512: Just Way Noodles Spicy Hot Sesame Guan-miao Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

 #2512: Just Way Noodles Spicy Hot Sesame Guan-miao Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

A liquid sachet.

 #2512: Just Way Noodles Spicy Hot Sesame Guan-miao Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Sesame sauce.

 #2512: Just Way Noodles Spicy Hot Sesame Guan-miao Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

A second liquid sachet.

 #2512: Just Way Noodles Spicy Hot Sesame Guan-miao Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

A spicy sauce.

 #2512: Just Way Noodles Spicy Hot Sesame Guan-miao Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

A third liquid sachet.

 #2512: Just Way Noodles Spicy Hot Sesame Guan-miao Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Smells like soy sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles come out well – great Tainan chewiness and gauge. The flavor would be great if it weren’t overwhelmed by the saltiness. I think this is coming from the soy sauce. The underlying flavor – which is excellent – is completely trampled on haphazardly. Very disappointing. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 471963232172.

 #2512: Just Way Noodles Spicy Hot Sesame Guan-miao Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Identity Politics and Popular Culture in Taiwan: A Sajiao Generation

A short ad for Tainan city bus tours.

#2407: Just Way Noodles Chuan Wei Spicy Hot Guan-miao Noodles

#2407: Just Way Noodles Chuan Wei Spicy Hot Guan-miao Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

This variety comes by way of Colin, a reader from Massachusetts – thank you! It was originally said by Oscar Wilde: ‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.’ I have often found this to be true fr the most part. Indeed, why would someone want to imitate exactly what you do unless they want to attain something that you did prior? Well, sometimes it just seems like it takes a bit of a spiral from flattery to pure copying.

As you can see here, it’s pretty identical really. I’ve said to many instant noodle companies around the world when asked what’s the key to a high rating. My answer is two fold; make something that makes me want to call friends and tell everyone all about it. I’ve tried many instant noodles in my day and what tends to make this happen? Innovation. Something new and different from anything before – and of course that is delicious. However in this case, I shouldn’t judge a book simply by it’s cover. So let’s have a look at this Just Way Noodles variety from Taiwan.

Just Way Noodles Chuan Wei Spicy Hot Guan-miao Noodles – Taiwan

#2407: Just Way Noodles Chuan Wei Spicy Hot Guan-miao Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Here’s detail from around the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 1000ml boiling water and cook for 4~5 minutes. Drain – save 30ml water. Add in water and sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2407: Just Way Noodles Chuan Wei Spicy Hot Guan-miao Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

There are four of these individual servings in the big bag.

#2407: Just Way Noodles Chuan Wei Spicy Hot Guan-miao Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

The noodle block.

#2407: Just Way Noodles Chuan Wei Spicy Hot Guan-miao Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

A liquid sachet.

#2407: Just Way Noodles Chuan Wei Spicy Hot Guan-miao Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Smells spicy.

#2407: Just Way Noodles Chuan Wei Spicy Hot Guan-miao Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

A second liquid sachet.

#2407: Just Way Noodles Chuan Wei Spicy Hot Guan-miao Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Soy sauce?

#2407: Just Way Noodles Chuan Wei Spicy Hot Guan-miao Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Finally and oil sachet.

#2407: Just Way Noodles Chuan Wei Spicy Hot Guan-miao Noodles - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Smells like sesame oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts, fried onion and Chinese sausage. The noodles are great – they have that width and edge flair that I’ve found to be great from Taiwan. The flavor was interesting; the spicy sauce overwhelmed the sesame oil firstly. Moreover, there was a lingering kind of star anise kind of sweetness there that I thought was oddly placed. Of course, it did have Sichuan pepper heat in there which I liked. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4719863232164.

Identity Politics and Popular Culture in Taiwan: A Sajiao Generation

A short ad for Tainan city bus tours.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1935: Love Cook Guanmiao Dried Noodles With Oleum Sesami

Today, we bid a fond farewell to the Love Cook Meet The Manufacturer. Been nice to try some new varieties from Taiwan lately! Oleum sesami is the scientific term for sesame oil. Very curious about this one! Let’s take a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil a pot of water and add noodle block. Cook for 3 minutes. Drain and add sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

One of the five packs like this contained in the big pack.

These are the thinnest noodles we’ve seen yet by this brand.

The liquid sachet.

Definitely has a sesame scent.

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Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, boiled pork and sesame seeds. these noodles are thinner. They still have a very strong chewiness to them which is nice. The flavor is definitely sesame oil and some other flavors in there. Strong and coats everything nicely. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4719863231181.

Tainan City of Culture and Life

A slideshow of places to visit as a tourist in Tainan, Taiwan.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1934: Love Cook Guanmiao Dried Noodles With Spicy Sauce

Ah now here we go – spicy! Spicy sounds good today – it’s been cold, rainy and windy lately – not a very nice combo. Every morning Miles wakes up and I wheel his bassinet over to the window to spend a few minutes looking outside – usually it’s a cloudy day. But that’s weather in Washington state for you – winter’s like that. Spicy sounds good – let’s check it out!

The back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to prepare, boil a pot of water and add in noodle block. Cook for 3 minutes. Drain. Add in contents of sachet. stir and enjoy!

The big package contains 5 of these smaller packages.

Wide noodles today!

The liquid base.

Definitely smells spicy.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added beef, hard boiled egg, spring onion and pepper strands. The noodles are very wide and thin, but have a very hearty chew. I like the wavy edges to them – pretty neat. The sauce has a nice kick of heat to it. It also has an almost meaty flavor – although there’s no meat going on. I loved this one! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4719863231174.

National Geographic Traveler: Taiwan, 3rd edition

A National Geographic documentary about the Taiwanese fishing industry.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1933: Love Cook Guanmiao Dried Noodles With Authentic Sauce

So you might be wondering what ‘authentic sauce’ might be. I think this will be more like a soy based variety – with a few added spices. I think this is also referred to as Taiwanese sauce. The second review is ready to go!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to a pot of boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Drain. Add contents of sachet. stir and enjoy!

One of the five packs in the big bag shown at the top of this post.

The noodle block.

The sauce sachet.

Has a soy sauce scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Chinese sausage, hard boiled egg and coriander. The noodles had a good chewiness and gauge. I really liked the flavor of the sauce on this one – definitely soy, but with some nice notes to it. Again, it seems like the Taiwanese can bring out excellent nuances in simple flavors with aplomb. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4719863231167.

The Rough Guide to Taiwan

A vacation guide to Tainan, Taiwan.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1932: Love Cook Guanmiao Dried Noodles With Shallot Flavor

To start things off, I thought something sesame sounded good. Today alsol marks the start of regularly using my new camera/copy stand setup. I’m hoping this will allow for much higher quality photos! I suppose we’ll see! Anyways, let’s check out this noodle from Taiwan!

The back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to a pot of boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The picture at the top of this post is of the 5 pack – this is an individual pack.

The noodle block.

The seasoning sachet.

Has a nice shallot scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles are thick and chewy – nicely so. The shallot flavor is very good – aromatic as well as very  tasty. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4719863231198.

The Food of Taiwan: Recipes from the Beautiful Island

A little video tour around Guanmiao, Taiwan.